It's summertime and things are heating up in Chicago. We've got sports (witness soccer and sailing history this weekend!), music (join 500,000 blues fans at Grant Park!), art (check out the Art Institute's opener and an art fair favorite!), and much more. We have some great weekend plans for you in Chicago.
June 10-12 // FREE
Come find out why Chicago has been a "sweet home" for the blues. The Chicago Blues Festival will be held at Grant Park (337 E Randolph Street) and the headliners include: Shemekia Copeland with guest Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials with guest Corky Siegel, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers with guest Toronzo Cannon and many more performers. Here's a breakdown of the festival by day. Be sure to follow #ChiBluesFest on social media for updates and sharing your experiences.
June 10-12 // Tickets from $5-59
History will be made this weekend with Lake Michigan chosen as the first fresh water venue to host America's Cup racing in the event's 165-year history. Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) will turn into an outdoor stadium with six teams from around the world competing to win the oldest trophy in sport. General admission tickets for the Race Village in the heart of the action are still available!
Friday will lead into the weekend's racing with a big day of events that includes an Opening Ceremony, free entertainment and a special fireworks show. Check out this guide with even more places to watch America's Cup — from lakefront tour boats to a helicopter! — or find a free viewing spot on the pier's south dock, near Monroe Harbor and along Museum Campus.
June 10 & 22 // Ticket prices vary
Looking for an engaging, energetic environment? Chicago is one of 10 lucky cities to host the oldest international soccer competition, being held for the first time outside of South America. The matches taking place in Chicago are Argentina vs Panama on June 10 and the Semi Finals (teams TBD) on June 22. Join the spirited crowd at Soldier Field this weekend.
June 10-12 // FREE (recommended $5 donation)
I told you there would be food. The Ribfest will be held at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue. The festival includes the 6th Annual RibMania featuring professional eaters at the Midwest's only rib-eating contest. The fest includes 15 non-rib vendors that provide a seasonal menu for every appetite. In addition, families can spend the weekend enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games and more.
June 10-12 // Prices start at $129 / $299 (3-day pass / VIP)
Spring Awakening will be held at Addams/Medill Park for its fifth anniversary. Headliners include: Above & Beyond, The Chainsmokers, Crystal Castles, Flying Lotus, and many more. You can expect to see six branded stages, interactive art installations, firework displays, and carnival rides.
June 11-12 // FREE (recommended $10 donation)
The Old Town Triangle Association wants you to join them for the 67th annual fair located on Lincoln Avenue & Wisconsin Street. The fair is rated "Number 1 Art Fair in America" by ArtFairCalendar.com. The fair includes 250 juried artists featuring art mediums, including 2D- and 3D- mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and much more. The show will also feature a garden walk, food court, live music, and children's corner.
June 11-12 // FREE
Start your day with a free morning fitness class from Comfy Fitness, neighborhood scavenger hunt, and stilt walkers. Some of the participating businesses are Bucketfeet, The Red Balloon Company, Radiance Fine Jewelry, and Remarked Salon. The sale will be held on Damen Avenue beginning at 10am. Come and join the fun!
June 11-12 // FREE (recommended $5 donation)
Come out to the Pilsen Food Truck Social featuring Chicago's best food trucks with live music, Revolution beer, and the artsy Lower West Side. The event takes place in the heart of the Pilsen neighborhood on 18th Street at Allport. The live music will take place at Thalia Hall and take a look at the 2016 live music line up.
Showing now through June 19 // Ticket prices vary
It's opening weekend for The Sound of Music and tickets for the 2-week run are now available. This brand new production, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, will be held at Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street). You don't want to miss the affectionate and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp family.
Open now through September 18, 2016 // Admission prices vary
The Art Institute of Chicago opens the weekend with the exhibit America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s. If you're interested in learning what American art truly is, this is the place to be! The video above is a reliable preview of what the exhibit entails. Fifty works by some of the leading artists of our generation are featured including: Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Grant Wood. This will certainly motivate you to pick up your paint brush.
Additional photos courtesy of Adam Alexander (America's Cup), Ribfest Chicago, Spring Awakening Music Festival, Wicker Park Bucktown Summer Sidewalk Sales, & Pilsen Food Truck Social.