Weekend Alert

Not that you need one, but if you're looking for an excuse to party for the next three days, come to Chicago. We have some of the summer's top festivals on deck, the world's best comedians are taking over the city, and there's going to be an almost irresponsible amount of bass shaking Soldier Field to its core. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

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Weekend Festivals (Through 6/16)

Sausage Fest

Another summer weekend, another sunup to sundown party in Chicago. For music lovers, The Joy Formidable and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are performing at the Taste of Randolph.  If pulled pork is more your thing, it's going down one sauce-based bite at a time at Six Corners BBQ Fest. And the links are always on point at Wrigleyville's annual Sausage Fest.  

Spring Awakening Music Festival 2013 (6/14-6/16)

An excuse to bust out my furry boots and glow stick adorned dolphin shorts. Finally. Spring Awakening is to bass dropping as Red Bull is to soda, so expect a lot of energy in Soldier Field this weekend. The stage features headliners Bassnectar, Calvin Harris and Moby, but don't sleep on the undercards. The lineup's underpinnings include the likes of Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd and Milk n' Cookies. Happy fist pumping.

TBS' Just for Laughs (Through 6/16)

Seth Meyers

Many of the world's top comedians are in Chicago this weekend for the annual feast of funny, Just for Laughs. Major players like Bill Maher, Russell Brand and Seth Meyers are all on the docket. For an insider's guide to this year's event, click here. To check out some of the country's best up-and-coming talent, grab tickets for our favorite underground shows.

Puerto Rican Day Festival & Parade (6/13-6/16)

Puerto Rican Day Parade

One of Chicago's biggest summer parties is going down this weekend. The Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival draws thousands of people to Division Street for roasted pork dishes and merengue. The parade is on Saturday, June 15 at noon, and starts on Division Street and Western Avenue before proceeding west on Division to Humboldt Park.

Takin' it to the Streets (6/15)

What began in 1997 as a small celebration of the arts is now a big-time Muslim-led festival in Marquette Park. The entertainment lineup includes a performance by hip-hop collective Blackstar, local legend Rhymefest and Minneapolis-based champion of the underground Brother Ali.

For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.

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