Happy weekend, Chicago! Looks like there will be 70 degree weather this weekend, and Chicago has an eventful calendar in store. Still recovering from Memorial Day weekend? Well here are 8 highlights that you do not want to miss. Gospel music, architecture tours, and sidewalk sales are just a few of the major events happening this weekend across the city. I hope you're ready!
June 3-4 // FREE
Millennium Park kicks the weekend off the correct way! This Friday and Saturday the 31st Chicago Gospel Music Festival will be held with the following headliners: Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship, Travis Greene, Shirley Caesar, Brian Courtney Wilson, Chicago Mass Choir, Percy Gray Jr. & Joshua's Troop, New Direction, The Victory Travelers and many more.
June 4 // Tickets $16-45
Navy Pier has the front row seat for you and your family to enjoy the free summer fireworks display. Nothing is more beautiful than the view of the fireworks as they complement the beauty of Chicago's famous skyline. This is the perfect moment for you to create memories that will last forever! Grab a ride on the Shoreline Sightseeing cruises for the show (on display every Wednesday/Saturday through Memorial Day), or one of the many other lakefront tour boats.
Open now through October // See website for museum admission & ticket pricing
If you're ready to expose your inner daredevil, take a chance at the Shedd Aquarium's Stingray Touch experience. That's right! You not only get to see the stingrays, you can touch them! You will also be educated on how stingrays are cared for and what we all can do to protect them. Have fun!
June 3-5 // FREE (recommended $5 donation)
The Do Division Street Fest has everything you need in one setting. With two live music stages, local vendors for food, activities for children, and a sidewalk sale, you have a lot to look forward to! The two music stages are powered by two of Chicago's own music venues — The Empty Bottle & Subterranean — providing very diverse forms of music, including alternative music and indie-rock. If you're not so interested in the music, you can always walk through for a quick drink or check out the local boutiques!
June 3-5 // Ticket prices vary
After a recent win against the Dodgers, the Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks! Come and see the historic home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, as the North Side team strives for another win. Since it's a day game, you will still have time to engage in the later activities happening in Wrigleyville, maybe perhaps grabbing a bite at Rockit Burger? Feel free to join the passionate crowd of baseball fans at Wrigley Field all summer long or check out the stadium tour.
June 3 // Tickets $25-30
Want to be a part of history? Join the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce for its first annual craft beer testing and live music event featuring Grammy award nominee Lurrie Bell and his Chicago Blues Band. Some of the big name breweries on tap include Lagunitas, Finch's and Ale Syndicate. Can't get enough of the blues? Save the date for the Chicago Blues Festival right around the corner, June 10-12.
June 5 // See website for brunch menu and pricing
Raised (1 W. Upper Wacker Drive, 3rd Floor) is the perfect place to relax and put your feet up. This hot new downtown rooftop bar puts you in a calm, luxurious environment. Dine in style on the private outdoor area with scenic views of the Chicago River and fun menu items such as Bagel Chips and Lox and Chorizo Hash. Alfresco brunch will be served on Sundays all summer from 11am to 2pm.
June 5 // FREE
DAWSON CITY LIMITS (DCL) returns! The Dawson (730 W. Grand Ave.) is the only venue in West Town to host FREE, outdoor live music, including an eclectic cross-section of genres, such as: Country, Cuban, mellow Indie Rock, and Guatemalan. Kicking off this Sunday, DCL will take place every Sunday through August from 4:00-7:00pm on The Dawson's expansive patio. Dig into local acts while dining on Chef Shaun King's seasonal menu and imbibing on summer drinks. Admission is first come, first served; all ages welcome.