The Chicago Blues Festival commences this weekend. If you're a fan of driving bass and sing-a-long bellyaching, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Besides the city's largest summer festival, the city hosts an artist with, like, two-million Grammys, a neighborhood-wide tribute to barbeque ribs and more than 1000 performers at the 2nd Annual Women's Funny Festival. Get loose; it's time to make weekend plans.
Tis' the season for day drinking, block parties and perusing pop-up shops for dirt cheap sunglasses. June is packed with street festivals and this weekend you'll catch us licking our fingers at Ribfest, eyeing impressionist prints at the Old Town Art Fair, and dancing in the streets polska-style at Andersonville Midsommarfest. For a full list of this month's street festivals, click here.
Rhythmic bellyaching and six-note scales are as much a part of Chicago as the ivy in Wrigley Field. Blues Fest, Chicago's largest summer festival, takes over Millennium Park this weekend and admission is free. For a guide to must-see acts, click here. For a neighborhood guide to keeping the blues party going after hours, click here.
Last year the Chicago Women's Funny Festival presented 162 shows, 1000 performers and rattled the funny bones of more than 10,000 audience members. In 2013, the girls are upping the ante. For an insider's guide to the event, click here. To read an interview with Jill Valentine, the festival's executive producer, click here. And for a full schedule of performances, click here.
The kids just graduated college and, finally, it's house for just the two of you. You're trying to get back on that 1991 kick, but need some inspiration. Well, look no further because there are still some tickets available for Sting's weekend concert at Ravinia. Nothing says everlasting love like a bottle of red wine, lawn seats and a spirited rendition of "Fields of Gold." Enjoy.
A trip to the Brookfield Zoo is worthwhile in its own right, but animal gawking is that much better with a churro in hand and 24 oz. Modelo on deck. Viva la Fiesta, a Latin-inspired festival featuring cuisine, live music and more, runs this weekend (June 8-9) and next weekend (June 15-16).
For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.
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