We are gearing up for an exciting fall season, but first we've got to get our last bits of summer through a number of outdoor activities this weekend — soak it all in with this urban explorer itinerary. Then stop by the many creative (Expo Chicago & Chicago Architecture Biennial top the list) and exciting events (from Riot Fest to Taco Fest) throughout the warm afternoons before topping off the night at one of the fun concerts (Ed Sheerin is in town, plus several world music headliners). Come and join the party! Here are ten things to do in Chicago this weekend.
Sept. 13-17 // $20-40
Navy Pier Festival Hall: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL
If you’re in search of something to spark your creative mind, check out EXPO Chicago. The Navy Pier Festival Hall holds art galleries from artists around the world throughout this five-day event. If you’re on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind piece or if you’re looking to casually stroll through different exhibits, EXPO will be right up your alley. More weekend highlights include:
- Art After Hours (late night extended hours for a first-look at new exhibitions: September 15)
- Tour: Palais de Tokyo | Singing Stones (a guided tour of two exhibitions at DuSable Museum of African American History: September 16)
- Revolution Every Night (the official EXPO ART WEEK after-party at Smart Museum of Art: September 16)
Riot Fest Chicago
Sept. 15-17 // $90 and up
Douglas Park: 1401 S Sacramento Dr, Chicago, IL
The name describes it all. This festival is a riot; it’s filled with rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop music that will make you fist-pump the night away. Bring your blankets to sit on or your comfy shoes to stand amongst the crowd in. You’ll be in for an exciting evening!
Cubs vs. Cardinals
Sept. 15-17 // $40 and up
Wrigley Field: 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL
Even if you’re not from the area or know baseball, this is a pretty good match-up! Come to Wrigley field to enjoy a beer and a hot dog if you want to get up close and personal in the baseball action. The Cubs are coming in with a 79-66 record and the Cardinals with a 76-69 record, so it will be an exciting game! And if you don't get into the stadium, come to Wrigleyville to enjoy a drink and a laugh with your friends while watching the game at the many rooftops, bars and restaurants located outside the Wrigley field.
Ed Sheeran Live at Allstate Arena
Sept. 15-16 // $100 and up
Allstate Arena: 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
You’ve seen his face on billboards and magazines, or you’ve probably heard his angelic voice through the speakers on the radio. And now you have the chance to see and hear him in person! Ed Sheeran has won countless music awards for his popular, soulful music. Hop on the train or ride the bus on over to the Allstate Arena because this is a concert you cannot miss.
Harvest Day at Garfield Park Conservatory
Sept. 16 // $5 Suggested Donation, FREE for members
Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL
Enjoy this warm weather while it's still here! The Garfield Park Conservatory is holding a family-friendly event for all ages. Harvest Day will celebrate the change of seasons with live goats and chickens, kid’s activities, water stations and many other outdoor games for the whole family. Get out of the busy city life and see what fun events and activities Harvest Day will have.
Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest
Sept. 16-17 // $10 Suggested Donation
3500 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL
Chicago is obviously known for its deep-dish pizza, but can we all admit that the tacos are pretty dang good as well? Celebrate the beginning of fall with a seasonal beer and an abundance of your favorite chicken, steak, chorizo or beef stuffed tacos. Did we mention there’s also mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck to try? The weekend is almost here, so start planning ahead for this two-day event filled with music, Mexican wrestling, kid’s activities, oh, and tacos of course. You’ll want to come on an empty stomach!
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Sept. 16, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018 // FREE
Various locations throughout Chicago
The beginning of this exciting event officially begins this Saturday! We’re talking three months of exhibits, tours and so much more. Currently they put up a huge temporary structure called SPACEBUSTER, which is basically a really big bubble parked in front of Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar this weekend. You’ll just have to head on over to see it for yourself! Head to the Chicago Cultural Center first, it's the downtown headquarters for the massive citywide event and home to several exhibitions, tours and lectures such as:
- From Wright's Chicago Studio to International Masterpiece (a tour that travels to the Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio and Robie House: September 17)
- Chicago OO: Century of Progress (a virtual and augmented reality experience of the 1933 World’s Fair: September 16)
- Sight Six: Chicago Architecture Biennial Poster Exhibition (a poster series that highlights the talent of the city’s contemporary graphic designers: September 16-30)
Chicago World Music Fest
Sept. 8-24 // FREE
Various locations including the Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park
The Chicago World Music Fest is described as a “city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival” that has over 650 artists from over 80 countries. It is the perfect multi-cultural event that will fill your calendar for the next ten days! Right now, you can get a taste of Yao Ye from China, Vox Sambou from Montreal/Haiti, and many others all weekend long.
Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
Included with museum admission
Art Institute of Chicago: 7 W Madison St, Chicago, IL
The diverse collection of modern art based around architecture and design is now being showcased in the Art Institute with their newest installation. Many artists like Daniel H. Burnham, Armin Hofmann, Irma Boom, and so many others have come together to bring their work based on urbanism and speculative design. Be there for opening weekend — perfect timing as it coincides with the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening this weekend as well.
+ Final Weekends at The Second City! Legendary Laughs
Tickets from $31-41
The Second City: 1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614
If you’re in the area this weekend, you’re just in time for final weeks of The Second City’s Legendary Laughs. These skits are filled with scenes and songs from shows past along with their world-famous improv. Looking for a light-hearted place to enjoy fantastic food, company and a good laugh? We think we may have just found the place for you.