If you like to have fun and do cool things, I think you're in for a really good time in Chicago this weekend. Guaranteed. Take a gander at the huge selection of events below and you'll see that I'm right. Come on, would I lie to you?
About 25 vendors from the city's Little Village neighborhood serve up authentic South-of-the-Border cuisine at the Festival de la Villita this weekend. Enjoy carnival rides, arts & crafts and a bevy of TV and radio personality appearances. The festival culiminates with the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday.
GERMAN-AMERICAN FEST (9/11-13)
Don your best lederhosen and get down with all things German at the German-American Fest, right off the Western Brown Line stop. Enjoy a mix of traditional interactive cultural programs and dancing while scarfing down bratwurst and giant pretzels. Knock back a bier for good measure. Prost!
RIOT FEST (9/11-13)
Rock out to headlining performances by No Doubt, System of a Down and Modest Mouse (among many others) at Riot Fest, a three-day music festival filled with punk, rock and hip hop performances. 2015 marks its first time in a new location - Douglas Park - but comes complete with the same fan-favorite carnival rides, Lucha Libre and more. Single-day and three-day passes are still available! Hurry and snatch them up! \m/
A PAIR OF OYSTER FESTS
The one food that comes to mind when you think of slurping, oysters take center stage this weekend with two long-running festivals, the Shaw's Oyster Fest (9/11) and the Shock Top Oyster Fest (9/11-12). Shaw's Crab House plays host for the former, entering its 27th year, with a huge selection of East, West and Southern Coast oysters. New this year, see how competitors shuck up against the competition in the Supreme Mother Shucker contest.
Fresh seafood remains the name of the game at the Shock Top Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village, with a variety of tents displaying the finest oysters and other culinary specialties. Stick around for an eclectic music lineup featuring bands such as the Trippin Billies and Buckwheat Zydeco. Happy shucking out there!
STARS OF LYRIC OPERA (9/11)
Pack a picnic basket, lay out a blanket and enjoy performances featuring acclaimed Lyric Opera of Chicago stars at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The concert will feature excerpts from Rossini's Cinderella, Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, just a taste of what you can expect from Lyric's anticipated season opening.
WINDY CITY WINE FESTIVAL (9/11-12)
Sample more than 300 (!) wines from around the world at the Windy City Wine Festival at the historic, idyllic Buckingham Fountain tomorrow and Saturday. Learn about new varieties from experts in an incredibly relaxed setting, as you snack on delicious morsels that pair perfectly with the cab, chard, sauv blanc and more.
WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO (9/11-22)
The biggest international music bonanza begins tomorrow - the citywide World Music Festival Chicago returns for a 17th year to a host of venues for 11 days. See Hailu Mergia + Ester Rada at The Promontory Saturday, Sept. 12; Mahmoud Ahmed at Jay Pritzker Pavilion Sunday, Sept. 13; Tanya Tagaq at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sept. 19; and "One World Under One Roof" at the Chicago Cultural Center Sept. 20. And it's all free!
To see everything else going on in Chicago this weekend, check out our events calendar.