Expo Chicago

It's Thursday! Which means we're just a day away from Friday! And you know Saturday and Sunday are soon to follow after that! 

Apologies for the Rebecca Black-esque description, but sometimes it's just great knowing the weekend is right around the corner. Have a look below and see that Chicago knows how to keep you busy. It's your Weekend Alert, let's get to it!


312 URBAN BLOCK PARTY (9/18-19)

Chicago's brewery mainstay, Goose Island, celebrates all things beer this weekend at its fourth annual 312 Urban Block Party. Head to Goose's Fulton Street Brewery location to sample local favorite Hog Doug's and their delicious hot dogs, then wash them down with exclusive, rare beers from Goose Island's secret stash. Jam out the rest of the night to music headliners tUnE-yArDs and Pelican (Friday), and Matt & Kim and Sidewalk Chalk (Saturday).




This beyond cool, free monthly pop-up urban experience takes place in the unlikeliest of places - an alley in the Loop. ACTIVATE gives props to Chicago's most talented creative minds, showcasing their art, music and wares wedged in between buildings downtown. Tomorrow, ACTIVATE takes over the Sullivan Center Alley, located on Monroe Street between State and Wabash.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago's music scene is world-class, in no small part due to the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. See them perform Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Mahler's Symphony No. 1, for free, at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. This concert's for you, Chicago!




See dazzling displays of contemporary and modern art by the world's top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors at EXPO Chicago. Navy Pier plays host to this exposition of museum-quality works and concept-driven programming. As part of the event's EXPO ART WEEK (through Sept. 20), you'll be able to see exhibition and event alignments from the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Arts Club of Chicago and more. At $30 for a three-day weekend pass, EXPO Chicago is a can't-miss.



These athletes are the cream of the crop, the epitome of strength, endurance and willpower. Watch 150 of the world's Olympic-distance triathletes compete for a world championship title at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, a tuneup for the 2016 Games in Rio, less than one year away. In all, more than 8,000 age-group athletes, paratriathletes, juniors and under-23s will run, swim and bike to the finish at Grant Park along stunning Lake Michigan.


REELING 2015 (THRU 9/24)


Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, the second-longest running film festival of its kind, returns today, showcasing the best LGBTQ+ films and videos of the year. From thought-provoking social documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling explores the world's indelible diversity and its beauty is celebrated through film.



Renegade Craft Fair-5

Get crafty! This fair in Wicker Park lets you peruse the unique works of indie-craft artists, get hands-on at interactive workshops, and enjoy some cool live music. Hop in a photobooth and get goofy, tune up your bike and ship goods to loved ones. Renegade is one-of-a-kind.



Sam Adams' Lakeview Taco Fest

Stop - you had me at taco. Back for a third year, the Sam Adams' Lakeview Taco Fest is a mouthful both in name and in grub. Chow down on the very best tortilla-wrapped fare in the bustling Southport Corridor, then cleanse the palate with seasonal Sam Adams brews. Vote for Chicago's best taco, bring the kids out to the activity area and watch some crowd-pleasing lucha libre Mexican wrestling.


To see everything else going on in Chicago this weekend, check out our events calendar


Photos: EXPO CHICAGO - Jessica Stockholder, "Once Upon a Time," 2014, part of the IN/SITU program at EXPO CHICAGO/2014, curated by Renaud Proch. Photo by James Prinz.