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Squeeze the last bit of summer fun and sample al fresco eats with jerk dishes, seafood, vegan specialties and global music at the first annual Caribbean Jerk, Seafood & Vegan Fest. Scheduled for September 30 through October 1 on the near South Side, the event combines specialty cuisine with a diverse line-up of live music. The weekend will also feature art & craft vendors, dancing and bites for every appetite.

The sounds, flavors and fashions of the African diaspora will transform Washington Park into a lively African village during the 28th annual African Festival of the Arts.  The fest offers visitors the chance to travel through African culture with art, film, food, fashion and music that represents a diversity of traditions and history. Divided into pavilions and villages including Nubia for fine art, Timbuktu for fashion and Bank of the Nile for the food court, the African Festival of the Arts is an explosion of sensory experiences.

Arrive early to grab a spot near the Dee Parmer Woodtor main stage and check out these dynamic acts at the 2017 African Festival of the Arts.

It’s time for the weekend once again, Chicago. Summer is winding down, but the things to do in Chicago aren’t! Explore Chicago’s breweries using the craft beer trail itineraries built around six neighborhoods of the city. For sports fans, the MLS All-Star game is coming to Chicago hosted by Soldier Field. There are multiple events leading up to the big match beginning this Sunday. For more on the weekend happenings, we curated a list of things to do in Chicago this weekend below.

Square Roots is a truly one-of-a-kind craft beer and music experience. Returning to Lincoln Square on July 7-9 with more than 50 acts on 4 stages, this summer festival features three days jam-packed with music paired and the best local and regional craft brews. Here are six reasons why you won't want to miss the Square Roots folk music and dance summer extravaganza.

What to Expect at the Randolph Street Market

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:00 PM by Maddy Osman

Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington Boulevard) is Chicago’s destination for vintage and antique shopping. The outdoor and indoor festival is located in the Fulton Market area. Randolph Street Market is modeled after European-style shopping markets. In addition to great shopping, you’ll find local food vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. There’s good reason why Randolph Street Market was voted one of the top 10 vintage markets in the U.S. by USA Today.

Another weekend is upon us, Chicago. I know what you’re thinking. What could possibly be better than catching up on some much needed sleep or washing some of the clothes that have piled up in the last few weeks? Trust me, I get it, but these events are a must. Check out some of the highlighted events below happening in downtown Chicago.

If you’re here with family looking for last-minute Father’s Day plans, we’ve got ideas for you — otherwise here are 7 things to do in Chicago this weekend!

Are you as excited as we are about all that's happening in Chicago this weekend? Sure, there's a lot of must-see attractions that you can't miss but there are also a ton of festivals, parties and fairs you're sure to enjoy. Whether you're looking to enjoy a weekend full of German music and cuisine, a huge party along The 606 trail, craft beer or gospel music in Millennium Park, Chicago is the place to be. If that's not enough, check out this list of trips ideas and Chicago travel itineraries for all the classic Chicago activities. It's time to make weekend plans — check out the top 8 picks below.

Chicago African Festival of the Arts
The annual African Festival of the Arts brings all facets of African culture to Chicago in a celebration of music, dance, food and art. Commemorating its 27th year, the festival transforms Hyde Park' neighborhood's Washington Park into a colorful African village, complete with traditional foods, dress and music from across the continent. Opening on Labor Day weekend, the event supplies four days of exciting cultural exploration.

Chicago Dancing Festival

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago! Seems like this summer is flying by, but the action keeps coming. We've got comedy cruises, bus tours of Chicago's top attractions plus a beer gathering at a zoo. A free dancing extravaganza turns 10 and Randolph Street goes vintage. Not to mention, a NEW rooftop opening. It's time to make weekend plans! 

Windy City Carnival Chicago

The colorful carnival traditions of the Caribbean region unfold at Hyde Park's Midway Plaisance for the annual Windy City Carnival on Saturday, August 20. Chicago's diverse Caribbean community, including Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Haitians, Puerto Ricans and Belizeans come together to celebrate their rich culture for an all day festival of parades, food and music.

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