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August has arrived, Chicago! This summer feels like it's flying by, but don't miss out on the opportunity to check out the things happening in Chicago this weekend. From a music mega fest to unique neighborhood celebrations and special summer boat cruises, this weekend is one you won't want to miss.

Notice some big crowds around? Lollapalooza, one of the most popular music festivals in the country, takes over Grant Park starting on August 3, with its last performance ending on August 6. For some tips on where to refuel and fit in some sightseeing on a budget nearby, check out this list of cheap eats, attractions, and after shows. 

Check out some of the other Chicago events this weekend that we have listed below for more things to see, do and eat!

Fourth of July is creeping up on us, Chicago. Conveniently, this year it falls on a Tuesday, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a long July 4 weekend in Chicago. Celebrate this Independence Day with a concert or a food festival or a boat cruise. Work your way through this summer bucket list to cover all the basics. Or test out this action-packed adventurer's itinerary. Below are more ideas on things to do in Chicago this weekend and events for the extended holiday!

Cheap Eats in Lincoln Park

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Lincoln Park is a Chicago neighborhood with a food scene that ranges from the tip-top of the upscale to quick and cheap bites for the college crowd—and everything in between. You don't have to look far between all the restaurants in Lincoln Park to find your sweet spot for interesting and delicious food options that won’t break the bank. Here are some local favorites for cheap eats in Lincoln Park.

Chicago Restaurant Week: January 27 – February 9, 2017

The reservation books are now open for the 14-day feast otherwise known as Chicago Restaurant Week. From Friday, January 27, to Thursday, February 9, dine at 300+ restaurants (including 66 new participants!) at deliciously low prices. Multiple-course meals pack in prix fixe deals with $22 brunch (new this year) and lunch options, and $33/$44 dinner options.

First Bites Bash 2016

It's the first foodie celebration of the year, and the date is set for Thursday, January 26, 2017. A new location at Navy Pier, a new celeb chef host and 32 new restaurants are on the lineup for this 1-night only tasting party. Start 2017 off with this stylish celebration of the Chicago culinary scene... and do it with a deal: Early Bird tickets have just been posted.

Webster Avenue in Lincoln Park is home to some of the city’s best dining spots. There’s so much culinary talent represented across sweet and savory selections for each meal of the day, you’re sure to fall for this quaint street and its lively neighborhood feel. Explore the city’s beautiful North Side and make Webster Avenue your pit stop for tasty and affordable fare. Read on to learn about some of our favorite picks.

The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite spots!

  Albany Park mural

 

I like to see Chicago by riding the city's 'L,' and I encourage visitors to do the same. Most folks might take a quick trip around the Loop, but if you have a little extra time, a ride on the Brown Line will afford you a bird's-eye view of the city as the train travels to the Northwest Side. Hop off at the Kedzie stop (second-to-last on the line) and you'll find yourself in the diverse Albany Park neighborhood.

Bistronomic Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

The late gourmand Lucius Beebe was fond of many Chicago restaurants and he preferred to dine in the Gallic fashion when possible at a number of long-gone haunts in the River North neighborhood. After my recent visit to Bistronomic located off the Magnificent Mile, I can say with complete certainty that we would enjoy their vigorously prepared viands. Here are 12 essential items on the menu now at French restaurant Bistronomic.

Granita EatalyMuch like a visit to Chicago, no two trips to Eataly are the same. While new food hall style dining is on the rise in the city, the Italian marketplace, located in River North, is constantly adding new items to keep an edge on the competition. This summer Eataly's all about bringing the flavors of Southern Italy to Chicago. Here's 3 new summer-inspired additions to Eataly's La Piazza and Gelato Bar that are perfetto:

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