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After a long holiday weekend behind us and a short work week finishing up, the weekend is coming up fast. Chicago is full of fun attractions and sightseeing (by boat? yes please!), but summer is also packed with festivals and events to enjoy in the warm weather. To craft a perfect itinerary, work your way through the summer essentials bucket list and see all the weekend happenings below, from the city’s biggest and best food fest (that would be Taste of Chicago of course) to margaritas to top-ranked art. Millennium Park and Navy Pier are hosting an array of fun things to do in Chicago this weekend too, so don't forget to check their always-packed calendars.

Nothing celebrates the joy of summer better than the annual Chicago SummerDance Festival. Combine the beauty of Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden with warm weather and the fun of live music and dance, and you have the ultimate  Chicago weekly summer event. And it's all free!

There's a first time for everything right? Well, Chicago has TWO first time events happening this weekend and you're going to want to be part of the festivities. Other events and things to do in Chicago this weekend range from craft beer to Chicago hockey to boat races to nacho eating and so much more. That's on top of all the FREE summer-long happenings at our lakefront parks, from SummerDance in Grant Park to Family Fun Fest in Millennium Park. Check out these 6 Chicago events below and scratch them into your weekend planner. 

At the south end of Grant Park, 106 headless and armless torsos walk aimlessly in circles. Each figure stands ten feet tall and weighs about 1,800 pounds. Some face each other, others ignore their peers.

Thankfully, these are not real human torsos, but iron sculptures, designed by famed Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Buckingham Fountain Chicago Grant Park

Over the past 170 years, Chicago has played host to a range of royalty from all over the world. One of the more momentous visits was by Queen Elizabeth II on July 26, 1959, when she arrived by yacht for a whirlwind 14-hour tour of the city led by then Mayor Richard J. Daley, Governor William Stratton and other prominent persons. The next time you plan an outing to Chicago's lakefront, visit the historic spot in Grant Park yourself, aptly named "Queen's Landing."

Taste of Chicago
Get a true taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 6 - 10. Enjoy a variety of food, lively music and the scenic lakefront at this free, five-day festival. Sample Chicago's diverse dining scene with 69 vendors made up of the city's top restaurants and chefs. Although the opportunities for fun at the 36th annual Taste of Chicago are countless, here's a few highlights of the festivities by the numbers:

Millenium Park Grant Park Music FestivalSummer in Chicago is defined by outdoor festivals and none are more beloved than the annual Grant Park Music Festival. Located in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the fest is the country's only outdoor, free classical music series of its kind. A Chicago summer staple since 1935, the three-month long festival hosts a broad range of classical musicians.

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As the city's largest music festival and the largest blues festival in the world, the FREE Chicago Blues Festival supplies a mind-boggling array of the genre in all of its forms. From June 10-12, the city, dubbed "The Blues Capital of the World", will celebrate its significant heritage, attracting an expected 500,000 blues fans to Grant Park over the course of 3 days. With 4 stages, plus a dedicated "street stage", its easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices. Here's a breakdown of highlights not to miss:

Grant Park Music Fest

Chicago's Park District enjoys its prime time in the summer months and a little world class entertainment never hurt to highlight all our parks have to offer. Sprawling Grant Park is most commonly known as the home to Buckingham Fountain, Lollapalooza and a scenic lakeside view but this year it also welcomes back the Grant Park Music Festival for its 80th season.

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