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How Would You Spend Your Best Summer Weekends in Chicago, IL?

May 28, 2018
by Danny Brown

Every month throughout summer is packed with fun-filled events and festivals. Ranging from craft beer events to concerts, each has its own charm and attracts throngs of people from all over the world. One of the biggest would be Taste of Chicago in July and Chicago Gourmet in September. Thanks to its diverse cultural background, Windy City’s unique neighborhoods aptly plays host to culinary feasts, concerts, comic conventions, free yoga and dance classes, fairs, and parades. Visitors would also time their trips to Chicago to coincide with these events. This is so they can grab the opportunity to tour the famous cities and suburban neighborhoods around Chicago at the same time.

Music courses through the veins of the city, almost as much as its unique brand of cuisine. Stunning concerts and gatherings are held at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Soldier Field Stadium, Morgan Park Sports Center, Lincoln Hall, Grant Park, The Riviera Theater, Millennium Park, and Ping Tom Memorial Park.

You should also check out Chicago's jaw-dropping parties like Lollapalooza Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, House Party, Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, and the renowned World Music Festival when you’re in town. Here's a quick look at what you can experience when you’re in this trendy city!

Hula Dance at Morgan Park SC

June 3, 2018, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Morgan Park Sports Center
11505 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 840-4622
Enjoy watching people going about devouring island food, dancing to Hawaiian music, twirling a hula hoop like a pro and awed by an authentic drum and fire dance show? There’s something for you coming right up in June! On June 3, 2018, Aloha Chicago is rolling out hula dance classes at Morgan Park Sports Center (Park No. 577) from 11.30am to 12.30pm. The dance session may last only an hour but I'm sure you’re able to pack in quite a bit into the schedule. Mingling with like-minded people, who love the true Polynesia culture, will open both your eyes and mind. From the moment the fresh flower leis are laid upon your shoulders, it feels like stepping on an island-bound dance adventure. Aloha Chicago has decades of experience running similarly mind-blowing programs and they are backed by professionally-trained samba dancers, belly dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers, and magicians.

yoga mats, yoga classes at Churchill Field Playlot Park

Yoga-ing your Way into a Brand New Week

CorePower Yoga Bucktown
June 4, 2018, 6pm - 6.45pm
Churchill Field Playlot Park
1825 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-4644
It’s a Sunday and you’re lazing around on your bed wondering if there are reasons enough for you to pause the Netflix button and head out for some exercise. Well, now you do. CorePower Yoga is offering a free, complimentary yoga session and all you need is your own yoga mat...and lots of enthusiasm. The session is held in the evening, just as the summer sun is slinking away, and right before you tuck into a nice piece of deep dish pizza at the neighboring burger joint with your friends. Make your way to the Churchill Field Playlot Park for the complimentary 45-minute yoga session and, who knows, you might even make a few new friends. 

Buckingham Fountain - Grant Park, Chicago

Eclectic Music at Chosen Few CJs Music Festival

July 7, 2018, 6am - 11pm
Jackson Park
6401 S Stony Island Ave., Chicago
(312) 747-2001
The event has been held since 1990 by a group of Chicago-based house DJs and their passionate friends. They share a deep commitment to music and entertainment and today, performing in a park is their way of spreading the good vibes. The summer months and an impromptu concert is an awesome way to spend the weekend, armed with nothing but your picnic basket, tent, friends and a few slick moves of your own. Industry experts know Chicago, IL, as being the birthplace of 'house music'. Talents were born, nurtured, trained and then launched from many corners of Chicago. When you're at a party like this where new sounds are introduced, be it EDM, rock or disco, you'll find something you can groove to pretty quickly.

A Sinful Culinary Affair at the Taste of Chicago

Jul 11 - July 15, 2018
Free Admission
Grant Park
337 E Randolph Street, Chicago
(312) 742-3918
Grant Park, to Chicagoans, is what Central Park is to New Yorkers - the city's main centerpiece and nature’s (and man’s) masterpiece. Better yet, it’s Chicago’s very own natural front yard. Grant Park has been hosting countless events since opening its doors, especially food, art and cultural events. Taste of Chicago, therefore, is no different. Admission to the event is absolutely free and there are no restrictions on participants, as long as you arm yourself with enough coupons to go around. I’m sure you’ll be stuffing yourself with all the goodies from the likes of Texas de Brazil, The Eli's Cheesecake Co., Porkchop, Chicago's Doghouse, Aunty Joy's Jamaican Kitchen and Beat Kitchen throughout the day. And all this while enjoying Chicago’s best entertainment coming in from both the Petrillo Music Shell and Bud Light Stage.

The Taste of Chicago has become a model of sorts for countless other food events all around the country, and the world over. While Grant Park is known for its notable amenities and wellness features like Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, Maggie Daley Park and Millennium Park, tourist attractions like Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium is a short walk away!

deep-dish vegan pizza

Pump it Up with Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock

June 15, 2018, 7.30pm
19100 Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-1616
Tickets - $39.50 to $159.50 per ticket
Still reeling from the attentive-grabbing, award-winning success of the movie 'Black Panther', the Marvel movie, Kendrick Lamar is also a Pulitzer Prize winner for his 2017 album, DAMN. Never one to sit back and soak in the success, he’s hitting the road with his regular boys again, namely SZA, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock. This time, he’s bringing the tunes to Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Chicago’s budding suburb, Tinley Park. And they’re calling the tour as it is... the Championship Tour. On top of showering the audience with familiar pulsating beats, you can expect his troops to strut out 'new stuff’ he’s been hiding under his sleeves and waiting to show off. The Rapper of the Year (GQ) will be grooving on the centerpiece of Tinley Park’s very first outdoor venue this summer and you wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

Chugging Action Happening at Chicago Craft Beer Festival

July 21 - July 22, 2018
Event : 12pm - 10pm; Tasting time : 11.30am - 4pm
2045 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614-4707
(312) 742-7726
Lincoln Park, Webster Street and Sheffield Avenue
Over 70 local brewsters will come together with other national and regional-level craft beer brewers to show off the mantle they have for producing a good, cold glass of craft beer. Not the kind you carelessly pour into plastic cups for convenience. The serious stuff. It has been so well received that it is celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2018!

The flavor-packed 2-day event will take place at Lincoln Park and with a ticket, your 3-ounce choice beer is for the taking. The wide open space allows visitors to catch the band playing in the distance, head out for a quick walk, or people-watch. The buzz is created (in more ways than one) by the barrage of Windy City's taprooms, pubs, microbreweries, hangout spots and approximately 4,000 microbreweries. Lincoln Park has always been a staple location for those who like the great outdoors. The park is a kid-friendly location to enjoy a walk, visit a zoo, have a picnic or splash around in a water area.

Welles Park 2016-7

Chicago SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

June 18 - Aug 24, 2018
Thursday - Saturday - Dance lessons: 6pm - 7pm; Music and dancing : 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Sunday - Dance lessons : 4pm - 5pm, Music and dancing : 5pm - 7pm.

The free month-long event will provide locals and visitors with the opportunity and venue to groove to the latest and the oldest music in the world. The event has also been placed on the pedestal for helping aspiring musicians, entertainers and dancers launch or reboot their careers. While most are showing off their dance moves at the Dance Village at Wrigley Square, others can head over to Cloud Gate or Great Lawn to enjoy pulsating electric sounds spun by the latest up-and-coming DJs charging up the air. Drop the formalities, grab a partner and dance on...or in this case, dancedown.

Dance Downs in the Park

  • July 21, 2018, 2pm – 5pm
    Hamilton Park Cultural Center
    513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621
    312-747-6174Aug 18, 2018, 2pm - 5pm
  • Austin Town Hall Park
    5610 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60644

  • SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
    July 11 - July 14, 2018
    Dance lessons : 6pm - 7pm and 4pm - 5pm respectively
    Music and dancing : 7pm - 9pm and 5pm - 7pm respectively

9th Annual Millennium Art Festival

July 6, 2018: 11am - 6pm; July 7, 2018: 10am - 6pm; July 8, 2018: 10am - 5pm
Michigan Avenue & E Lake Street, Chicago, IL
Free admission for all
There’s nothing like inspirational works of art to buoy your spirits during the summer months. Immerse yourself in the free outdoor festival where a culinary feast is just outside the door. Topics covered range from contemporary works of art to an amateur Landmark Photo Contest exclusively for Chicagoans. This year’s spotlight shines unblinkingly on local talents like Salem Baker, Alejandra Avila, Josh Baker, Carla Bank, Jackie Cohen, Ali Hasmut, Val Fischer, Elliott Hubbard, Penelope Osio-Brown, Igor Menaker and many more. The 3-day event is a renowned, top-ranked city-centric art and design show held at the heart of Windy City. Workers and residents who work and live around the venue will flock to the Friday event while you’ll see far more new faces on Saturday and Sunday. Known to attract over 175,000 visitors from all around the country, the festival is slotted for a weekend of fun near the former tallest building in the world, Prudential Building and AON Tower (formerly known as Standard Oil Building). Thanks to its strategic location, you’ll be breezing in for live performances, tasty treats, and awesome art easily without having to wrestle (too much) with the rest of the crowd. So, go ahead and celebrate the spirit of creativity with urban Chicagoans with a bang!

Running for the Homeless

July 14, 2018, 8.30am
Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL
A Safe Haven Foundation
2750 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 435 8300
Up your fitness regime by making a social impact running with Chicago’s 5K Run to End Homelessness project while having fun at the same time. Running with you would be runners, walkers, volunteers, organizations, groups, sponsors and families who are out to do their parts for the society in their own unique ways. Organized by A Safe Haven Foundation, as with the years before, the marathon will take place along Chicago’s gorgeous Montrose Harbor Grove from 8.30am onwards on July 14, 2018. While you’re out there having fun, changing your lifestyle and keeping fit, proceeds from the event will go towards the foundation’s main mission to provide shelter for the homeless in Chicago and helping turn their lives around.

The organization’s been around for well over 20 years and providing Windy City folks (which includes women with children, youth, families, ex-offenders, and single adults) with comprehensive and specialized programs so they can find their way back to self-sufficiency.

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  2. Richard Pilon (Flickr)
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  4. Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (Flickr)
  5. Pseumi (Instagram)

After having spent the day walking around and enjoying the sea creatures, you can stop by one of the few eateries available at the aquarium for a quick bite and if you like, you can even shop for some memorabilia to bring home before you climb aboard our Chicago charter bus.