THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Dads Being Celebrated on Father’s Day!

Some sun, some heat, some humidity, maybe a surprise burst of rain, street festivals, a parade, an art fair! What more could you possibly ask for this weekend? Dads are being celebrated on Father’s Day this Sunday!

Celebrate dad with an art-filled experience at the 61st annual Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park’s Butler Field (337 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop on Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.).  Come see the masters at work with incredible demonstrations such as live art demos and speed-painting, partake in interactive art projects, or, take a spin on the Spin Art machine to create a masterpiece of spiraled and splashes of paint.  Then savor the rest of your day at one of the fair’s three food, music, and beer oases!

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Taste of Randolph Street returns to Randolph and Peoria Streets in the West Town neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.).  This festival brings together the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining with over 16 restaurants with delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors.  Then, to entertain guests on their culinary adventure, the nation’s hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians, as well as the biggest names in Chicago house music will be performing on two stages!

Authentic taqueria restaurants, local food vendors and merchants, community organizations, live bands and musicians, stand-up comedians, and disc jockeys come together on Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd annual Pilsen Taco Fest on South Racine Avenue and West Cermak Road (1000 W. Cermak Rd.) in the Pilsen neighborhood.  Come experience some of the best tacos from 15 taco vendors and best live entertainment from over 20 entertainers!

Come celebrate with the LGBTQ community at their two-day Chicago Pride Fest on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Streets in the Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.).  This festival features three stages of live music by popular artists, food and drink, over 100 arts/craft and merchant vendors, DJ’s, dancing, drag shows, a pet parade and much more!

It’s the 40th year for the Puerto Rican People’s Parade this Saturday (2:00 p.m.) on Division Street from Western to Sacramento Avenues in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.  This parade is a colorful spectacle with nearly 100 floats ranging from community organizations and car clubs to local businesses, schools, and corporate friends.  It also includes the pageantry of Chicago’s Miss Puerto Rico and her court.  Afterwards, there’s a post-parade community celebration in Humboldt Park!

Bring dad to the Renegade Craft Father’s Day Pop-Up on Sunday (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) at Gallagher Way (3637 N. Clark St. – outside Wrigley Field) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  Shop emerging and established makers’ goods, discover rarities and remix from local DJs, and end the day with a craft cocktail!

Hollywood stars return to Chicago as Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for their 18th season.  Again, all movies begin at dusk (8:30 p.m.).  Get ready for a fun summer in the parks!

Friday, June 15th:
“Wonder Woman” – Homan Square Park (3559 W. Arthington St.) – Lawndale
“Wonder” – Bell Park (3020 N. Oak Park Ave.) – Monteclare
“Back to the Future” – Brooks Park (7100 N. Harlem Ave.) – Edison Park
“Guardian of the Galaxy” – Independence Park (3945 N. Springfield Ave.) – Old Irving Park

Saturday, June 16th:
“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” – Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St.) – West Town
“Wonder Woman” – Winnemac Park (5100 N. Leavitt St.) – Lincoln Square
“Marshall” – Sunken lawn behind the DuSable Museum (740 E. 56th Pl.) — Woodlawn

Sunday, June 17th:
“Paddington 2” – Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.) – Lincoln Park
“Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle” – Churchill Field Playlot Park (1825 N. Damen Ave.) – Logan Square
“Wonder” – West Lawn Park (4233 W. 65th St.) – West Lawn

Cheers to Dads!