Well, the official first day of summer was this past Thursday. However, Chicagoans have been celebrating summer since Memorial Day weekend. Are you ready for MORE summer fun this weekend? We’ll see!
It’s time to take summer to Mamby on the Beach, Chicago’s only summer beach music festival on Lake Michigan. Jam out to your favorite artists on Oakwood Beach (4100 S. Lake Shore Dr.) near the Oakland neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday. It’s more than just a music festival too! One of their yearly faves is back – beach volleyball sponsored by Chicago Sport and Social. Or join the gargantuan water balloon fight to cool off or take it down a few notches with yoga sessions. There’s also a Braid Bar to get your hair twisted up quickly, a Henna Tattoo booth for a not-quite-permanent design, various Wellness Workshops, and much more! It’s a majestic experience unlike anything else in the city!!
Old St. Pat’s Church will host the 34th annual World’s Largest Block Party on Friday and Saturday in the West Loop neighborhood; entrance gate at Monroe and Des Plaines Streets. Thousands of friendly people mingle and meet for a summer weekend of great music, food, drinks, and fun! Participate in the Block Party’s Bags Tournament beginning at 6:00 p.m. each evening with cash prizes. The KidZone will be open from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday for kids of all ages with a bounce house, pop-a-shot, an inflatable obstacle course, games, face painting, prize giveaways, and much more. There’s also after parties both nights at Dugan’s (128 S. Halsted St.) and Green Street Local (130 S. Green St.) for even more fun!!
Are you ready for the biggest party on the lakefront? Country LakeShake returns to Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (1521 S. Linn White Dr.) on the Near South Side on Saturday and Sunday with some of country’s biggest stars! But that’s not all. This LakeShake features a Blackhawks Bar, State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good, an Opry Circle Throwdown, a Barefoot Wine Oasis, a Kids Zone, Silent Disco Line Dancing, a Wine Lounge, a Vertigo Swing, and much, much more!! This is one party you don’t want to miss so, get your cowboy boots ready!!!
Here we go again, foodies! The Chicago Food Truck Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) in the South Loop at 1600 to 1800 S. Wabash Avenue. This year’s festival will feature 40-50 gourmet food trucks, sangria drinks, outdoor games such as corn hole, Jenga and more, non-stop entertainment, tents, and outdoor furniture as you get your food truck fix on!
Sunday brings us the most joyous and rainbow-filled day with the 49th annual Pride Parade kicking off at noon at Broadway Street & Montrose Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood and ending in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at Diversey Parkway & Sheridan Road. Be sure to stake out your spot early as the parade will feature 150 registered entries, including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band, and walking contingents!
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 22nd:
“Beauty & the Beast” – Hermitage Park (5839 S. Wood St.) – West Englewood
“The Boss Baby” – Franklin Park (4320 W. 15th St.) — Lawndale
Saturday, June 23rd:
“West Side Story” – Kathy Osterman Beach (5800 N. Lake Shore Dr.) — Edgewater
“The Emoji Movie” – Grand Crossing Park (7655 S. Ingleside Ave.) – Greater Grand Crossing
“Dirty Dancing” – Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina St.) – Rogers Park
So, Are You Ready? We’ll See!