THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Summer Scorcher Hosts Popular Food Festivals!

Although another summer scorcher is on the way, this weekend is packed with Chicago’s most popular street food festivals of the season! It’s sure to be an unforgettable good time in Chi Town!

Showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community, the Taste of Chicago offers some of the city’s best food at Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop on Friday (11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) and Saturday & Sunday (10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.).  Besides the delicious array of food, the Taste is complimented by music (Petrillo Music Shell & Goose Island Stage) and exciting activities for the entire family like March of the Puppets, Kids Eat Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake Birthday Celebration, and much more!  Don’t miss out on the world’s largest food festival!!

Returning for its 6th year, the Windy City Smokeout is at the Chicago Tribune Festival Lot (560 W. Grand Ave.) in the River North neighborhood. This festival offers some of the best BBQ talent with 20 of the world’s best pit masters, plus craft breweries from around the country.  This event also brings an impressive lineup of country music stars and up-and-coming talent to the stage.  Or, elevate your Smokeout experience at one of these exciting events happening throughout the weekend:  The Biggest Happy Hour of Summer, Casamigos Mixology Class, Honky Tonk BBQ Brunch, and more!  So, get ready for some beer, BBQ, and country tunes!!

The savory burger and a rockin’ music lineup on two stages are back at the 12th annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) at Belmont and Damen Avenues (2000 W. Belmont Ave.) in Roscoe Village.  Also included on the weekend’s menu are arts & crafts and an action packed Kids’ Zone for the entire family!  It’s time to fire up those grills for the tastiest Patty Party around!!

It’s time again for Lincoln Square’s 7th annual Square Roots Festival at Lincoln and Montrose Avenues (4400 N. Lincoln Ave.).  Enjoy this year’s lineup of regional craft beer and local gourmet food options, music & entertainment on four stages, and family friendly events & activities all weekend long!  It’s a multidimensional experience for all!!

Your Movies in the Parks for this weekend are listed below.  Again, all movies begin at dusk (8:30 p.m.).  Get ready for a fun summer in the parks!

Friday, July 13th:
“Marshall” – Boler (Leo Roscoe) Park (3601 W. Arthington St.) – North Lawndale
“War of the Planet of the Apes” – Palmer Park (201 E. 111th St.) – Roseland
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Taylor Park (39 W. 47th St.) – Grand Boulevard

Saturday, July 14th:
“Wonder Woman”—Sherwood Park (5701 S. Shields Ave.) – Englewood
“Back to the Future” – Horner Park (2741 W. Montrose Ave.) – Irving Park
“Coco” – Oz Park (2021 N. Burling St.) – Lincoln Park

Sunday, July 15th:
“Footloose” – Piotrowski Park (4247 W. 31st St.) – South Lawndale
“Grease” – Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.) – Lincoln Park
“The Emoji Movie” – Emmerson Park (1820 W. Granville Ave.) – West Ridge

Bon Appétit!  Work Those Taste Buds!!