THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Savoring Our Remaining Summer Weekends!

It’s already the third weekend of July, which means we need to savor what’s left of our summer weekends!  Here’s what the city has in store for you!!

The 3rd annual Artfest Michigan Avenue will take place in The Loop on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue at Pioneer Court (435 N. Michigan Ave.) (right next to the new Apple Store).  This three day fine art festival is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This art fest features incredible artwork from 120 juried artists in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, and more!  Plus, Michigan Avenue is Chicago’s largest shopping district with upscale stores, boutiques, restaurants, and luxury retailers!!

Celebrating its 17th year in Chicago’s most entertaining neighborhood, the Taste of River North returns to Ward Park (630 N. Kingsbury St.) in River North.  Every year over 35,000 people come to taste some of this neighborhood’s most dynamic restaurants, sip on cold beer, and listen to the best jams played live on stage!  Also, artisans will set up shop, dogs will be catered to with their own food truck and activities, and kids can play in their own devoted children’s area.  This annual food and music lover’s gig leaves nothing to be desired!!

Celebrating its 50th year, the Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk returns to the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Sheffield Avenue between Webster and Fullerton Avenues this Saturday and Sunday.  More than 80 of the neighborhood’s lush residential gardens will be open to the public to explore with both self-guided and guided tours.  There’s also a fantastic music lineup on two stages, food, artisans, and a sprawling Kids’ Corner with lots of activities and performers!  There’s even the annual Kids’ Corner Talent show on Saturday (3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)!!

Celebrating its 7th flavor-packed year, the Chicago Craft Beer Festival will be held in tandem with the Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk as a stand-alone microbrew fest on Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.).  Highlights include daily afternoon tastings of more than 70 specialty beers crafted by over 35 local, regional, and national breweries!  Windy City beer lovers will once again be in hops heaven!!

From traditional mariachis, song and dance, to the very best of Latin pop rock, the 3rd annual Tacos y Tamales Festival returns to Peoria & 16th Streets (just west of Halsted St.) in the Pilsen neighborhood.  This festival is based off a traditional Mexican market known as the Tianguis, where authenticity is at the forefront.  Patrons will experience a weekend where the music is as authentic as the food, culture, and pulse of the fest itself!  It’s second to none!!

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 20th:
“Lean On Me” – Lindblom Park (6054 S. Damen Ave.) – West Englewood
“Justice League” – Franklin Park (4320 W. 15th St.) – North Lawndale
“Cars 3” – Armour Square Park (3309 S. Shields Ave.) – Armour Square
“Tyler Perry’s Boo” – Amundsen Park (6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.) – Galewood
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Independence Park (3945 N. Springfield Ave.) – Old Irving Park

Saturday, July 21st:
“Wonder” – Bradley Park (9729 S. Yates Ave.) – Jeffery Manor
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Peterson Park (5801 N. Pulaski Rd.) – North Park
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Washington Park (5531 S. King Dr.) – Washington Park/Woodlawn

Sunday, July 22nd:
“Coco” – Women’s Park & Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.) – Near South Side
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – Bessemer Park (8930 S. Muskegon Ave.) – South Chicago

Savor Your Remaining Summer Weekends – They’ll Be Gone Before You Know It!!