THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Top Drawing Fiestas Take Center Stage!

As we close out our July summer weekends here in Chicago, some of the city’s top drawing fiestas (or festivals) take center stage!

Celebrating its 15th season, the Wicker Park Fest expands from two to three days on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Street in the Wicker Park neighborhood for one of the city’s most anticipated summer festivals.  This fest attracts visitors from across the Midwest with its stellar music lineup of 50+ bands on four stages with some of the summer’s most sought after acts.  More than 120 merchant vendors, a Kids Fest, an Interactive Arts Exhibit, live Fashion Shows (6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.), and much more will be featured too!  It’s been named one of the best street festivals of the summer!!  Check it out for yourself!

Another popular annual fest celebrating its 35th season, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue spans several city blocks in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood Avenues this Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.).  Highlights of this festival include more than 20 music acts on two stages, a stand alone “Kids’ Carnival” area, plus plenty of food, libations, and arts & crafts!  There are also ticketed afternoon wine and whiskey tastings (for an additional cost).  And, new in 2018 is Chocolate Fest where visitors (with the purchase of a daily pass) can sample up to 10 yummy treats!  Chicago’s sweet summer vibe will be in full swing here!!

Drawing over 1 million visitors during its four day event, Fiesta del Sol is the largest Mexican festival in the Midwest and returns this weekend to the Pilsen neighborhood on Cermak Road (1000-1600 W).  Taste your way down Cermak Road with the most amazing food vendors showcasing the best tacos, tamales, and tostadas in town.  Also featured at this fiesta is live entertainment on two stages, local art, carnival rides, a kid’s area, educational resources for parents & youth, and much more!  It’s free to the public, family-friendly, and offers fun for everyone!!

Finally, the Chicago Margarita Festival returns to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood with three tastings: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. on Saturday, and 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  This year’s festival will feature live bands playing island sounds that pair well with dancing and margaritas!  Those attending Saturday evening’s session will have a bonus with the Pier’s awe-inspiring fireworks over Lake Michigan!!

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 27th:
“Minions” – Shedd Park (3660 W. 23rd St.) – South Lawndale
“The Boss Baby” – Oakdale Park (965 W. 95th St.) – Washington Heights
“Coco” – Gompers Park (4222 W. Foster Ave.) – North Park

Saturday, July 28th:
“Wonder” – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.) – East Rogers Park
“Despicable Me 3” – Humboldt Park (1440 N. Humboldt Blvd.) – Humboldt Park
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Dawes Park (8052 S. Damen Ave.) – Auburn Gresham

Sunday, July 29th:
“Wonder Woman” – Churchill Field Park (1825 N. Damen Ave.) – Logan Square
“Sense & Sensibility” – Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.) – Near South Side
“The Chorus (Les Choristes)” – Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton St.) – Pilsen

Will You Be “Fiesta-ing” This Weekend?