THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Summer Still Hanging Around!

It’s hard to believe that kids are getting ready to go back to school.  Didn’t summer just get here?  Not to worry though- summer is still hanging around this weekend!

Returning for its 7th year, the Chicago Hot Dog Fest returns to Lincoln Park at Stockton and LaSalle Drives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday.  Join the city’s largest picnic with their full lineup of local and touring bands on the Main Stage, historic entertainment provided by hot dog and city historians on the Speaker Stage, family craft activities & games, and the star of the event – Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles by Chicago’s top hot dog vendors!  Let’s be frank – the Chicago-style hot dog is a quintessential part of our storied history!!

Returning for its 23rd year to the Roscoe Village neighborhood, Retro on Roscoe takes place on Roscoe Street at Damen Avenue this Saturday and Sunday.  This fest is the place for Generation X to relive the staple memories of their past with top talent and entertainment on three main stages playing oldies and throwbacks along with popular hits.  Artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants provide a shopping experience second to none.  Local restaurants provide summertime samplings and tasty treats.  The family area offers inflatables, delectable crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides, and more.  And Retro’s antique car show will showcase over 50 antique, classic, and muscle cars!  There’s nothing like a good ‘ole blast from the past!!

The 39th annual Northalsted Market Days® returns to the Lakeview neighborhood on north Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street this Saturday and Sunday.  This festival features an outstanding array of events and activities with an all-day lineup of live music on 4 stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more!  It’s the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration!!

If you’re a big fan of dinosaurs, Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood is the place to be this Saturday and Sunday as it hosts Jurassic Quest which is America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event.  Attendees will walk through three periods – the Cretaceous, the Jurassic, and the Triassic.  Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs that have been replicated in every detail as well as roar and move.  Some even walk around!  In addition to the life-like dinosaur exhibits, attendees can dig up fossils, ride on the back of a huge 24-foot T. Rex, or the spiky, overgrown Carnotaurus among others.  There also are countless dinosaur themed rides, inflatable mazes, huge slides, the multitrack Dino Bungee Pull, and so much more!  Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing this realism to life!!

Hailed as the second-largest parade in America and the largest African American parade in the United States, the annual Bud Biliken® Parade and Picnic returns to the Bronzeville/Washington Park neighborhoods this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).  Celebrating 90 years, this parade boasts area drill teams, marching bands, floats, and appearances by the city’s celebrities and sports stars as well as those on the national stage.  The parade also features contests in categories like Best Float and Best Dance Team allowing the participants to showcase their unique talents!  And at the close of the parade, all attendees are welcomed to join in the post-parade festivities in Washington Park!!

This weekend’s Movies in the Parks are:

“Smallfoot” – Humboldt Park (1440 N. Humboldt Blvd.) – Humboldt Park
“Aquaman” – Pendleton Park (4345 S. Calumet Ave.) – Grand Boulevard
“Wonder Woman” – Museum of Science & Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.) – Hyde Park

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” – Jonquil Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.) – Lincoln Park
“Mary Poppins Returns” – Unity Park (2636 N. Kimball Ave.) – Logan Square

Hope to See You Hanging Around As Well!