THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Fourth of July Continues into Weekend!

The Fourth of July may be behind us but here in Chicago the celebrations continue all weekend long!

West Fest Chicago is an annual street festival in the West Town neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street.  The festival features neighborhood retailers and restaurants, artisans, crafters, two stages of cutting-edge music with one stage featuring bands and one with DJ sets, and more.  There are even two other fests within West Fest! Pet Fest (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) features pet vendors and a variety of dog activities for charity while Kid Fest (12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) features family-friendly vendors, a family stage, games, and activities!  It’s a unique festival due to its heavy emphasis on “local” artists and offerings!!

Andur Productions is launching a brand new pop-up art market in the Wrigleyville neighborhood located outside Wrigley Field in Gallagher Way (3637 N. Clark St.) on Saturday (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.).  The Wrigleyville Art Market will feature 50 unique artists from across the country offering unique pieces of art at a variety of price points. There will be sports themed pieces, jewelry, DIY themes, up-cycled art, functional art for beer and wine lovers, wearables, and more!  Plus, artists will be available to talk about their sports and DIY inspirations, giving insight into their artistic processes!!

Now that summer is finally here, there’s no better way to celebrate it than on top of a gorgeous rooftop at Rooftopalooza 2019.  This is a three-rooftop themed event with three very different, yet fun, summer style parties.  This weekend’s event takes place on Sunday (2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) at the Estate Ultra Bar (1177 N. Elston Ave.) in the Goose Island neighborhood with a Fourth of July Rooftop Party.  This sprawling 4,000 square foot rooftop offers a StarDeck overlooking the city of Chicago, music from a custom-made sound system, plush leather booths for lounging, and drinks a foot away from the river with an unbeatable 360-degree view of the skyline!  And don’t forget to wear your patriotic colors!!

The 11th annual Windy City Ribfest continues its 4th of July celebrating this Friday and Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) at 4800 N. Broadway Street (Lawrence Ave. & Broadway St.) in the Uptown neighborhood.  Beyond the flavorful offerings of top local and national ribbers with their tasty, saucy slabs and some cool summer tunes, this popular fest also features arts & crafts and an activity area for kids and families!  This year’s ribbers include Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ, BaseHit BBQ (Galewood neighborhood), Chicago BBQ Company (Burr Ridge), I-94 Ribs (47th St.), and Rancho Mateo (southwest side)!!

The cross-town classic takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field (333 W. 35th St.) in the Bridgeport neighborhood as the Chicago White Sox host the Chicago Cubs!  Yours truly will be attending the Saturday game!!

Finally, this weekend’s Movies in the Parks are:

“Aquaman” – Augusta Park (4433 W. Augusta Blvd.) – Humboldt
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” – Kelly Park (2725 W. 41st St.) – Brighton Park
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” – Indian Boundary Park (2500 W. Lunt Ave.) – West Ridge

“Mary Poppins” – O’Hallaren Park (8335 S. Honore St.) – Auburn Gresham 

Happy Birthday America!