THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Another Summer Weekend Packed with Choices!

Are you ready for another Chicago summer weekend packed with a variety of events to choose from?  Well then, let’s get going!

Hellenic pride takeS center stage at the 30th annual Taste of Greektown this weekend on Halsted Street between Van Buren and Adams Streets in the West Loop.  Experience Greek culture and cuisine with authentic tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eateries.  What’s more, there will be a variety of performances; including a show from local band Sixteen Candles, classic Greek entertainers, Hellenic dance troupes, and the iconic Jesse White Tumbling Team. There will also be games for revelers of all ages and the annual Gyro Eating Contest!  So come get your Greek on at this annual food festival!  It won’t disappoint!!

Get your creative juices flowing at this year’s Bucktown Arts Fest in Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley Ave.) in the Bucktown neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday.  This event boasts over 200 Chicago artists displaying their cutting-edge and unique works; as well as three music stages featuring established and emerging independent acts, including the New Jazz Roots stage for two days of free jazz.  Craft beer and inspired culinary creations from the area’s favorite haunts will be available throughout the event.  And this year’s Kids Tent features make & take activities and art projects!

The Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world across the city.  This year they have new, extended festival dates from August 23rd through September 1st with this weekend’s Chicago Jazz Festival – Neighborhood Concerts.  Saturday and Sunday brings the Brown Derby Jazz Revue to the Great Lakes Elks Lodge (5110 S. Prairie Ave.) in the Bronzeville neighborhood (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.). The Marc Ribot Solo will be at the Constellation Studio B (3111 N. Western Ave.) in the Roscoe Village neighborhood on Saturday (8:30 p.m.) and Cooper Moore will be at The Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont Ave.) in the Roscoe Village neighborhood on Sunday (9:00 p.m.).

Calling all new and expectant parents to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday for the Chicago Baby Show.  This show offers an incredibly helpful education in shopping for babies and features experts, top tech gadgets, newest sleep products, strollers, and more for babies.  There’s no other event that offers such a broad range of brands, education, buying opportunities, and activities!

For 37 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world and will do so again this Saturday and Sunday at this year’s Chicago Triathlon.  Three races are held in downtown Chicago beginning with the swim at Monroe Harbor, then the bike ride looping along Lake Shore Drive, and culminating with a rousing run down Columbus Drive.  Afterwards, celebrate with your triathlete at the Finish Festival with multiple food truck options, concessions by Goose Island Catering, a live band, and Goose Island Beer!

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

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – Buttercup Park (4901 N. Sheridan Rd.) – Uptown
“Aquaman” – Euclid Park (9800 S. Parnell Ave.) – Washington Heights
“First Man” – Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.) – Near South Side
“The Wizard of Oz” – Oz Park (2021 N. Burling St.) – Lincoln Park

Well, Are You Ready?