Nothing says summer here in Chicago like baseball does. Well, it’s back this weekend, although not the way it should be. The only way to support and cheer your professional team on is from your living or family room TV. Although there is an alternative plus a few other ways to spend the weekend!

While the Cubs and Sox have both hosted their fan-less 2020 season openers this past Friday, July 24th, this weekend, not only can you see some live baseball, but you can attend in person as well! That’s right, the Chicago Dogs will be hosting the Milwaukee Milkmen this Saturday and Sunday (7 p.m.) at Impact Field (9850 Balmoral Avenue) in Rosemont. Saturday night’s game is “Caddyshack” theme night. In celebration of the movie’s 40th anniversary, Andy Murray will throw out the first pitch. You don’t want to miss out since “this one could get crazy.” Then Sunday brings Family Sunday presented by Coca-Cola. Enjoy catch on the field along with $3 bottomless popcorn and $3 bottomless fountain drinks. The team has also implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 action plan to welcome fans back, which can be viewed on their website (click link above).

Perhaps you would prefer to join Island Party Hut (355 E. Riverwalk – south side of the river, use Stetson Avenue staircase) for one of Chicago’s best outdoor craft cocktail events — the Tiki Craft Cocktail Workshop & Tasting on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. First, you’ll learn the science behind the art of drinks, then you’ll go over how to make them with Island Party Hut’s expert mixologists, then you’ll taste! You will also be provided with a handful of great Tiki-themed craft cocktail recipe ideas to host your own cocktail party and impress your family and friends! Please note, due to COVID-19, everyone is required to bring a mask to access the property. Must be 21+ (ID required and will be checked). No refunds if ID is not presented.

Celebrate the rest of summer every Saturday (4 p.m.-11 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) at Feast on Lincoln: Dine Out on the Avenue. Enjoy outdoor dining as 10+ restaurants extend their seating onto Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood Avenues while Lincoln is closed to car traffic and open to pedestrian-only traffic! Participating restaurants include Broken English Taco Pub, DogHaus Biergarten, Lincoln Station, Millie’s Supper Club, and others. Also, all social distancing, face covering, and other COVID-19 guidelines will be followed!!

Lastly, this weekend’s Chi-Together: Drive-in Movies & Music will feature Bad Boys (Saturday) and The Little Rascals (Sunday) at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the movie beginning at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy drive-in movies plus live music in a socially distant event that also gives back to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Each ticket includes a 90-minute music showcase by a locally featured musician or DJ, followed by the movie on 3 jumbo screens for up to 6 people, and includes a bucket of popcorn for the group! Enjoy your evening of fun and the popcorn!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago