Summer in Chicago is obviously different this year due to COVID-19. However, there are still events and things to do, both virtual and in-person that can keep us out of the pandemic doldrums. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up in some of our favorite Chicago neighborhoods.
Logan Square: Running until October 25, the Logan Square Farmers Market offers plenty of excellent goods and produce all under the backdrop of open air. The city of Chicago’s only weekly year-round farmers market brings together a bevy of rotating vendors every Sunday featuring fresh goods you simply can’t find the equivalent of in your local grocery store. On August 2, the farmers market showcases many merchants, including Earth First Farms, Pleasant Hill Produce, and Willow Garlic Growers, among others. The Logan Square Farmers Market occurs on Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple Street from 10 am – 3 pm each Sunday. Click here to find out more including the rules to maintain social distancing.
Lincoln Park: Farmers Markets are a big thing in this city, and Lincoln Park provides their own take with the Green City Market taking place each Saturday from 7 am – 1 pm. Located at North Clark Street and North Lincoln Avenue, Green City Market showcases the goods from a variety of vendors, including Bennison’s Bakery, Chicago Maple, Green Acres Farms, and Tomato Bliss to name just a few. Keeping safety at the forefront, Green City Markets strongly suggests pre-ordering via their app to reduce browsing time. Find out more regarding vendors and safety guidelines here.
Ukrainian Village: The recently opened Pizza Friendly Pizza at 1038 North Western Avenue lets customers grab a delicious Sicilian slice right from the alley. Situated in the spot previously occupied by Bite Cafe that neighbors The Empty Bottle, Pizza Friendly Pizza allows patrons to order directly from the walk-up window located off the alley and provides outdoor seating. A slice will cost $4.50, and a whole pizza will run you $26.50. Choose from four delectable pie creations, including charred rapini with burrata and lemon; mushroom, burrata and Calabrian chili; pepperoni and basil; and a vegan option. Also, Pizza Friendly Pizza offers up salads, sandwiches, and a great drink menu. This brand new spot is open Wednesday through Sunday between 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Find out more here.
Lakeview: Running is always a good idea; running for free donuts is an even better one. Take part in Stan’s Donuts Virtual Race throughout the month of August. Registration costs $35 and includes a shirt, medal, bib, and a certificate for at least one free donut or more depending on which race you choose to run virtually. Participants can run or walk a kids dash, 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon. Register today, complete whichever race you choose, and then head over to Stan’s Donuts at 2800 North Clark Street or 3300 North Broadway in Lakeview to grab your free donuts. The race can be completed anytime before August 31. Other Stan’s Donuts locations in the city and the suburbs are taking part. Find out more here.
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