THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Still Plenty of Summer Fun to Enjoy!

Even though some kids are preparing to go back to school in a few weeks, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had this weekend in Chicago. Check it out!!

The 39th annual Northalsted Market Days® is the largest street festival in the Midwest. The fest will take place this weekend on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street in Chicago’s historic Halsted/Lakeview district.  Welcoming thousands of people to its streets, this festival features all-day lineups of live music on 5 stages, over 250 unique vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, sponsor booths, DJs and more!  It’s one of Chicago’s hottest summer celebrations that you don’t want to miss!!

Come be part of a new cool vibe art festival, Printer’s Row Art Fest, taking place this weekend on Dearborn Street between Polk and Harrison Streets in Chicago’s up and coming South Loop neighborhood. This fest offers art at all price points by painters, street artists, up-cycling artists, jewelers, photographers, mixed media artists and more. It also showcases the beauty, creativity and culture of the area. Your young ones can enjoy face painting and the Youth Art Tent.  In addition, area restaurants and bars will be serving up their Chicago specialties while live music performances play all weekend long adding to the vibe of the show!

Head on over to Lincoln Common Plaza (2345 N. Lincoln Ave.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for their first Art Uncorked this Saturday (3 p.m.-7 p.m.).  This event is free and open to the public; featuring live art demos and informal fashion modeling from local artists. There will also be free wine tastings by Verve Wine, bites from Velvet Taco and Parson’s Chicken & Fish, live music by eclectic Chicago band, The Noize and more!  Additional food and wine will be available for purchase as well.

For some of us, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than at The Big Dig North Avenue Beach Party taking place Saturday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) at North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.).  It’s time to show off your volleyball skills, enter a cornhole tournament or just stick around for a few beers.  Your party wristband includes access to DJ sets throughout the afternoon, six drink tickets valid for Michelob Ultra and Bud Light, access to sponsor tents giving away freebies and prizes, and beach games like giant Jenga and life-size beer pong.  It’s said to be the best beach party of the summer!

If you love to walk, one of the oldest garden walks in the country, Dearborn Garden Walk, takes place Sunday (12 p.m.-5 p.m.).  View some of the most spectacular private gardens in Chicago’s Gold Coast/Near North Side neighborhoods as they open their gates to reveal these hidden treasures.  You’ll also learn about the history and architecture of some of the stateliest homes in Chicago along with some neighborhood folklore!

Join Pilot Project Brewing (2140 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in the Logan Square neighborhood for their inaugural Pilot Project Fest 2021 this Sunday (12 p.m.-4 p.m.).  This indoor/outdoor event will feature beer, cider and hard kombucha samplings from all their vendors during event hours along with a custom festival glass, local Chicago food vendors, music, and more!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago