‘Deep in December, it’s nice to remember…” There’s only one way to enjoy the great Chicago summer, and that is OUTSIDE. As we move to mid-August, take advantage of Chicago’s amazing art festivals and events that let you enjoy the great outdoors and Chicago’s myriad events!

Yes, the Cubs play in Lakeview, but their magnificent facility hosts more than baseball. But an art lover’s celebration at Wrigley Field’s Gallagher Way? Come to the Wrigleyville Art Market pop-up on Saturday, August 14, from 10 am to 5 pm. Artists will show DIY-themed pieces, beautiful jewelry, up-cycled, functional art for beer and wine lovers, and unique wearables available for purchase. Artists will be available to give insights into their artistic processes. Admission is free.

Trust the eclectic music capitol that is Chicago to present a “fun, relaxing” classical music street festival! At the Sixth Annual Thirsty Ears Classical Music Festival, kicking off on Saturday, August 14 from 2 pm to 10 pm. and Sunday, August 15 from 2 pm to 9 pm., the festival presents classical music from Baroque to Contemporary on Wilson Ave., between Hermitage and Ravenswood. This year’s highlights include a special screening of ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival, a performance by the Growlers, new premieres by five Chicago composers, and a classical remix from art-rock band Origin of Animal. The festival also features craft beer, community and arts partners, food from Urban Tables and kid-friendly activities and performances in Kidzone. A $10 suggested donation benefits the ACM School of Music.

So much art, so little time! Juried artists from across the continent will congregate at the Wells Street Art Festival,at Wells and North Avenues, on Saturday, August 14, from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, August 15, from 10 am-9 pm. The family-friendly festival, complete with a children’s play area, features traditional painting and sculpture, to artisan woodworking and metalsmithing, jewelcraft, and digital art. The music stage at O’Briens Restaurant features local music, performance artists and cover/tribute bands. The festival features 20+ restaurants and food and drink vendors.

Do you like trivia games and summer breezes? If you do, what does the movie ‘Candyman’ and Chicago’s public housing have in common? The answers await as the Chicago History Museum and The Newberry Library present Hideout Trivia on the Hideout’s patio on Tuesday, August 17, at 6 pm. Hosted by historian Paul Durica, staff from the Chicago History Museum and the National Public Housing Museum serve as quizmasters. Emcee, poet, and former Cabrini resident Phenom performs. A 21+ event, tickets are priced on a sliding scale, from $5-25, with proceeds benefitting Nita’s Love Train.

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago