Are you ready for another weekend that’s bringing Chicago lots of summer weather and fun?  I hope so because that’s what we’re getting!

Looking for a blast from the past? Check out the 24th annual Retro on Roscoe, returning to Roscoe Street and Damen Avenue in Roscoe Village this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.). Three stages will offer live music playing oldies, throwbacks and popular hits along a six-block stretch. The beautiful tree-lined streets will set the scene for artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants. Top local restaurants will serve up summer treats for the whole family.  Other festival features include a family area with crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides, and more as well as Retro’s Antique Car Show showcasing over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars! It’s a ‘back in the day’ weekend!

The Wells Street Art Festival returns for its 46th year to Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood on Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street this Saturday (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.). On hand will be a diverse mix of more than 125 juried artists from both the region and across the nation where you can bid on original paintings, jewelry, photography and more at their two-day silent auction. Other highlights include tasty cuisine from the neighborhood’s restaurants, live music, and kids’ art activities! It’s a treasure trove of creativity!

The Firehouse Community Arts Center in the North Lawndale neighborhood will be hosting their community block party, Firefest One Lawndale, this Saturday (12 p.m.-9 p.m.) at 2111 S. Hamlin Avenue. This fest features an afternoon of hip-hop performances, breakdancing and more.  Plus, guests will be able to check out a graffiti showcase, take part in three-on-three basketball games, enjoy food from local vendors, and even win a prize or two!

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of Puerto Rican dance, music, and cultural celebration at Noche Caribeña this Saturday (6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.) at Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park Lake Stage lawn (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood. This free, special concert is open to the public and features music ensembles from the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora and offers spectacular views of Chicago set against the backdrop of Navy Pier!

This triple-threat bill was supposed to rock Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood last summer, but it’s been rescheduled for this Sunday (5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) and has been dubbed The Hella Mega Tour. Joining forces to co-headline this summer jaunt is the contemporary radio-friendly alt-rock titans Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer!  Enjoy listening to an alt-rock playlist as it comes to life!

Are you ready for some football? As you may or may not know, Chicagoans are also gearing up for the 2021-2022 football season. The Chicago Bears will take on the Miami Dolphins at their first NFL preseason game this Saturday (12 p.m.) at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop. Will this be our year to win it all?  We’ll have to wait and see!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago