THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Taking Off Into a “Fest-Full” Weekend!

This weekend brings Chicagoans a “Fest-Full” of adventures and things to do! There’s a new twist on an old favorite. We’ll also outline festivals for food, animal and music lovers this weekend!

In lieu of our annual Air and Water Show, the city will host a solo demonstration from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-1 p.m.) at the lakefront between Oak Street Beach and Fullerton Avenue in the Gold Coast neighborhood.  Their mission this weekend is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations.  This aerobatic squadron of Navy planes is known for their synchronized flight shows and has never disappointed their spectators!  Look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a Blue Angel!!

Your delectable Saturday morning can begin at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Breakfast with the Animals from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. presented by Nutella.  Guests will enjoy a delicious family-friendly morning meal dining on pancakes, fruit, coffee, juices, and more alongside spectacular animals like cheetahs, giraffes, and hippos.  Private chats with Zookeepers at various exhibits to hear anecdotes, exciting facts, and what their furry, scaly or feathery friend might eat to start their day is also on the menu!

The annual Gold Coast Art Fair returns to Grant Park’s Butler Field (337 E. Randolph St.) for its 64th year on Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.).  Billed as one of the biggest art fairs of the summer, this award-winning Art Fair welcomes 200 juried artists from across the country showcasing their beautiful artwork in all mediums and at all price points.  Plus, attendees can catch live demos and talks from the presenting artists!

The popular Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest returns in-person to the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park for its 20th year on Saturday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-7 p.m.).  This Arts Fest features a diverse selection of over 120 juried artists and craftworkers in all mediums of artwork which are also available for purchase; live music on two stages with over 30 acts; a Kid Fest area with artmaking activities; three craft beer stations; and food from local restaurants such as Badou Senegalese Cuisine, JB Albertos Pizza, Smack Dab, Black Dog Gelato and others.  Plus, there’s a live art demonstration area called Outrageous Open Arts which will feature performance arts and artists demonstrating techniques and works-in-progress!

Take a tour of Latin American food and wine at the 6th annual Sangria Festival Chicago as it returns to Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Ave.) on Saturday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.-9 p.m.).  Humboldt Park will be transformed into an outdoor tapas bar pairing bites from local restaurants. You’ll find pitchers of red wine and chopped fruit. Tacos, paella, ceviche, and more delicious dining options will be added to the mix as well. You may also enjoy watching live salsa, dancing to Brazilian dance music, or putting color on a canvas at the festival’s painting station!

This weekend’s big live music draw takes place at Douglass Park in the North Lawndale neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) with Summer Smash Festival 2021.  Billed as the premier hip-hop music festival in the Midwest, this festival is presented by Lyrical Lemonade and SPKRBX and offers an exciting lineup that pairs hip-hop superstars alongside some of today’s hottest up-and-coming acts.  This year’s headliners include A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby and Lil Uzi Vert in addition to many other acts!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago