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It’s the e last weekend in August, and our city remains committed to summer fun and festivals! Among the many options this weekend:

Rom-Com Thursdays at Navy Pier asks an age-old question…Can men and women really be friends? Come find out at Water Flicks’ free screening of “When Harry Met Sally,” starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, on Thursday, August 26 at 6:30pm at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. You’ll leave saying “I’ll have what she’s having!” Masks are required. Also, closed captioning (CC) will be available. Times and schedule are subject to change.

Lincoln Park Zoo is known for family-friendly outings nearly every day of the year, but once a year, it’s the adults’ turn! On Thursday, August 26, the Zoo hosts ‘Adults Night Out: Summer Block Party’ from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm. The 18+ event invites you to celebrate block-party style among wildlife and gardens! Activities Includes a classic grill-out with burgers, veggie burgers, and more, Hopscotch, Four Square, and chalk art at Foreman Pavilion, Cornhole, foosball, and giant Jenga, music, and much more! Tickets are $35 each.

Free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species CarouselFor more than 30 years, the Bucktown Arts Fest, held Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 from 9 am to 6 pm at Holstein Park 2200 N Oakley Ave, has been a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago’s premier arts festivals, showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry, and so much more! The fest showcases old textures, animals and vintage design elements. Combine that with music and performances, interactive theater, food, beer & wine! ll proceeds from the Fest go to fund, develop, and support arts education programming at Holstein Park and in Bucktown classrooms. 

“On State Street, that great street, l just wanna say!” Come see what Frank Sinatra once sang about at ‘Sundays on State,’ a free, interactive city-wide block party, where you and your friends and family can safely enjoy art, culture, active recreation, shopping, food, drinks, and local attractions. On Sunday, August 29, from 11 am-8 pm, Chicago’s most iconic street closes to traffic from Lake to Madison, transforming into an open street market full of surprises. This Sunday, you can participate in a live mural painting, learn to bellydance with a professional bellydancer, receive business and life coaching from area executives, dance to the music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and so much more! Click here for Sunday’s schedule!

Preview the upcoming Lyric Opera season during ‘Sundays in the Park with the Lyric’s Rising Stars’ this Sunday at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park! This free performance features the Lyric Opera Orchestra will feature such rising talents as tenor Martin Luther Clark and soprano Mathilda Edge. The Lyric’s new music director, Enrique Mazzola, conducts a program that includes excerpts from Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Puccini’s Tosca. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket with you to witness an amazing evening! The first 2,000 people in attendance will receive free Lyric swag! The concert is part of Chicago In Tune, a citywide festival celebrating our city’s legendary music community.

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago