THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – First Weekend in June Jam-Packed with Fun!

Since we seem to have a short summer season here in Chicago, we begin our summer festival season weeks before the official arrival of summer.  So, as we kick-off our first weekend in June, it’s jam-packed with summer activities for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors!

Experience the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest at the 75th annual 57th Street Art Fair this Saturday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) on 57th Street between Woodlawn and Kenwood Avenues in the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Enjoy a fantastic opportunity to view and shop original works of art from around the country at this in-person celebration featuring nearly 200 artists.  Also on hand for your enjoyment is live music presented by Buddy Guy’s Legends and a Food Court presented by the Ray School PTA.  You’re sure to find something special at this one-of-a-kind event!

Start your summer festival season at the Do Division Street Fest this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) on Division Street between Damen Avenue and Leavitt Street in the West Town neighborhood.  Not only does this Fest feature two live music stages programmed by renowned local live music venues: The Empty Bottle and Subterranean, but it also features a wide variety of local retail and food vendors.  There’s also a dedicated Family Fun Fest area full of fun that includes train rides, face painting, a bounce house, arts & crafts, local children’s retailers, and has its own live entertainment stage offering family-friendly musical acts and performers!  Plus, there’s Do Fashion which is an event within the street festival featuring a runway, prominent local DJs, and local fashion shows throughout the weekend!!

It’s an annual celebration of Hellenic culture at the Lincoln Park Greek Fest this Saturday (12 p.m.-11 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) on the street in front of St. George Greek Orthodox Church (2701 N. Sheffield Ave.).  This Fest will serve up plenty of authentic flavorful food, great music, dancing, and pure fun along with a Craft Fair all weekend long!  Come be Greek for a day!!

Let’s not forget another fav summer festival celebrating its 23rd anniversary this Saturday (12 p.m.-11 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) at Lincoln and Leland Avenues in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with Maifest.  It’s time to hoist a stein, grab a pretzel, watch some lederhosen- and dirndl-costumed dancers, and embrace the neighborhood’s German heritage!

Come celebrate the great influence of this music genre born in Chicago more than 80 years ago at Saturday’s Gospel Music Festival being held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop.  It’s a reimagined one-day event this year for a day of family-friendly music presented by top gospel artists in the country!  Be sure to visit the festival’s website for a full lineup of performances!!

The Chicago Cubs are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals this Saturday with a double-header at 12:20 p.m. (rescheduled from 4/4) and 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 6:08 p.m. at Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  Go get them red birds!

Lastly, the Chicago Dogs are hosting the Kane County Cougars this Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m.) at Impact Field (9850 Balmoral Ave.) in Rosemont.  Fans of all ages are welcomed for a one-of-a-kind experience!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago