THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Enjoying Every Moment of Chicago’s Summer!

Have you been enjoying Chicago’s summer thus far?  I hope so because we’re already half-way through July and the kids will be back at school before you know it!  So, get out there and enjoy every moment of what summer has left to offer us!!

They’re firing up the grills for the Midwest’s best Patty Party at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest!  It’s returning for its 15th annual mouth-watering year this Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) at Belmont and Damen Avenues.  Besides serving up succulent beef patty cuisine from more than a dozen local restaurants, two stages of rockin’ music, arts & crafts, and an action-packed Kid’s Zone area are all part of the fest as well! Don’t forget to vote for Chicago’s Best Burger as the winner will receive the prestigious Visitors’ Choice Award!!

Green Curtain Events is proud to announce the return of its annual Tacos y Tamales Festival this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. – 10 p.m.) to South Peoria Street and West 16th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood.  This street affair takes its inspiration from the Tianguis which is a traditional Mexican and Central American bazaar. As its name suggests, patrons will be able to sample the best and most authentic tacos Chicago has to offer along with a wide variety of tamales from several regions of Latin America and handmade tortillas. There will also be multiple performance stages featuring live music and DJs with traditional acts, interactive performances, and high energy Latin rock.  Plus, patrons can cruise vendor stalls, tour stunning art installations, and sip a cold one inside the Modelo beer garden! It’s an arena of tastes and smells to satisfy all your desires!!

An array of original artwork that includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, furniture and more, at all price points, goes on display this Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at Michigan Avenue and East Lake Street in the Loop during the annual Millennium Art Festival.  Festival food, live music by French singer, Michelet, and artist demonstrations add to the festive vibe of the show as well! Guests will also be able to speak with more than 120 juried artists from near and far!!

Showcasing the best up-and-coming music from around the world, as well as special performances from touring stalwarts and legends alike, the Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park (1501 W. Randolph St.) in the West Loop this Saturday and Sunday (gates open at 12 p.m.).  This festival also features diverse vendors, as well as the CHIRP Record Fair (specialty records), the Flatstock Poster Fair (posters), the Renegade Craft Fair, and a Music House-Kids Zone!  Since 2006, this music festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming and reasonably priced weekends of music around!!

The Chicago Cubs host the New York Mets on Saturday and Sunday (1:20 p.m.) at Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.

Dozens of movies will screen in parks all over Chicago as part of the city’s annual Movies in the Parks program. You’re sure to find something good to watch for free beneath the stars this summer.  Screenings typically begin at 8:30 p.m. each evening.  Here are this Saturday’s choices: “Imagine That” at Paschen Park (1932 W. Lunt Ave.) in Rogers Park, and “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Grand Crossing Park (7655 S. Ingleside Ave.) in Greater Grand Crossing and Ellis Park (3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.) in Douglas.

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago