THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Another Jam-Packed Summer Weekend!

It’s another jam-packed weekend here in Chicago with a variety of outdoor and indoor summer festivities sure to please everyone!  So, plan your weekend wisely for a thumbs-up good time!!

When it comes to street festivals, the annual Wicker Park Fest is usually one of the season’s largest and most crowded events. In fact, it may well attract thousands of people from across Chicagoland and the country to Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Street in the Wicker Park neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday with its fantastic music line-up.  And if that’s not enough flavor for you, this weekend bash also includes a mix of neighborhood restaurants, well-stocked beer tents, sales from local boutiques and artisans, and the ever-popular Kids Fest (a fest within a fest) for families!  No wonder this is one of Chicago’s most anticipated summer events!!

Another of Chicago’s prime street fests, the iconic Taste of Lincoln Avenue takes over Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood Avenues this Saturday and Sunday in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This year’s fest includes one main music stage featuring familiar favorites from local and national cover bands; the return of the Whiskies on Lincoln sampling sessions hosted by renowned whisky haven Delilah’s Bar; local food vendor favorites such as Enrique’s Place Latin Grill, Lee Concessions, Genoa Italian Concessions, and others; and arts & crafts galore!

Over the past two years, a wave of new, exciting pizzerias has spread across the region, so Chicago has decided to celebrate their pizza diversity with the Pizza City Fest this Saturday and Sunday at Plumber’s Union Hall (1340 W. Washington Blvd.) in the West Loop. Pizza makers from all over the region will be cranking out fresh pies representing 10 different styles!  Plus, these experts will talk at seminars about great dough, the true history behind deep-dish pizza, and how to make great pizza at home. It’s a celebration of Chicago pizza you don’t want to pass up!!

How would you like to see and feel what it must have been like when the world’s largest creatures roamed the earth? Then head on over to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday for the Dino & Dragon Stroll.  This is an interactive event allowing guests to walk through a realistic indoor experience featuring creatures with moving heads, necks, tails, wings, eyes blinking, mouths that open and close, breathing movements, synchronized sounds, roars, and other amazing details that make them look real and alive along with some fantastical dragons as well!  Plus, kids can participate in Story Time, the Dinosaur and Dragon Craft Creations Station for various hands-on crafts, and other themed rides (Dinosaur Scooters, Walking Dinosaur Rides and T-Rex ATV’s) for a memorable time to be had by all!!

The Chicago Summer Market for Makers is back this Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at the historic and beautiful Artifacts Events (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.) in the Ravenswood neighborhood. This market brings together independent artists and makers specializing in home décor, fashion, art, design, food and much more in a fun and inspiring environment!  Come discover more than 85 makers, take photos at the photo walls throughout, check out the DIY station, and fill your free tote with goods from the small businesses in attendance!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago