Ooh La La!… Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field, 3635 N. Clark Street, turns Parisian on Thursday, August 11, from 4pm-8pm as they host a French Market with a casual, European flair and vendors selling everything from macaroons to handmade pastas, imported cheeses, baked goods, jams, candles, soaps and more! Set to music by Chicago bluesman Dave Specter. For more information, click here.
Remembering the 80’s… 16 Candles does double duty, starting on Thursday, August 11 at 7pm. They’re at Lincoln Park’s free, outdoor Sounds of Summer” Concert Series at NEWCITY, 1457 N. Halsted. For each event, NEWCITY highlights a local charity who will receive 100% of sales from beverages, raffles, and donations. Participating organizations include Bike MS, One Tail at a Time, Lincoln Park Community Services (LPCS), The Payne Family Fund, etc. While there is limited on-site seating, there is plenty of room for blankets and chairs For more information, click here.
Going to the Dogs… On Saturday, August 13, the same Gallagher Way transforms into Dog Day at Gallagher Wayfrom 11am-4pm. Bring your best-behaved, leashed best friends for a day of fun, starting with Dog Yoga at 11am, and a screening of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary, ‘Best in Show.’ For more information, click here.
Go Retro… inRoscoe Village! In a six-block stretch along 2000 W. Roscoe, from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14, the 25th Annual Retro on Roscoe Festival takes you back to the days of gearheads and other GenX markers of time. Three stages features music from headliners like 16 Candles, Too Hype Crew, and Headbangers Ball. The days of grunge, post-punk and heavy metal live on at Retro on Roscoe! Kids will love the prime inflatables, delectable crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, and rides. Retro’s Antique Car Show will showcase over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars throughout the festival weekend. A $15 suggested donation benefits the community. For more information, click here.
Thirsty? Us, too…Chicago’s only classical music street festival is the star of this week’s neighborhood lineup. The Seventh Annual Thirsty Ears Festival takes place on Saturday, August 13 from 2pm to 10pm, and Sunday, August 14, 2pm to 9pm, on Wilson between Hermitage and Ravenswood. Seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage. See groups like Chicago Chamber Music Fest, or soloist Amy Gadd, and Wurtz-Berger Duo, among many others! The fest is free, but a suggested $10 donation benefits a local music charity. The first 100 people to arrive each day get a swanky swag bag! Kid-friendly activities and food trucks on both days. For more information, click here.
Movies with the Wizard… Not only are the movies under the stars free at Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling Street, your kids can enjoy the statues of The Tin Man, Dorothy and Toto,Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, and play in Dorothy’s Playlot! This Saturday night, they’re showingClue at 8:15pm. For more information and a complete list of Movies in the Park, click here.
Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago