THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Time to Enjoy Some Outdoor Fall Fests!

This week’s blustery start is just a reminder that the fall season is creeping ever closer and planning to stay.  However, this weekend brings back the warmer temps of summer so we can all enjoy the outdoor fall fests planned for us!

One of the largest remaining independent festivals in the country is ready to return to Douglass Park (2800 W. Roosevelt Rd.) in the North Lawndale neighborhood this weekend (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) with Riot Fest.  Five stages of more than 90 artists will be performing punk, indie rock, hip hop, goth, industrial and more!  Saturday night’s headliners are The Original Misfits performing their debut album Walk Among Us, which turns 40 this year, and Sunday night’s headliners are the legendary industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.  In addition, there will be tons of food and vendors as well as official after shows.  So, get ready for a good time as you have 4 ticket options to choose from — General Admission, VIP, Deluxe, and Ultimate!!

One of the hottest commercial strips in Chicago, the Southport Corridor, will once again host the 9th annual Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest this weekend (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) on Southport Avenue between Addison and Roscoe Streets in the Lakeview neighborhood.  Needless to say, the taco gets the spotlight treatment at this fest with its traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef fillings, or choose from one of the imaginative fillings such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck.  This fest also features special beer and taco pairings, two music stages, activities for kids, arts/crafts, and crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestling.  Plus, more than 8 local eateries will challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos as visitors get to text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco of 2022!”

The Eugene Field Park Advisory Council presents Fall Fest 2022 this Sunday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at Eugene Field Park (5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.) in the Albany Park neighborhood.  This family-friendly fest celebrates the beginning of fall with food, music, carnival games and prizes, an assortment of inflatables, a balloon artist, a selfie station, a petting zoo, and more!

Plant Chicago located at 4459 S. Marshfield Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood will be hosting their Harvest Fair this Sunday (3 p.m.-6 p.m.).  This fair features an exciting selection of family-friendly DIY activities such as taffy apple making, soap scrub making, mending, and tie dyeing as well as featuring tasty treats, cocktails, yard games, and live performances.  Plus, they’ll be raffling off a collection of sustainable goodies and local experiences along with handcrafted planters, comedy shows, and more!

The historic neighborhood of Norwood Park is being transformed into a fall-themed haven for its Norwood Park Fall Fest this Saturday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) on Northwest Highway between Raven Street and Newark Avenue.  This fest welcomes families and features for their enjoyment live entertainment consisting of rock, country and blues music from all eras and many musical genres; food trucks from the Chicagoland area; merchandise booths offering local goods and services; and a kids’ area complete with live entertainment, games, and plenty of activities to keep them busy!

Usher in the fall season with the little ones in tow at Parkway Bank Park’s Family Fall Fest this Sunday (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) at Parkway Bank Park (5501 Park Pl.) in Rosemont.  This family-friendly event will feature a variety of free activities from bounce houses to autumnal face painting to balloon sculptors, a petting zoo, and more!  Plus, families can enjoy live music from the children’s band ScribbleMonster where audience participation and opportunities for creative expression are encouraged!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago