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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Bidding Farewell to Another July Summer!

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As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.”  So come join us as we bid farewell to the end of another great July summer here in Chicago with the return of some of our favorite street festivals as well as a new event for something different!

One of Chicago’s most popular and trendy neighborhoods is hosting their annual foodie fest, Taste of River North, this Saturday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) at its new location on Wells Street from Ontario to Superior Streets.  This fest features spectacular food from the many River North restaurants, plenty of beverages, live music from local cover bands, local merchants, a family fun area, and more.  Plus, this year’s fest will feature a morning Dog Parade!

One of Chicago’s most anticipated summer festivals is the Wicker Park Fest taking place this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) on Milwaukee Avenue between Damen and Ashland Avenues.  This year you’ll find plenty of food from a range of local vendors, well-stocked beer tents, installations by local artists at a dedicated Arts Area, a kids’ area, and more.  Come celebrate this neighborhood’s acclaimed restaurants, and rich musical heritage!

Returning for its 44th festive year, the Chinatown Summer Fair takes place this Saturday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) at Armour Square located at Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road.  As usual, this festival opens with a traditional lion dance procession (12:30 p.m.) followed by a welcome (1:00 p.m.) on the main stage.  Then it’s time for some fabulous family fun with plenty of great cuisine from Chinatown’s restaurants, Asian performances, kung fu demonstrations, a K-pop breakdance competition, arts and craft exhibits, a kids’ area, and more!

Come join the 18th annual and final year of the Silver Room Sound System Block Party this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) at Oakwood Beach (4100 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Bronzeville neighborhood.  Get ready for a lineup of live musical performances, local food vendors, artists, a volleyball area, and many other fun activities!

It’s time again for the largest free, family-friendly Latino festivals in the Midwest as Fiesta del Sol spans an eight-block space down Cermak Road between Ashland Avenue and Morgan Street in the Pilsen neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.).  This street festival features delicious food from local vendors serving up some of the best tacos, tamales, and tostadas in town; a line-up of traditional music, well-known artists, and up and coming talent on three stages; and a carnival with a Ferris Wheel that can be seen from miles around!

An iconic family favorite board game comes to life this Saturday (5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) with CLUE: A Walking Mystery starting at Block 37 (108 N. State St.) in The Loop.  Guests step into the roles of beloved CLUE characters as detectives to solve the mystery of who murdered the elusive Mr. Boddy.  Get ready to search through evidence for the long-lost antiques from the Tudor Mansion rooms, solve puzzles, and connect the clues to crack the case!  Are you ready to partake in the world of CLUE?

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago