Cartoon vintage airplane in the air. The pilot joyfully waves his hand.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Popular End of Summer Events!

Cartoon vintage airplane in the air. The pilot joyfully waves his hand.

Not only is Chicago presenting its largest free show of its kind in the U.S. this weekend, but it’s also presenting some of its most popular end of summer events as some kids head back to school next week!

The Chicago Air and Water Show takes center stage at North Avenue Beach this Saturday and Sunday (10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).  Viewing for both air and watercraft demonstrations is also available along the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street.  Headliners this year include the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.  And, of course, Herb Hunter will once again be the voice of the show!

Alternate viewing for the Chicago Air and Water Show takes place from the best seats in the city on a Lake Michigan Cruise provided by City Cruises Chicago at Navy Pier this Saturday and Sunday (9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).  Besides unobstructed, spectacular views, guests will be treated to a buffet, DJ entertainment, and rooftop games!

But wait!  Let’s not forget a Chicago tradition unlike any other that celebrates the Chicago Air and Water Show at Castaways Rooftop Air & Water Show Viewing Party this Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Castaways Bar & Grill.  Not only does the rooftop offer the best views in the city but your ticket also includes a lunch buffet and a 5-hour open bar that also offers water and assorted soft drinks!

Come enjoy the sweet smells of BBQ at the 23rd annual Ribfest Chicago this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.-10 p.m.) in the North Center neighborhood at 4200 N. Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Avenue/Irving Park Road/Damen Avenue).  Once again, top BBQ vendors will offer racks of their signature ribs and sides as they compete for two Best of Ribfest Chicago titles:  People’s Choice (chosen by the crowd), and Top Award (chosen by a panel of celebrity judges).  Plus, this event also provides live eclectic music on two stages and a spacious kids’ area with inflatables and games for the family to enjoy!

It’s time again for The Great American Lobster Fest for that ultimate lobster meal!  This fest takes place at the Navy Pier Beer Garden on Saturday (1 p.m.-11 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.-8 p.m.).  Ticket holders will be able to enjoy live lobster that is flown in fresh from the east coast along with an array of seafood selections, non-seafood related items, vegetarian options, and more.  Plus, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, and more are also featured at this fest!

Returning to the Rogers Park neighborhood for its 22nd year is the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival this Saturday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-7 p.m.).  This art fest not only presents a diverse selection of over 120 artists and craftworkers but also offers live music acts on two stages, kids’ artmaking activities, food and drink from local restaurants, and more!

This Saturday Stan’s Donut Race takes place at Soldier Field where runners are challenged to complete the course while consuming lots of treats along the way!  The race takes place along a section of the Lakefront Trail where donut stations are positioned at every mile, and as you cross the finish line, don’t forget to claim your donut-shaped medal!  Plus, participants will also receive a Stan’s Donut dri-fit shirt (or upgrade to a hoodie), more donuts, coffee, and much more!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago