Chicago has no shortage of special events.  Here is just a sampling of fun outdoor things to do this weekend.  Enjoy – the weather is going to be great and you deserve it!

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1. Bastille Day Chicago

  • When:   July 13, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Where:  Navy Pier – Lake Stage Area, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611.

Why this is fun:  The Committee of French Societies in the Midwest and the Consulate General of France in Chicago invite the French community and all the friends of France to celebrate the French National Holiday, Bastille Day. This holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789.

Come with your picnic, or if you feel hungry you can find savory or sweet crêpes on site. Taste great wines and champagne at very low prices… or buy a beer or a delicious cocktail combining some of the iconic French brands Grey Goose Vodka and St Germain elderflower liqueur.

There’ll be lots of family friendly entertainment: Pétanque (Bocci ball), waiters’ races, photo booth, and live music with DJ Mwelwa Musambacine, and more activities for the kids!  The event will finish will the Navy Pier Fireworks, at 10:15 pm.

For more details, visit the website. 

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2.Taste of Chicago

  • When:  July 10-14, 2019, Wednesday-Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.
  • Where:  Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago IL 60601.

Why this is fun:  Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago’s street fare from some of the city’s most beloved eateries. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, Eli’s Cheesecake or deep-dish pizza.  FREE ADDMISSION!

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Southport Art Festival

  • When:  July 13-14, 2019 at 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • Where:  W Waveland Ave & N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.

Why this is fun: Chicago’s iconic Southport Corridor blooms to life when Southport Art Fest takes over Southport Avenue from Waveland Avenue north to Grace Street. The event will feature an assorted mix of fine art, setting the environment for a picture-perfect Chicago neighborhood street festival.

Festival fans will visit the beautiful tree-lined streets of the picturesque neighborhood. Just steps away from the friendly margins of Wrigley Field, the two-day festival will showcase some of the city’s best and most diverse artists. Southport Art Fest will put numerous art forms including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media at center stage all weekend long.

Families can enjoy all that Southport Art Fest has to offer. A special Kid’s area has been designed with interactive games and activities that will make for an unforgettable time.  This is a FREE EVENT!

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Windy City Smoke Out

  • When:  July 12-14, 2019 – Friday – Gates open at 2:00 pm, Saturday – Gates open at 12:00 pm, Sunday – Gates open at 12:00 pm.
  • Where:  United Center Parking Lot C, 1901 W Madison St, Chicago IL 60612.

Why this is fun:  Spend a weekend eating barbecue and listening to country music at the Windy City Smokeout, which fills a parking lot with some of the country’s best pitmasters and a stacked lineup of twangy musicians.

Sample smoked meats cooked by barbecue masters from Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee (as well as local favorites like Smoque and Bub City) while you listen to tunes from the likes of Chris Young, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and Ashley McBryde. Dust off your cowboy hat, fill your pocket with moist towelettes and dig into a weekend of delicious meat and music.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Edgewater Greek Fest

  • When:  July 12-14, 2019 – Friday: 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
  • Where:  St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60660.

Why this is fun:  Show up to St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Edgewater to experience “philoxenia” (Greek hospitality) at this annual festival, where chicken, gyros, pork souvlaki and pastitsio (Greek lasagna) is on the menu all weekend long. Stick around for performances from the Anemos Hellenic Dance Troupe, Greek band Rythmos and Dave Matthews cover band Trippin Billies as well as a kids activity area stocked with inflatables, games and reptiles from the Chicago Herpetological Society.

For more details, visit the website.

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