Chicago is so much more than just an endless parade of festivals! Check out these lesser-known events this weekend.  Enjoy – the weather is going to be great and you deserve it!


1. Chicago Water Lantern Festival

  • When:   July 20, 2019 from 5:30 pm.
  • Where:  Humboldt Park, 1400 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago IL 60647.

Why this is fun:  Now that the alligator has been caught Humboldt Park’s lagoon will be illuminated with thousands of floating paper lanterns during the Chicago Water Lantern Festival, which brings live music, food trucks and a photogenic spectacle to the West Side park. Each ticket to the event includes a floating rice paper lantern that you can decorate with a maker before releasing it into the water (don’t worry, organizers will be retrieving all of the lanterns after the event is over).

For more details, visit the website. 


2. Chalk Howard Street

  • When:  July 20, 2019 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm.
  • Where:  N Paulina St & Howard St, Chicago IL 60202.

Why this is fun:  Awesome! The surface of Howard Street will become a canvas for 3D chalk artists and local street artists at Chalk Howard Street, a festival devoted to art scrawled on pavement. Artists Anat Ronen and Nate Baranowski will reate murals that function as optical illusions, allowing guests to take photos with superheroes and characters that appear to be crawling out of the ground. The free one-day event in Rogers Park will also feature live music, entertainment, food and drinks, as well as plenty of opportunities to snap a mind-blowing shot for your Instagram feed.

For more details, visit the website.


3. “D-Day +75”

  • When:  July 19-21, 2019 – Fri & Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sun: 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Where:  Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S Michigan Ave, Suite 400, Chicago IL 60603.

Why this is fun: The Pritzker Military Museum and Library marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of northern France (better known as D-Day) with an exhibition that unpacks the planning and execution of Operation Overlord. Filled with vintage photos, maps, interviews with World War II veterans and other memorabilia from the operation, “D-Day +75” explores how Americans and their British, Canadian and French allies banded together to pull off the largest seaborne invasion in history.

For more details, visit the website.


4. Chicago’s Colombian Fest

  • When:  July 19-21, 2019 – Friday – Gates open at 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Where:  Kelvyn Park Fieldhouse, 4438 Wrightwood Ave, Chicago IL 60639.

Why this is fun:  Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Colombian independence at this festival in Kelvyn Park, where you’ll find live music, food vendors, a circus, dance workshops, bounce houses, games and more. Headlining acts on the music stage include salsa outfit Grupo Niche, merengue singer Johnny Ventura and Alex Manga y Los Diablitos del Vallenato.

For more details, visit the website.


5. 29Rooms

  • When:  July 18-27, 2019 – 12:00 am.
  • Where:  Skylight Board of Trade, 141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago IL 60604.

Why this is fun:  Refinery29’s popular 29Rooms exhibition returns to Chicago for a 10-day engagement, setting up interactive installations on a former trading floor inside the Chicago Board of Trade Building. The latest edition of the event series is entitled Expand Your Reality, allowing to experience 29 installations over the course of a session, including creations by local artists, rooms that have appeared in previous activations (such as a neon-lit dance party called Inner Beauty Ball) and branded collaborations. If you need to add some pizazz to your Instagram feed this summer, you’re sure to capture some surreal scenes within this inventive funhouse.

For more details, visit the website.


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