Find the very best things to do in Chicago this week including cultural events, concerts, festivals and more.  Enjoy – the weather is going to be great and you deserve it!

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1. Taste of Randolph

  • When:   June 14, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 15 & 16 from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Where:  900 W Randolph St, Chicago IL 60607.

Why this is fun:  Taking place on the same street occupied by some of Chicago’s best-known restaurants, this West Loop fest boasts six blocks of food, drinks and music. You’ll find bites from more than 16 restaurants (on Randolph Street and beyond) as well as two stages packed with performances throughout the day. This year’s lineup includes indie rockers Real Estate. R&B act Anderson East, synth-pop duo Holy Ghost!, Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong and New York rockers Cults. Donations made at the entrance to the festival support the West Loop Community Organization.

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Dead & Company

  • When:  June 14 & 15, 2019, doors open at 6:30 pm.
  • Where:  Wrigley Field, 1060 W Addison St, Chicago IL 60613.

Why this is fun:  The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Wall concerts at Soldier Field marked the final time that all of the surviving members of the band’s core lineup performed together, but the legendary jam band hasn’t gone silent yet. Former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann team up with guitarist and singer John Mayer as Dead & Company, reheating the Dead’s hallowed catalogue of genre-bending, psychedelic tracks in stadiums and arenas across the country. After playing a two-night stand in Wrigley Field in 2017, Dead & Company returns for another two evenings of meandering guitar solos, tie-dye shirts and a thick cloud of skunky smoke.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Puerto Rican People’s Parade

  • When:  Saturday, June 16, 2019, 2:00 pm.
  • Where:  2400 W Division St, Chicago IL.

Why this is fun: It’s all about Puerto Rican culture and heritage at this popular summer parade that’s back for its 40th year on Division Street. Attracting all ages, it’s a colorful spectacle with nearly 100 floats ranging from community organizations and car clubs to local businesses, schools and corporate friends.

It also includes the pageantry of Chicago’s Miss Puerto Rico as well as her court of Juvenile Queens.  The parade kicks off from Division and Western and heads west to scenic Humboldt Park where there’s a post-parade community celebration.

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Cinepocalypse

  • When:  June 13-20, 2019 – movie times vary.
  • Where:  Music Box Theater, 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago IL 60613.

Why this is fun:  If you love genre horror flicks, sci-fi films and other genre movies, you’ll flip for the lineup of provocative screenings at this year’s edition of Cinepocalypse. Taking over the Music Box Theatre for eight days, this fest will screen Verotika, the directorial debut from Misfits founder Glenn Danzig; a special 70mm screening of Total Recall (with actor Michael Ironside in attendance); a newly-unearthed R-rated cut of the Denise Richards movie Tammy and the T-Rex; and a rare 70mm print of the Chicago-set Flatliners.

Plus, Riot Fest regulars GWAR will be in attendance to show some of the band’s short films and riff on a screening of the 1987 movie Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare. Check out the Music Box Theatre website for a complete list of Cinepocalypse screenings and events.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Craft Brews at the Zoo

  • When:  June 14 & 15, 2019, starts at 6:30 pm.
  • Where:  Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun:  It’s Father’s Day weekend – and Dads love beer! Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for this after-hours tasting event, featuring beers, food pairings, live DJs and prime views of the venue’s animal residents. This year, attendees can choose from two evening sessions, each offering more than 120 craft beers to taste. If you’ve ever wanted to drink a beer within eyeshot of a rhinoceros, this is the place to make your dreams come true.

For more details, visit the website.

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