Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Sept. 14-16

Shannon Blum
September 14, 2018 - 8:12 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It may still technically summer, but the some of the events this weekend are shouting fall! The weather forecast for the weekend is looking beautiful, so make sure to go out and enjoy the final days of good weather, as there is plenty of things to do in and around Chicago this weekend. 

From food fests to culture, art and music, to sports and parades, you're sure to find something to do.

Here's a look at things to do this weekend in and around Chicago.

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

For one weekend each fall, Southport Corridor becomes a mecca for all taco lovers in Chicago at the Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest. Over a dozen restaurants will be cooking up the staple dish. This year, organizers are offering beer pairings for each taco creation as well as entertainment including Lucha Libre wrestling and live music.

Where: On Southport between Addison and Roscoe (3556 N Southport Ave)

When: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Chicago Turkish Festival

Chicago foes Turkish once again when the 15th Annual Chicago Turkish Festival returns to Daley Plaza, with live performances daily from noon-2:30 p.m. Turkish food, beverage and Turkish art, crafts, etc. will be available for purchase.

Where: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

When: Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Fulton Market Harvest Fest

Fulton Market Harvest Fest brings together the country’s best chefs, craft beer, live music and Chicago’s best restaurants for a weekend of culinary fun.

Where: Fulton Market between Halsted and Peoria

When: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: $30-75

Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade

Head to Pilsen to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at this annual procession across 18th Street, which features colorful floats, costumed dancers and local marching bands. The parade steps off at noon from Newberry Avenue and 18th Street and concludes at Wolcott Avenue.

Where: 18th St., from Newberry to Wolcott Ave.

When: Saturday, noon

Cost: Free

Riot Fest

Head out to Douglas Park for a multi-day music fest featuring Beck, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Incubus, Young the Gian, Interpol, Blondie and much more.

Where: Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Blvd.

When: Friday-Sunday

Cost: $75+

Ravenswood Art Walk

Once a year, Ravenswood opens its doors to show you where and how creative people create. The art walk is an outdoor art market featuring live music, food trucks, children's activities and a beer garden.

Where: Ravenswood Ave from Irving Park Rd to Leland

When: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Shrimp Fest

Join Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp at their flagship location for a festival centered around shrimp. Shrimp Fest features a shrimp eating contest. The winner will receive Free Lawrence's for a Year! Guests will also have an opportunity to sample some of other great shrimp, fish, and seafood options. Plus there will be giveaways, raffles and prizes!

Where: Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp, 2120 S. Canal St.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Cost: $20-25

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Chicago Blackhawks 2018 Training Camp Festival

The 2018 Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will celebrate hockey’s return with appearances from Blackhawks Alumni, live music, food & drink and entertainment for fans of all ages.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Saturday, 8 a.m.; scrimmage at 11 a.m.

Cost: $5

Independence Park Beer Fest

Independence Park host its annual fundraiser, tapping beer from a sizable list of local brewers in one of Irving Park's most picturesque greenspaces. Admission includes tastings from Half Acre, Begyle, Lake Effect, Old Irving and more, as well as access to food truck cuisine from DonerMen and Black Dog Gelato.

Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

When: Saturday, 4-8 p.m.

Cost: $40 advance, $50 at the door

Two Brothers Oktoberfest

Beer in footwear. Men wearing short overalls. Tuba music in the air. Plaid everywhere. Raise a glass, stein or boot. Celebrate the return of the biggest beer festival in the world and the return of their Oktoberfest-style lager, Atom Smasher. This year’s festival features: live German Oompah music, authentic German food, stein holding competitions and, lots and lots of Two Brothers beer.

Where: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205. N Broadway, Aurora

When: Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Oaktoberfest 2018

Celebrate the changing seasons at Oaktoberfest in Downtown Oak Park. Enjoy a premier music line up, delicious fall foods from local restaurants, specialty craft beers, and a Kids' Root Beer Garden.

Where: Downtown Oak Park, Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard

When: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Palatine Oktoberfest

The Rotary Club of Palatine hosts its 11th annual Oktoberfest Celebration, featuring German cuisine from area restaurants, live German music with Phenix, Die Musikmeisters and the Johnny Wagner Band, and German and craft beer. The celebration is held under a big heated tent in downtown Palatine, across from the Metra station.

Where: Downtown Palatine, 150 W. Slade St.

When: Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Cost: Free

St. Joseph’s Oktoberfest

Come celebrate the beginning of fall at St. Joseph School’s 15th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration! Treat the family to authentic German Food and live music at the outdoor Biergarten. Free admission. Food and drink tickets available for purchase day of event.

Where: St. Joseph School, 1740 Lake Ave., WIlmette

When: Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Chicago Cubs v. Cincinnati Reds

Where: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 3:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:20 p.m.

Cost: Varies