Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Sept. 7-9

Shannon Blum
September 07, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There are still some days left of summer and with that comes no shortage of festivals and other things to do in and around Chicago this weekend. 

From food fests to culture, wine and bourbon, to baseball and concerts, you're sure to find something to do.

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

Windy City Wine Festival

Admire the skyline and stay for the wine. Sip on more than 300 wines from around. Attendees can choose from one of two evening sessions, with food from Taco in a Bag, Wally’s Waffles and others.

Where: Buckingham Fountain, 500 S. Columbus Dr.

When: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 3-8 p.m.

Cost: $45-50, designated driver $15

German-American Oktoberfest  

Raise a stein, grab a pretzel, and dance the night away at this annual Lincoln Square celebration of Deutschland heritage. The street party takes place under two gigantic tents and features plenty of German food, music and dancing. Make sure to stop by to see the annual Von Steuben Parade march up Lincoln Avenue on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Square, 4700 N. Lincoln Ave. at Leland Ave

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

Cost: Free

Festival de la Villita  

Viva México! It’s all about our southern neighbor’s rich culture when Festival de La Villita—perhaps the largest annual celebration of Mexican culture in the Midwest—returns to 26th Street in the heart of the Little Village neighborhood for its 29th celebratory year. Vendors and carnival rides fill the streets on all three days and on Sunday, the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade ends here.

Where: 26th Street and Kostner Avenue (4400 W. 26th St.)

When: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2-11 p.m.

Cost: Free

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases more than 150 juried artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. These original pieces are for sale in a wide range of price ranges. In addition to the art, the Festival has become a center of activity for the weekend with live demonstrations, entertainment stages, family activities and a garden oasis.

Where: Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Belmont & Broadway (3138 N. Broadway)

When: Friday-Monday, schedule varies

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Donut Fest at the Zoo

Indulge in some of the best donuts in Chicago along with mimosas and coffee and a visit to the zoo.

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N, Cannon Dr.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $30-60

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest

Smoked meats and barrel-aged bourbon whiskeys take the spotlight when the post-Labor Day happening that is Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest returns for its second finger-lickin’ year to the heart of the Roscoe Village neighborhood.

Where: Belmont and Damen, Roscoe Village (2000 W. Belmont Ave.)

When: Saturday & Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation


Drake Skate Night  

Strap on your skates and do a lap around the rink to "In My Feelings" and "God's Plan" at Chicago Athletic Association's Drake Skate Night. The two-night event will feature a soundtrack full of hits by Champagne Papi and the ladies who have been linked to him, including Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. The 21-and-up event will offer skate rentals for $5, and treats and drinks will be available for purchase.

Where: Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

When: Friday & Saturday, varying time slots

Cost: $20, plus skate rental

Binny’s Taste at the Track  

Taste hundreds of varieties of wine at one of the largest wine tasting events of the fall. Binny's Taste at the Track event requires a Binny's Taste at the Track ticket. Ticket includes racecourse admission, a program, a tasting glass, a wine bag, and a promotional gift card.

Where: Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights

When: Saturday, 1 pm.-5 p.m.

Cost: $50

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Billy Joel

Billy Joel returns to Wrigley Field Friday, September 7, 2018. See the first artist ever to play Wrigley Field five years in a row!

Where: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.

When: Friday, gates open at 6 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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Fall Out Boy: M A N I A Tour

Dance, Dance! Fall Out Boy is making a stop on their M A N I A Tour at Wrigley Field with special guests Rise Against and Machine Gun Kelly.

Where: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.

When: Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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Tony Bennett & Antonia Bennett at Ravinia

Fly to the moon on Saturday with Tony Bennett at Ravinia.

Where: Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park  

When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)

Cost: Varies

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Chicago White Sox v. Los Angeles Angels

Cheer on your boys in black and white as the Chicago White Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels this weekend.

Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W 35th St.

When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, 1:10 p.m.

Cost: Varies