Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: July 12-14

Shannon Blum
July 12, 2019 - 8:30 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It finally feels like summer in Chicago! It's mid-July and that means there are plenty of food and streets festivals going on in and around Chicago for you to go out and enjoy the sun.

The Taste of Chicago, known as "the world's largest, free-admission food festival" kicked off Wednesday and continues throughout the weekend, but if you don't want to go all the way to Grant Park for a bite to eat and something to do, there are plenty of other things going on around the city to keep you busy, and full!

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

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Taste of Chicago

It's the granddaddy of food festivals! The 39th annual Taste of Chicago kicked off Wednesday and continues through Sunday, July 14. The five-day festival is known as "the world's largest, free-admission food festival" includes 82 eateries, with 37 of those being new participants, along with 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks.

Where: Grant Park

When: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free; Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10. 

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Windy City Smokeout

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, and Cole Swindell. 

Where: United Center parking lot, 1901 W Madison St 

When: Friday, gates open at 2 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, gates open at noon

Cost: Varies

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Loosen your belt and prepare to taste grilled creations from more than 12 local restaurants while enjoying live music and ample libations at Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Don't forget to vote for your favorite—the most popular burger of the weekend earns the visitors' choice award.

Where: Belmont and Damen, (2000 W Belmont Ave)

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

Cost: $10 suggested donation

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Irish American Heritage Festival

Didn't get your fill of Irish-themed activities during St. Patrick's Day? Get your Irish on at the 34th annual Irish American Heritage Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center. The festival features three days of Irish and American music, dance and family activities.

Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave.

When: Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-11 p.m.

Cost: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

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Edgewater Greek Fest

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.

Where: St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road

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

Cost: $5 admission

Square Roots Festival
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Square Roots Festival

Alt-country, folk and Americana music take the spotlight at Square Roots, a street festival that takes over the main drag of Lincoln Square. The local festival features neighborhood food and regional craft beer, as well as unique and exciting market vendors, while over 50 bands and artists from around the world entertain on 4 stages.

Where: Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson.

When: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

Cost: Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 seniors/kids, and $20 for families.

Southport Art Festival

The Southport Corridor hosts its annual two-day art festival, showcasing 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 will have the opportunity to bring their children, and 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. Guests can also peruse pieces, shop at Southport Avenue stores or sit down on a patio to enjoy food and drink specials throughout the weekend.

Where: Waveland and Southport

When: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cost: Free


Outside Experience

Avid adventurers can explore their passions and try something new at the Outside Experience convention, which brings together more than 200 exhibitors and lots of activities for attendees to take part in. Guests can shop for the latest in outdoor gear, climb aboard an RV, conquer a mountain biking demo course, scale a climbing wall or start planning for their next vacation—there's even a cornhole tournament with a $5,000 cash prize.

Where: McCormick Place, Lakeside Center Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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Chicago Cubs v. Pittsburgh Pirates 

Cheer on the boys in blue this weekend at the Friendly Confines. The Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates all weekend.

Where: Wrigley Field

When: Friday-Sunday, 1:20 p.m.

Cost: Varies