Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: June 26-28

Plus, virtual events if you want to stay home.

Shannon Blum
June 26, 2020 - 8:53 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The state of Illinois is moving into a freer Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot is following the state having Chicago also moving to Phase Four of the city's Protecting Chicago framework — that means returning to "normalcy" and getting out and having things to do.

Phase 4 allows for the reopening or expansion of several industries including health and fitness, movies and theater, museums and zoos, as well as indoor dining at restaurants. It also allows for expanded gathering sizes, increasing the limit from 10 in Phase 3, to 50 people or fewer in Phase 4. 

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This weekend there are a ton of fun things to do for those looking to get out of the house from farmers markets reopening, cruises on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan resuming, zoos and musuems reopening, and so much more. And if you are not quite ready to leave the house, there are plenty of virtual events going on this weekend to keep you occupied.

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

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Do Division Virtual Street Fest

Do Division, the street fest that traditionally kicks off the summer festival season during the first weekend of June, is moving online this year and taking place this weekend. Local acts like Sen Morimoto, Ohmme and Ratboys will stream performances on Friday and Saturday, alongside sets from Scottish rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks and singer-songwriter David Bazan's band Pedro the Lion. Plus, you'll be able to score deals and discounts from many of the vendors who would have lined the street. Admission is free, but a $10 donation to the West Town Chamber of Commerce will help make future street fests possible. MORE INFO.

Where: Virtually, find everything online

When: June 24-July 1

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Produce Farmer's Market
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Community of the Future Market

The age of social distancing shouldn't put an end to buying fresh produce directly from growers, which is why Marz Community Brewing has assembled the Community of the Future Market. Taking place on Sundays in a parking lot behind the Marz taproom, the City of Chicago Licensed Farmers Market brings together farmers and vendors, allowing attendees to safely make purchases. In order to attend, you'll need to sign up for a time slot and arrive with a face mask and gloves. Check out this Sunday's vendors here, including Jacobson Family Farms, Mom’s Chicago, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, BoardIndulgence, and many more. MORE INFO.

Where: Parking lot behind Marz Community Brewing, 3630 S. Iron Street

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $5, must RSVP

Movie Theater

Film Center from Your Sofa

With the doors of the Gene Siskel Film Center closed, you may be missing visiting the center and seeing a film-- but the center does not want you to miss out on the latest art house films. The Gene Siskel Film Center is partnering with its favorite distributors to present new and noteworthy independent and international cinema on a screen (very!) near you. The center asks fans to keep checking in for its updated streaming schedule, noting that new films will continue to be added as they're confirmed. Please also note that each film has its own streaming procedures, pricing, and availability--but none cost more than the price of a movie ticket! A portion of all proceeds--from streaming films through the Film Center or contributing to our ongoing fundraising initiatives--will help keep the Film Center operating during this time and help ensure we will all watch movies together again at our theaters. MORE INFO.

Where: Virtual

When: Varies

Cost: Various prices; see the website for more details

Eataly Virtual JuneFest

Eataly Virtual JuneFest

Chicago, meet Virtual JuneFest! On June 27, Eataly is bringing the party to you with an all-new at-home party kit featuring all your JuneFest favorites, from Aperol Spritz kits to arancini, housemade mozzarella, fresh pasta and more. Reserve your kit and add-ons via Tock before June 22, then join Eataly chefs, producers, and even Lidia Bastianich herself for an Instagram Live party starting at noon on Saturday. Plus, you’ll have the chance to add on exclusive extras from Stan’s Donuts, Hopewell Brewing Co. and other local favorites. MORE INFO.

Where: Virtual

When: Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

Cost: $150, plus add-on options

Pride Jam with Andrea Bunch and Julia Storke
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Pride Jam with Andrea Bunch and Julia Storke

Celebrate Pride with songs for, by, and about queer artists! From early blues to modern pop, we will cover Ma Rainey, George Michael, Mary Lambert, and so much more. Let's make this year of virtual pride a chance to celebrate with folks from around the world! MORE INFO.

Where: Virtual

When: Friday, 6-7:15 p.m.

Cost: $15, $13 for members

Sound of Silent Film Festival 
Sound of Silent Film Festival 

Sound of Silent Film Festival 

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival turns 15 this year!  They celebrating the anniversary with two ambitious virtual programs featuring 14 short modern silent films with newly commissioned musical scores performed live. This year’s selections include three dramatic thrillers, two comedies, one dark comedy, one very dark comedy, an offbeat romance, two compelling dramas, one that kind of pulls at your heart strings, a compelling look at modern Hong Kong, two gorgeously animated films and a dance film. There are two completely different programs and they will be live streamed. MORE INFO.

Where: Virtual

When: Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Chicago Skyline Cruise 
Chicago Skyline Cruise 

Chicago Skyline Cruise 

Check out the Chicago Skyline Cruise aboard our 140 foot luxury yacht on Lake Michigan this weekend. It's time to get out and enjoy our city! Chicago may be the Second City, but the Chicago Skyline Cruises are first class. Cruising aboard a three story, 140 foot, luxury yacht, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago's iconic landmarks and skyline from Lake Michigan. Take in the sights from either of the climate-controlled interior decks, or enjoy the breeze on the open top deck. These cruises are for adults only (all guests must be 21+).  There are multiple full bars on board serving up beer, wine and cocktails! Take advantage of Chicago's beautiful lakefront and come aboard the cruise. MORE INFO.

Where: Anita Dee II Boarding at Dusable Harbor, 200 N. Breakwater Access

When: Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m.

Cost: Varies

The Gold Coast Art Fair Goes Virtual

The long-running popular art show was canceled due to the pandemic, but the art will live online this year. Starting Saturday through July 3, over 100 artists from all over the country will participate in the virtual version of the Chicago art fair, created by Amdur Productions. You can browse jewelry, paintings, sculpture, furniture and more online and even interact with the artists via Zoom, who will be there if you wish to check in with them and ask about their work. It's the next-best option to an in-person art fair. MORE INFO HERE

Where: Virtual

When: Saturday — Friday, July 3 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free; artwork ranges from $25 to 2,500