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Despite the inevitable, Chicagoans are still enjoying the fruits of summer, or at least what’s left of it, as this weekend brings us closer to our next season!

Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) in the Streeterville neighborhood proudly welcomes the return of Tall Ships Chicago 2013 in conjunction with The Chicago Match Cup during a five day festival which wraps up this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.).  Guests can walk the grounds to view the 14 Tall Ships, or board a Tall Ship for a dockside tour, or experience life at sea with a sail-away cruise on select Tall Ships. But that’s not all! Guests can also watch teams from all over the world compete in The Chicago Match Cup as well as meet-and-greet the sailors all while enjoying food and beverage, fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities with the whole family!

Held in Chicago since 1929, the annual Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic returns Saturday (10:00 a.m.) to King Drive and 39th Street (3900 S. King Drive) in the Bronzeville neighborhood to celebrate the impending start of the Chicago school year.  Businessman, civic organizations, children and politicians walk in the Parade to Washington Park (5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) where families then enjoy a festive picnic. Not only is this the oldest and largest African-American parade in the United States but it’s also the second largest parade in the United States that continues to focus on the betterment of Chicago’s youth!

One of Chicago’s hidden gems of the summer is Retro on Roscoe which features some of Chicago’s top talent and entertainment on 3 main stages at Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street (2000 W. Roscoe Street) in the Roscoe Village neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. But wait – there’s more! There’s six blocks of cool antique vendors and merchants, summery treats and samplings provided by local restaurants and regional favorites, a kid’s area complete with inflatables, balloon artists and face painting plus an antique car show with over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars hosted by the Four Treys Bar!

Spanning six city blocks with 17 entrance gates the Northalsted Market Days® is located on Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street in the Lake View neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This annual festival draws over 100,000 visitors with its variety of dishes, drinks and unique arts & crafts from over 400 vendors along with numerous musical acts featured on three stages!

The 58th annual Ginza Holiday Festival takes place on Saturday (11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) at the Midwest Buddhist Temple (435 W. Menomonee Street) in the Old Town neighborhood. It’s a Japanese holiday celebration featuring Japanese cuisine, goods for sale, music, dance performances, martial arts and self-defense demonstrations along with some of the finest craftsmen from Tokyo and much more!

Finally, this weekend’s 2013 Chicago Movies in the Parks series features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission!

“Big Miracle” – Gross Park (2708 W. Lawrence Ave.) – Lincoln Square
“The Final Season” – Humboldt Park (1440 N. Humboldt Dr.) – Humboldt Park
“Hotel Transylvania” – Paschen Park (1932 W. Lunt Ave.) – Rogers Park

“Curators of the Dixon School” – Nat King Cole Park (361 E. 85th St.) – Chatham

What Fruits Will You Be Enjoying This Weekend?


Posted: Friday, August 09, 2013 12:49 PM by Dean's Team


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