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This weekend is so packed with things to do that I can’t possibly list them all as Chicagoans get down to some serious celebrating with gorgeous weather planned and Father’s Day on Sunday!  Let’s get started –

Back again for its 31st year, the Chicago Blues Fest takes center stage in Grant Park (337 E. Randolph Street) in The Loop both Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Needless to say, this fest is billed as the world’s largest free blues festival and won’t disappoint with its five stages of live music from blues greats such as Bettye LaVette (Saturday), Dr. John (Sunday) and many others. Once again, food trucks will be available with Giordano’s & Pork Chop on Saturday and The Fat Shallot & Chicago Lunchbox on Sunday!  It doesn’t get any better than this!!

Another big summer music festival taking place is the Spring Awakening Festival at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Drive) in the South Loop both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This rock musical features headliners such as Pretty Lights (Saturday), Kaskade (Sunday) and many others along with more than 75 other artists for your electronic and dance music enjoyment! There are also “official” After Parties (Saturday & Sunday) at various city locations all beginning at 10:00 p.m. If you’re unable to attend the festival; however, you will need a ticket to get in!!

Our weekend wouldn’t be the same without a summer street festival –

The Taste of Randolph Street sets up at Randolph and Peoria Streets (900 W. Randolph Street) in the West Town neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. It’s a cross-cultural celebration of food from some of the top restaurants in the West Loop, live music on three stages as well as a DJ dance stage hosted by The Mid and festival fun with six blocks of various merchants selling goods from artwork to clothing to handcrafted jewelry and so much more! After the Taste wraps-up for the evening, head on over to City Winery or the Bottom Lounge for the “official” After Parties!!

The 6 Corners BBQ Fest sets up at Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road (4000 N. Milwaukee Avenue) in the Portage Park neighborhood this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) for a day of pulled pork, baby back ribs, beef brisket, BBQ turkey legs and more BBQ delicacies! But BBQ isn’t all that’s featured – there’s live music on two stages, a cooking contest, arts & crafts and even live Pro Wrestling hosted by Svengoolie on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.!!

The Puerto Rican Festival sets up in Humboldt Park (1440 N. Sacramento Avenue) in the Humboldt Park neighborhood both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. One of the largest Latin events in the nation, this 32nd annual celebration features authentic Caribbean cuisine vendors, live music, arts & crafts, carnival rides and more! And don’t forget the Puerto Rican People’s Parade stepping off at 2:00 p.m. (Saturday) at Division Street and Western Avenue in celebration of Chicago’s bustling Puerto Rican community!!

Last, but not least, there are two art festivals as well –

The Old Town Art Fair sets up its Main Gate at Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street in the Old Town neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. rain or shine! Celebrating its 65th year, this art fair features 250 nationally acclaimed artists offering a wide range of art mediums along with a Garden Walk through 60 urban home gardens, live music, a food court, a kids’ corner offering arts & crafts and much more!

The Wells Street Art Festival sets up at North Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street in the Old Town neighborhood from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating its 40th year, this art festival features over 250 juried artists also offering a wide range of art mediums along with live music, tasty cuisine from some of Old Town’s restaurants and a silent auction!

Finally, the 2014 Chicago Movies in the Parks series returns featuring the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission!


“On the Waterfront” – Gross Park (2708 W. Lawrence Ave.) – Lincoln Square

“Rookie of the Year” – Oz Park (2021 N. Burling St.) – Lincoln Park

“Gravity” – Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St.) – Noble Square


“Groundhog Day” – Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley Ave.) – Logan Square

“Patang” – Midway Plaisance Park (1130 Midway Plaisance North) – Hyde Park

Can We Get Any More Serious Than This!  Happy Father’s Day to ALL Dads!!!


Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:12 PM by Dean's Team


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