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Chicago Craft Beer Festival Highlights Top Weekend Events

Chicago Craft Beer Festival Highlights Top Weekend Events

Best Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Find the best THINGS TO DO in Chicago this weekend with our guide to exciting events like the Chicago Craft Beer Festival, captivating concerts, vibrant exhibitions, thrilling festivals, and much more. Whether you’re a local or just visiting for the weekend, there’s something for everyone in the Windy City.

Exhilarating NASCAR Chicago Street Race

Experience the adrenaline rush as NASCAR returns to Chicago for another spectacular weekend of street racing. Watch cars zoom past famous landmarks like Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue at over 100 miles per hour. Secure your tickets for reserved seating or designated viewing areas. Don’t miss concerts by The Chainsmokers, The Black Keys, Keith Urban, and Lauren Alaina happening in the same event!

The Lively African Caribbean International Festival of Life

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the African Caribbean International Festival of Life. Held at Washington Park, this festival offers reggae and world music performances, Afro-Caribbean food, games, crafts, and more. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day weekend with style.

Celebrate Diversity at Pride South Side

Show your pride at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center in Washington Park. The Pride South Side celebration offers a safe space for Black and Brown members of the LGBTQ community. Enjoy musical performances, a vendor fair, family-friendly activities, and more. This year‘s theme, “Right to Pride,” highlights the community’s role in advocacy, culture, and leadership.

Enjoy Beverages at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival

The Chicago craft beer Festival will be held at Jonquil Park for a three-day extravaganza of craft brews. Multiple sessions each day are limited to 600 attendees, with VIP tickets available for an enhanced experience. Taste a variety of brews and enjoy the outdoor ambiance.

Engage at Chess Night

Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, Chess Night at the iconic Wiener’s Circle is the place to be. This event, in honor of Diego Damis, invites chess enthusiasts of all skill levels to join. Make sure to RSVP as spots are limited.

Discover Chicago Blues at Chicago Bound: The Great Migration of the Blues

The Chicago Bound concert series celebrates the legacy of blues legends like Muddy Waters and Memphis Minnie. Hosted in public parks, these free performances offer a deep dive into the rich history and influence of Chicago blues.

Jazz in the Court

Catch live outdoor jazz performances every first Friday of the month this summer at Harper Court in Hyde Park. This free concert series features a variety of talented performers bringing jazz to life in the open air.

Immersive Clue: A Walking Mystery

Inspired by the popular board game, Clue: A Walking Mystery puts you in the shoes of detectives trying to solve a murder mystery. Starting at Block 37, this immersive experience tasks you with gathering clues from various Chicago sites.

Event Location Details
NASCAR Chicago Street Race Downtown Chicago Street racing with concerts by top artists
African Caribbean Festival Washington Park Music, food, and cultural activities
Pride South Side Washington Park LGBTQ celebration with performances and activities
Chicago Craft Beer Festival Jonquil Park Craft beer tastings and VIP experiences

Enjoy the Navy Pier Fireworks

Head to Navy Pier for one of Chicago’s best aerial displays. The pier hosts twice-weekly fireworks shows every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Enjoy stunning views of the city skyline while watching these mesmerizing displays.

Live on the Lake

Navy Pier’s Beer Garden comes alive with outdoor live music performances all summer long. This free music series features local, regional, and national acts playing a wide range of musical genres every weekend. Check the official Navy Pier website for the full lineup.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Catch open-air movie screenings at the Rooftop Cinema Club atop The Emily Hotel. Enjoy hand-picked classics, cult films, and recent releases while sipping craft beverages and taking in breathtaking views of the skyline. It’s the perfect summer cinema experience.

Explore Art on the Mart

ART on THE MART displays one of the world’s largest permanent digital art projections on the facade of THE MART. This 25-story-tall video installation showcases a rotating selection of digital art every evening. Best viewed from the Chicago Riverwalk, it’s a sight you won’t want to miss.

Participate in 360 Sky Yoga

Every Saturday, join a yoga class with a panoramic view from the 94th floor of 875 N Michigan Avenue, formerly known as the John Hancock Center. For $55, registration includes a class led by Britta Eumann, a cocktail or coffee, and admission to the observation deck for post-yoga photo ops.

Attend Bye Bye Liver: Chicago’s Longest Running Drinking Play!

Combining comedy and heavy drinking, Bye Bye Liver tells hilarious stories that dive into Chicago’s vibrant drinking culture. The show includes interactive drinking games and an after-party with the cast.

This weekend is packed with activities and events, whether you’re interested in the Chicago Craft Beer Festival, the lively African Caribbean International Festival of Life, or the thrilling NASCAR Chicago Street Race. Don’t miss out on making the most of your weekend in Chicago!

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Ethan Parker is a seasoned craft beer aficionado with a palate fine-tuned through years of exploring breweries worldwide. As the founder of Brew Scoop, he blends his passion for storytelling with his extensive knowledge of brewing techniques and beer culture. Ethan’s dedication to the craft beer community is evident in his efforts to educate and connect beer lovers while advocating for sustainable brewing practices.