Whoever says there is nothing to do in Chicago on the weekends is a flat out liar. The summer is definitely heating up in Chicago, and summer festivals are in full swing.
If you want to avoid the TASTE OF CHICAGO crowds this weekend these top pick might be perfect for you.
VOLLEYWOOD BEACH BASH: For several years, the only event you could legally drink on the beach was Volleywood, Chicago Sport and Social Club’s annual ode to beach volleyball and fist-pumping good times. While others have since entered the arena, Volleywood remains one of the best beach party scenes the city has to offer. If you’re not playing, hang out, sip a cocktail, ogle the scantily-clad bodies and check out a special performance by Nelly. July 13, North Avenue Beach, $30 GA, $50 VIP
ROSCOE VILLAGE BURGER FEST: Some of Chicago’s best burger spots will be firing up their grills at this annual festival. Two stages of music, a kids zone area, plenty of arts and craft vendors and a contest for the best burger. July 13-14, $7 donation
WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT: Popular River North country & western BBQ spot Bub City hosts this first annual event featuring — what else — live country music and BBQ! Other Chicago restaurants like Smoque and Lillie’s Q will also be on hand. Oh, and there’ll be plenty of beer to wash it all down. July 12-14, $30 for one-day pass, $60 for three-day pass.
WEST FEST: One of the best street fests of the year. More than 60,000 people came out for this Chicago Avenue soiree last year, and this year should be no different. Enjoy a live music and a DJ stage, as well as a stage just for kids, along with a special area for dogs. July 13-14, $5 donation
SQUARE ROOTS FESTIVAL: Head up to Lincoln Square for this annual festival that includes more than 60 acts on four stages, along with art vendors, food and more than 30 craft beers available.
ASHORE THING: A new kind of parade sets sail in Chicago Saturday. Ashore Thing, presented by Michigan Avenue Magazine and the Chicago Yacht Club, will celebrate the start of the famous Race to Mackinac Island boat race with a parade of sailboat sensations. A wave of prestigious sailboats preparing to embark on the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac will sail through the shores of Chicago offering seaside admirers a close-up view of their “floats.”
A good tip would be if you’re heading to the beach or to the parade; to make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen because we might be in the windy city but that sun can be brutal and if you heading to a food fest make sure to bring the pepto!!!
There’s something for any mood you may have.