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From Friday through Sunday, we know you don’t even want to think about work but rather looking for a fun distraction to occupy your weekend in the city, help is here. Whether you want to explore new haunts in Chicago, relax, take in a festival, or have a night out on the town that’ll make your snapchat and insta stories followers green with envy, here’s what to get into this weekend. It’s #summertimeChi so there’s a lot taking place this weekend but these are the recommended ones for you to go either solo or with a group for a good time. The Chicago Weekend Guide for July 26-28.
FRIDAY JULY 26
WHAT :: Wicker Park Fest 2019
WHERE :: Milwaukee Ave Between Division & North Avenue
WHEN :: Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
WHY:: Wicker Park Fest Presented by Goose Island: Four main stages, three days. Presenting the best in music, food, arts, kids entertainment, and shopping to our fair city.
COST :: Friday: $40; Saturday $49.95; Sunday $40 | Click here for more info
WHAT :: Wakandacon Chicago 2019
WHERE:: Hyatt Regency McCormick Chicago| 337 E. Randolph St
WHEN :: July 26-28, 2019
WHY:: Wakandacon is a 3-day Afro-Futuristic celebration for comic nerds, pop culture buffs, big thinkers, techies, creatives, storytellers, gamers, science geeks, dreamers, makers, movers, shakers and anyone contributing to the culture!
COST :: $35-$80. Click here for more info.
SATURDAY JULY 27
WHAT:: Evening Associates Garden Party
WHERE :: Art Institute of Chicago
WHEN :: July 27 6-9PM
WHY :: The Evening Associates of The Art Institute of Chicago are excited to announce the return of Garden Party! The gorgeous event will surround the highly anticipated art exhibition, Manet & Modern Beauty. Guests will enjoy live musical performances in the garden by Astro Samurai, DJ sets by Sadie Woods, summer cocktails inspired by Manet, private access to the museum’s blockbuster exhibition, and an official after party at Cerise Rooftop. One lucky Evening Associates member will even win a pair of Lollapalooza VIP tickets! Event co-chairs: Marta Kavchak and Todd Walton.
COST :: $60 Evening Associates, $70 member and students, $80 adults | Click here for more info
WHAT :: Chicago Margarita Festival
WHERE :: Navy Pier Chicago
WHEN :: Saturday, July 27-Sunday July 28 .
WHY :: Chicago Margarita Festival returns this summer for a weekend of lounging and sipping top shelf margaritas while dancing to live island sound music. The festival will feature three tasting sessions.
COST :: $20 and above. Click here for more info
WHAT :: 31st Annual GhanaFest™ 2019 “Akwaaba:The Year of Return”
WHERE :: Washington Park
WHEN :: Jul 27 – Jul 28
WHY :: Ghana National Council of Chicago and its affiliates present the 31st annual events showcasing Ghanaian music, art, fashion, food, performances and culture open to all ages. GhanaFest™ is the largest showcase of African culture, music, food, and fashion in the Midwest of United States since 1988. Proceeds will go towards the construction of The Ghana house, a vision of the community for the past 30 years. This year celebrates Ghana’s “Year of The Return” initiative.
COST :: Two day pass $15; One day pass $10 | Click here for more info
WHAT :: MCA Talk: On Style and Democratic Design with NO SESSO and Universal Standard
WHERE :: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Edlis Neeson Theater | 220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
WHEN :: Saturday July 27 4–5pm
WHY:: In a panel moderated by Christy LeMaster, Assistant Curator of Public Programs, hear from the founders and designers of NO SESSO and Universal Standard on their unique approaches to expanding the available options in contemporary design.
COST :: $15 Full / $10 Member / $8 Student Click here for more info here
WHAT :: 4th Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party
WHERE:: National Museum of Mexican Art| 1852 West 19th Street
WHEN :: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 3:00 PM–8:00 PM
WHY:: Join us for the Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, a free all-ages event celebrating poetry, music, and creativity! The arts are alive and open to all in a day of musical performances, poetry readings, writing workshops, visual art activities, and games.
COST :: Free Admission. Click here for more info here
WHAT:: South Loop Beer & Cider Fest 2019
WHERE :: Women’s Park and Gardens 1801 S Indiana Ave.
WHEN :: Sat, July 27, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
WHY :: The South Loop Beer & Cider Fest returns for its 4th year to Chicago’s Near South Side neighborhood! Offering an impressive array of beer and hard ciders from Illinois and beyond. In addition to the sampling of craft beers, attendees can purchase food from local food trucks and enjoy live music and other craft beer-centric activities.
$15 – $65 | Click here for more info
WHAT:: Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board 2019 Out of the BLU
WHERE :: Shedd Aquarium
WHEN :: July 27 | 6PM
WHY :: BLU, hosted by Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board, invites guests to celebrate a favorite Chicago institution while enjoying dazzling city skyline views, tastings from many of Chicago’s best restaurants and beverage vendors, and exciting performances.
COST :: GA:$150 | VIP $250 (SOLD OUT) | Click here for more info
WHAT :: Taste Of Lincoln Avenue Chicago
WHERE:: Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood
WHEN :: Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th noon-10pm
WHY:: Come and join us at the Taste of Lincoln Chicago for another year of great fun, food, activities and more.
COST :: $10 at the Gates for All Day Entry Click here for more info.
SUNDAY JULY 28
WHAT :: Posh Sunday Funday Wine & Cocktail PartyLH21
WHERE :: London House Rooftop Bar |
WHEN :: Sunday July 28.
WHY :: Come and meet professional men and women like you who love to travel, fine dining and socialize at nice cool spots in the city.
COST :: $35 – $100 | Click here for more info
WHAT :: Eli’s Annual Cheesecake Festival
WHERE :: 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. Chicago
WHEN :: Sunday July 21.
WHY :: Free Admission · Free Cheesecake Samples yes please! Celebrate National Cheesecake Day with Eli’s as well as the annual Classic Car Show from 9am-4pm, benefiting The New Horizons Center.
COST :: $10 GA for Illinois residents are available only through midnight on July 20| Click here for more info
WHAT :: ArtBasel4Charity brunch
WHERE :: IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge | 127 West Huron Street Chicago
WHEN :: Sunday July 28.
WHY :: Sunday’s are for brunching and fun. IO Godfrey will host the 2nd Annual ArtBasel4Charity brunch, a Miami-inspired art affair and brunch event benefiting Street Samaritans. Guests will enjoy an exquisite brunch menu, sounds by Victor R, craft cocktails and mimosas, afternoon on the rooftop, art and charity.
COST :: Free admission; food and table reservation cost varies| Click here for more info
Whatever you get into this weekend, tag us on Instagram @SociaLifeChicago with #MakeTheScene. If you’ll be outdoors for a long duration of time, remember sunscreen and hydration (water not just alcohol). Have a great weekend!
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