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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 12-14.
FRIDAY July 12
WHAT :: V103 Summer Block Party with Jill Scott
WHERE :: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
WHEN :: Saturday July 13
WHY:: Chicago! It’s time for the 5th Annual V103 Summer Block Party featuring the AMAZING Jill Scott along with Anthony Hamilton, Mase and Carl Thomas!
COST :: Tickets $35.95 – $200.95 | Click here for more info here
WHAT :: Taste of Chicago
WHERE:: Grant Park | 337 E. Randolph St
WHEN :: Friday July 12-Sunday July 14
WHY:: Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest free-admission outdoor food festival, which began on Wednesday July 10 will go until Sunday July 13. The weekend lineup of performers include: De La Soul with an opening performance by Taylor Bennett on Friday July 12. On Saturday peformances by Joywave, lovelytheband, The Strumbellas. Sunday’s performers will be Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, India.Arie. Food consumption from the plethora of vendors around will require tickets.
COST :: Tickets cost varies for food and music Click here for more info
WHAT :: Bronzeville Summer Nights – 7 Yrs Celebrating Commerce + Culture
WHERE :: 43rd Street – Cottage Grove Ave. to Greenwood Ave.
WHEN :: Friday July 12
WHY:: Bronzeville will once again host a series of summer programming that offers shopping, culture, and revelry to the greater Chicago community. Long known as a stronghold of African-American heritage and deep cultural roots, the historic neighborhoods of Bronzeville kick off the seventh season of Bronzeville Summer Nights to celebrate and promote commerce in the community . Free trolley rides
COST :: Friday: $40; Saturday $49.95; Sunday $40 | Click here for more info
SATURDAY JULY 13
WHAT :: Jeni’s Makes Summer Better’ Chicago
WHERE :: Warby Parker Gold Coast | 1123 N. State St., Chicago
WHEN :: Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHY :: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is giving out FREE scoops of delicious ice cream in Chicago as part of the “Jeni’s Makes Summer Better” Truck Tour! Guests can enjoy free scoops of these available flavors: Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Salted Peanut Butter, Brambleberry Crisp, Cream Puff, Frosé, Gooey Buttercake, Darkest Chocolate
COST :: FREE |
WHAT:: Square Roots Festival 2019
WHERE :: Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson
WHEN :: July 12, 13 & 14
WHY :: A truly local festival, featuring neighborhood food and regional craft beer, as well as unique and exciting market vendors, while over 50 bands and artists from around the world entertain on 4 stages. Your donations support Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s free concerts and farmers markets and Old Town School of Folk Music’s financial aid programs and outreach programming.
COST :: $10 donations suggested | Click here for more info
WHAT :: DAY JAVU Day Party
WHERE :: Prysm | 1543 North Kingsbury Street
WHEN :: Saturday July 13 doors open at 2 PM
WHY :: Please join us at Prysm for another Day Javu “Day Party” featuring Celebrity DJ ESCO, SEAN MAC, HAPPY. This event will be somewhat of a Day party/concert, so be prepared to party hard Diaspora!
COST :: Tickets start at $30 | Click here for more info
WHAT :: Ankara Ball 2019
WHERE :: South Shore Cultural Center| 7059 South South Shore Drive
WHEN :: Saturday July 13 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
WHY :: The 5th installment of our annual Gala is a celebration of NAPA members, supporters, and community advocates from Africa to the Diaspora!
COST :: Tickets start at $60 | Click here for more info
WHERE :: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago |200 E. Chicago Avenue
WHEN :: Saturday, July 13 7-10PM
WHY :: The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital will host Thrive, their new fundraising event that replaces the previous signature event Summer Lovin, where proceeds will benefit innovative lung cancer research.
COST :: GA $175 and VIP tickets $200 | Click here for more info
SUNDAY JULY 14
WHAT :: Jennifer Hudson at Ravinia
WHERE :: Ravinia Festival n | 418 Sheridan Rd
WHEN :: Sunday July 14.
WHY :: The Chicago native will be performing as part of Ravinia’s annual gala but you can still catch her performance area.
COST :: Pavillion tickets: $125 / $115 / Lawn: $43* | Click here for more info
Whatever you do, if you will be outdoors for a long duration of time, remember sunscreen and hydration (water not just alcohol). Have a great weekend!
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