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Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 7/28 and Beyond

We’re at the end of July, so why not go out and enjoy the wonderful here are tons of really fun events for everyone to do this weekend. It’s feeling a little more normal to go out since Chicago dropped the masking and vaccination proof mandates on February 28 (for better or worse) and events are rolling in. While it may seem like we’re at the tail end of things, many venues still have their mask and vaccination requirements for the foreseeable future. So if you do plan to go out this weekend, make sure you check out the venue’s policies and take initiative. Wear a mask, social distance, and get your vaccination shots and your booster even if the venue/event doesn’t require it. And if you still feel that wearing a mask is a must (like many still do), then please wear one. Protect yourself and those around you. If you still don’t feel entirely safe to go out (and quite honestly, who can blame you?) you can always stay in and support these places from home.

Now, let’s get on with your Chicago Curated Weekend!

  • Art Galleries and Special Events

THURSDAY, JULY 21st

French Market @ Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
QUE: A little taste of France in Wrigleyville!
SO WHAT: French Market will be a perfect way to spend your Thursday evening with its casual, European flair and wide variety of vendors. Each day of the market will feature 20+ vendors! Whether your looking for some tasty treats, hand made goods, or just a good time in the setting summer sun, French Market is there for you! Plus there will be a kids craft corner to keep the kid’s imaginations growing. You can bring your blanket on the grass or pick a patio table to sit back and enjoy the live music each week! Check out the music schedule below!

NOWWHAT: Entry is free, just bring your totes and stock up on some amazing food and wares!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 29th & 30th

Twilight Tunes @ Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
QUE: music and animals
SO WHAT: Twilight Tunes, Brookfield Zoo’s summer concert series, will be taking over the ground on Fridays and Saturdays in July! Enjoy 10 nights of live music while having access to afterhours exhibits like the big cats, Pinniped Point and underwater viewing, Seven Seas’ dolphin underwater viewing, Ice Age Giants (East Trail), and Wild Encounters (no Aviary) until 8:30pm. Each night will end with a laser light show at 9:00pm! Check out the music lineup below and more info on each act over at the Brookfield Zoo website.

  • Friday, July 29 – Southern Accents
  • Saturday, July 30 – House Party

NOWWHAT: Tickets are $15 adults and $13 children and seniors. Brookfield Zoo Member Tickets are $10 adults and $8 children and seniors

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JULY 29th – 31st (& BEYOND)

The 2022 Newberry Book Fair @ Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Thursday & Friday Noon – 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages
QUE: A huge book fair supporting the Newberry Library, finally back after a long hiatus!
SO WHAT: There is no such thing as too many books. Newberry Library knows this and their annual book fair is a great place to add one, two, or a dozen new books to your growing library. Whether it’s cookbooks, biographies, children’s literature or heartbreaking works of staggering literary genius; with over 120,000 books for sale there’s a good chance you’ll find it at the fair.
NOWWHAT: Make some room on your shelves for some new books because admission is free, and all proceeds support the Newberry. The fair is cashless, so bring a card with you and add to your to-read pile! Also, Sunday is half-priced day!

Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival aka Jeff Fest @ Jefferson Park, 4822 N Long Ave
QUE: The 21th annual Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival aka JEFF FEST!
SO WHAT: Enjoy all the fun activities and ambiance of Jefferson Park in this three-day festival! You’ll get the chance to enjoy some great bands, tasty foods, and tons of family fun while enjoying the warm Chicago weather!
NOWWHAT: Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door for this great neighborhood fest! Children 12 and under are free with an adult!

ChiTown Movies @ Pilsen Neighborhood, 2343 S. Throop St, Various Times, All Ages
QUE:
An old school experience for the modern age
SO WHAT: Take a trip back in time and head out to a drive-in movie with ChiTown Movies. Ever since the pandemic started and shut down traditional movie screening, a few pop up drive-ins have arrived and ChiTown Movies have persevered, offering up modern movies in this retro setting. Check out their lineup below for showings this weekend and in the future!

NOWWHAT: Tickets are $33 per car for these movies, so bring the family for a safe movie watching experience

The Neo-Futurists’ The Infinite Wrench @ The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N Ashland, Friday and Saturday 10:30pm, Sunday 7:00pm, 16+
QUE: Quick plays live and online!
SO WHAT: The Neo-Futurists are back! their Infinite Wrench is an ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes for a live audience. Now it’s actually a live audience that will be enjoying the performance in person! With plenty of COVID precautions in place, you’ll be able to enjoy the funny, disgusting, profound, terrifying, irreverent, and downright entertaining show with friends! Plan ahead as vaccination cards will be checked and booster will be required to be fully vaccinated.
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo-Futurists this weekend for $10! Head over to their website to see all they have planned now that in-person audiences are a thing again! If you’re still a little anxious about going out, The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral will be continuing til February (and possibly beyond) over at their Patreon

SATURDAY, JULY 30th

Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, 10:00 p.m. – 10:10 p.m.
QUE: Enjoy the spectacle of fireworks all summer long
SO WHAT: Take a trip to Navy Pier and check out their dazzling display of fireworks! Each show features dramatic and popular music soundtracks with some special occasion soundtracks sprinkled throughout the season.
NOWWHAT: It’s free! Just make your way to Navy Pier, find a spot, and enjoy the show!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 30th & 31st

Randolph Street Market Festival @ Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., 10:00am – 5:00pm
QUE: This fun street market is back after a few years away!
SO WHAT: Celebrate the return of the Randolph Street Market Festival where you can experience over 175 vendors with a wide variety of items perfect for the summer season! Shop for vintage and antique items while enjoying a drink and the live music playing throughout the market!
NOWWHAT: Tickets start at $10, which are good for both days and go up with a nice selection of tiers including drink packages, totes, and more!

Chinatown Summer Fair @ Chinatown, S Wentworth Ave & 23rd street, 11:00am, all ages
QUE:
An iconic event celebrating the beauty of Chinese culture
SO WHAT: Visitors to the event will be able to see the revered Dragon and Lion Dance Procession! There will be plenty of food from fantastic neighborhood restaurants, activities for families and children, and more! It is a nice mesh of ancient and modern Chinese culture. Check out the packed lineup of events happening during the fair at their event page!
NOWWHAT: The event is free and a nice way to end your weekend

SUNDAY, JULY 24th

THE WHOLE SELF-DISTANCE WEEKEND & BEYOND

Lollapalooza @ Grant Park & ​​Streaming on Hulu, 601 South Michigan Avenue
QUE:
The over the top, too many days of music, is back at Grant Park and streaming safely at home on Hulu
SO WHAT: Lollapalooza is back in Grant Park with a lineup featuring the likes of Metallica, Dua Lipa, J. Cole, Green Day and TONS more! If you don’t feel like getting into the usually massive crowds, you can sit back at home and watch selected sets over on Hulu, which is Lollapalooza’s official digital home this year!
NOWWHAT: Tickets are still available. If you’re opting to stay at home like we are, tune in for some live sets over on Hulu!

50th Annual Fiesta del Sol @ Pilsen, Cermak from Ashland to Morgan St.,
QUE:
Join the Pilsen Community for the 49th annual Fiesta del Sol!
SO WHAT: Fiesta del Sol celebrates the Pilsen neighborhood’s culture with live entertainment featuring a full music lineup, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources for parents and youth, soccer games, and much more. This event spans an eight-block space down Cermak Road from Ashland to Morgan St. and can be seen from thousands around thanks to the carnival’s huge Ferris Wheel!
NOWWHAT: Admission is free for these great cultural festivities!

Weekend Shows @ Lincoln Hall & Schubas, 2424 N Lincoln Ave & 3159 N Southport Ave, various times, 18+
QUE: A full weekend of amazing shows at Schubas!
SO WHAT: Lincoln Hall and Schubas are some of our favorite venues in the city and they always have something great going on. Check out what’s going this weekend at these great venues!

NOWWHAT: Head out to Schubas & Lincoln Hall and enjoy this great lineup of shows! Please note: proof of vaccination is required for entry to all shows at Lincoln Hall and Schubas in Chicago. Click here for more information on this policy.

Back on the Big Screen and Virtual Cinema @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave and at your home, any time you want to watch a movie
QUE:
A great way to support a great local theater
SO WHAT: The Music Box Theater is really to fill that art house need in you with some excellent movies including with Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Fire of Love, Gonna (Thursday only), resurrection, Hypochondriac, CatVideoFest and more! But if you want to watch some first-run movies at home, you can still watch great movies and support them online! They are currently screening films via their The Music Box Direct series! There are also tons of select titles available on their new platform!
NOWWHAT: Digital tickets are $12, in person screenings vary, so sit back and enjoy!

New Talks and Video Archives @ Various Locations & Chicago Humanities Festival YouTube channel, your favorite browser or YouTube app, any time you want some inspiration, All Ages
QUE: Interesting conversations with interesting people!
SO WHAT: Chicago Humanities Festival always brings some of the best ideas to the surface with entertaining programming that captures your imagination. Be on the lookout for updates to the upcoming season as their website is constantly updated with new talks.
NOWWHAT: Head over to take a look at their past events here! You should also sign up for their email list to get updates on upcoming talks in 2022.

Mask of the Red Coronavirus! @ Black Button Eyes Productions, Any time on your computer or mobile device. For 18+.
QUE: Written by Black Button Eyes Productions producing artistic director Ed Rutherford, this short satirical piece is available online free as a combined script-and-video experience.
SO WHAT: In addition to reading the play, you will see various Chicago artists act out portions of the script on video, recorded remotely. The event includes puppets, burlesque, original music, fire dancing and more in a brief, darkly comedic confection.
With the Red Coronavirus running rampant across the countryside and a vaccine still months away, what’s a Prince to do? Lock himself in a secure bunker in an undisclosed location along with a cohort of his top donors, of course. To prevent him and his rich supporters from becoming bored, the Prince has also brought a few artists into the bunker to entertain the crowd. But as the hour grows later and the night grows weirder, it’s clear that something else has also invaded the party.
NOWWHAT: Settle down for an evening of magical weirdness. Click here and begin reading and watching the videos.

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