Diversions: Things to do in Chicago this weekend

Another busy weekend in Chicago with Festivals all over the city.  And it seems that Summer may finally be in full swing with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80’s.  Maybe that last snow pile at the end of your alley will finally melt this week?

The Big Ones this week:image

Halsted Street Market Days

(Photos of Market Days over on Flicker.)

In the heart of Boystown along Halsted stretching from Belmont to Addison, it’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and it just keeps getting bigger and better each year!  Among the  performers on Market Days’ four music stages (which includes one dedicated to jazz) will be R&B icons En Vogue, Jody Watley, Kristine W, Cece Peniston and Kathy Sledge at the new “VIP Stage” near Addison. Among the more than 40 acts set to appear on stages at Belmont and Roscoe are disco legends The Village People, Eric Himan, Linda Clifford, Dot Dot Dot, Levi Kreis and 16 Candles.

Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Another event designed to wreak havoc on any Realtor tours throughout the neighborhood.  Agents:  don’t host any open houses unless you want an endless stream of “customers” who want to “check out” the bathrooms!

LOGO Belmont Stage Entertainment presented by Comcast

Saturday
12:15pm – Kimi HayesMarket Days Boys2
2:00pm – The Handcuffs
3:00pm – Chicago Spirit Brigade
3:30pm – My Dear Disco
4:45pm – LOGO Lip Sync Contest
5:15pm – Dot Dot Dot
7:45pm – Rock Candy

Sunday
12:30pm – Suzy Brack & The New Jack Lords
2:00pm – BPM
3:00pm – Windy City Cowboys
3:30pm – Hag
4:45pm – Chicago Spirit Brigade
5:15pm – Candye Kane
7:00pm – Cat Fight

Horseshoe Casino VIP Stage @ Addison Entertainment

Saturday
3:30pm – Syesha Mercado
5:20pm – Lucas Prata
7:00pm – Kristine W
9:00pm – En VogueMarket Days Crowd

Sunday
3:30pm – CeCe Peniston
4:30pm – Kathy Sledge
6:30pm – Berlin
8:30pm – Jody Watley

Roscoe Stage Entertainment

Saturday
Noon – Everelle
1:15pm – Jason Antone
2:00pm – Brian Kent
2:45pm – Kelly King
4:15pm – Levi Kreis
6:00pm – Eric Himan
8:00pm – 16 Candles

Sunday
12:30pm – Project Ultra
2:15pm – The Hat Guys
5:00pm – Abba Band
6:45pm – Linda Clifford
8:30pm – Village People

The Jazz Oasis

Saturday
12:30 pm – The Flat Cats
3:00 pm – International Academy of Design and Technology Fashion Show
3:30 pm – Liz Mandeville & the Blues Points
5:45 pm – ROTC Squad
6:30 pm – Chicago Cabaret Project

Retro on Roscoe

This big Fest is located in the heart of Roscoe Village – along Roscoe from Damen west to nearly Western Ave.  Three main stages, lots of shopping and food from local restaurants are all featured from Noon to 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

This event is decidedly more Family Friendly with games, crafts and other fun stuff for kids.  Much less “Risque” than North Halsted Market Days.  A lot more clothes are worn to this Festival.

Just to mix it up a bit, along with the shopping, eating and music, the 15th annual Windy City Chili Cookoff is where top chili cooks from Chicago and across the country come to compete for a slot in the World Championship. All the chili is cooked from scratch before your eyes and graded by some elite judges to determine the winner. Trophies and cash prizes are also awarded to the top vote getters in each category. Public tasting is available between 1 -3 pm for a $5 donation. The proceeds benefit the St. Teresa Food Pantry.

West Stage Saturday

12 pm – Radio Disney
1 pm – Mary Macaroni
2 pm – Ralph’s World
4 pm – 7th Heaven
6 pm – Bad Examples
8 pm – Mike and Joe

West Stage Sunday

12 pm – Patchouli
1 pm – Scribble Monster
2 pm – Justin Roberts
4 pm – South of 80
6 pm – Maggie Speaks
8 pm – Hairbangers

Center Stage Saturday

12 pm – Chicago Samba
2 pm – IRS
4 pm – FNR
6 pm – Mr. Blotto
8 pm – Wedding Banned

Center Stage Sunday

12 pm – Jay Gulotta Band
2 pm – Rendition
4 pm – Spoken Four
6 pm – Trippin Billies
8 pm – Mike and Joe

East Stage Saturday

12 pm – Matt Robinson Band
2 pm – Woogie
4 pm – Blu Print
6 pm – Too White Crew
8 pm – Hairbangers Ball

East Stage Sunday

2 pm – Curbside
4 pm – I-Pop
6 pm – Cornmeal
8 pm – 16 Candles

Rounding out the rest of the city