18 17 good weekends in a Chicago Summer. So let’s get out and enjoy some of Chicago’s best fests and events this weekend.
Of course the big event on Friday night is the Chicago Blackhawks game. It’s away, darn it. Find your favorite bar, and enjoy the madness. Local time for game time: 7pm. I wouldn’t ordinarily mention a game as this isn’t a “Fest” in the strict sense of the word. But the city should be hopping tonight. Plan accordingly!
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
The big event this weekend in Millennium Park. For over 25 years, an inspiration for when the spirit moves you! Friday and Saturday, Noon to 5pm. Free!
Sample more than 100 varieties of beer in Uptown at the Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence.) Learn how to craft home brews. Those in attendance can interact with the brewers themselves and cast their vote to select the “Beer Hoptacular Beer of the Year.” Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Do Division Street Fest
What makes the Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale unique is that all elements of this festival are local: the food, the vendors, the music, even the featured beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, is selected based on it’s popularity in the ‘hood. Given the status of West Division Street as the hottest, hippest most cutting edge neighborhood in Chicago, the events’ 50,000 attendees wouldn’t want this festival any other way but local.