Diversions: Things to do in Chicago this weekend

Ben Fest

Two days of family fun including great bands, food from local vendors, activities for the kids and a chance to win some great prizes. Great performances on the main stage by acts such as How Far to Austin, Send in the Clones, Eric Howell’s Greatest Hitch, Infintity, Open to Suggestion, the Jesse White Tumblers and Dance Connection. Catch teen and kid favorites such as the School of Rock and Mary Macoroni.

BenFest is at Saint Ben’s Church – 2155 W. Irving Park Rd.  www.benfest.com

Old Saint Pat’s Block Party

Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago’s oldest public building and a treasured historic landmark, is the host of the 26th annual World’s Largest Block Party. This event is a party for a good cause. Proceeds support the mission and outreach activities of Old St. Pat’s including the Education Center, the Outreach Group, Horizons For Youth, Career Transitions Center of Chicago and Global Alliance for Africa.


Logan Square Boulevard Bash

Bands, food and drink vendors and artists set up camp in Logan Square for this inaugural neighborhood fest.

Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue

July 9 : 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
July 10 : 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
July 11 : 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Chicago Folk and Roots Festival

Fun event sponsored by the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square.  The Main Stage in Welles Park is the sonic centerpiece of Folk & Roots with a boundless supply of rhythms, grooves, and melodies to last you all weekend long. From the trance inducing desert pulse of Etran Finatawa to the slinky, psychedelic soul of The Budos Band, the Main Stage is where it’s at!


Rock Around the Block

Rock Around the Block eatures about thirty of the windy city’s best bands continuously performing on three unique stages and four full blocks of interactive fun! Located at one of the most highly visible intersections in Chicago on Lincoln Avenue at Belmont.

July 10 : 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
July 11 : 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The savory patty will take center stage THIS WEEKEND at the inaugural Roscoe Village Burger Fest on Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11, on Belmont at Damen in the Roscoe Village neighborhood.  Sumptuous burgers, live music, arts & crafts and activities for kids will highlight the weekend. In addition, visitors will be able to vote for Chicago’s best burger. 

Burger Fest hours are Noon-10:00 p.m. both days.