Diversions: Another big weekend in Chicago

It’s never welcome in the conversation when I mention that Chicago has only 18 weeks of summer – between Memorial Day and Labor day, at least.  And it’s only worse now that we’re into our first full weekend of August.  There’s only a few more left!  This weekend promises to be a big one.  If you can’t find something to do this weekend, you might want to call the coroner?

Northalsted Market Days


Join Joan Jett and a crowd of more than 40,000 on Halsted Street to celebrate the annual Northalsted Market Days®. This event is the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s finest festivals!

The event spans six city blocks, has 17 entrance gates and features three music stages with more than 40 musical acts performing. Many of these artists are top-name, national headliners, giving Northalsted Market Days® a reputation for some of the best live music in Chicago.


All day on Saturday and Sunday.  Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison.



At this point, if you don’t have your tickets to Lollapalooza, you’re not going.  But at least you’ll know to avoid Grant Park, Columbus Drive, and the whole south end of the Museum Campus.

Big names at Lollapalooza this year include Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga,  The Strokes, Blues Traveler, Erykah Badu, and a whole bunch more. 


Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday in Grant Park.

Retro on Roscoe


Retro features Chicago’s top talent and entertainment on 3 main stages. Artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants will provide a shopping experience that is second to none. Local restaurants fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats. All this and more liven up this tree-lined street for an enjoyable two-day festival that brings back great memories while providing an excellent entertainment for the entire family.

Retro On Roscoe is the primary fund raising event that enables Roscoe Village Neighbors to sponsor so many community improvements. Proceeds from Retro On Roscoe provide funds for major projects such as the recent streetscape project, and projects that have improved local parks.



Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 10:00 pm.