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5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Weekend

Celebrate that you finally made it through the week with five awesome events around Chicago this week! Every week we at Dream Town scour the city and handpick five things we’re excited about.

From culture and history, to weird culture and history, to checking out some art and theatre; you’ll have no shortage of things to talk about next Monday.


This outdoor art extravaganza spans eight blocks and spotlights work from hundreds of local artists. Art enthusiasts can enjoy several exhibits, interact with artists and crafters, commission custom pieces, and purchase some of artwork for sale while enjoying the scenery of Chicago’s breathtaking Magnificent Mile.

  • When: Fri July 21 – Sun July 23
  • Where: 435 N Michigan Ave
  • Hours: Fri & Sat 10am – 7pm, Sun 10am – 5pm
  • Admission: Free
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The Chicago area’s best up-and-coming artists take over two lively stages to fill the summer evening with music. Guests can also partake of food, beer, carnival games, and a sidewalk sale, with a special assortment of family-friendly activities reserved for Saturday. Experience Forest Park at its most joyous!

  • When: Fri July 21 – Sun July 23
  • Where: Madison St & Des Plaines Ave (Forest Park)
  • Hours: Fri 5pm – 11pm, Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm
  • Admission: $5
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Attention all beer enthusiasts! Enjoy an assortment of the best specialty, seasonal, and small-batch craft beers at this tasty festival. Afternoon tasting passes allow you to sample more than 80 craft beers from over 40 brewers each afternoon. This year’s festival is also presented in conjuction with the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk!

  • When: Sat July 22 – Sun July 23
  • Where: Webster & Sheffield
  • Hours: 11:30am – 4pm
  • Admission: $40
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Learn more about how sustainable building practices can be attractive and affordable as well as eco-conscious through this tour of nationally recognized green-built homes. The builders, designers, and homeowners who have dedicated themselves to these techniques aim to create both a healthier community and a healthier planet.

  • When: Sat July 22 – Sun July 23
  • Where: Multiple locations
  • Hours: 10am – 4pm
  • Admission: $5 single home visit, $20 unlimited (ticket admits 2)
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Spend an afternoon at Evanston’s iconic Dawes House at a pleasant ice cream social sponsored by Andy’s Frozen Custard, featuring music, prizes, a magic show, and more! This annual summer favorite event delights both kids and adults alike—don’t miss this enjoyable community activity.

  • When: Sat July 22
  • Where: Dawes House (225 Greenwood, Evanston)
  • Hours: 1pm – 4pm
  • Admission: Free
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