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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

This weekend offers something for everyone—from the foodie to the music lover and even the community activist. Remember Mozart’s famous opera Magic Flute? Well, get ready to see a modern (and African) twist to the story at Navy Pier. If jazz is more your thing, don’t miss the annual Hyde Park music festival, complete with a huge outdoor dance floor. Don’t have a babysitter? Then head to Fiesta Familiar, where you and your kids can get crafty, creative and enjoy various performances at the Lincoln Park Zoo. If you feel inspired to do something about the problems in the world, get schooled at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, where you can also sign up to become part of the solution. And finally, foodies can rejoice at the return of Chicago Gourmet, where celebrity chefs and brewers serve up their best treats at Millennium Park and beyond.

And while you’re out there having fun, remember to snap some selfies for our Chicago Selfie photo contest. You could win up to $1,000!

the magic fluteThe Magic Flute
The mesmerizing Isango Ensemble reinterprets Mozart’s classic opera with marimbas, drums and percussion. The South African troupe brings the story to life in contemporary Africa that includes various African languages and a joyful energy that will leave you in awe.
When: Thursday, September 25 – Sunday, September 28
Where: 800 E. Grand Avenue
Hours: Check website
Admission: $20-55
More info: chicagoshakes.com

chicago gourmetChicago Gourmet
Bon Appetit magazine brings back its annual celebration of food and wine to Millennium Park and beyond. Enjoy delicious bites, cooking demonstrations, tastings and more! This year, don’t miss the new BBQ Pavilion and Global Street Food Pavilion.
When: Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28
Where: Check website
Hours: Check website
Admission: $50-275
More info: chicagogourmet.org

chicago international social change film festivalChicago International Social Change Film Festival
Watch untold stories of everyday struggles and become the change you want to see in the world. Direct action opportunities will be offered by various organizations who fight the issues presented in the featured films. Robust panel discussions will also take place.
When: Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21
Where: 1011 S. Delano Court East
Hours: 5-10pm (Friday), 10am – 10pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Admission: $20-100
More info: chicagosocialchange.org

hyde park jazz festivalHyde Park Jazz Festival
Check out over 40 jazz acts that are locally, nationally and internationally renowned. Enjoy artisan vendors and a community oral history project about jazz experiences. And get ready to shake it on the huge outdoor dance floor!
When: Saturday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28
Where: Check website
Hours: 1pm-12am (Saturday), 1-8pm (Sunday)
Admission: $5 suggested donation
More info: hydeparkjazzfestival.org

Fiesta FamiliarFiesta Familiar
Bring the kids for a fun-filled day for the entire family. Enjoy arts and crafts where you’ll work alongside Chicago artists and compete in a coloring contest. Check out performances by clowns, mariachi bands, flamenco dancers and more!
When: Saturday, September 27
Where: 2001 N. Clark Street
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
More info: fiestafamiliar.com