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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Although the summer is approaching wind down mode, there are plenty of cool things to do this weekend in Chicago. Meet some of most recognized faces in comics, film and television at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Take part in a 5k with 12 crazy obstacle courses that may make you the next YouTube star at the Epic Fail Challenge 5K.The Bucktown Arts Festival returns for its 29th year with art, music, poetry and dance presentations. Check out over a dozen mobile eateries and stick around for the live music, including a set by The Sea and Cake, at the Chicago Food Social at Kendall College. The 11th annual Bash on Wabash brings tons of vendors, arts and crafts, live music and plenty of activities for the kids.

Wizard World Chicago Comic ConWizard World Chicago Comic Con
Where else can you meet Dr. Who, Stan Lee and Professor X himself under one roof? This year’s Wizard Comic Con features tons of celebs, comic book superstars and plenty of mortals dressed up in their finest spandex.
When: Thursday, August 21 – Sunday, August 24
Where: 5555 North River Road
Hours: Check website
Admission: $40 -100
More info: wizardworld.com

Epic Fail Challenge 5K Epic Fail Challenge 5K
Conquer the American Dream of becoming a YouTube sensation by taking part in this 5k where you and friends will face 12 obstacles courses including the Dodgeball Duck, Slippery Slope and Crazy Crawler.
When: Saturday, August 23
Where: 1410 South Museum Campus Drive
Hours: 9am
Admission: $90, advance $75
More info: epicfailchallenge.com

Bucktown Arts Festival Bucktown Arts Festival
The art fest returns for its 29th annual gathering featuring art, poetry, music, theater and dance with over 200 participants showing their creative work. One of the country’s premier art fests, proceeds go towards arts and education programs in Bucktown.
When: Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24
Where: 2300 North Oakley
Hours: 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free
More info: bucktownartsfest.com

Chicago Food SocialChicago Food Social
Over a dozen mobile eateries including Chicago Cupcake, Da Lobsta and Jerk will surround Kendall College with chef demonstrations and live music presented by the Empty Bottle. Catch headliners The Sea and Cake on Saturday and Led Zeppelin 2 on Sunday.
When: Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24
Where: 900 North Branch Street
Hours: 11am – 10pm (Saturday), 11am – 8pm (Sunday)
Admission: $5
More info: chicagofoodsocial.com

Bash on WabashBash on Wabash
The Bash on Wabash celebrates its 11th year with plenty of food vendors, arts and crafts and a bunch of live acts including School of Rock and California Wives. Kids will enjoy the soccer clinic, face painting and spin art.
When: Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24
Where: 1350 South Wabash Avenue
Hours: 12pm – 10 (Saturday), 12pm – 9 (Sunday)
Admission: $5 suggested donation
More info: bashonwabash.org