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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

The weather might be cooling off in Chicago but events and festivals are still hot! Check out tunes from around the world at the city-wide World Music Festival. Prefer something more wild? Then don’t miss the amazing lineup at Riot Fest this year. Foodies will love the cook-off at Mod Mex & Mod Mix, where Rick Bayless will serve up a five-course meal. But if you want to try the authentic stuff, come by the Little Village Festival. Finally, for a talk show experience without the flight to New York or LA, check out this month’s Interview Show at Abbey Pub.

World Music FestivalWorld Music Festival
Listen to the tunes of more than 80 countries right here in Chicago! The city-wide, multi-venue festival will include performers Seun Kuti, Vieux Farka Touré and more. Don’t miss a night of classical Indian music on Friday. Check out the complete schedule online.
When: Thursday, September 11 – Sunday, September 21
Where: Check website
Hours: Check website
Admission: Free
More info: cityofchicago.org

Riot FestRiot Fest
Don’t miss an amazing lineup that includes The Cure, Jane’s Addition, Weezer and more! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Riot Fest will also feature carnival rides and after shows in case you prefer a more intimate setting.
When: Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14
Where: Division Street & California Avenue
Hours: 3-10pm (Friday), 11am – 10pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Admission: $74.98 – 149.98
More info: chicago.riotfest.org

The Interview ShowThe Interview Show
Every first Friday of the month, Mark Bazer hosts his talk show at the Abbey Pub. This time, singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer as well as legendary documentary filmmaker Steve James are featured as guests.
When: Friday, September 12
Where: 3420 W. Grace Street
Hours: 7pm
Admission: $15
More info: theinterviewshowchicago.com

Festival de la VillitaFestival de La Villita
Celebrate Mexican heritage and the country’s independence from Spain with live entertainment, games, carnival rides and more. Check out vendors who will offer handmade goods for sale and authentic food and drinks. Don’t miss the parade on Sunday!
When: Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14
Where: 26th Street & Kostner Avenue
Hours: 6-11pm (Friday), 2-11pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Admission: Free
More info: chicagoevents.com

Mod Mex Mod MixMod Mex & Mod Mix
Watch four renowned chefs compete at a cook-off for the best Mexican dish around. Guests can enjoy tastings, cooking demonstrations, tequila and more! Opt in for the VIP ticket that includes a five-course meal that’s hosted by celebrity chef Rick Bayless.
When: Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September 14
Where: 900 N. Branch Street & 445 N. Clark Street
Hours:  Check website
Admission: $95-275
More info: chicagogourmet.org