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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

This weekend presents plenty of options to get out and do something awesome in Chicago. Music fans probably already know about this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival featuring Beck and Kendrick Lamar among a plethora of other groups from national artists to underground acts. For something a little more mainstream you can’t go wrong with Billy Joel at Wrigley Field. The legendary singer-songwriter is the first act to play the Cubs ballpark twice. Find out where the lion sleeps at night and catch some outdoor fun at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Sleep Under the Skyscrapers campout. Check out the Celebrate Clark Street Festival to take in tons of live music, ethnic food and unique art in Rogers Park. For a chilled out good time, visit the Sheffield Garden Walk and Music Festival where you can mosey through over 80 gardens, take an architectural tour and enjoy live music and great food.

Billy JoelBilly Joel
The Piano Man returns to Wrigley Field to belt out his signature tunes in his second appearance at the ballpark. Unlike the Cubs, expect Joel to deliver the hits in his first Chicago appearance in seven years.
When: Friday, July 18
Where: 1060 W. Addison Street
Hours: 8pm
Admission: $99–129.50
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Sleep under the SkyscrapersSleep Under the Skyscrapers: Outdoor Campout
For animal lovers, it doesn’t get cooler than spending the night in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Visit the animals after hours, enjoy s’mores and wake up to wildlife. If you can’t make it, more dates are available throughout the summer.
When: Friday, July 18 -Saturday, July 19
Where: 2001 N. Clark Street
Hours: 7pm–8:30am
Admission: $34-65
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Pitchfork Music FestivalPitchfork Music Festival
If Billy Joel doesn’t do it for you, there’s always this Chicago fest favorite featuring three days of live acts including Beck, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent and Dream Town’s favorite band, Real Estate.
When: Friday, July 18 -Sunday, July 20
Where: 1501 W. Randolph Street
Hours: 3pm (Friday), 12pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Admission: $60-130
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Celebrate Clark Street FestivalCelebrate Clark Street Festival
Celebrating its ninth consecutive year, this Rogers Park festival features an awesome mixture of ethnic food, arts and crafts, circus acts and world music on
two stages. Be sure to check out this year’s Miles of Murals artists.
When: Saturday, July 19 -Sunday, July 20
Where: Clark Street & Morse Avenue
Hours: 1-11pm (Saturday), 1-10pm (Sunday)
Admission: $5 suggested donation
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Sheffield Garden Walk FestSheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival
Take a self-guided tour of over 80 gardens in beautiful Lincoln Park or join a guided architectural tour at the 46th edition of this annual fest. Stick around for the live music, food and drink and activities for kids.
When: Saturday, July 19 -Sunday, July 20
Where: Webster Street & Sheffield Avenue
Hours: 12-10pm
Admission: $7 donation, $10 after 3pm
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