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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

We are deep in festival season here in Chicago and this weekend will host some of the biggest parties all year. Check out the largest Latino fest in the Midwest at the Fiesta del Sol festival in Pilsen featuring DJs, plenty of food, local art and a 5k race. Grant Park hosts the city’s largest music fest as Lollapalooza arrives this weekend with dozens of live acts including Eminem, Kings of Leon and Skrillex. Taste different pairings of beer and BBQ at the Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge where 10 cooks and local brewers rely on you to judge who serves up the best combo. The Wrigleyville Summerfest returns this weekend featuring plenty of live acts, food and family fun. The football season hasn’t started yet, but you can check out the Chicago Bears practice at Soldier Field and hope the defense is in better shape than it was last year.

Fiesta del SolFiesta del Sol
The largest Latino festival in the Midwest celebrates its 42nd year in the Pilsen neighborhood. Over a million people are expected to attend this free fest featuring live entertainment, a 5k race, local art and carnival rides.
When: Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3
Where: 1400 W. Cermak Road
Hours: 5 -10pm (Thursday), 11am – 11pm (Friday & Saturday), 11am – 10pm (Sunday)
Admission: Free
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Lollapalooza 2014Lollapalooza
The biggest music fest in the city returns to Grant Park with Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon among many others. If you don’t have tickets expect to splurge as day passes are sold out.
When: Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3
Where: 337 East Randolph Street
Hours: 11am – 10pm
Admission: Check website
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Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ ChallengeOld Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge
The St. Viator parking lot hosts this challenge where 10 chef and craft brewer teams go head to head to battle for the title of best BBQ and beer pairing. Best part? You’re the judge!
When: Saturday, August 2
Where: 4140 West Addison
Hours: 2 – 5pm
Admission: $60
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Chicago Bears PracticeChicago Bears Meijer Family Fest
It’s not football season just yet, but you can bring the family to Soldier Field for outdoor activities, giveaways and live music before heading into the stadium to watch the Bears practice. Stick around after the practice for fireworks.
When: Saturday, August 2
Where: 1410 South Museum Campus Drive
Hours: 3pm
Admission: $8 – 12
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Wrigleyville SummerfestWrigleyville Summerfest
Forget about the Cubs’ dismal season and enjoy the live music, food and drink in one of Chicago’s favorite neighborhoods. The kids can keep busy in the Kids’ Zone featuring mini golf and a bounce castle.
When: Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3
Where: 3300 North Seminary Street
Hours: 12 – 10pm (Saturday), 12 – 9pm (Sunday)
Admission: $5 suggested donation
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