5 Things to do this Weekend: August 26

Summer is here with plenty of opportunities to explore different neighborhoods, enjoy music and food at street festivals, and discover new cultural opportunities. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found most interesting for you this week!

Have Some ‘Old Fashioned’ Fun 

The Chicago Old Fashioned Fest is a newer festival, but it is poised to make a big impact. Enjoy riffs on Old Fashioned cocktails from top mixologists while looking over beautiful Lake Michigan. You’ll also hear live music and snack on yummy bites throughout this event. Stay all day to catch the Navy Pier fireworks as a perfect capper to your day. 
Date: August 27 
Time: 11:00AM – 11:30PM 
Cost: Starting at $30 
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave 
More info: eventbrite.com 

It’s All Greek to Me! 

Taste of Greektown is back to blend the old-world Greek traditions with 2022 Chicago fun! This culinary-focused festival brings out neighborhood favorites with incredible food and drinks. Don’t miss the awesome DJs and live bands rocking out while you snack; bring the whole family for games and entertainment for all ages. 
Date: August 26-28 
Time: Fri 4:00PM – 10:00PM; Sat & Sun 12:00 – 10:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Greektown, 315 S Halsted St 
More info: chicagoevents.com 


A Food Fest Out West 

West Chicago is showing off its best local food and fun for a summer evening with live music, games, and lots of great bites. Food and beverage trucks will be found throughout the downtown area. You’ll find a face painter and balloon artist for the young (or young-at-heart!), as well as live bands to keep you dancing all night long. 
Date: August 27 
Time: 4:00PM – 8:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Downtown West Chicago, 132 Main St 
More info: westchicago.org


Chalk Out Howard St

Want a unique street fest experience? Check out Chicago’s ONLY chalk art festival, Chalk Howard Street. National and local street artists will transform this Rogers Park throughfare into a street-sized canvas! With interactive art activities and live music floating through the air, you’ll find something for everyone while experiencing incredible art up close. 
Date: August 27 
Time: 11:00AM – 8:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Rogers Park, 7519 N Paulina St 
More info: howardstreetchicago.com 


Celebrate the Arts in Bucktown 

This is an arts festival for the community, by the community. The Bucktown Arts Festival is run by local volunteers to support local artists and organizations, so you’ll feel good and maybe get some incredible art to take home with you! The Kids Tent & music stages keep everyone happy while artists of all mediums show off their incredible skills. 
Date: August 27 & 28 
Time: 11:00AM – 7:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Bucktown, 2200 N Oakley 
More info: bucktownartsfest.com 


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