5 Things to do this Weekend: August 5

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!

Great Bands & Great Barbecue

The Windy City Smokeout is back with irresistible barbecue from the world’s best pitmasters and a fantastic musical line up including Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw. Plus, enjoy ice-cold beer from local and national breweries like 4 Hands, Baja Brewing, Bell’s and Deschutes.

Date: August 4-7
Time: 2:00PM on Th & Fri and 1:00PM on Sat & Sun
Cost: Starting at $44.95
Location: United Center Parking Lot C, 1901 W Madison St
More Info: windycitysmokeout.com

Hit State Street this Sunday!

This week’s Sundays on State event promises an exciting array of performances and activities from the Joffrey Academy and Porchlight Music Theater to live drawing with Chicago artist Aaron Pierre Brown. There will also be deals at local stores, amazing food and drinks from restaurants & food trucks, and so much more!

Date: August 7
Time: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Cost: Free
Location: State Street between Lake St and Monroe St
More Info: loopchicago.com

Craft Beer + Live Music = Dancing in the Streets!

Presented by On Tour Brewing Company and the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Dancing in The Streets is a vibrant neighborhood festival featuring more than a dozen craft beers from the Chicago Brewing District and terrific lineup of bands and musicians including Rock & Rye, the Chicago-based Grateful Dead tribute band.

Date: August 5-7
Time: Fri 5:00 – 10:00PM and Sat & Sun 12:00 – 10:00PM
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Location: Hubbard Street between Paulina St and Wood St
More Info: dancinginthestreetschicago.com

It’s the 40th Annual Market Days

Renowned for its all-star musical lineup and consistently ranked as one of the largest street festivals in the Midwest, Market Days has long been known for celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s landmark Northalsted district. Enjoy 5 stages of live music and DJ’s along with more than 200 food, drink, and arts vendors.

Date: August 6-7
Time: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Cost: $15 suggested donation
Location: Halsted Street between Belmont Ave and Addison St
More Info:


Uptown Rhythm Festival: It’s Local. It’s Global.

Envisioning a world of interconnected global communities that are locally empowered through diversity, justice and sustainability, this new-in-2022 family-friendly event brings together artists and community activists who share a “Think Global & Act Local” mindset.

Date: August 5-7
Time: Fri 6:00 – 10:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 10:00PM; Sun 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Cost: Free
Location: 5100 N Simonds Dr – On the lakefront just south of Foster Beach
More Info: uptownrhythmfestival.org


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