5 Things to do this Weekend: July 16 - July 18

Summer is swinging into high gear and that means more fun, more culture and more things to do around town. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found especially appealing.

Don’t forget: Limited capacities, timed entries, mask requirements, social distancing and other policies are still in effect at many venues and events, so please check the details before finalizing your plans!

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

…all the way to Lincoln Yards for an outdoor on-the-lawn screening of that Judy Garland classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic items. Concession items also available for purchase.

Date: Fri, Jul 16
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm. Show starts 30 minutes after sunset.
Cost: $10 per person
Location: Lincoln Yards, 1665 N Ada St, Chicago
More Info: davistheater.com

Catch a Downtown Art Festival

Discover the works and talents of more than 100 juried artists including painters, ceramicists, photographers and woodworkers at the Millennium Art Festival.

Date: Fri, Jul 16 to Sun, Jul 18
Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fri; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fri; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sun.
Cost: Free
Location: Michigan Ave and Lake St, Chicago
More Info: amdurproductions.com

What is a “Mural Dance”?

Inspired by the colorful mural in Barrett Park and the community that created it, Synapse Arts will present an afternoon of dance, music, food and art – performed against the backdrop of this iconic work of art.

Date: Sat, Jul 17
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Barrett Park, 2022 W. Cermak Rd, Chicago
More Info:synapsearts.com

Celebrate Bucktown

The 17th annual Bucktown Neighborhood & Garden Walk showcases 98 urban gardens and includes live music, public art and weekend specials from local shops and businesses.

Date: Sat, Jul 17 & Sun, Jul 18
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: $10 suggested donation to the Bucktown Community Organization
Location: Self-guided walking tour through the Bucktown neighborhood, Chicago
More Info: bucktown.org

Browse the Maxwell Street Market

With an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, resale housewares & clothing, live music and street food, you never know what you’ll find and experience at this historic Chicago street market.

Date: Sun, Jul 18
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: South Desplaines Street from Harrison to Roosevelt, Chicago
More Info: chicago.gov

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