5 Things to do this Weekend: July 23 - July 25

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!

Savor the Fare at this New Salumeria

Evoking the ambiance of an old-school butcher shop, Lardon opened on July 16 to offer sandwiches, cheese boards and charcuterie meats that are cured in-house. Coffee and pastries are featured in the morning.

Date: Thu, Jul 22 to Sun, Jul 25
Time: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Cost: Based on Purchase
Location: Lardon, 2200 N. California Ave, Chicago
More Info: lardonchicago.com

Welcome to Wicker Park Fest

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “Chicago’s Best Street Festival of the Summer,” this highly-anticipated annual event draws a fantastic music line-up along with great local food, arts & crafts, and retail vendors.

Date: Fri, Jul 23 to Sun, Jul 25
Time: 5:00 pm to 10 pm on Fri; Noon to 10:00 pm on Sat and Sun
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation to the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
Location: Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina St to North Ave, Chicago
More Info: wickerparkbucktown.com

Catch the Opening of the Opera Festival

The inaugural season of the Opera Festival of Chicago opens on July 24 at the Athenaeum Theater with a fully staged production of “Il Segreto di Susanna,” Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s whimsical one-act opera of jealousy, scandal and happy surprises.

Date: Sat, Jul 24
Time: 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Cost: $30 to $75
Location: Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave, Chicago
More Info:operafestivalchicago.org

Get a Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Celebrating its 38th year, this legendary Chicago street festival features a terrific line up of live music along with a multitude of food, retail and craft vendors.

Date: Sat, Jul 24 & Sun, Jul 25
Time: Noon to 10:00 pm
Cost: $10 suggested donation to the Wrightwood Neighbors Association
Location: North on Lincoln Avenue from Fullerton Ave, Chicago
More Info: tasteoflincolnchicago.com

Stroll on State Street this Sunday

On select Sundays all summer long, Chicago’s most iconic street will close to traffic! Come out with fellow residents for this free city-wide block party and enjoy a day filled with art, culture, shopping, food and drinks..

Date: Sun, Jul 25
Time: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: State Street from Lake to Madison, Chicago
More Info: loopchicago.com

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