5 Things to do this Weekend: July 8

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!

Celebrate the Best of the West(Fest)

Chicago’s West Town is throwing one of the city’s most popular and well-attended street festivals- West Fest! This festival is run by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, ensuring a spotlight on local neighborhood talent and vendors. It’s fun for the whole family!

Date: July 8-10
Time: 5:00 – 10:00pm Friday, 12:00 – 10:00pm Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Location: Chicago Ave between Wood & Damen
More info: westtownchamber.org

Go On a Thrilling Adventure at the Movies

The 5Point Adventure Film Festival emphasizes documentaries that live by the 5 points: purpose, respect, commitment, humility, and balance. The festival believes that adventure has the power to ignite positive change in our community. Kick back, grab some popcorn, and see the world through a whole new lens.

Date: July 8
Time: 6:15 – 9:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: lululemon Lincoln Park, 944 W North Ave
More info: eventbrite.ca


Don’t be a Square, Head to Square Roots

Don’t miss one of the most beloved street fests on the North Side! Square Roots in Lincoln Square brings together the best of the neighborhood, Chicago, and beyond, with live music, fun for all, local restaurants, and “the best craft beer showcase in Chicago.”

Date: July 8-10
Time: 5:00 – 10:00pm Friday, 12:00 – 10:00pm Saturday, 12:00 – 9:00 Sunday
Cost: Free
Location: Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson
More info: squareroots.org

Get Wavy Gravy at Navy Pier

Join pop-up dance performances and interactive classes on the Navy Pier Wave Wall for Wave Wall Moves this Saturday. Dance your heart out and learn some new moves for the next time you want to impress everyone on the dance floor.

Date: July 9
Time: 3:00 – 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Wave Wall Platform, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
More info: seechicagodance.com


Laugh Your Troubles Away

Funny Ha-Ha returns this Friday! A showcase of funny storytellers telling funny stories, with a new category every performance. This week’s Funny Ha-Ha topic is “Please Hold.” From tales of being stuck waiting for an answer to trying desperately to “hold it in” (whatever “it” is!). You’ll laugh til you cry, and hopefully laugh again.

Date: July 8
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $10
Location: Hideout Chicago
More info: hideoutchicago.com


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