8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: Aug 11

Enjoy the sunny days with awesome activities that’ll make your summer shine. From chilling at the beach to grooving at music festivals, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Explore new spots and cool shops to add some excitement to your summer days. Check out these eight activities happening this weekend to help soak up the sun!

An Evening with a Legend

Delight in an evening of songs and stories with 12-time Grammy winner John Legend. Experience intimate reimaginings of his greatest hits, unexpected stories from his life and career, and selections from his most recent release. 

Date: August 13
Time: 8:00PM. Gates open at 5:00PM
Cost: From $67 for General Admission
Location:   Ravinia, 201 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park
More Info:  ravinia.org 

Winner of a Dozen Tony Awards

The North Shore’s Music Theater Works had to do something big for their 150th production! So, naturally, they chose The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical. When it opened on Broadway in 2001, this musical set a new standard for giant production numbers and modern, outrageous in-your-face humor as only Mel Brooks could envision. 

Date: Through Aug 20
Time: 8:00PM on Fri & Sat; 2:00PM on Sun
Cost: From $39
Location:  Center Theater, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
More Info:  musictheaterworks.com 

Not Just Vodka & Tomato Juice

What started as a simple combo of vodka and tomato juice is now a brunch-time spectacle with garnishes of veggies, cheese, meats and seafood! Head up to Highwood for the Bloody Mary Fest as dozens of mixologists and vendors share their one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary recipes and compete for the “Proud Mary” Award. There will also be plenty of spirit-less beverages along with food, live music, and artisan vendors. 

Date:  Aug 13
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Cost: Free
Location:   Everts Park, 111 North Ave, Highwood
More Info:  celebratehighwood.org 

Bands, Bingo & More at Edison Park Fest

Enjoy one of the city’s most popular neighborhood street festivals, featuring carnival rides, an Extreme Trampoline Show, Bingo Tent, and a terrific lineup of live music including Simply Elton, Park Ridge School of Rock and local fest–favorite, 7th Heaven. 

Date: August 11-13
Time: 5:00PM to 10:00PM on Fri; 12:00PM to 10:00PM on Sat & Sun
Cost: $5 suggested donation to benefit local community projects and programs
Location:   6730 N. Olmsted Ave, Chicago
More Info:  edisonparkfest.org 

Go Retro in Roscoe Village

Get ready for a blast from the past at the 26th annual Retro on Roscoe festival. Enjoy three stages of live music playing oldies, throwbacks and popular hits. There’s also a family area, artisan & antique market, tasty summer treats, and the Antique and Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. 

Date: August 11-13
Time: 5:00PM to 10:00PM on Fri; 12:00PM to 10:00PM on Sat & Sun
Cost: $15 suggested donation
Location:   2000 W. Roscoe St, Chicago
More Info:  starevents.com 

Market Days Are Here Again!

Celebrate diversity, unity and community in the North Halsted/Lakeview neighborhood! Stretching for a full half-mile, this street festival features all-day lineups of live music on five stages, more than 250 vendors, a wide variety of food and drink, dance exhibitions, drag performances, and more. 

Date: August 12-13
Time: 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Cost: $20 suggested donation
Location:   Halsted Street from Belmont Ave to Addison St, Chicago
More Info:  northalsted.com 

Hit the Printer’s Row Art Fest

Discover the evocative, the whimsical, and the beautiful! Now in its 5th successful season, the Printer’s Row Art Fest features more than 100 juried artists and artisans including painters, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, fashion designers and textile artists. 

Date: August 12-13
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Cost: Free
Location:   Dearborn Street from Harrison St to Polk St, Chicago
More Info:  amdurproductions.com 

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

Now in its 94th year, the Bud Billiken Parade is the largest and oldest African-American parade in the world. Led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Grammy-winning poet J. Ivy, this spectacular and historic parade features colorful floats, precision marching bands, and talented dance and drill teams. 

Date: Aug 12
Time: Kick Off at 10:00AM
Cost: Free
Location:   South from 39th Street along Martin Luther King Drive and through Washington Park to Garfield Blvd
More Info:  budbillikenparade.org 


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