8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: Aug 25

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!

Have a Blast at the Backlot Bash!

Celebrate all things Skokie with this incredible three-day festival. Highlighting Skokie’s history as a former location for a movie theater backlot for old Westerns, the Backlot Bash is showcasing some fully modern entertainment. The amazing line-up of live bands, great food and drinks, and a variety of kid-friendly activities will keep everyone happy all weekend long!

Date: August 25-27 
Time: Fri 5:30-10PM; Sat 6AM – 10PM; Sun 7:30AM – 8PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Oakton St & Laramie Ave, Skokie 
More info: backlotbash.com

Call All Jedi for a Star Wars

Embark on an exciting journey through the Children’s Department of the Evanston Public Library, where you’ll search for Star Wars-themed images. Participation promises an adventure in a galaxy far, far away and also enters them into a raffle for a chance to win an exciting prize. Head to the EPL for an intergalactic experience that will leave you with fantastic memories!

Date: August 25 
Time: Open During Library Hours 
Cost: Free 
Location: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston 
More info: evanston.libnet.info

Get Artsy at the Port Clinton Art Festival

The Port Clinton Art Festival features an impressive showcase of art, including paintings, sculptures, and more from 240 top artists in the country. Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities at the Kid Zone, face painting, and art projects. Guests can also indulge in cold beer, specialty coffee, and delicious treats while enjoying live music. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of creativity and celebrate 40 years of art at the Port Clinton Art Festival.

Date: August 26-27 
Time: 10AM-5PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: 600 Central Ave, Highland Park 
More info: amdurproductions.com

It’s All Greek to Me!

Taste of Greektown is back to blend the old-world Greek traditions with some classic Chicago fun! This culinary-focused festival brings out neighborhood favorites with incredible food and drinks. Don’t miss the awesome DJs and live bands rocking out while you snack; bring the whole family for games and entertainment for all ages.

Date: August 25-27 
Time: Fri 4-10PM; Sat 12-10PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: 315 S Halsted St, Greektown 
More info: chicagoevents.com

Chalk Out Howard St

Want a unique street fest experience? Check out Chicago’s ONLY chalk art festival, Chalk Howard Street. National and local street artists will transform this Rogers Park throughfare into a street-sized canvas! With interactive art activities and live music floating through the air, you’ll find something for everyone while experiencing incredible art up close.

Date: August 26 
Time: 11AM-8PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Howard & Ashland Ave, Rogers Park 
More info: starevents.com

Taco About a Good Time: It’s Taco Fest!

One of Southport Corridor’s biggest events of the year is the Lakeview Taco Fest. Grab a special taco and beer combo while two music stages keep everyone dancing. Bring the whole family to enjoy the kids’ activities, and don’t forget to vote for ‘Best Taco!’

Date: August 26-27 
Time: 11AM-10PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: 3500 N Southport, Lakeview 
More info: chicagoevents.com

Savor the Skyline with Jeni’s & Cindy’s

Get ready to indulge in a delightful experience as Jeni’s Ice Cream collaborates with Cindy’s Rooftop for Scoops & Spirits, an evening of sweet treats and spirits against the stunning backdrop of Chicago’s skyline. This event promises a unique blend of gourmet ice cream and cocktails in a chic rooftop setting, making it a perfect summer soirée.

Date: August 27 
Time: 2-4PM 
Cost: $50 
Location: Cindy’s Rooftop, 12 S Michigan Ave, The Loop 
More info: chicagoathleticevents.com

Get a “Clue” at this Immersive Mystery

Experience CLUE: A Walking Mystery, an interactive adventure spanning downtown Chicago, starting at Block 37 and encompassing iconic destinations. Embrace the role of classic CLUE characters like Mayor Green, Colonel Mustard, and Miss Scarlett as you become detectives on a mission to uncover Mr. Boddy’s murderer. Scattered Tudor Mansion furniture awaits discovery, and your task is to deduce WHO committed the crime, WHERE, and with WHAT… just like the game!

Date: Runs through September 4 
Time: Varies by Day 
Cost: $35+ 
Location: Block 37, 108 N State St, The Loop 
More info: feverup.com


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