8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: Aug 4

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!

Book Your Trip to the Destination Asia Festival

The Destination Asia Festival at the Morton Arboretum is a fun and energetic celebration of Asian culture and traditions. This event showcases the diverse heritage of Asia through music, dance, art, and interactive exhibits. Visitors can experience the beauty of Asian gardens, savor authentic cuisine, and participate in cultural activities that provide a unique insight into the continent’s rich history and contemporary influences.

Dates: August 4-6
Time: Fri: 5:30-8:30PM; Sat and Sun 9:30AM-4:30PM
Cost: $17
Location: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Morton Grove
More Info: mortonarb.org

Celebrate Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana returns to Naperville this summer season! It‘s time to channel your inner Italian and celebrate the music, food, culture, and spirit of Italy. Come with an empty belly and join a meatball eating contest or sip on your favorite vino at the Tuscan-inspired wine bar. You‘ll enjoy the sights and sounds of Italy by day and rock out into the night.

Dates: August 4-6
Time: Fri: 5-10PM; Sat: 12-10PM; Sun: 12-8PM
Cost: $10
Location: Naper Settlement, Webster and Aurora, Naperville
More info: starevents.com

Cheers to the Wheaton Brew & Seltzer Fest

Wheaton Brew and Seltzer Fest is returning to beautiful Memorial Park this summer! Featuring more than 60 unique brew and seltzer options, there is truly something for everybody. You‘ll also hear local favorite Breakfast Club playing your favorite 80‘s hits. So grab your tickets to enjoy a summer day at the park with good drinks, good music, and good friends!

Date: August 5
Time: 12-4PM
Cost: $25+
Location: Memorial Park, 225 W Karlskoga Ave, Wheaton
More info: eventbrite.com

Lollapalooza: Chicago’s Iconic Music Festival

Lollapalooza is one of the biggest and most iconic music festivals in the world, attracting music lovers from all walks of life. The festival features an impressive lineup of top-tier musicians and bands from various genres, spanning rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic, and more. Lollapalooza offers a multi-day extravaganza of live music, art installations, food vendors, and a unique festival atmosphere.

Dates: August 3-6
Time: 12-10PM
Cost: $135+
Location: Grant Park, 331 E Randolph St, The Loop
More Info: lollapalooza.com

Accio LeakyCon!

LeakyCon is a magical fan convention dedicated to the world of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Potterheads from all over come to celebrate their love for the series. Attendees can enjoy panel discussions, interactive experiences, wizard-themed activities, cosplay contests, and meet special guests from the Harry Potter universe.

Dates: August 4-6
Time: 9AM-7PM
Cost: $79+
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, South Loop
More Info: leakycon.com

Get Dancing at the Bronzeville Neighborhood Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers everywhere should attend the Bronzeville Neighborhood Jazz Festival, a dynamic celebration of jazz music in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The festival features talented jazz musicians performing in various styles, from traditional to contemporary. Patrons who attend will enjoy the soulful melodies, vibrant rhythms, and great street food while experiencing the rich cultural heritage of Bronzeville.

Date: August 5
Time: 12-8:30PM
Cost: Free
Location: South Martin Luther King Dr from 39th St to 37th St, Bronzeville
More Info: bronzeville-neighborhood-jazz-festival.com

Party Hard at Jeff Fest

The Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival (known locally as Jeff Fest) is a community-driven event that celebrates arts, music, and food. The festival offers live music performances from local and national bands, an artisan market showcasing unique crafts, a variety of food vendors, and family-friendly activities. Come join a fun and inclusive atmosphere for all to enjoy!

Dates: August 4-6
Time: Fri 5-10PM; Sat and Sun 2-10PM
Cost: Free
Location: 4822 N Long Ave, Jefferson Park
More Info: chicagoevents.com

Drink and Be Merry at Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets is part of the West Town Art Walk, a vibrant celebration of art, culture, and community. The event highlights West Town‘s growing beer scene amidst the art installations, pop-up galleries, live music performances, and dance showcases of the rest of the festival. Visitors can stroll through the neighborhood, engage with local artists, and experience the creative energy that defines West Town.

Dates: August 4-6
Time: Friday: 5-10PM; Sat and Sun: 1-10PM
Cost: Free
Location: Hubbard Street between Paulina and Wood, West Town
More Info: westtownchamber.org


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