8 Things to do this Weekend in Chicago & North Shore: July 14

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 five activities happening this weekend to help soak up the sun!

Country Artist Miko Marks Live at Ravinia

This highly anticipated music event features the very talented Miko Marks, known for her soulful country music style, as she takes the stage to deliver a captivating performance. Fans can expect to enjoy her powerful vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and a memorable evening of live music.

Date: July 13
Time: 5PM
Cost: $27+
Location: Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Rd, Highland Park
More info: ravinia.org 

Kalayaan Fest on Filipino Time

Kalayaan Fest on Filipino Time is a cultural festival that celebrates Philippine Independence Day. The event showcases Filipino traditions, music, dance performances, arts and crafts, and delicious Filipino cuisine. Attendees can immerse themselves in the vibrant Filipino culture and enjoy a day filled with festivities and community spirit.

Date: July 16
Time: 5PM
Cost: Free
Location: Ignite Gaming Lounge, 8125 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie
More info: eventbrite.com 

Snag Some Deals at the Wilmette Sidewalk Sale

The Wilmette Sidewalk Sale is a popular shopping event that offers great deals and discounts from local businesses. During this sale, shops and boutiques set up sidewalk displays, allowing visitors to explore a wide selection of merchandise and find special offers. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover unique items, support local businesses, and enjoy a day of shopping in the charming community of Wilmette.

Date: July 14-15
Time: 10AM-8PM
Cost: Free 
Location: Downtown Wilmette 
More info: chambermaster.wilmettekenilworth.com

Have Fun and Run at the BTN Big 10K

The BTN Big 10K is a fun-filled race event that brings together Big Ten alumni and fans. Participants have the opportunity to run or walk a 10K distance while representing their favorite Big Ten school. The event fosters a sense of camaraderie and school spirit among participants, and it often features appearances by Big Ten mascots and alumni athletes.

Date: July 15
Time: Starts at 7AM
Location: Soldier Field, 1410 Special Olympics Dr
More info: btnbig10k.com 

Mouthwatering BBQ at the Windy City Smokeout

The Windy City Smokeout is the premiere festival that celebrates barbecue, country music, and beer. This event brings together renowned pitmasters who showcase their incredible BBQ creations. Hungry patrons can indulge in a variety of smoked meats, enjoy live country music performances, and sample a wide selection of craft beers. It’s a perfect opportunity for BBQ enthusiasts and music lovers to come together and have a great time.

Date: July 13-16
Time: 2PM – 10PM
Cost: $85+
Location: United Center, 1901 Madison St.
More info: windycitysmokeout.com 

Celebrate Creativity at the Millennium Art Festival

The Millennium Art Festival is a vibrant outdoor event that showcases the work of talented artists and artisans. Attendees can explore a wide range of art exhibits featuring various mediums, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more. The festival also offers interactive art demonstrations, live music performances, and a chance to meet and connect with the artists.

Date: July 14-16
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Cost: Free 
Location: Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St
More info: amdurproductions.com  

Have a Cold One at the Chicago Craft Beer Fest

For all beer enthusiasts out there, the Chicago Craft Beer Fest is a must-attend event. This festival features a wide array of craft beers from both local and national breweries. Attendees can sample different beer styles, enjoy live music, and explore various food vendors offering delicious bites to complement the beer selection. It’s a great opportunity to discover new beers, support local breweries, and have a fantastic time with friends.

Date: July 14-15
Time: Fri 5-10PM; Sat 11AM-10PM
Cost: $35
Location: 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave
More info: chicagoevents.com

Dance and Compete at the Volleywood Chicago Music Festival

Volleywood Chicago is an exciting beach volleyball and music festival that combines sport and a groovin’ good time. The event features professional beach volleyball tournaments where top players showcase their skills on the sand. In addition to the volleyball action, there are live music performances by popular artists, beach games, food vendors, and a festive atmosphere that celebrates summer and the beach lifestyle.

Date: July 15-16
Time: Starts at 11AM
Cost: $60+
Location: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N Lake Shore Dr.
More info: volleywoodchicago.com 


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