8 Things to do this Weekend in Chicago & Western Suburbs: 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!

Interactive Theatre at Walking Plays at Morton Aboretum

The Walking Plays at Morton Arboretum offer a unique and immersive theatrical experience set within the beautiful landscapes of the arboretum. These walking plays combine storytelling, nature, and art to create an enchanting and unforgettable experience. Bring the whole family to see The Mama and the Papa Goose: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairytale in this magical environment!

Date: July 15-16
Time: 6PM
Cost: $25
Location: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle
More info: mortonarb.org 

Enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream Under the Stars

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic Shakespearean play brought to life in a captivating performance in a beautiful outdoor space. This theatrical production showcases the enchanting tale of love, mistaken identities, and magical encounters. Audiences can immerse themselves in the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and experience the timeless allure of this iconic play.

Date: July 15
Time: 8PM-10PM
Cost: $38
Location: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave, Oak Park
More info: eventbrite.com

Queen Cover Band Radio Gaga with Maggie Speaks

The Radio Gaga with Maggie Speaks concert is a high-energy tribute concert that pays homage to the iconic rock band Queen and their legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. Audiences can expect to enjoy electrifying performances of Queen’s greatest hits, capturing the essence and excitement of their music.

Date: July 14
Time: 6PM-9:30PM
Cost: $10
Location: Memorial Park Bandshell, 225 Karlskoga Ave, Wheaton
More info: eventbrite.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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