8 Things to do this Weekend in the City & Western Suburbs: July 21

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!

Support Conservation at Brookfield Zoo Through Music

Concerts for Conservation at Brookfield Zoo is a series of live music events held within the beautiful and unique setting of the zoo. Music fans can enjoy performances by talented musicians while supporting the zoo’s conservation efforts. Each concert offers a fun and entertaining experience for all ages, combining music, wildlife, and a commitment to protecting the planet. This weekend, catch Vertical Horizon and The Plain White T’s for a rockin’ night out!

Date: July 21-22
Time: 6PM
Cost: $45
Location: Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
More Info: czs.org 

Admire the Earth Exhibition at The Morton Arboretum 

The Earth Exhibition at The Morton Arboretum highlights the artistry of nature-inspired sculptures and installations. This exhibition features works created by talented artists who draw inspiration from the natural world. Visitors can explore the arboretum’s beautiful grounds while encountering these artistic expressions that highlight the connection between art, humanity, and the environment.

Date: Ongoing Exhibit
Time: Open During Arboretum Hours
Cost: $17
Location: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle
More Info: mortonarb.org 

Celebrate Christmas in July! 

The Christmas in July celebration in Wheaton is a festive event that brings holiday cheer during the summer months. Attendees can experience the magic of Christmas with activities such as live music, holiday-themed decorations, special sales, and promotions from local businesses, and even appearances by Santa Claus. It’s a fun-filled day that allows the community to enjoy a taste of the holiday season in July.

Date: July 21-25
Time: 10AM
Cost: Free
Location: Various Locations in Downtown Wheaton
More Info: downtownwheaton.com 

Party Time at the Pitchfork Music Festival

The beloved annual Pitchfork Music Festival is back in Chicago again, featuring a diverse lineup of established and emerging artists across multiple stages. Festivalgoers can immerse themselves in the vibrant music scene, discover new artists, and enjoy an unforgettable weekend of live performances.

Date: July 21-23
Time: 1PM
Cost: $115+
Location: Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St
More info: pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Get Emotional at Sad Summer Fest

Sad Summer Fest is a touring music festival that brings together popular alternative and emo bands for a day of live performances. This festival offers a nostalgic and energetic atmosphere, featuring a lineup of renowned artists who have made significant contributions to the genre. Fans can enjoy a day of heartfelt music, connect with like-minded individuals, and relish the emo spirit.

Date: July 21
Time: 2PM
Cost: $35+
Location: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S Linn White Dr
More info: sadsummerfest.com 

Take a Sip of Ravenswood on Tap

Ravenswood on Tap is a local favorite and one of the top events organized by the Ravenswood Community Council. This festival celebrates craft beer and community spirit. Patrons can sample a wide selection of craft beers from local breweries, enjoy live music performances, and explore various food vendors. Ravenswood on Tap provides a lively and engaging atmosphere, bringing together beer enthusiasts and residents to celebrate the neighborhood’s vibrant culture.

Date: July 22-23
Time: 12PM
Cost: Free
Location: Ravenswood and Berteau Avenue
More info: ravenswoodchicago.org 

Get a Taste of Lincoln Avenue

The Taste of Lincoln Avenue is a beloved neighborhood festival that celebrates food, music, and community. Attendees can indulge in a wide variety of culinary delights from local restaurants and food vendors. The festival also features live music performances across multiple stages, offering a diverse lineup of musical genres. It’s a fantastic opportunity to savor delicious food, enjoy great music, and experience the lively atmosphere of Lincoln Avenue.

Date: July 21-23
Time: Fri 3-10PM; Sat and Sun 12-10PM
Cost: Free
Location: 2500 N. Lincoln Ave
More info: chicagoevents.com 

Spice Up your Weekend at the Tacos y Tamales Festival 

The Chicago Taco y Tamales Fest is a delicious and vibrant event dedicated to celebrating some of the city’s favorite foods: tacos and tamales! This festival brings together local taquerias and restaurants that serve up a wide array of mouthwatering foods. Taco fans can savor a variety of flavors and styles, enjoy live music, and participate in fun activities. It’s an opportunity to indulge in delicious food while embracing Mexican culture with friends and family.

Date: July 21-23
Time: Fri 5-10PM; Sat and Sun: 12-10PM
Cost: Free
Location: S. Peoria & W. 16th St
More info: chicagotacofest.com 


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