Top Events this Weekend: Chicago & North Shore - July 7

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!

Get Artsy at the Evanston Plein Air Festival

The Evanston Plein Air Festival 2023 is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of outdoor painting. This festival brings together talented artists who specialize in the plein air painting technique, which involves creating artwork in the open air, capturing the essence and atmosphere of the surrounding environment. Visitors can expect to see a stunning display of paintings showcasing various landscapes, cityscapes, and natural scenes.

Date: July 9-16
Time: 9AM
Cost: Free
Location: Evanston POUR, 528 Dempster St, Evanston
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Splash Into the Water Fun Run 1K

Get some exercise and cool off at the Water Fun Run 1K, a fun and refreshing event that allows participants to enjoy a short, water-filled run. Participants also receive free admission to the Skokie Water Playground. People of all ages and fitness levels can join in, and it’s a great way to beat the summer heat while staying active!

Date: July 8
Time: Opens at 9:30am
Cost: $20
Location: Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St, Skokie
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Jam Out with John Fogerty at Ravinia

John Fogerty, a legendary musician and former member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes the Ravinia stage to deliver an unforgettable performance. You’ll hear hits from his solo career and as leader of CCR, from “Proud Mary” to “Have Your Ever Seen the Rain?” Expect to hear his iconic hits and experience the energy and talent of this acclaimed rock legend!

Date: July 9
Time: 7PM
Cost: $44+
Location: Ravinia Festival, 201 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park
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Ride the Wave at Navy Pier Wave Wall Moves

The Navy Pier Wave Wall Moves is an exciting event at Navy Pier every Saturday afternoon this summer. It showcases a stunning display of synchronized movement and choreography by a cohort of talented performers. The event captivates and entertains audiences with its unique blend of dance, music, and visual effects. Gather along Navy Pier to witness this mesmerizing performance!

Date: Runs through September 2
Time: Begins at 3PM
Cost: Free
Location: Navy Pier, 600 W Grand Ave
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Groove to the Square Roots Festival

The Square Roots Festival is an annual event in Lincoln Square that celebrates music, craft beer, and local food. Come check out a diverse lineup of musicians in a variety of genres; no matter what your taste is, there will be something for you to bop along to! Attendees can also enjoy a wide selection of craft beers from local breweries and indulge in delicious food from various vendors. The festival creates a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy.

Date: July 7-9
Time: Fri 5-10PM; Sat 12-10PM; Sun 12-9PM
Cost: Free 
Location: Lincoln Ave from Montrose to Wilson Ave
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Spin the Tables at Chosen Few DJs Music Festival

The Chosen Few DJs Music Festival is an annual celebration of house music, featuring performances by renowned DJs from around the world. What started as a small gathering of friends behind Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry in 1990 is now the world’s longest-running event dedicated to House Music, attracting more than 40,000 fans each year. The family-reunion-style event features 12+ hours of music from a stacked roster of DJs.

Date: July 8
Time: 8PM
Cost: $60+
Location: Jackson Park, 63rd St at Hayes Dr
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Order Up at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The Roscoe Village Burger Fest is a mouthwatering event that celebrates one of America’s favorite foods: burgers! Local restaurants and vendors come together to offer a variety of delicious burger creations, from classic favorites to unique and innovative combinations. Attendees can sample different burgers, enjoy live music, and participate in various activities and contests throughout the festival.

Date: July 7-9
Time: Fri 5-10pm; Sat 12-10PM; Sun 12-9PM
Cost: Free
Location: 2000 W Belmont Ave
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Get Creative at the Southport Art Fest

The Southport Art Fest is a vibrant celebration of art, showcasing the works of talented artists from different mediums. Visitors can explore a wide array of art displays, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. The festival provides a unique opportunity to connect with local artists, appreciate their craftsmanship, and even purchase artwork to take home. In addition to the art exhibits, the event also features live music and food vendors.

Date: July 8-9
Time: Sat 10AM-9PM; Sun 10AM-7PM
Cost: Free 
Location: Waveland Ave & Southport Ave
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