5 Things to do this Weekend: August 20 – August 22

Summer is swinging into high gear and that means more fun, more culture and more things to do around town. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found especially appealing.

Don’t forget: Limited capacities, timed entries, mask requirements, social distancing and other policies are still in effect at many venues and events, so please check the details before finalizing your plans!

Hit the Neon Summer Pop Up

Thrill to Chicago’s only outdoor go-kart track, axe throwing, and a custom pop-up mini golf course. And when the sun goes down, music, cocktails and neon lights promise a nighttime summer party under the stars!

Date: Thu, Aug 19 to Sun Aug 22
Time: Opens at 5:00 pm on Thu, 4:00 pm on Fri, and 1:00 pm on Sat & Sun. Closes every evening at 10:00 pm
Cost: From $24 to $54
Location: 1465 N. Elston Ave, Chicago
More Info: neonsummerchicago.com

Attend an Art Show Opening

Born in Romania, coming of age in France, and a Chicago resident for more than 10 years now, Florenta draws upon her rich trove of global memories to create vibrant works that are seemingly simple yet powerfully evocative. Catch the opening of her newest show “Stitched Memories.”

Date: Fri, Aug 20 (Exhibit will run through Sep 24)
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4742 N. Western Ave, Chicago
More Info: artbymusette.com

Enjoy Outdoor Jazz

Delight in the cool music of Chicago’s own Junius Paul, an internationally renowned composer, bandleader, and acoustic & electric bassist.

Date: Fri, Aug 20
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago
More Info:navypier.org

Explore an Arts Fest in Rogers Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest features diverse works from more than 120 talented artists along with live demonstrations, street food, craft beer and music on two stages.

Date: Fri, Aug 20 to Sun Aug, 22
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Fri; 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sat; and 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sun
Cost: Free
Location: Glenwood Ave at Morse Ave in Rogers Park, Chicago
More Info: glenwoodave.org

Sip Sangria… And More!

Raising awareness and funds for community organizations in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, the 6th Annual Sangria Festival brings together Sangria Tastings with Latin Eats and live entertainment!

Date: Sat, Aug 21 & Sun, Aug 22
Time: 12:00 Noon to 10:00 pm (Until 9:00 pm on Sun)
Cost: $20 to $125
Location: Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Humboldt Blvd, Chicago
More Info: sangriafestivalchicago.com