5 Things to do this Weekend: July 30 – August 1

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!

Catch Some Wiggleworms!

Aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, this lively concert is presented by Wiggleworms, the Old Town School of Folk Music’s lauded early childhood music program.

Date: Fri, Jul 30
Time: 10:00 am to 10:45 am or 11:00 am to 11:45 am
Cost: Free
Location: Lake Stage, Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago
More Info: navypier.org

Chow Down Downtown

Get ready for the return of the Chicago Food Truck Fest, one of the city’s most popular outdoor dining events. Happening every Friday through October 15, the 2021 season starts this Friday!

Date: Fri, Jul 30
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St, Chicago
More Info: chifoodtruckfest.com

Celebrate Asian Culture

Opening with a Lion Dance and continuing all weekend with cultural demonstrations, samplings from local restaurants, street vendors and more, the Chinatown Summer Festival is a fun celebration of Asian culture.

Date: Sat, Jul 31 & Sun, Aug 1
Time: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm on Sat and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sun
Cost: Free
Location: Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Ave to 24th Place, Chicago
More Info:ccc-foundation.org

An Evening with Wine & Wildlife

Sample a variety of wines from 20 wineries as you explore the lush gardens and wildlife habitats of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Their annual Summer Wine Fest is a 21-years and older event and tickets are limited.

Date: Sat, Jul 31
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 to $49
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 N. Cannon Dr, Chicago
More Info: lpzoo.org

A Frontier Dining Experience

You can order classic favorites like their Kale Salad or Fried Chicken Sandwich, but this West Town venue is best known for their group-dining “Whole Animal Experience” including wild boar, goat, salmon and alligator..

Date: Thu, Jul 29 to Sat, Jul 31 (Sundays are reserved for Private Events)
Time: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm Thu & Fri; 12 noon to 3:00 pm Sat Brunch; 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sat Dinner
Cost: Menu Entrees from $13. Whole Animal Experience from $400.
Location: Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
More Info: thefrontierchicago.com