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!
Barbecue AND Bands? Bring It On!
Savor finger-lickin’ good fare from some of America’s best barbecue pitmasters and enjoy the best of country music from renowned artists and up-and-coming talent.
Date: Thu, Jul 8 to Sun, Jul 11
Time: Gates open at 4:00 pm on Thu, 2:00 pm on Fri, 1:00 pm on Sat and 12:00 pm on Sun
Cost: From $35
Location: United Center Parking Lot C, 1901 W. Madison St, Chicago
More Info: windycitysmokeout.com
Hit the Southport Art Fest
Always vibrant, Lakeview’s iconic Southport Corridor takes on an added dimension of fun during this annual event, hailed by TImeOut Chicago as one of the “Best Festivals in Town.”
Date: Sat, Jul 10 & Sun, Jul 11
Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Location: N. Southport Ave & W. Waveland Ave, Chicago
More Info: starevents.com
Screen a Movie in the Garden
It’s summer and that means the return of Garden Movies at the Music Box Theater! This weekend, enjoy a screening of “Waiting for Guffman,” a comedic mockumentary starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.
Date: Fri, Jul 9 to Sun, Jul 11
Time: 8:45 pm
Location: Music Box Theater, 3733 Southport Ave, Chicago
Tour a Local Distillery
Gin and whiskey aficionados will appreciate this 45-minute tour that reveals the subtle intricacies of distilling small-batch spirits. The experience ends with a tasting of 3 KOVAL spirits.
Date: Sat, Jul 10
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: KOVAL Distillery, 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
More Info: shop.koval-distillery.com
Run… And Stop for Donuts!
Choose from four fun events: The classic half-marathon, 5K and 10K courses, or the ultimate Baker’s Dozen Half Marathon – that adds the challenge of scarfing a donut at each mile marker of the course!
Date: Sun, Jul 11
Time: 7:00 am
Cost: $40 to $75 – including swag, a sweet treat, and post-event party!
Location: Danada Forest Preserve, 3S580 Naperville Rd, Wheaton
More Info: runsignup.com