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July Giveaway! Plus, What to do this Weekend in Chicago

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What to do in Chicago this weekend

– Photo: Shedd Aquarium –

BLU at the Shedd Aquarium

When: Saturday, July 25th 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Where: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Why you may want to attend: One of the most anticipated parties of the summer for many young, progressive philanthropists looking to raise funds for a good cause under a Chicago sky full of fireworks. (From the Shedd Aquarium’s website) “The Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board is going “Frog Wild!” in celebration ofAmphibians! Celebrate summer and Shedd’s new special exhibit with over 1,000 young Chicago philanthropists and the 32,000 animals that call Shedd home. Leap into action to help us raise critical funds for Shedd’s animal care, sustainability, conservation and learning initiatives!” Ticket prices start at $150.

More info: Shedd Aquarium

What to do in Chicago this weekendChicago Margarita Festival

When: Saturday, July 25th; Noon – 9 p.m.

Where: Northerly Island, 1521 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

Why you may want to attend: Listed as one of our top 7 Chicago booze festivals, Chicago Margarita Festival is an outdoor festival combining a tasting with live music, dancing, Chicago Food Trucks, and a fireworks show over Lake Michigan. What better way to spend the day lounging with friends in the park, listening to peaceful music and more! Tickets start at $20, $10 for designated drivers.

More info: Chicago Margarita Festival

What to do in Chicago this weekend

– Randolph Street Market –

Randolph Street Market

When: Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days

Where: Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago IL

Why you may want to attend: July’s theme is “Made in the Shade”. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”, offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, etc. As always, furniture delivery is complimentary within downtown Chicago.

More info: Randolph Street Market

Wicker Park Fest

When:  Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th; Noon – 10p.m. both days

Where: On Milwaukee Avenue, from North Avenue to Paulina Street

Why you may want to attend: Wicker Park Fest is the definitive culmination of cutting edge music, celebrated local restaurants and unbeatable culture. The festival takes place along Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street. 2015 is sure to top what was an amazing slate of performances, food and vendors at Wicker Park Fest ’14 so constantly check back for news and updates!

More info: Wicker Park Fest

July Giveaway!

Thanks to Randolph Street Market, this month we’re giving one reader two free tickets to this weekend’s shopping bonanza!

How to win free Randolph Street Market Tickets: Win tickets to this weekend’s market by following two easy steps by 8 p.m. today (Thursday, July 23rd):

  1. Subscribe to Chicagoings’ free weekly newsletter.
  2. From the same email account as your newsletter subscription, email Kari (Kari@Chicagoings.com) with the answer to this question: What do the four stars on the Chicago flag represent?

If you are already a subscriber (yay!), simply follow step 2 only. The winner will be notified Friday afternoon.

Kari Herrera is the creator of Chicagoings.com, Chicago’s indie city guide and blog. She often writes about the city’s points-of-interest as experienced by a local. She is a Social Media Marketing Manager and freelance writer. When she’s not working, Kari donates much of her time to the education of French-speaking immigrants in Chicago.

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