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Things to do this Week (and Weekend): Jibaritos, Ale, and Music

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Grant Park Music Festival
When: Wednesday, June 15th 6p-8p; Friday, June 17th 6p – 8p
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Why: Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell announce a rich array of programming for the Festival’s 2016 season, taking place June 15—August 20 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and venues throughout the city.

The season includes an ambitious roster of Festival, regional, and world premieres; revivals of important classical works from the 20th century to present day; with guest artists of national and international renown, and collaborations with Chicago cultural organizations.

All concerts are free and most will take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
More info: Grant Park Music Festival
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Lakeview Live! Concerts on the Curb
When: Thursday, June 16th 5:30p – 8:30p
Where: Lincoln & Paulina, 3356 NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE,Chicago, IL 60657
Why: CURBSIDE CONCERTS. CRAFT BEER. LOCAL FLAVOR.
THURSDAYS, JUNE 16, JULY 21 & AUGUST 18, 2016  |  5:30 – 8:30 PM  |  LINCOLN & PAULINA

Enjoy live outdoor music, craft beer and local food this summer in the heart of Lakeview! Presented by Chicago Music Exchange with additional support from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lakeview Live! is a new series that showcases the sounds of Chicago’s talented musicians and celebrates Lakeview’s local businesses. The series is free to attend!
More infoLakeview Chamber
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MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
When: Begins Monday, June 6th; 6:30p – 8p
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Why: The architecturally-stunning Millennium Park is the hippest place to be in Chicago on Monday and Thursday nights. Millennium Park Summer Music Series, the FREE weekly music series, is a showcase for a wider variety of genre-defying music. The series (formerly Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago) has been re-imagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music — both established and emerging.
Grab a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out on the Great Lawn for outdoor concert performances from local, national and international acts every Monday and Thursday evening June 6 – August 25, 2016 (except where noted) at 6:30pm.
More infoCity of Chicago
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FIESTAS PUERTORRIQUEÑAS AND PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE’S PARADE
When
: Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th 3:00 p to 10:30p; Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th Noon to 10:30pm
Where: Humboldt Park
Why: The annual celebration of all things Puerto Rico is one of the largest Latin events in the nation and is held in Chicago’s landmark and majestic Humboldt Park. It features four days of fun, food, and festivities.

Drawing crowds from all over the Midwest, this community-wide gathering celebrates a rich culture with lively music, entertainment, authentic Caribbean cuisine, arts & crafts, carnival rides and much more.

More info: Chicago Events
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TASTE OF RANDOLPH STREET
When
: Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19th
Where: 900 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
Why: The summer’s high-point street festival is returning to Chicago’s West Loop for its 20th year. As one of the city’s leading annual celebrations, this three-day cross-cultural celebration will mix extraordinary food, brilliant artisans and diverse musical offerings. Top restaurants will bring their bold cuisines from near and far. Don’t be surprised to see food and drink options from all your favorites.

Music fans, this event is for you too. Taste of Randolph will once again partner with Chicago’s favorite independent promoters, Silver Wrapper to bring three eclectic stages featuring unbelievable talent including Chicago’s brightest young musical acts extending from indie rock to dance music.

More info: Taste of Randolph Street
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CHICAGO ALE FEST
When
: Friday, June 17th 6p – 10p; Saturday, June 18th 2p – 6p
Where: Buckingham Fountain
Why: The Chicago Ale Fest is a celebration of American Craft Beer in the heart of Chicago. Located at Buckingham Fountain in historic Grant Park, bordered by the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, the fest will feature 200+ American craft beers, live music and food from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Grant Park Conservancy.

More info:Chicago Ale Fest

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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