Things to Do

This Weekend: Festivals, Figaro, and Football

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This Weekend in Chicago No Doubt

Riot Fest and Carnival

When: Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. each day

Where: Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Drive, 60623

Why you may want to attend: Because you miss the 90s. The absolute last summertime hurrah will star No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Damian Marley, and his brother Stephen, plus many more. Due to a lot of fuss from the folks over at Humboldt Park, festivities will occur in Douglas Park on Chicago’s west side.

More info: Riot Fest

Wine Festival this weekend in chicago

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Windy City Wine Festival

When: Friday, September 11th from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, September 12th from 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Buckingham Fountain, 301 S Columbus Drive, 60605

Why you may want to attend: Because wine. “The festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world. Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting … Some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will sell their signature dishes. Live music will be performed on the festival stage.”

More info: Windy City Wine Festival

Jay Pritzker this weekend in chicago

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Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park

When: Friday, September 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Jay Pritzker Pavillion

Why you may want to attend:  Because this is a free way to catch a glimpse of a Lyric performance before the new season begins. “Each September, Chicago’s music lovers come out to experience the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, a free concert under the stars … This year’s concert features excerpts from Rossini’s Cinderella, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and more, the Millennium Park concert is sure to whet your appetite for the much-anticipated season opening!”

More info: Lyric Opera

bears vs packers

Bears vs. Packers

When: Sunday, September 13th at Noon

Where: Soldier Field

Why you may want to attend: Because you miss football and it’s the first game of the season for a currently being made over Bears team.

More info: Tickets available starting at $155 (StubHub)


Kari Herrera is the creator of, 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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