Things to Do

{This Weekend} Food, Fest and Fusion in Chicago

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Taste of Chicago

When: Wednesday, July 8th – Sunday, July 12th; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Grant Park; Jackson & Columbus

Why you may want to attend: The world’s largest food festival, Taste of Chicago is synonymous with summertime. People come from all over the country to sample dishes presented by area restaurants and chefs. Local designers, such as Anna Hovet who is one of our favorites, and a special presentation by Afrobella for African Fashion Week will also be on hand for your style consuming pleasure.

Special musical guests this year include Weezer (tonight), Erykah Badu (Thursday), and Maz featuring Frankie Beverly (Sunday).

Admission is free. Concert tickets are available for purchase if you wish to be inside of the Petrillo Music Shell. Without a ticket, you are free to view the concert at a distance from the lawn area.

More info: City of Chicago

What to do in Chicago

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Ruido Fest

When: Friday, July 10th – Sunday, July 12th

Where: 1301 W. 14th Street (Pilsen)

Why you may want to attend: This festival is somewhat of a big deal for the Latin post-punk, hip-hop, and EDM music community. It’s the very first of its kind. Rising stars and established artists will share multiple stages over the span of 3 days. Café Tacuba will be headlining.

Single day tickets start at $55 and can be purchased online here.

More info: Ruido Fest

What to do in Chicago

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Windy City Smokeout

When: Friday, July 10th – Sunday, July 12th

Where: 560 W. Grand Avenue

Why you may want to attend: Barbeque. Country Bands. Beer.

More info: Windy City Smokeout

What to do in Chicago

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Roscoe Village Burger Fest

When: Saturday, July 11th – Sunday, July 12th; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Belmont between Damen & Oakley

Why you may want to attend: Chicago’s professional burger joints compete for bragging rights over two days. Live music on two stages accompanies the fight for best food.

More info: Roscoe Village Burger Fest

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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