Dozens of musical workshops. Round table on collecting and building guitars. Live music from musicians like Julian Lage, Molly Tuttle, Courtney Hartman and many more. Meet some of the guitar world’s innovators and virtuosos and share your love of guitars at neck top.
Details: Hours vary Thursday through Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. All access pass $100, All access pass 3 days $500 / MAP
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A host of local artists will be on display at the Bucktown Art Fest, a neighborhood staple since the early ’80s. The all-volunteer festival helps fund local arts education and features nearly 200 artists, two music stages, beer crafts and sangria.
Details: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley Ave. Free admission / MAP
The Film Noir Foundation comes to the beloved Music Box Theater to celebrate film noir with Black City: Chicago 2022. This week-long festival will feature 35mm screenings presented by FNF Founder Eddie Muller and FNF Board Member Alan K. Rode.
Details: Times vary from Friday, August 26 through Thursday, September 1 at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N Southport Ave. $90 General Admission Festival Pass / MAP
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For its 31st year, Taste of Greektown returns to the city’s popular West Loop to let its Hellenic pride take center stage and showcase Chicago’s acclaimed Greek restaurants, blending Old World traditions with 21st century freshness. There will be live entertainment from Greek bands and games for everyone.
Details: 4-10 p.m. Friday; 12pm-10pm Saturday-Sunday on Halsted between Van Buren and Adams St. Free entry/ MAP
Do you like to run, whether outdoors or indoors? Do you like donuts? And above all, do you like Stan’s Donuts? Well, you’re in luck! The Stan’s Donut Race comes to Soldier Field, consisting of a kids dash, 5K, and virtual options to run on your home treadmill or any path you choose. Once you’re done, you can pick up a delicious free donut at any Stan’s Donuts store.
Details: 8:00 a.m. 5K Dash Wave and 9:30 a.m. Kids Dash Saturday at Soldier Field, 1410 Special Olympics Drive. $49.99 for 5K Dash and $25 for kids/ MAP
North Central College is hosting a grand opening reception for the new art exhibit, “Mid-Century Modern at North Collegewhich will showcase Mid-Century Modern architecture and how it not only shaped the college campus, but also the city of Naperville and beyond. The Grand Opening Reception will include a free trolley tour through Naperville that will showcase the area’s modern homes and buildings.
Details: 1-5 p.m. Friday Schoenherr Gallery at North Central College, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. / 1400 W Morse Ave. Free / MAP
Thalia Hall brings live entertainment from outside their venue for the premiere Block party Thalia Hall, full of local vendors and live music of various genres that will get you on your feet. Artists lined up to perform include La Academia, Loona Dae, E. Woods, Agua de Rosas and more.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St. Free admission, suggested donation of $5/ MAP
The Chicago Chalk Art Festival Howard Street Chalk will make its first outdoor, in-person debut since 2019, featuring national and local street artists and art lovers turning Howard Street in Rogers Park into their own personal canvas. The event showcases the art of internationally renowned 3D street artists and local 2D chalk artists while encouraging children and families to get in on the action.
Details: 11am-8pm Saturday Located just east of the Howard Red Line ‘L’ stop between Paulina St. and Ashland Ave. Free admission / MAP
Twenty-three vendors. Three live bands. And 100,000 delicious calories consumed. The Gastronomy Festival 2022 is in town and Chicagoans are in luck for good treats and live music.
Details: 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown West Chicago, near the West Chicago Museum, 132 Main St., West Chicago. FREE ENTRANCE / MAP
A cast of female, non-binary and trans identifying artists will present quirky, hilarious and heartfelt short pieces and the annual BECHDEL FEST. This award-winning festival takes the rubric of the Bechdel-Wallace test and provides audiences with entertainment without non-cismal characters talking about anything other than, you guessed it, men.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 through Wednesday, Aug. 31 at The Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Pay what you can / MAP
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