1. Be geeky
Described as the biggest pop culture convention in the Midwest, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo – aka C2E2 – returns to the Windy City. Dress up as your favorite superhero or villain, attend panel discussions and get celebrity autographs.
Details: 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at McCormick Place, South Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. $40 to $50 for one day admission / MAP
Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022
The Bronzeville District Jazz Festival pays homage to the rich jazz and blues musical history of the South Side community with performances by local musicians Julia Huff, Reggie Foster, Smooth Willie Fultz and Audley Reed.
Details: Saturday 12-8 p.m. along Martin Luther King Drive from 39th to 37th Street. Free / MAP
Antique, vintage, recycled and salvaged items are for sale at Vintage Days. Live music is also on the menu for the outdoor street market.
Details: 10am-6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday at 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Free / MAP
Let kids get up close to native insects and spiders at Bugapalooza, where they can also watch pinning demonstrations and learn to dance like a bee.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. $22 to $27 for adults; $17-$22 for children / MAP
A finger-licking barbecue is served accompanied by a healthy dose of country music at Windy City Smoke. Headliners include Willie Nelson & Family (Thursday), Tim McGraw (Friday), Sam Hunt (Saturday) and Miranda Lambert (Sunday).
Details: 2pm-10pm Thursday and Friday; 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the United Center, Parking Lot C, 1901 W. Madison St. Single-day tickets from $44.95, plus fees; free for children 10 and under / MAP
The 40th Northalsted Market Days features five live music stages, DJs, over 200 arts and crafts vendors, and food and drink along a half-mile stretch in the Northalsted community. Performers include Anastacia, Ginger Minj, Matteo Lane, Ada Vox and Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute.
Details: 11am-10pm Saturday and Sunday along Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street. Suggested donation of $15 / MAP
Organized by a collective of Latinx musicians, artists, tastemakers and cultural innovators, the fifth annual Latinxt Music Festival offers avant-garde music from the Latin American diaspora.
Details: 2pm-11.30pm Saturday; 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Navy Pier, Beer Garden and Polk Bros Park Lake Stage, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free / MAP
Pasta, pizza, Italian sausages and meatballs are on the menu for italian party. Stock up on meatballs at a food contest (Saturday 5 p.m.). Live Italian music is also on the menu.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10pm Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. $5 to $10; free for children under 12 / MAP
“B youtells the story of a 16-year-old non-binary dancer who skips class to be a break dancer, leading to a day trip to Chicago. No dialogue is spoken during the performance, which incorporates hip- hop, contemporary, step and break dance along with instrumental music and beat boxing.Featuring a cast of diverse local teens, the producers say the production strives to empower young artists while emphasizing the importance of embracing your authentic self.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday with additional performances Monday and Tuesday at the Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway St. $30/ MAP
10. Move it
Craft beers and hot airs will be there Dance the streets of the Chicago Brewing District. Inspired by its namesake song Grateful Dead, the festival will feature a variety of jamming bands, including Rock & Rye (Friday), Terrapin Flyer (Saturday) and Steal Your Phace (Sunday). Sample soapy beers from Goose Island, Great Central Brewing Company, Finch Beer Co., On Tour Brewing and Forbidden Root.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Hubbard Street between Paulina and Wood streets. Suggested donation of $10 / MAP
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