10 things to do this weekend: July 28-31 | Chicago News

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Aly & AJ (Photo by Sydney Gawlik for Lollapalooza 2021)

1.Rock

More than 170 hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, indie, rap and electronic artists perform to massive crowds at Lollapalooza. Headliners: Metallica, Lil Baby (Thursday), Machine Gun Kelly, Dua Lipa (Friday), Kygo, J. Cole (Saturday), J-Hope and Green Day (Sunday). Expect a “full, comprehensive airport-style search”, which may include a full body pat-down and magnetometer pre-entry screening.

Details: Noon-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Grant Park. Main entrance: Michigan Avenue and Ida B. Wells Drive. Tickets start at $125 for one day; $220 for two days; $350 for four-day general admission / MAP


Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022


2. Adventure

A traditional lion dance, K-pop entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, a copi fish (formerly known as Asian carp) dumpling eating contest, and neighborhood restaurant cooking are all part of the fun at the Chinatown Summer Fair.

Details: noon-10pm Saturday; 10am-7pm Sunday along Wentworth Avenue between Cermak Avenue and 24th Place. Free / MAP


3. Let go

Soil Festival turns a mile-long stretch of Cermak Road into a party, with live music, Mexican folklore shows, kids’ activities and an art exhibit.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 11am-11pm Friday-Sunday along Cermak Road between Ashland Avenue and Morgan Street. Free / MAP


4. Focus

A sweet goose chasetakes audiences on a 45-minute adventure as Sheila overcomes obstacles and challenges while searching for her friend Rutabaga who was lost in a storm.

Details: 6 p.m. Thursday at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. Free / MAP; 6 p.m. Friday at Fuller Park, 331 W. 45th St. Free/ MAP


5. Shop

Antiques, vintage and modern items, art, jewelry, home decor and handmade items from around the world are among the items for sale on Randolph Street Market.

Details: 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at 1341 W. Randolph St. $10-$15 / MAP

(Courtesy of Randolph Street Market)(Courtesy of Randolph Street Market)

6. Skim

Fancy a late summer read on the beach? Stop at Newberry Book Fair, where thousands of books spanning genres from fiction to philosophy and beyond are on sale. BYO shopping bags and a credit or debit card for purchases.

Details: 10am-6pm Friday-Sunday at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Free/ MAP


7. Plug in

More than 100 feature films and shorts are projected on the big screen for the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Dedicated to showcasing the work of filmmakers and videographers with independent visions, the festival seeks to promote works that “radically diverge in form, technique or content from indie to mainstream audiences”.

Details: Screenings Wednesday through Sunday at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. $12 per program; Festival pass $150 / MAP


8. Absorb

Catch the latest episode of the Epiphany Center for the Art’s Acoustic Music Series with a performance by Picosa, a Chicago-based ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

Details: 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Epiphany Center for the Arts: The Courtyard, 201 S. Ashland Ave. $20; $10 for students with ID / MAP


9. Overview

Frida Kahlo, her photosfeatures more than 200 images from the famous artist’s personal collection, revealing the private parts and relationships of her life. The snapshots include images taken by photographers Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Brassai and Edward Weston.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (open until 8 p.m. Wednesday) through August 7 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. Free/ MAP


10. Come Together

Groovy tunes, tasty food, and family fun are on the way for the year JeffFestival. Entertainment includes music from the Pink Floyd Tribute band Echoes of Pompeii and Bruce in the USA, a tribute to The Boss – aka Bruce Springsteen, as well as performances from the Chicago Ballet Center and the Jefferson Park Songwriters Group.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 2-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave. $6-$7; children 12 and under free with an adult / MAP

(Credit: Special Events Management)(Credit: Special Events Management)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.


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