Gyros, hummus, pastitsio (Greek-style lasagna) and baklava are on the menu at Lincoln Park Greek Festival, where you can be Greek for a day – or the whole weekend. Greek folk dance performances and modern and traditional Greek music are also featured.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11pm Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N. Sheffield Ave. Suggested donation of $10 / MAP
Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival celebrates the influence of the musical genre born in the Windy City over 80 years ago with performances by top artists from across the country, including Brian Courtney Wilson, The Williams Singers and John P. Kee.
Details: 3-9 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free/ MAP
The Joffrey Ballet dancers bring the timeless romance of Miguel Cervantes “Don Quixoteto live. Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, the show follows an eccentric nobleman who fancies himself a valiant knight as he embarks on a humorous and fateful journey with his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through June 12 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive. $35 and up / MAP
The Bank of America 13.1 The route winds through historic parks and boulevards on the city’s West Side, starting and ending at Garfield Park, so get your trainers on!
Details: The race starts at 7 a.m. Sunday on W. Washington Boulevard, near Garfield Park Gold Dome Field House, 100 N. Central Park Ave. $115 / MAP
More than 30 bands perform on two stages at Make Division Street Fest with musical entertainment programmed by the renowned concert halls of West Town Empty Bottle and Subterranean. Be sure to check out local vendors, kids’ activities, and fashion shows.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Division Street between Damen Avenue and Leavitt Street. Suggested donation of $10 / MAP
Which hot dog stand has the best frankfurters? Vote at Windy City Hot Dog Party, where more than half a dozen serve their best hot dogs. Live music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and a dog parade (Sunday) round it all out.
Details: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. Suggested donation of $7 / MAP
7. Be artistic
More than 150 works of public art, including more than 50 new live painted works are on view for Downtown Art Weekwhich also offers art exhibitions and interactive art activities for all ages.
Details: Events start Wednesday and end Sunday
Architecture lovers, this one is for you. Chicago Brick Walking Tours showcase the history and, of course, the brick and architecture in neighborhoods across the city, from tours exploring the handcrafted gray stones of Logan Square (10:30 a.m. Sunday) to the gilded cottages of Bronzeville (3 p.m. Saturday).
Details: Tour times and locations vary through July 31.
9. Say “Prost! »
Your dirndl and lederhosen should be full screen during maifest chicago. In Germany, Maifest is the traditional celebration of the arrival of spring with a maibaum, or maypole, decorated to display the history and crafts of a local village. Enjoy German fare, beer, musical entertainment and a traditional cask tapping (8 p.m. Fridays).
Details: 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11pm Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln and Leland avenues. Free / MAP
The 57th Street Arts Fair celebrates its 75th year on the streets of Hyde Park with over 130 artists showcasing their wares ranging from print and leather to ceramics and glass and more.
Details: 11am-6pm Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 57th St and Kenwood Ave. Free / MAP
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