12 things to do this weekend: June 30 to July 4 | Chicago News

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After a two-year hiatus, ENABLE, a celebration of local arts and culture, returns to the Loop. DJ sessions, performances by A Queer Pride, and live interactive art exhibits by Paint the City are among the highlights.

Details: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at LaSalle and Quincy streets. Free / MAP


Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022


2. Sweat

Kick off the holiday weekend by getting in shape at Summer workouts at Millennium Park. With tai chi, yoga, pilates and zumba classes, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to bring a mat, towel, and water to stay hydrated.

Details: 8-8:45 a.m. tai chi; 9am-9:45am yoga; 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Pilates; 11-11:45 a.m. zumba at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free / MAP


3. Shake it up

Discover new movements at pier dance. Bellydance By Phaedra will provide lessons in Middle Eastern techniques and belly dancing before opening the dance floor.

Details: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Navy Pier Polk Bros Performance Lawn City Stage, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free / MAP


4. Watch

Enjoy movie night outside this weekend and watch Disney’s hit ‘Encanto’ at Movies in the Hermitage Parks. BYO blanket, chairs, snacks and drinks.

Details: 8:30-10:12 p.m. Friday at Hermitage Park, 5839 S. Wood St. Free/ MAP

(Credit: Chicago Park District)(Credit: Chicago Park District)

5. Study

In the 1986 classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Ferris and his crew visit the Art Institute of Chicago as part of their epic day of playing hooky. Learn more about the artwork featured in the 2-minute clip, film and art galleries at “The Art of Ferris Bueller: Walking Tour.”

Details: 1 to 2:15 p.m. Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. $35 plus museum admission / MAP


6. Make a move

Started over 30 years ago as a small celebration of Chicago house music, the Chosen Few DJs Music Festival and Picnic has grown to attract tens of thousands of people every year in what organizers say is the longest-running event dedicated to house music.

Details: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Park, 63rd Street and Hayes Drive. $60 or more; Free for children 12 and under / MAP


7. Listen

Connect with nature at Big Marsh Parks Summer Sound Walks. Led by faculty and alumni from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the event explores listening and sound-making as an ecological practice and an instrument of change.

Details: 5-7 p.m. Fridays at Big Marsh Park, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave. Free / MAP


8. Wonder

Sit in the front row under the marquee for the “Water Circus I: Money Unitfeaturing pirate battles, aerial acrobatics, tightrope walks and “Wheel of Death” performances.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Monday at Chicago Premium Outlets, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd., Aurora. $10-$50 / MAP

Morgaine Rosenthal and D. Fernandez perform aerial straps.  (Photo by Alex Gaspar) Morgaine Rosenthal and D. Fernandez perform aerial straps. (Photo by Alex Gaspar)

9. Gather

The Arts & Crafts Fair Celebrate America features 75 stalls with vendors selling homemade items, live music, turtle races, kids’ activities and a parade (10 a.m. departure).

Details: Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burlington Park, E. Chicago Avenue and S. Washington Street, Hinsdale. Free / MAP


10. Delight

Dozens of multicultural acts representing the Afro-Caribbean diaspora perform at International Festival of Life. Arts, crafts and games are also on the agenda.

Details: 2-10 p.m. Saturday-Monday at Washington Park, 55th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. $25 to $40; $20 for seniors; free for children under 12 / MAP


11. Reflect

Written by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, “The notice boardfollows a fictional women’s clinic in Englewood and her fight with a resident candidate for city council who puts up a provocative billboard about abortion and black women.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through July 17 at Northwestern University, Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive. $25 / MAP


12. Have fun

Carnival rides, a petting zoo, pickleball tournaments, rib and pie eating contests, a pet parade, wine tastings and live music are among the festivities on offer for Border Days Festival.

Details: 5-11 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday; noon-10 p.m. Monday at Recreation Park, 500 E. Milner St., Arlington Heights. Free / MAP

(Arlington Heights Frontier Days/Facebook)(Arlington Heights Frontier Days/Facebook)

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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