8 things to do this weekend: August 11-15 | Chicago News

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Parade of Bud Billiken. (Credit: Enjoy Illinois)

1. Thumbs up

A Chicago Tradition, the 93rd Edition Bud Billiken Parade will be going down King Drive this weekend. The parade and festival has the stated goal of uniting African Americans in music, dance, food and laughter while celebrating back to school.

Details: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday from 39th Street and Martin Luther King Drive and heading south through Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive. Free / Map


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2. Remember

Take a trip back in time to Retro on Roscoe, a music festival consisting of three stages spread over six city blocks. Bands will play a mix of oldies, throwbacks and popular hits. The festival also features antique vendors, artisans and merchants in a unique shopping experience.

Details: 5pm-10pm Friday; noon-10pm Saturday; Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at 2000 W. Roscoe St., Chicago. Suggested donation of $15 / Map


3. Atmosphere

Ghanaian guitarist and bandleader Ebo Taylor plays with Chicago Afrobeat Project and Future Rootz.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Thalia Hall, 1807 South Allport St., Chicago. $40-$75


4. Browse

Admire the works of 80 artists and artisans selected during the Printer’s Row Arts Festival. The festival features art at all price points by painters, street artists, jewelers, recycling artists, photographers, mixed media artists and more. Local restaurants will also be present.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 701 S. Dearborn St., Chicago. Free


5. Appreciate

Access Contemporary Music organizes the seventh edition Thirsty Ears Party, billed as Chicago’s only classical music street festival. Ensembles and soloists will perform music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between.

Details: 2pm-10pm Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday at 1758 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago. Suggested donation of $10


Little Italy Fest on Taylor Street.  (Credit: Onesti Entertainment)Little Italy Fest on Taylor Street. (Credit: Onesti Entertainment)

6. Chow Down

Chicago Little Italy Fest – Taylor Street celebrates the history of the neighborhood while showcasing delicious dishes from area restaurants. Three stages also offer a variety of musical performances.

Details: 5pm-10pm Thursday and Friday; Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1431 W. Taylor St., Chicago.


7. Just dance

Lady Gaga is coming to Chicago to perform for All The Little Monsters at Wrigley Field as part of her chromatic ball round.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison. Tickets start at $198.50.


8. Pet

See you at Mokena for the annual Farm and Barn Party. The family-friendly event offers a variety of activities for children, including a petting zoo and horseback riding.

Details: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with children’s activities from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Yunker Park, 10824 La Porte Road, Mokena. Free admission, $20 wristband required for most activities.


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


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