Take advantage of the city's cultural diversity this weekend with a variety of music and food-based events. And spend some time outside, whether strolling through a festival or lounging on a park lawn.
As part of its Night Out in the Parks series this summer, the Chicago Park District hosts a screening of one of America's favorite classic musicals. See the Chicago Park District website for a full schedule of movie screenings, which will play in 150 different parks until the series ends on September 14.
Friday 7/19 (movie begins at dusk)
Chase Park - 4701 N. Ashland
Though already in its seventh year, the annual Latin Jazz Festival has expanded this summer beyond years past. Headlining performers include Candido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, and Jane Bunnett. In between the music, visitors can watch dance and storytelling performances or participate in instrument-making workshops
Friday 7/19 (7-9pm), Saturday 7/20 (1-8pm)
Humboldt Park Boathouse - 1359 Sacramento Ave.
There's always the Taste of Chicago, but River North has its own version of the festival. Try some of the best food River North has to offer at the Taste of River North, from participating restaurants like Green Door Tavern, Taco Joint, and Ai Japanese. Musical performances from a diverse list of acts will offer added entertainment.
Friday 7/19 (5-10pm), Saturday 7/20 (12-10pm), Sunday 7/21 (11am-8pm)
A. Montgomery Ward Park - Erie/Kingsbury
$5 entrance. Food and drink samples $1 each.
Catch a performance from the Badlands Tour featuring Trampled Under Foot at Chicago's famous House of Blues. The event is 21+.
Saturday 7/20 (doors open at 9pm; show starts at 9:30pm)
Back Porch Stage at House of Blues - 329 N. Dearborn
$12 General Admission tickets in advance; $15 day of
Sample food from vendors and nearby restaurants, watch martial arts and dance performances, and listen to traditional Chinese music at the annual fair in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood. Don't miss the Lion Dance procession at 12:30pm.
Sunday 7/21, 10am - 8pm
Wentworth Ave. from Cermak Rd. to 24th Pl.