10 things to do this weekend: June 9-12 | Chicago News

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1. Boogie

Music flooded Millennium Park as the Chicago Blues Festival returns on a trio of stages. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland (Thursday), Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (Friday), Ronnie Baker Brooks (Saturday) and Eric Gales (Sunday). Performances are also held in Austin, Bronzeville and the Chicago Riverwalk.

Details: 12pm-9pm Thursday-Sunday at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free/ MAP


Find more festivals: 2022 Summer Festival Guide


2. sweetheart

those years Pivot Arts Festival highlights the resilience and adaptability of artists during the pandemic with films and videos, live performances, works in progress and community gatherings.

Details: Times vary Friday through June 18 at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway St. Free – $35/ MAP


3. Shake it

Salsa, merengue, bomba, and plena music by local and Puerto Rican bands are available Fiestas Patronales Puertorriquenas. The annual parade (Saturday at 2:00 p.m.) featuring floats, marching groups and local bands begins on Division Street and Western Avenue.

Details: 2pm-10pm Thursday; 4pm-10pm Friday; Noon-10pm Saturday and Sunday at Humboldt Park, 2800 W. Division St. Free – $10/CARD


4. Taste

Dozens of vendors serve up 100% vegan fare Chicago Vegandale Festival including lobsta mac and cheese from Oh My Cod Vegan Seafood Co., ice cream from BRICS and mushroom jerky from Vegky.

Details: 11am-7pm Saturday at Grand Park, Butler Field, South Lakeshore Drive and East Monroe Street. $10-$15/CARD


5. Frolic

Named for the neighborhood’s Swedish heritage, Andersonville Midsummer Festival offers traditional Swedish activities, including a dance around the maypole, as well as children’s activities and music and entertainment performances on five stages.

Details: 5pm-10pm Friday; 12pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday along Clark Street between Catalpa and Foster Avenues. $15 suggested donation / MAP

(Photo by Timmy Samuel-Starbelly Studios)(Photo by Timmy Samuel-Starbelly Studios)

6. Jam

Hyde Park Summer Festival returns to the South Side with 20 musical performances, including sets from Busta Rhymes, Ashanti and Lupe Fiasco (Saturday) and Jhene Aiko, Lucky Daye and Marsha Ambrosius (Sunday).

Details: Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm at Midway Plaisance, 59th Street and Ellis Avenue. $109 / MAP


7. Discover

That Market of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art features more than 20 local vendors and seeks to honor artists’ perseverance over the past two years of the coronavirus pandemic.

Details: 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave. $5 / MAP


8. Create

print pollination uses papermaking, printmaking, and zinemaking to connect our stories to the natural environment. The pop-up event is part of a series exploring queerness, migration and homeland, incorporating nature as a collaborative art studio.

Details: 2pm-5pm Saturday at Burnham Park Wildlife Corridor Caracol Gathering Space, east of the Lakefront Trail, south of McCormick Place and north of 31st Street Beach. Free / CARD


9. Be chic

Fans of the Netflix series’ Emmy-nominated historical romance Bridgerton, this is for you. “The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience‘ features period costumes and decorations, a dance performance, music inspired by the show’s soundtrack, interactive experiences and of course plenty of photo ops.

Details: Times vary Thursday through Sunday through June 19 at XS Tennis and Education Foundation, 5336 S. State St. $45-$68/ MAP


10. Browse

That Wells street art festival highlights the work of more than 140 artists from across the country, from woodworking and metalwork to ceramics and jewelry. Live music and performances by the Jesse White Tumblers are also available.

Details: 10am-10pm Saturday; 10:00-21:00 Sunday along Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street. $10 suggested donation / MAP

(Courtesy of Special Events Management)(Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Would you like to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future round-up? Send us an E-mail.


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