Summer is the time for street fests, pub crawls, art shows, farmers markets, and annual German drinking festivals. In Chicago, we’ve got it all, especially in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and the Gold Coast. Start the season off right with this quick list of events that are throwing down in your neighborhood this weekend.
Hope to see you out there!
Friday June 3rd, 8pm at Park West (322 W. Armitage)
With an old-time R&B Motown dance-funk vibe, this show is worth every dollar and a great way to kick off your summer of auditory epicness. Entertainment Weekly writes, “Backed by a galvanizing ensemble of musicians that would make the Funk Brothers proud, Saadiq belts out effervescent love songs with infectious vigor.”
Listen: Raphael Saadiq – Sure Hope You Mean It (YouTube)
Price $30.00: Buy Tickets
Green City Market
Saturday June 4th, 7am – 1pm
South End of Lincoln Park (1750 N. Clark St.) FREE.
Shop for locally farmed and organic meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, baked goods and more. Fresh flowers available. The market also features chef demonstrations, live music, and kids’ activities. This Saturday, Chef Jon Dubois from Green Zebra hosts a cooking demo at 10:30am.
More Info: http://greencitymarket.org
Eastside Millennium Art Show
All Weekend. Fri: Noon – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: 10am – 5pm.
Michigan Ave & Lake St. at 100 E. Lake. FREE.
Celebrate “Art in the City” at the Chicago Eastside Millennium Art Festival! Produced in collaboration with the local Eastside Millennium Gateway Association, this world-class celebration of art showcases the original works of acclaimed artists in a variety of mediums. Exciting art demonstrations, interactive booth chats with exhibiting artists, live music and great food add to the experience of this outdoor festival (via Amdur Productions).
More Info & List of Artists and Vendors: http://www.amdurproductions.com/f-eastside-public.html
First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Friday, June 3rd: 6pm – 10pm. 220 E. Chicago Ave. $10-$18
Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, creation stations, and more. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist (via First Friday Website).
More Info and Schedule of Events: http://www.mcachicago.org/programs/ff.php?page=friday
Lagunitas Pub Crawl
Friday, June 3rd, starts at 3pm
Starts at Blokes & Birds in Lakeview (3343 N. Clark St.)
Get $3.50 select pints from the California brewery on a crawl to four Lakeview bars. Includes a free T-shirt. FREE (No Cover).
3 p.m.: Blokes & Birds
4:30 p.m.: Nisei Lounge
6 p.m.: Merkle’s Bar & Grill
7:30 p.m.: Sheffield’s
More Info: http://bit.ly/lagunitaspubcrawl
Lakeview Sausage Fest
Saturday and Sunday, Noon – 10pm.
Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street at 3600 N. Sheffield Ave.
The 10th annual event, formerly the Lake View Music Fest, just outside Wrigley Field gets a slight rebranding but still features live music, arts and craft vendors and food from area restaurants and producers, specifically encased meats. Vendors include Bobak’s Sausage Company, Paulina Meat Market, Chicago’s Dog House, Murphy’s Bleachers, Notolli & Son Italian Sausage Shop and Greek Delights (via Metromix Chicago).
More Info & Schedule of Events: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=134
Benefit for LakeView Citizens’ Council, $5 – $7 donation.
All Weekend! Thu: 5pm – 9:30pm, Fri: 5pm – 11pm, Sat: Noon – 11pm, Sun: Noon – 10pm
Lincoln and Leland Avenues in Lincoln Square: FREE
The 12th annual German festival features live music and maypole dancing. Bring cash for heaping plates of German food and steins of beer. The Friday night opening ceremony features a traditional keg tapping and crowning of the year’s Mayfest queen (via Metromix Chicago).
More Info & Schedule of Events: http://www.mayfestchicago.com