Summer Events: August 2009
Northalsted Market Days
The twenty-eight annual event features more than 350 food and art vendors and various live music acts including the Village People. Halsted between Addison and Belmont, (773)868-3010. 11am-10pm. Through August 2. $6 donation.
Retro on Roscoe
Find out who’s chili reigns supreme at the Windy City Chili Cook-Off. Also includes live music, antique vendors, local restaurant fare, an antique car show and family areas. Roscoe from Damen to Oakley, (773)665-4682. Noon-10pm. Through August 2. $5.
Edible Audio Picnic
Millennium Park’s new Monday lunchtime series features cutting-edge rock bands, sound artists, DJs and more. Mondays at noon. For more information, visit millenniumpark.org. Free.
August 3: Third Coast International Audio Festival
August 10: Daedelus
August 17: Emily Wells
August 24: Dark Party and Caural & K-Kruz
Chicago Outdoor Film Festival
Kick back and relax watching free movies shown every Tuesday night at sundown. Severe weather conditions may stop screenings. No alcohol. Butler Field, Grant Park. 100 S. Lake Shore, (312)744-3315. Summer schedule:
August 4: Born Yesterday (1950)
August 11: Psycho
August 18: Young Mr. Lincoln
August 25: Tootsie
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Weekly free outdoor jazz concerts paired with a pre-fixe menu from Puck’s Café available for $19. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, (312)280-2660. 5:30pm. Tuesdays through September. Free.
August 4: Mike Reed
August 11: Maggie Brown
August 18: Jason Adasiewicz
August 25: Mike Jeffers
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz
Jazz comes back to Millennium Park, with six free concerts on Thursdays at 6:30pm. For more information, visit millenniumpark.org.
August 6: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Chicago Legacy Ensemble featuring Bunky Green
August 13: Sketches of Brazil: Robert Irving III’s Orchestral Homage to Miles and Gil
August 20: Celebrating a Jazz Hero: Fred Anderson’s 80th Birthday with the Great Black Music Ensemble
August 27: Chicago Piano Showcase: Ron Perrillo and Willie Pickens
September 3: Benny Goodman Centennial Celebration with Jon Faddis & Columbia College Chicago’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble
Ginza Holiday Festival
Learn to appreciate more than sushi at this Japanese festival, with folk dancing, taiko drummers, food vendors, craft demos and more. Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee, (312)943-7801. Through August 9. $4-$5, free for kids 12 and under with adult.
The rock extravaganza brings in the likes of The Killers, Beastie Boys, Kings Of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Arctic Monkeys, Ben Folds and Fleet Foxes this year. Grant Park, 500 S. Columbus, (888)512-7469. Ticket info at lollapalooza.com. Through August 9.
Korean Street Festival
Grab some Korean BBQ and more at this festival celebrating new and old Korean culture. Korean food, entertainment and more. Bryn Mawr and Kedzie, (773)583-1700. 11am-10pm. Also August 9, 10am-9pm. Free.
Celebrate the summer sun with live music, food vendors and family activities, all benefiting the Resurrection Lutheran Church’s after school and preschool programs. Seminary Avenue from Roscoe to School, (773)665-4682. Noon-9pm. Also August 9, Noon-10pm. $5 donation.
Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays
A new cuting-edge indie rock/pop series in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion on select Mondays. For more information, visit millenniumpark.org. Free.
August 10: Rokia Traoré and Shearwater, 6:30pm
August 17: Otto and NOMO, 6:30pm
August 24: Red Red Meat and Rural Alberta Advantage, 6:30pm
Edison Park Fest
A parade, dog show, food, beer, art and music—all the ingredients necessary to have a good time. Edison Park, 6730 N. Olmstead, (773)631-0063. 5pm-11pm. Also August 15, 9am-11pm and August 16, 10am-10pm. Free.
North Side Summerfest
Typical summer festival stuff—local bands, food, beer, arts and crafts—at the third annual fest. Lincoln and Belle Plaine, 4050 N. Lincoln, (773)665-4682. 5pm-10pm. Also August 15, Noon-10pm and August 16, 11am-10pm. $5 donation.
Chicago Air and Water Show
Enjoy the combination of the elements by watching planes on the lakefront. North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore, (312)744-3315. 9am water show, 11am air show. Also August 16. Free.
Get jammin’ at this Caribbean fair with food and arts and crafts. A Caribbean culture parade starts at 1pm with dancers and musicians competing for trophies awarded for best music. The parade starts at Dorchester and Midway, then moves west on Midway, south on Ellis, and East on Midway. Midway Plaisance, 1200-1300 E. 59th, (224)944-1444. 9am-9pm. Also August 16, 10am-9pm. Free.
This event boasts the roast, with 100 lambs and ten-to-fifteen whole pigs on the St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church in honor of the holiday Velika Gospa. Croatian food, American food, a beer garden and ethnic song and dance included. Princeton and 28th, 2800 S. Princeton, (312)842-1871. 10am-10pm. Free.
India Independence Day Parade
Celebrate the sixty-second anniversary of India’s Independence at the parade, starting at Devon and Western moving west on Devon to California. Devon and Western, 2400 W. Devon, (773)802-4188. Noon. Free.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
Check out art vendors, live music, food and more. Glenwood between Lunt and Farwell, 6950 N. Glenwood, (773)761-4477. 6pm-10pm. Through August 23, Noon-8pm. Free.
Water Fools (Fous de Bassin)
Chicago Shakespeare’s World Stage Series presents Ilotopie, a French troupe which specializes in the creation of waterborne theatrical wonders. The acclaimed company makes its American debut here when it transforms Lake Michigan off the east end of Navy Pier into “a world where cars drive on water, heads burst into flames and a 12-foot tall lady glides by on a penny-farthing.” Also Saturday, August 22, Navy Pier.
Lakeview Music Fest
Food, drink, tastings from restaurants and live music make up this Wrigleyville festival. Sheffield and Addison, 3600 N. Sheffield, (773)868-3010. Noon-10pm. Also August 23. $5 donation benefits the Lakeview Citizen’s Council.
Bucktown Arts Fest
Enjoy art vendors, theater and dance performances and more. Food and beer. Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2238 N. Oakley, (312)409-8305. 11am-7pm. Also August 30. Free.
Taste of Greece 2009
Taste the tzaziki and more at this festival, featuring traditional food, dancers, belly dancing, acrobats, live music games and beer. Music performances include Linardakis and Hellas 2000. Halsted between Monroe and Van Buren, (847)509-8050. Noon-11pm. Also August 30. Free.
iViva! Chicago Latin Music Festival
Todo para la musica. This twenty-first annual festival includes food, music, arts and crafts and dancing to cumbia, meringue and salsa. Grant Park, 300 S. Columbus, (312)744-3315. 10:30am-9:30pm. Also August 30. Free.