Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 7/25 – 7/28

After the insane heatwave last week, these next few days are absolutely perfect! So why not add some events to those great temperature days! There are some exciting events like festivals, concerts, books, discussions and more going on!

So let’s get on with your curated weekend!


35th Annual Newberry Book Fair @ Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Thursday & Friday Noon – 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A huge book fair supporting the Newberry Library
SO WHAT: There is no such thing as too many books. Newberry Library knows this and their annual book fair is a great place to add one, two, or a dozen new books to your growing library. Whether it’s cookbooks, biographies, children’s literature or heartbreaking works of staggering literary genius; with over 120,000 books for sale there’s a good chance you’ll find it at the fair.
NOW WHAT: Make some room on your shelves for some new books because admission is free, and all proceeds support the Newberry. Also, Sunday is half-priced day, so add even more books on that sale day!

47th Annual Fiesta del Sol @ Pilsen, 1400 W Cermak Rd, Thursday, 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Join the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council for the 47th annual Fiesta del Sol!
SO WHAT: Fiesta del Sol celebrates the Pilsen neighborhood’s culture with live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources for parents and youth, soccer games, and much more. Don’t forget to check out the House of Sol for some excellent DJ sets!
NOW WHAT: Admission is free for these great cultural festivities! There will be a $60 Mega Pass available for you to enjoy four days of unlimited carnival rides!


Ovef Ow / MOIRA / Impulsive Hearts @ The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: The fun show for you summer night
SO WHAT: Double down on summer vibes with this trio of fun and warm sounding bands.  Ovef Ow will deliver wonderful surf and garage/punk-inspired sounds that don’t hold back, Cincinnati’s Moira and their gorgeous atmospheric noise, and Impulsive Hearts dishing out their sun soaked surf rock shoegaze for you to sway along to all night
NOW WHAT: No cover for this jam packed show!!

The Curls / J Fernandez / Fran @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 21+
WHAT: Three amazing local bands delivering some amazing tunes!
SO WHAT: The Hideout tends to have some pretty stellar lineups and this Thursday show proves it! The Curls will be bringing their art pop jams, J Fernandez will mesmerize you with his enveloping psychedelic pop jams, and it’ll all kick off with Fran‘s beautiful folk tunes!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $8!

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JULY 26th – 28th

Wicker Park Fest @ Wicker Park, along Milwaukee Avenue between North and Ashland avenues, Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: An amazing festival in one of the cooler Chicago neighborhoods.
SO WHAT: It wouldn’t be a summer weekend in Chicago without a worthwhile festival taking place. Wicker Park Fest brings together great local food, arts and crafts, a kids’ area, local retail vendors, and an insane lineup of music. Some of the fantastic musical artists include Screaming Females, Durand Jones, Emily Blue, Wavves, Leikeli47, Open Mike Eagel, Superchunk, Fran, and many more! The festival takes place along Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Ashland Ave.
NOW WHAT: It’s only a $10 dollar donation which keeps this great festival going year after year, so there’s no excuse not to head to Wicker Park and have a great time.


Solemn Oath + Warpigs Reggies Rooftop Pig Roast @ Reggies, 2105 S State St, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: The pig roast of your dreams
SO WHAT: Spend your evening on top of Reggies eating some delicious pig roast and sides while enjoying some equally tasty brews form Solemn Oath and Warpigs. The collab between the two breweries has been legendary and this fun summer night will surely be as well. There will be plenty of Warpigs and Solemn Oath brews on special to enjoy while you chow down on roast pig!
NOW WHAT: Your $15 entry includes All You Can Eat Pig n Fixins!


Vans House Parties: The Rapture @ House of Vans, 113 N Elizabeth St, 7:00pm, 18+
WHAT: A series of spectacular shows at a cool skate park/music venue (and they’re free!)
SO WHAT: House of Vans has been killing it since it opened a couple of years ago. Show after show of top tier artists delivering top tier shows. this year it gets better as the House Parties series returns with its best lineup yet! This night will be curated by the recently reunited The Rapture! Check out the rest of this year’s House Party lineups below!

NOW WHAT: The show is free! Full event details and RSVP are available here!

Mueller She Wrote @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A chance to hilariously riffle through the massive Mueller Report
SO WHAT: Mueller She Wrote is self described as “a binder full of women unraveling the mysteries of the Mueller investigation.” Join your hosts A.G., Jaleesa Johnson, and Jordan Coburn as they attempt to simplify the absurd amount of Mueller news and deliver you some informative, hilarious pieces.. MSW is ready to separate the facts from an insane amount of conjecture with just the right amount of snark.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $30 for this imperative/funny podcast!


Chicago Philharmonic’s Side by Side @ Columbus Park Refectory,5701 W Jackson Blvd, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The Chicago Philharmonic’s fifth summer of their popular community concerts, Side by Side!
SO WHAT: In Chicago Philharmonic’s Side by Side series, student and community musicians rehearse and perform alongside our world-class musicians in free concerts throughout Chicago’s beautiful parks. This summer, the orchestra will perform works representing different cultural communities in Chicago, including pieces by by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez (representing Chicago’s Mexican community), African American composer William Grant Still (representing Chicago’s African American community), Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (representing Chicago’s Polish community), Italian composer Pietro Mascagni (representing Chicago’s Italian community), and a traditional Chinese piece Dance of the Golden Snake (representing Chicago’s Chinese community). Rehearsals take place form 3:00pm-5:00pm and the concert officially starts at 6:00pm. For this afternoon and evening at Columbus Park Refectory , Chicago Philharmonic will feature conductor Scott Speck
NOW WHAT: The series is free to attend! Bring the kids and family to discover the beauty of classical collaboration!

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