Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 8/17 and Beyond

‘It’s looking like we have another warm weekend ahead of us so let’s indulge in some festivals, movies, and more! There is just so much going on this weekend, so don’t let it pass you by!

Now, let’s get on with your Chicago Curated Weekend!



Ribfest Chicago @ Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Berteau Avenue, Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: 50,000 pounds of pork for the middle of your month
SO WHAT: It’s Ribfest Chicago’s 23rd outing! The Northcenter neighborhood festival brings together the community for some of the best ribs and a fantastic musical lineup including Phillip Michael Scales, Fourstar  Brass Band, Trippin Billies, and many more! Highlights will also include the  “Best Ribs” and “People’s Choice” competitions and a Kids Square for families to enjoy entertainment, inflatables, games and more.
NOW WHAT: $10 donation per person or $20 per family is requested to benefit the Northcenter community and help support local schools, nonprofit organizations, economic development, and greening efforts.

The Neo-Futurists’ The Infinite Wrench @ The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N Ashland, Friday and Saturday 10:30pm, Sunday 7:00pm, 16+
WHAT: Quick plays live and online!
SO WHAT: The Neo-Futurists are back ! Their Infinite Wrench is an  ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes for a live audience. Now it’s actually a live audience that will be enjoying the performance in person! With plenty of COVID precautions in place, you’ll be able to enjoy the funny, disgusting, profound, terrifying, irreverent, and downright entertaining show with friends!
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo-Futurists this weekend for $15! Head over to their website to see all they have planned now that in-person audiences are a thing again! If you’re still a little anxious about going out, The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral will be continuing til February (and possibly beyond) over at their Patreon


16th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review @ Downtown Oak Park, 100 N Marion St, Oak Park, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
WHAT: Brews, bites and tunes at the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest!
SO WHAT: This awesome Micro Brew Review features unique and inventive brews from dozens of Illinois craft breweries for you to try! Additionally there will be plenty of live music and small plates from local restaurants available!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $70 for the main tasting event! There are also tickets that give you VIP access ($100) and early entry ($80)! Enjoy a great beer festival and help raise funds for Seven Generations Ahead, an environmental nonprofit working to promote healthy and sustainable communities.

Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, 10:00pm – 10:10pm
WHAT: Enjoy the spectacle of fireworks all summer long
SO WHAT: Take a trip to Navy Pier and check out their dazzling display of fireworks!. Each show features dramatic and popular music soundtracks with some special occasion soundtracks sprinkled throughout the season.
NOW WHAT: It’s free!  Just make your way to Navy Pier, find a spot, and enjoy the show !


Bulls Fest @ United Center, 1901 W Madison St, 7:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Two full days of Bulls!
SO WHAT: It’s a new year and Bulls Fest is back! Spend the weekend checking out an incredible 3v3 basketball tournament, tons of clinics, food trucks, and “The Art of the Game,” art show brought to you by All Star Press and more!  Head over to the event website for more details!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free for this fantastic basketball focused event!

Sangria Festival Chicago @ Humboldt Park, 3021 W. Division St., Noon – 10:00pm
The perfect chance to sample some amazing Sangrias!
SO WHAT: Sangria Festival Chicago is back for their 8th year of Sangria festivities! In addition to all the appetizing food and delicious drinks, there will be music throughout the day, samba and flamenco shows, a Paint and Sip Lounge, and so much more!
NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $20 per day and go up with whatever add-on you’d like to partake in this weekend! The festival as always is helping to raise awareness and funds for community organizations including Humboldt Park’s San Lucas Church Hot Meals Program for their fight against hunger in our neighborhoods.

The Great American Lobster Fest 2023 @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Friday & Saturday 1pm– 11pm, Sunday 1pm – 8pm, All Ages
WHAT: Another year of lobster goodness at Navy Pier
SO WHAT: The Great American Lobster Fest is two full days of fresh lobster flown in from the east coast that will be accented by some great live music performances including Nublu Band, The Drastics, and many more! There will also be plenty of fun family friendly activities and unique shopping experiences for you to indulge in. And don’t forget that there will be fireworks on Saturday and the Air & Water show going on.
NOW WHAT: Entry to to the festival grounds is free! Meal tickets for the fest are currently available for $79 for Saturday, $69 for Sunday, and $129 for Sunday VIP !


Weekend Shows @ Lincoln Hall & Schubas, 2424 N Lincoln Ave & 3159 N Southport Ave, various times, 18+
WHAT: A full weekend of amazing shows at Schubas and Lincoln Hall!
SO WHAT: Lincoln Hall and Schubas are some of our favorite venues in the city and they always have something great going on. Check out what’s going this weekend at these great venues!

NOW WHAT: Head out to Schubas & Lincoln Hall and enjoy this great lineup of shows!

ChiTown Movies @ Pilsen Neighborhood, 2343 S. Throop St, Various Times, All Ages
An old school experience for the modern age
SO WHAT: Take a trip back in time and head out to a drive-in movie with ChiTown Movies. Ever since the pandemic started and shut down traditional movie screening, a few pop up drive-ins have arrived and ChiTown Movies has persevered, offering up modern movies in this retro setting. Check out their lineup below for showings this weekend and in the future!

NOW WHAT: Tickets are $33 per car for these movies, so bring the family for a safe movie watching experience

Back on the Big Screen and Virtual Cinema @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave and at your home, any time you want to watch a movie
A great way to support a great local theater
SO WHAT: The Music Box Theatre is really to fill that art house need in you with some excellent movies including Oppenheimer, Passages, midnight screenings of Oldboy and more! But if you want to watch some first-run movies at home, you can still watch great movies and support them online! They are currently screening films via their The Music Box Direct series! There are also tons of select titles available on their new platform!
NOW WHAT: Digital subscription is $4.99 a month, $49.99 a year, in person screenings vary, so sit back and enjoy!

Chicago Humanities: New Talks and Video Archives @ Various Locations & Chicago Humanities Festival YouTube channel, your favorite browser or YouTube app, any time you want some inspiration, All Ages
WHAT: Interesting conversations with interesting people!
SO WHAT: Chicago Humanities Festival always brings some of the best ideas to the surface with entertaining programming that captures your imagination. Be on the lookout for updates to the upcoming season as their website is constantly updated with new talks.  Here is a taste of what’s coming up!

NOW WHAT: Head over to take a look at their past events here! You should also sign up for their email list to get updates on upcoming talks in 2023

University of Chicago Folk Festival @ Your favorite spot in your home, All Ages
WHAT:A fantastic folk festival
SO WHAT: University of Chicago Folk Festival might have come and gone but their digital presence is still around, making sure the wonderful music reaches as many people as possible! You can check out the past few years of performances on their Facebook page and their YouTube channel any time you want! This past year’s performers included Balfa Toujours, Donka & Nikolay Kolev, Juan Rivera, Henry Barnes & Conner Vlietstra, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Jerron Paxton; Tim Britton, John Williams and Katie Grennan!
NOW WHAT: Head over to their Facebook page and their YouTube channel and enjoy the show! We highly encourage you to donate to help support this fantastic folk festival!

Masque of the Red Coronavirus! @ Black Button Eyes Productions, Any time on your computer or mobile device. For 18+.
WHAT: Written by Black Button Eyes Productions producing artistic director Ed Rutherford, this short satirical piece is available online free as a combined script-and-video experience.
SO WHAT: In addition to reading the play, you will see various Chicago artists act out portions of the script on video, recorded remotely. The event includes puppets, burlesque, original music, fire dancing and more in a brief, darkly comedic confection.
With the Red Coronavirus running rampant across the countryside and a vaccine still months away, what’s a Prince to do? Lock himself in a secure bunker in an undisclosed location along with a cohort of his top donors, of course. To prevent him and his rich supporters from becoming bored, the Prince has also brought a few artists into the bunker to entertain the crowd. But as the hour grows later and the night grows weirder, it’s clear that something else has also invaded the party.
NOW WHAT: Settle down for a great watch!

Julian Ramirez
Julian Ramirez