Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 6/6 and Beyond

Say hello to June as we head into summer! As always there is just SO MUCH to do this weekend from amazing concerts at our favorite venues, great movies throughout the city, markets, art exhibitions, and much more just waiting for you! Don't let these fantastic events pass you by; start planning your perfect weekend in Chicago!

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

ART GALLERIES & SPECIAL EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND!

THURSDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - JUNE 8 (& BEYOND)

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. Their year may be over, but certainly be on the lookout for updates for next year's season as their website is constantly updated with new talks. 

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

FRIDAY - SUNDAY, JUNE 7 - JUNE 9 (& BEYOND)

Pleiades Fest @ Elastic Arts Foundation, 3429 W. Diversey #208, Friday 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm
WHAT: A festival "dedicated to showcasing the diverse talents within the femme, trans, and nonbinary performance community."
SO WHAT: Pleiades Fest will be taking over Elastic Arts for three days of creative and innovative performances and workshop from some incredible artists. Headliners include Heet Deth, Circuit des Yeux, and easygoingtech
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 per day or $30 Three-Day Pass

Andersonville Midsommarfest @ Clark from Foster to Gregory (just north of Catalpa), Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 10:00pm,All Ages
WHAT: The Andersonville Midsommarfest is back for its 58th year.
SO WHAT: The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is bringing the Andersonville Midsommarfest experience to the masses with another fantastic event. Experience over tons musical and entertainment acts across five stages including Ovef Ow, Bev Rage & the Drinks, Finom, Impulsive Hearts, NNAMDÏ, and many more. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids and artisan selling their wares throughout the festival grounds!
NOW WHAT: Admission to the Midsommarfest is a $10 suggested donation and there are plenty of fun packages available that include beverage tickets, t-shirts, and more!

Lincoln Square Greek Fest @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2727 W. Winona St., Chicago, IL, Friday 5:00pm – 10pm, Saturday 3pm– 10pm, Sunday Noon – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT:
Take a trip to Lincoln Square's Greek Fest!
SO WHAT: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln Square is throwing a fun Greek festival! This fantastic fest will allow you to celebrate Greek traditions with authentic food, great Greek dance troupes, a beautiful Hellenic marketplace, and more
NOW WHAT: Head over to Lincoln Square and enjoy all the activities.

ChiTown Movies @ Pilsen Neighborhood, 2343 S. Throop St, Various Times, All Ages
WHAT:
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 $35 per car for these movies, so bring the family for a safe movie watching experience

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!
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo-Futurists this weekend for $20!  The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral will be continuing til February (and possibly beyond) over at their Patreon

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 8 & 9

Wells Street Art Festival @ Wells St. Between North Ave. and Division, 1400 N Wells Street, Saturday 10am – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm, all ages
WHAT: Another year of this beautiful arts festival!
SO WHAT: A diverse mix of over 125 juried artists will be filling up this year’s Wells Street Art Festival with their incredible works! Other highlights include the myriad of neighborhood restaurants, excellent live music, and kids’ art activities so everyone has something fun to do at this fest! Check out full details at their website!
NOW WHAT: The festival has a $10 suggested donation and fest proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association!

The Old Town Art Fair @ Old Town Triangle Historic District, Main Gate at 1900 N Lincoln Avenue, Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The Old Town Art Fair is back!
SO WHAT: Old Town Art Fair brings over 200 nationally acclaimed artists together for a wonderful market in the charming Old Town Triangle Historic District. In addition to all the great artists selling their work, you’ll have a chance to experience a Garden Walk, Live Music, Food Court and Children’s Corner! Check out their website for entry points into the fair and all the scheduled programming!
NOW WHAT: A donation of $12 per adult is kindly requested. Children enter free!

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

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. It’s the first fireworks show of the year so kick off summer with this explosive tradition.
NOW WHAT: It’s free!  Just make your way to Navy Pier, find a spot, and enjoy the show !

THE WHOLE CURATED WEEKEND & BEYOND

Chicago Blues Festival @ Ramova Theatre,(3530 S Halsted St.) & Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), various times, All Ages
WHAT:
Celebrate the Chicago-born Blues tradition!
SO WHAT:
The Chicago Blues Festival is back with three days of amazing Blues musicians at Millennium Park and a special night featuring Shemika Copeland and Ronnie Baker Brooks at Ramova Theatre! The festival puts a spotlight on the diverse nature of the Blues as it has influenced countless genres like soul, R&B, gospel, rock, hip hop and more. This year is headlined by the legendary Buddy Guy in one of his final Chicago performances! Check out the rest of this year’s massive and impressive schedule here!
NOW WHAT: Admission is free! Head over to the Ramova on Thursday night and Millennium Park the rest of the weekend and enjoy this great festival!

FIESTAS PATRONALES Puertorriqueñas 2024 @ Humboldt Park, 2800 W. Division & Mozart, Friday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT
: A Humbodlt Park tradition celebrating Puerto Rican culture
SO WHAT: Experience a taste of Puerto Rican culture at this fantastic festival! You'll get try some delicious food, shop some incredible vendors, and enjoy a myriad of live entertainment! On Saturday you can also see the Puerto Rican People's Parade which will flow right into the Festival and Carnival grounds! Below is a quick schedule of the weekend but you can head over to their website for more details!
NOW WHAT: Thursday's Community Day is free, Tickets for Friday Freestyle, Saturday, Sunday range from $10-65 and are available now!

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!

Movies on the Big Screen and Home @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, various times
WHAT:
A great way to support a great local theater
SO WHAT: The Music Box Theatre is ready to fill that art house need in you with some excellent movies like Solo, Babes, The Misfits, In a Violent Nature, Godzilla vs. Music Box and more!
NOW WHAT: Sit back and enjoy a new film at one of our favorite movie theatres in the city!

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 The Price Sisters, Brian Conway, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Ruby John, Sean "Mack" McDonald, and many more!
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!

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Julian Ramirez