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Looking For Things To Do This Weekend Near Downtown Chicago?

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Summer time is coming to a close, but Chicago’s event calendar isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Looking for things to do near downtown Chicago this weekend? Check out some of these events!

Looking for things to do near downtown Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend?

(Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

Air & Water Show

Saturday and Sunday, August 17th-18 at 9am

The Chicago Air and Water Show showcases aerial maneuvers and rescue simulations from the U.S. Navy and Airforce as well as Chicago police department. The U.S. Leapfrogs (active duty SEALs and Special Forces crew members) will be doing a parachute freefall and the Chicago Fire Department Air and Water Rescue Unit will perform demonstrations as well.

This year will also feature a guest performance from the U.K.’s Royal Airforce Red Arrows. The headline attraction will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, featuring over 100 enlisted members of the Navy and Marines.

You can watch the Air and Water Show from one of many places this weekend, including for free at North Avenue Beach or aboard the Anita Dee II boat cruise  for $60, which boards at Dusable Harbor.

Looking for things to do near downtown Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend?

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Saturday Night Standup Comedy at Laugh Factory

Saturday, August 17that 7:15, 9:15, and 11:30pm

Laugh Factory is located in the new Belmont Theatre District in Lakeview. Seasoned comedians as well as brand new faces have graced the stage at Laugh Factory. Featured guests have included Das Chapelle, Bob Hope, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, Adam Sandler, Wanda Sykes, Eddie Murphy, and many more. Stop by for one of three comedy sets for free with registration prior to the show, or $10 at the door.

Looking for things to do near Lakeview Chicago this weekend?

Courtesy of Laugh Factory

Chicago Westside Music Festival

Saturday, August 17that 2pm

Check out the Westside Music Festival this weekend in Douglas Park! The headliner will be Faith Evans and the event will feature a collection of local artists. The Westside Music Festival is sponsored by the West Side Cultural Foundation and is free to attend.


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