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!
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.
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.
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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Looking for things to do near Streeterville this weekend?
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival begins October 11th and continues through October 21st at AMC River East in Streeterville. The festival will bring over 150 films from around the world. Multiple directors, producers, and actors are expected to be in attendance. Tickets for screenings start at $8 and range up to $150 for festival related events.
Start your weekend off right in Streeterville! Stop by Navy Pier on Saturday morning, October 13th, at 10am for yoga sponsored by VibeUP. Bring your own yoga mat and head to the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. All levels of yoga ability are welcome!
If you’re looking for things to do near Lincoln Park, check out Bloody Mary Fest!
Bloody Mary Fest
Lincoln Park’s Bloody Mary Fest will take place Sunday, October 14th at Theater on the Lake, the 2400 block of Lakeshore Drive. Innovative Bloody Marys from Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition 6 will be featured. (You may even find Bloody Marys garnished with other Bloody Marys). Tickets are $30 and doors open at 12pm.
All ages things to do near downtown Chicago this weekend:
Boo At The Zoo
Ferrara Candy Company will be hosting its annual Halloween event at Brookfield Zoo from Saturday, October 13th through October 28th. This all ages event will feature hay rides, carnival games, a carousel, and other fall themed activities. Wear your costume and come visit your favorite animals!
Willis Tower Farmers Market
The Willis Tower Farmers Market will be held the last three Fridays in October, beginning October 12th at 7am. Stop by for fresh produce and flowers in this convenient Loop location, 233 S. Wacker Drive.
By Sophie Morrison