It's a "Dragon Boats and NED" Kind of Weekend

It's a "Dragon Boats and NED" Kind of Weekend
Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chinatown (Image via the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce)

There's nothing better than summertime in Chicago.....except for when it becomes hotter than the surface of the sun. I hate to say it, but this might be a good weekend to see a few summer flicks. If you want to brave the heat then....

Head over to the South Branch of the Chicago River for the annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. Watch 22 teams race down the river in colorful dragon boats. Each team consists of 18 rowers, one drummer and one guy who yanks the finish line flag out of the water. (I'll sign up for that job.) The event takes place at the Ping Tom Memorial Park, which I can't believe I've never been to. It looks gorgeous!

If you're a tech nerd, you've probably heard of the annual  TEDtalks conference. Great minds gather in Silicon Valley to discuss and make the future of technology. Definitely not a Chicago thing. What is a Chicago thing is making fun of these people, and that's what NEDtalks: Spreading Worthless Ideas is all about. Audience members will attend important presentations like "Protecting Your Brain from Hypnotism," complete with speeches, powerpoints and shoebox dioramas. You may actually leave with a lower IQ.

Take your pick of the city's classic summer festivals: Wicker Park Fest, Sheffield Garden Walk and Celebrate Clark Street are happening all weekend.

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    I'm definitely staying in this weekend (partially because of the heat, and partially because I have way too much work to do). These festivals sound fun, though!

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