Chicago Events, June 24, 25 and 26: Gay Pride Fest, Taste, Green Music Fest, Theater and More.


Chicago, Friday, June 24, 2011. TGIF and TGIS.  It's hot times, summer in Chicago, with a menu of events for all ages and tastes.  Check out some of the many happenings on tap for this weekend which is definitely looking to be in the win column.

Chicago Pride Fest and Parade.
it or hate it, the Chicago Pride Fest and Parade will be front and center all weekend kicking off today.  The 9th annual event seems to draw a larger crowd every year.  Conservatively, expect literally hundreds of
thousands of participants and spectators to descend on the already space-challenged Boystown neighborhood for two stages of live
music featuring headliners Crystal Waters and "Dancing With the Stars", Mya plus food vendors, drag shows,
arts, crafts and a pet parade. On Sunday, The Gay Pride Parade steps off
from Halsted and Belmont at noon.   Fest, Friday, June
24 : 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $7
donation before 5 p.m.; $10 after. 773-868-3010
  Parking is almost impossible in this area and there will be
street closures. Bike, walk or take public transportation.  For those
heading to other locations in the city plan extra time to get where you
are going. Try to avoid the area from Diversey Ave. north to Irving Park
Rd. and Sheffield east to Lake Shore Drive.

Taste of Chicago 2011.


Pig out or eat healthy--your choice--with culinary offerings from Chicago's various neighborhoods at the city's 31st annual Taste of Chicago.  59 restaurants are participating in this years Taste. Guests can sample old favorites including the original Rainbow Cone, Robinson's Ribs and Eli's Cheesecake or try something new.  Other offerings include Vegan, Asian, Thai, Italian and more.

The Fest also dishes up free daily concerts, chef demonstrations, family activities and more.  Daily 11a.m. to 8:30p.m., Grant Park. Admission free.  Strip of 12 food tickets, $8. Grant Park June 24-July 3 (closes at 6p.m. on the 3rd.).

Jammin' at the Zoo.
Lincoln Park Zoo's Jammin' at the Zoo concert series kicks off tonight (Friday) with OneRepublic.  All-ages show. 7p.m. South Lawn, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, adults $23-$28, children $12-$14 (ages 4 to 12). 312 742 2283.

Green Music Fest.
This green themed fest in Wicker Park features environmentally friendly vendors (food, arts and crafts) and exhibits along with cutting edge music. Green Music Fest.  Damen Ave. between North and Schiller.  Saturday, June 25, noon to 10p.m. and Sunday, June 26, noon to 10p.m. $5 donation.  312 850 9390.

Randolph Street Market Festival.
This festival features antiques, art and collectibles from over 200 dealers. Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. Inside and outside, Journeymen Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. 10a.m to 5p.m, both days.

Chicago Summerfest.
Lincoln Park gets into the act with live music, beer, arts and crafts and activities and entertainment plus guided historical/architectural tours of the area. 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, noon  to 9 p.m.  $5 donation.

3-Legged Pub Crawl.
More fun in Wrigleyville as lady and gentlemen teams navigate the neighborhood on a three-legged pub crawl to eight spots along Southport Ave.  Starts at Messner's Wrigleyville,  3553 N. Southport Ave. Saturday, June 25, 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  $7-$10.  773-325-0123.

Theater Openings.
Steppenwolf Theatre's 2010/11 season finale Middletown opens Saturday, June 25. Middletown is a wry, human portrait of a town with two lives--one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious. Tickets: $20 to $73,  Online or at the box office. 1650 N. Halsted St., 312 335 1650.

The Goodman Theatre World Premiere of Chinglish is in previews Saturday and Sunday opening Monday.  Chinglish is a razor-sharp comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture worlds apart from our own. Tickets, $25 to $73.  Phone: 312 443 3800.

Cirque du Soleil, OVO opens Wednesday, June 29 under the big tent at the United Center. This spectacular show mixes circus arts with street entertainment in a visually stunning event. Phone 800 363 5085. United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Parking lot K.

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