The Two Best Festivals Take Place This Weekend

The Two Best Festivals Take Place This Weekend

I have an incredible dilemma this weekend: all of my favorite summer festivals take place in the next two days, and the only time I’m free is after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Therefore, you’re going to have to visit my favorites for me.

First on my list is the greatest festival to take place all year: The Printer’s Row List Fest. As you can probably deduce from my many posts, I’m kind of a book worm. This is a book lover’s paradise. Bring cash and a bunch of bags and prepare to vastly expand your library. The atmosphere is so much fun, and there’s reading material for everyone – mainstream books, ebooks, comic books, alternative books, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, cookbooks, everything.

Forget the Naperville Ribfest; you must¬†check out Ribfest Chicago. This free event features all of the best rib spots in town, as well as some very delicious fare. My favorite: deep fried Snickers Bars. Holy crap it’s delicious. The ribs are tasty too.

There are a ton of art fairs throughout the summer, but none of them tops the¬†Old Town Art Fair. The best of the best artists have booths in this block after block collection of amazing works. I wish it wasn’t so expensive, but then again I get annoyed at how much paintings at Bed Bath & Beyond cost, so don’t listen to me.

The World Naked Bike Ride – yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like – takes place on Saturday night before sundown. I can’t tell you where because then I’d have to kill you. Actually, I don’t know. Nobody does. They announce the location the morning of the event, and if you want to be notified then join the email list.

I was driving my scooter down Stockton last year, and stumbled upon a new food festival that was shockingly awesome. Better Homes & Gardens and Weber Grill (when I saw these two corporate brands, I was skeptical) have put together Chill & Grill. Some of the city’s best restaurants get together in a Taste of Chicago-like atmosphere to serve amazing culinary creations. Check out the list. Last year I had cantaloupe gelato and a goat sloppy joe. Yum.



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