CHICAGO FESTIVALS: World's Largest Block Party, Chicago Folk and Roots Festival plus 10 more in the Weekend Wrap, July 10, 11.

                                            CELEBRITIES AROUND TOWN.
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DANIA PATRICK in Joliet on Friday.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series comes to the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for two days of racing.  Highlights include tonight’s Dollar General race with DANIA PATRICK driving her No. 7 GoDaddy.com  Chevrolet.  500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet, NASCAR racing continues through Saturday. www.chicagolandspeedway.com Friday and Saturday.

SANTANA in Tinley Park on Friday.

The famed rock and roll guitarist Carlos Santana will be adding some Latin flair to the blues, jazz, rock, R&B and  hip-hop tonight at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. 7:30p.m., 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. $31-$125; 800 745 3000, ticketmaster.com, Friday.

CHEAP TRICK in Highland Park on Saturday.

After three decades, this punk rock group is still going strong.  A good bet for a beautiful Saturday evening in Ravinia Park.  7:30p.m. 200-231 Ravinia Park Road (off Green Bay Rd.), Metra North line stops right in the park.  $50 pavilion, $20-27 lawn. 847 266 5100, ravinia.org.

A BIG WEEKEND FOR STREET FESTIVALS.

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WORLD’S LARGEST BLOCK PARTY.
Old St. Pat’s is at it again with their gigantic beer and music bash on Madison.  This year’s party features the Barenaked Ladies on Friday and indie-rock favorite Spoon on Saturday.  5:30p.m. Not inexpensive at $40-$45 for one night or $70 for a two-nighter–tickets include five drinks to get you started. 650 W. Madison. 312 648 1590.

BOULEVARD BASH.
It’s three days of fun in the sun and under the stars with bands, food, drinks and art in year one

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of this Logan Square summer bash.  Logan Square, on Logan Boulevard between Albany and Sacramento. Friday, 5:00p.m. to 10:00p.m., Saturday, noon to 10:00p.m., Sunday noon to 9p.m. $5 donation. 773 665 4682

WEST FEST.
Go west, young man (and woman) to this cutting-edge music fest with with something for all ages plus a little of the hard-core stuff.  $5, 2000 W. Chicago Ave. 312 850 9390. Saturday and Sunday.

ROCK AROUND THE BLOCK.
A Live Music Fest on July 10 and 11.  3200 N. Lincoln at Belmont Saturday noon to 10p.m. Sunday noon to 9p.m.

IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL.
It’s year 25 and counting for this Irish music extravaganza.  More than two dozen groups will appear from the Shannon Rovers to local folk-punk Tossers and traditional Celtic Quartet Scythian.  All that plus lots to eat and drink.  Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Av. $14 door. www.irish-american.org Friday (from 6p.m.), Saturday and Sunday.

BENFEST 2010.
A family friendly fest sponsored by St. Benedict Parish features a youth circus, tae kwon demonstrations, sports clinics, Jesse White Tumblers, giant water slide, a music stage, vendors, food and beverages. 2215 W. Irving Park Rd., 773 588 6484. $5.00 to $10.00. Friday and Saturday.

ST. ANDREWS GREEK FESTIVAL.
Greek food beer wine music and grecian dancers pastries children’s activities marketplace and books admission 3 children 12 and under free with adult Sheridan Rd. from Hollywood to Balmoral. Saturday, 2:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.; Sunday, noon to 11:00p.m.

ROSCOE VILLAGE BURGER FEST 2010.
Sample burgers from Mrs. Murphy and Son’s Irish Bistro Select Cut Steak House, The Bad Apple, Village Tap, Goose Island, Ye Olde Town Inn while you bask in music from the likes of 10,000 Maniacs and Gin Blossoms.  $5-$7, suggested donation. 2000 W. Belmont Ave. 773 868 3010.  Saturday and Sunday.

CHICAGO FOLK AND ROOTS FESTIVAL.
Old Town School of Folk Music presents two days diverse sounds kicking off with the 8th Annual Midwest Fiddle Championship on Saturday afternoon and ending with the mesmerizing sounds of two nomadic desert tribes coming together as Etran Finawa on Sunday evening.  Along the way there listen to the Afro-Soul sounds of The Budos Band, the blues from Shemekia Copeland and lots more.  Welles Park, 4400 N. Lincoln Ave. between Montrose and Sunnyside. $10. noon, Saturday and Sunday. 773 728 6000

GREAT PERFORMERS OF ILLINOIS.
Over 50 performers keep the entertain on track at Millennium Park Festival of Great Performers of Illinois.  The unique fest includes chainsaw artist demos,  marketplace, Illinois wine tasting, chalk muralist, Abraham Lincoln, square dancing, corn maze tours and family fun. Headliners include Yuri Land, Rachel Barton Pine and Scotland Yard Gospel Choir.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Millennium Park.

CORONA FIND YOUR BEACH PUB CRAWL.
The action tips off at Joe’s Bar at 1:00p.m. Saturday.  Board beach-themed trolleys for a trip around some of the best beer gardens in the city.  Pub crawl stops include Vine’s, Cedar Hotel and Castaways.  The day ends at where else but the beach.  Tickets, $25.  1p.m. www.corona.evenbrite.com

AT THE THEATER.
A Parallelogram OPENS at Steppenwolf Theatre.  The Bruce Norris play looks into the future to see what’s there. 1650 N. Halsted, 312 335 1650, steppenwolf.org. Through August 29.

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