Here’s the Wrap.
1. Sample Polish food and beer while enjoying the vibes from five stages of music at a Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Cultural Center. 5216 W. Lawrence. Friday through Monday.
2. The North Coast Music Festival with 3-days of music, food and fun features over 50 performers including The Chemical Brothers, Lupe Fiasco and Paul Van Duk. $35 or $75 (3-day pass). 1501 W. Randolph. Friday through Sunday.
3. The 32nd Annual Jazz Fest promises to be extra special this year. The event takes place over four days at three separate locations–the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and four stages in Grant Park. Nicole Mitchell, Ramsey Lewis and Kurt Elling headline. Friday through Sunday.
4. Festival Fringe, a theater festival featuring 46 short productions–(none more than an hour) of comedy, drama, dance, and musicals takes place at eight venues in Pilsen. Friday through Sunday.
5. Redmoon Theater does it again with J.O.E.: A Joyous Outdoor Event. This Labor Day weekend extravaganza features music, performance and fun. The centerpiece is an exciting inflatable walk-in installation called Luminarium. $15-$25. Belmont Harbor, Lake Shore Dr. and Belmont. Friday through Sunday. To see what’s up next for Redmoon click here.
6. In addition to all the usual fest fun, highlights of the African Festival of the Arts include an African marketplace and Drum Village featuring family activities and a wellness center. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove. $10-$15. Friday through Monday.
7. Let the good times roll in the South Loop with Bash on Wabash serving up food, music and more. $5. 13th St. and Wabash Ave. Friday and Saturday.
8. The Cubbies are in town all weekend and even though they’re not in the mix for a playoff spot it should be a beautiful weekend to take in a game–plus tickets are available. If you’d rather see a game from at rooftop, Lakeview Baseball Club is offering special deals all weekend with tickets as low as $59 on Monday.
9. The Fall Theater season is heating up. The 50-seat storefront theater, Profiles just opened Chicago premiere of Jailbait may be just your ticket. Deirdre O’Connor’s probing tale of two 15-year-old girls trying to grow up too fast and their encounter with two 30-something men not ready to be grown-ups is beautifully produced and worth a look. Performances for the weekend run Friday and Saturday at 8:00p.m. and Sunday at 7:00p.m. $35. 4147 N. Broadway. 773 549 1815. Through October 17, 2010.
10. The last Edible Audible Picnic of summer 2010 features Orchard Lounge in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Noon to 1p.m. Free. Saturday.
11. The final display in the summer FIREWORKS series at Navy Pier takes place Saturday night at 10:15. Grab a jacket and enjoy them from the Beer Garden at the Pier.
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