Chicago Events: Blues Fest, Old Town Art Fair, Theatre and more...June 8-10, 2012.

Chicago Events: Blues Fest, Old Town Art Fair, Theatre and more...June 8-10, 2012.

Are You Ready?

Chicago, Friday, June 8, 2012. Summer events are heating up to a fever pitch this weekend with the old and the new making it increasingly difficult to do it all. Just do the best that you can do and enjoy the second official weekend of Chicago’s Summer Calendar 2012.


Chicago Blues Fest.

Chicago’s Blues Fest, the largest free blues fest in the world, comes to Grant Park this weekend with live music from some of the best.  Some of the top acts include: Mavis Staples, Texas Johnny Brown and Floyd Taylor.  Free event, Friday and Saturday (11a.m. to 9:30p.m):  Sunday, (11a.m. 9p.m.) Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive.

Ribfest Chicago.

Ribs, glorious ribs–more than 40,000 pounds–plus other offerings including pizza and burgers. Expect lots of music on two stages and a rib-eating contest (register online to participate). Lincoln Ave., Damen Ave. and Irving Park Rd.  5-10p.m. Friday, noon to 10p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Ribfest Chicago. 4100 N. Lincoln Ave.

Andersonville Midsommarfest.

The 47th annual Andersonville Midsommarfest festival is expected to once again draw nearly 50,000 people to the Andersonville neighborhood.  The popular fest features two days of music, dancing, kids activities, artisan vendors, great food,  beverages plus a nod to Swedish traditions. Clark St. from Foster to Catalpa. $5, 11a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Foster Avenue and Clark Street – 5200 N. Clark St. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Printers Row Lit Fest.

Books, authors, demonstrations, readings–a bibliophiles dream come true at this weekend’s 28th Annual Printers Row Lit Fest in the South Loop. It’s the Midwest’s largest gathering of this type where bookies can walk through tents, check out the entertainment stages and exhibits.  Dearborn St. and Polk St. June 9-10. 10a.m. to 6p.m.

Art Happenings.

Old Town Art Fair.

Always, a good time, the 63rd annual Old Town Art Fair features top-quality alongside of a host of private parties plus the annual bash at St. Michael’s.  The fair itself features live music, a food court, a children’s corner, novelty booths, a garden walk and of course, ART. This juried art fair, considered one of the nation’s best, features 260 artists with works in photography, glass, mixed media, painting, printmaking, ceramics,sculptures and more. 10a.m. to 6p.m., Enter at Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street, $7 donation, Saturday and Sunday.

Wells Street Art Fair.

The 38th annual Wells Street Art Fair offers a fine art showcase along with a party vibe featuring lots of  live music
 and art.  View the works of more than 250 
juried artists with the eclectic mix running the gamut from paintings,
sculptures and glasswork to photography, ceramics, woodwork and more.  N. Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street, donation $7 before 5p.m. and $10 after 5p.m. 10a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The Dumela Contemporary African Art Show.

Beautiful and colorful original works of African Art is for sale at very good prices The Dumela Contemporary African Art summer show, June 1-30. Friday 5-9, Saturday 1-6, Sunday 12-6. August House Studio, 2113 W. Roscoe.

The 2nd Friday Gallery Night.

Explore 30 creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District’s 2nd Friday Gallery Night.  The monthly opening receptions offer a chance to get up close and personal at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago.  The receptions begin at 6:00pm and run until 10:00pm. Friday, June 8. Pick up a map at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted and explore the city’s most vibrant art community, the Chicago Arts District, where people meet ART!

Other Events Around Town.

Ravinia Festival.

Earth, Wind and Fire, Saturday,  7:30 (Lawn sold-out).

Iron and Wine, Sunday, 7p.m.
Highland Park, Green Bay Rd. just North of Lake Cook Rd., Tickets available online.

Green City Market.

Shop for locally farmed and organic meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, baked goods and more. The market also features chef demonstrations and kids’ activities. Saturday, 7a.m. to 1-.m. Chicago Green City Market – 1750 N. Clark St.,  (Lincoln Park).

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago.

This quasi kick-off to Chicago’s bike week, part of the World Naked Bike Ride, is a protest of oil consumption and useless clothing that travels up to 20 miles across city streets. Saturday,  6 p.m., meet;  8 p.m. to 11 p.m., ride.


Saturday, 10:15p.m. Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand.

Summer Theater Performances.

From storefront theaters and Tony Award–winning regional companies to major Broadway shows and sketch comedy, Chicago is known throughout the world for its extensive selection of critically acclaimed theater. Here are highlights of shows for this weekend and upcoming shows for Summer 2012.

Broadway in Chicago presents Rock of Ages at Broadway Playhouse, June 5 – August 5.
Lookingglass Theatre Company presents Eastland, June 6 – July 29.
Goodman Theatre presents Crowns, June 16 – July 22.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Three Sisters, June 28-August 26.
Broadway in Chicago presents RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles at Ford Center/Oriental Theatre, June 26 – July 1.
Black Ensemble Theatre presents One Name Only  (A Tribute to the Ladies of Soul), opening July 29–currently The Marvin Gaye Story.
Million Dollar Quartet at Apollo Theatre, through September 2.

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