Chicago Events: Taste of Randolph, Greek Fest, Custer's Last Stand and more for June 14-17, 2012.

Chicago Events: Taste of Randolph, Greek Fest, Custer's Last Stand and more for June 14-17, 2012.
Six blocks along Randolph are transformed into Party Central for this weekend's Taste of Randolph Festival.

Chicago, Thursday, June 14, 2012. Although, it’s still not officially summer, Chicago’s festival season is in full swing. This weekend features a fun-filled calendar of events for all. And don’t forget, Sunday is Father’s Day. Here’s some of what’s happening around town this weekend:


Taste of Randolph.

The West Loop festival offers great food, beer, great music and lots of vendors along six blocks of Randolph Street.  Sample the cuisine of surrounding restaurants plus  live music and crafts.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On West Randolph St. between from Peoria Street to Racine Avenue.  Noon-10 p.m.

Fiesta Puertorriquenas.

Now in its 30th year, Fiesta Puertorriquenas, the second largest festival in Chicago and the largest Hispanic event in the Midwest,  celebrates Puerto Rican culture with 4-days of live music and dancing to
salsa and merengue, plus food vendors, crafts, carnival rides and games. Humboldt Park – 1400 N. Sacramento Ave. – Humboldt Park, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Festa Pasta Vino.

Fill up on authentic cuisine and wine in Chicago’s ‘Little Tuscany’ at their 23rd annual block party celebrating Italian food and culture. 24th Street and Oakley Avenue – 2400 S. Oakley Ave. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9p.m.  Times: Fri. 5p.m. -11p.m; Sat. 12p.m. -11p.m; Sun. 12p.m. – 10p.m.

Six Corners BBQ Fest.

Are you ready for more BBQ?  Check out the Six Corners BBQ Fest in Portage Park for all the ‘que you can eat along with live music, food, beer and wine vendors, a marketplace and more. Milwaukee, Cicero and Irving Park Rd. Noon to 10p.m. Saturday and Sunday. June 16, 17.

Lincoln Park Greek Fest.

Enjoy Greek treats, food, entertainment and more at Lincoln Park Greek Fest. Friday, 5p.m.-11p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11p.m. and Sunday, noon to 10p.m. 2701 N. Sheffield.

Custer’s Last Stand.

This annual Custer’s Last Stand festival has been an Evanston fav since 1972.  60,000 visitors are expected to enjoy arts, crafts and antiques, 30 food vendors offering an international menu, live music on two stages, theater performances, kids’ entertainment and more. Chicago Ave. just south of Main St., Evanston.  Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 16 and 17.

Bike to Work Day Rally.

Bike to Work Week celebrates Bike to Work Week with the Bike to Work Rally Friday, June 15 at Daley Plaza beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Join fellow cyclists, local media, cycling groups, Goose Island Beer Company and the City of Chicago on Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn Streets).  All cyclists will receive a FREE T-shirt, breakfast and bike parking at the Sierra Mist Free Bike Valet. 7:30-9:30a.m


Just for Laughs.

The Just For Laughs Festival continues this weekend through Sunday, June 17 with an astonishing array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films at some of the city’s best venues. Please note, some shows have very limited tickets or are sold out. Tickets, if available: At the Chicago Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets; Online or by phone at 800 745 3000. Highlights include:

  • An Evening with Kevin Smith – Thursday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.  The creative genius responsible for the films Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, the Characters Jay and Silent Bob and more… Kevin Smith is a talented writer, director, producer, actor and all-around cool guy who will host a no-holds-barred Q&A where the audience is the catalyst to the hilarious and insightful look into the life of this independent spirit.
  • Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive – Friday, June 15 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.  After selling out four shows at the Vic Theatre at TBS Just For Laughs Chicago two years ago, Aziz Ansari returns to the Festival this summer with Buried Alive! Ansari currently stars in NBC’s Emmyâ-nominated Parks & Recreation and just released his second stand-up album, Dangerously Delicious, on his website– a worthy follow-up to 2010’s debut Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening.
  • Vince Vaughn’s Comedy Showcase – Sunday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. Chicago area native (Lake Forest) actor/producer Vince Vaughn, executive producer of TBS’s upcoming sitcom Sullivan & Son, is bringing it back to sweet home Chicago. Vince Vaughn’s Comedy Showcase comes to the downtown Chicago Theatre for a night of comedy.


Head to Millennium Park for An Exaltation of Place, a free concert, that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Grant Park Chorus with two performances of a world-premiere commission by American composer, Michael Gandolfi, inspired by Chicago history.  Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Grant Park Music Festival or call 312 742 7638.


Dancing Queen the ABBA-inspired musical extravaganza  opens on Thursday, June 14 at Riverfront Theater and runs through June 24, 2012. 650 .W Chicago Ave., Chicago.


The Puerto Rican Parade steps off at noon Saturday, June 16 from Columbus and Balbo Drives.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours are presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. All tours are conducted with a guide by motor coach and by foot, and depart from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street. Check-in at 9:30 a.m. Make advance reservations. On tap for this weekend:
Thursday, June 14      FIRE! The Great Chicago Fire – NEW
Friday, June 15            Greektown, Chinatown & Little Italy
Saturday, June 16       Out and Proud: LGBT Chicago – NEW
Saturday, June 16       Pullman Historic District


As always–throughout Chicago’s summer, the Navy Pier Fireworks are an awesome sight as they blast off over the lake at 10:15p.m. Saturdays (and 9:30p.m.) Wednesdays.

The Green City Market.

Cooking up something special for Dad, shop outdoors at the Green City Market for everything you need for a special celebration from that juicy steak, fresh veggies, breads, desserts and even flowers for the table.  The market also features chef demonstrations and kids’ activities. Saturday, 7a.m. to 1-p.m. Chicago Green City Market – 1750 N. Clark St.,  (Lincoln Park).

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