Chicago Summer 2012: Festivals/events Calendar for August 2 through August 5 from Lolla to Black Harvest Film Festival.

Chicago Summer 2012: Festivals/events Calendar for August 2 through August 5 from Lolla to Black Harvest Film Festival.
Northalsted Market Days, a popular Chicago Fest returns next weekend.

CHICAGO, Thursday, August 2, 2012. One of the most anticipated fests of the summer, Lollapalooza, comes to Grant Park this weekend bringing top names including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, At the Drive-In, Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Justice, Sigur Ros, M83 and lots more in its wake.

Although the fest is sold out, there are still many promotions on radio and elsewhere where you can win tickets. And rumor has it with the number of tickets still up for sale on Craigslist–there may even be some bargains out there for those who are patient and savvy.

Don’t even think about climbing the fence this year (unless you bring a ladder) as security has been kicked up a couple of notches…with the barriers being raised to eight feet.

Even if you don’t score tickets for Lolla, there are a boatload of events to attend including many associated with Lollapalooza. Just check out our weekend calendar of events.


  • The Pop-up LollaShop (332 S. Michigan Ave) is open for business at the corner of Van Buren and Michigan Ave.  The temporary space features a tricked-out lounge, special artist appearances, morning yoga, after parties and fun merchandise including  the official Lollapalooza Gap t-shirt. The LollaShop is open to ticketholders and non-ticketholders through August 6.
  • GUESS WHAT…The Knocks will be performing live at the the Michigan Avenue GUESS store for the Lollapalooza kick-off and the first ever GUESS Eyewear’s Shades of Summer Playlist on Thursday, 6p.m. to 8p.m.
  • I Dream of Falafel will be offering any wrap plus a drink for only $5 when guests show their Lolla wristband. The deal will run all day on that Friday and Saturday (August 3-4) at all three loop locations.
  • The fest itself, Lollapalooza Fri 3–Sun 5, 11am–10pm. Grant Park, from Monroe St to Roosevelt Rd and from Michigan Ave to the lake, 312-744-3315.


  • Edgefest Sat 4, Sun 5, noon–10pm. 5900 N Broadway. $5. Art, music and bacon headline at this Edgewater neighborhood event.
  • We Are Hip-Hop Festival Sat 4, 1–6pm. Dvorak Park, 1119 W Cullerton St 312-226-7767.  Free.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest Sat 4, noon–10pm; Sun 5, noon–9pm. Seminary Ave at School St (773-665-4682. $5. Food, beverages, live music and a kid zone.
  • Belize Day in the Park Sun 5, noon–11pm. Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S Laramie Ave, Cicero (773-881-0412. $5, kids under 10 free. Experience Central America with the foods, crafts, music and culture of this country.
  • Chef Challenge at Daley Plaza, Thursday 11a.m. to 1p.m. plus Farmers Market until 3p.m. Free event.
  • The Bears Family Fest, Soldier Field, Friday, August 3. The Comcast Bears Family Fest features a look at the team as they take Soldier Field for the first time this season and lots of family activities. $8 a person. Outdoor activities will begin at 4:00 pm, with Soldier Field gates opening at 5:00 pm.


  • Tour of Elk Grove Fri 3–Sun 5, 7:30–10:30pm. Elk Grove Blvd at Ridge Ave, Elk Grove Village (773-868-3010. More than 15 pro and amateur biking competitions.  Free.
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire Sat 4, Sun 5, 10am–7pm. 12550 120th Ave, Kenosha, WI (847-395-7773,  $19.95, advance $17.95, kids $9.50, advance kids $7.50. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, August and early September.
  • Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival Sat 4, Sun 5, 11am–6pm. Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd at Church St, Evanston 847-448-4311. 100 artists. Free.
  • The World of Faeries Festival Sat 4, 10am–7pm; Sun 5, 10am–5pm. Vasa Park, 35 W 217 Rt. 31, South Elgin, South Elgin,815-788-1630. Music and check out the fairy arts and more. $11, seniors $8, kids under 13 free.
  • Glencoe Festival of Art, Saturday, Sunday, area of Green Bay Rd. and Park Ave., 120 artists, 10z.m. to 5p.m.
  • Art in Your Eye, Saturday, Sunday, 100 N. Island Avenue, Batavia, 80 artists, 10a.m. to 5p.m. Sat.,, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Sun.


  • “The Story of Greek Independence.” National Hellenic Museum, now through September 30, 2012, 333 S Halsted St (at Van Buren St). The exhibit features a standard text-panel exhibit on Greece’s long-fought battle against 400 years of Ottoman rule.


  • 18th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. Opens Friday, August 3, 2012, at 6:30 pm, at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening Night will feature  the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership presented to Diane and Quintin Primo  by Chaz Ebert, wife of Chicago Sun-Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, and last year’s Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership recipient, Regina Taylor. Black Harvest festival passes are available for $50 each. Each pass includes six movies for the price of five plus six small popcorns. (Friday, Black Harvest Feast on August 3 extra) The Festival continues through August 2012.
  • Movies in the Park continues this weekend with free movies in Chicago Parks. Bring a blanket or chairs and pack a picnic for a fun evening.  All movies begin at dusk.


  • The Doctor is Indian by Shane Sakhrani – Directed by Anish Jethmalani, Friday, August 3rd – Saturday, August 4th – Sunday August 5th. If ever a family was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, it’s the Gupta family of Mumbai, India. In Shane Sakhrani’s hilarious The Doctor is Indian, an unexpected takeover of the Gupta family business lands it in the hands of an American corporation. Marital woes abound as traditional male-female dynamics are challenged. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session with playwright Shane Sakhrani. Tickets are $5 each. Call 312-857-1234 201 to purchase tickets. Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St.


  • Grant Park Music Festival, Friday, August 3 at 6:30pm; Saturday, August 4 at 7:30pm. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion, 205 E Randolph St. 312-742-7638.  Free.
  • Loops And Variations summer series continues this Thursday, August 2 at 6:30p.m. in Millennium Park. Free.
  • Chicago SummerDance Thursday, August 2; Saturday, August 4, 6–9:30pm; and Sunday, August 5, 4–7pm. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S Michigan Ave 312-742-4007.


  • Wisconsin State Fair Park, Today through Sunday, August 12 8am–midnight, West Allis, WI., 640 S 84th St. The Cream Puff rules at this traditional state fair featuring carnival rides, food, music and a daily parade make up the fest. Some events require separate tickets.


  • Workout at Millennium Park. Saturdays, Get a free summer workout in Millennium Park until the end of August. Try yoga, pilates or Zumba from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. on Saturday mornings on the Great Lawn.
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Saturdays at 10:15pm. (Wednesdays, 9:30p.m.) through Sat Sep 01 10:15pm 600 E Grand Ave (at Streeter Dr).
  • The Green City Market. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables through the end of summer at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park. Saturdays (and Wednesdays), 7a.m. to 1p.m.


  • Chicago Air and Water Show, August 18, 19, 2012.
  • Last chance for Jammin’ at the Zoo 2012, on Friday, August 24. Tickets are still available for the final concert of the season, featuring Hot Chelle Rae and Allstar Weekend, on August 24. Gates open at 6 p.m. Approximate start times for opening and headlining bands are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Concerts end at 10:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo Main Mall. Purchase tickets online, by phone (312-742-2283) and at Gateway Pavilion.
  • Ginza Holiday Festival, August 10-12, Old Town.
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 11-12, Lakeview.
  • Retro On Roscoe, August 11-12, Roscoe Village.

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