Chicago Events July 11-14: Mackinac, Square Roots, Windy City Smokeout and more

Chicago Events July 11-14: Mackinac, Square Roots, Windy City Smokeout and more
Photo: Michele Almeida

Here’s hoping you’re hungry, Chicago…Mid-July is weighing in with a ton of food events celebrating a cornucopia of tastes from Taste of Chicago to the inaugural Windy City Smokeout. It’s patti-mania in Roscoe Village this weekend where the only thing that tops the burgers is the outstanding musical line-up featuring Sister Hazel on Saturday and Cowboy Mouth on Sunday.

Not to be left out in the cold is the hot dog.  With July celebrating National Hot Dog Month, Gaper’s Block is getting into the act with its Hot Dog Cookoff.  All this and more–fueled with lotsa music and adult beverages–makes for another weekend of fun in the sun.

Not into the fest scene? No worries, there’s a boatload of family activities along with boat races ranging from the Mackinac Race on Lake Michigan to the Dragon Boat Races along the riverfront at Ping Tom Memorial Park.

Still looking for more? How about a garden walk, a concert or even a free ice cream social?  You’re sure to find something for everyone on Show Me Chicago’s weekend wrap.  So get those calendars cooking…

Race to Mackinac

More than 300 ships are expected to set sail in the Race to Mackinac, the oldest freshwater race in the world on Saturday, June 13. Themed festivities in conjunction with the race will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Free. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand.

Taste of Chicago

Music, family fun and food are all on the docket at the 33rd Annual Taste of Chicago.  But first and foremost remember that food is king at the country’s largest out door food festival. Visitors can expect a diverse lineup of 35 restaurants, plus pop-ups and food trucks featuring African, American, Caribbean, Chinese, German, Indian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese cuisine and more at the five-day free admission festival from July 10 through July 14 in Grant Park.

Square Roots:

Two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, food and over 30 craft beers at Lincoln Square’s Square Roots Festival, July 12-14, Lincoln Square, between Montrose and Wilson.

Irish American Heritage Festival

Irish dancing, music, food, family fun and more at the Irish American Heritage Festival, July 12-14, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox.

Windy City Smokeout

The Windy City Smokeout, sponsored by Bub City will present “the Best of BBQ and Country Music Talent” with a heady mix of live country music, beer and BBQ from some of the city’s top BBQ spots including: Smoque, Lillie’s Q and Bub City. A one day pass is $30 and a three-day pass is $60. July 12-14, River North, Hubbard and Rush Streets.

West Fest

West Fest offers what has been called one of the “top” music lineups of the summer that includes Tortoise and the Oblivians along with all the expected fest activities. July 13 & 14, on Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood in West Town.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Get your buns over to the Roscoe Village Burger Fest July 13 & 14 for good food and good times.  Belmont and Damen.

Chinatown Dragon Boat Races

Approximately 30 boats race in this fast-paced Dragon boat competition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 13 at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.

Ice Cream Social

Hotel Lincoln is offering free ice cream right outside their doors at 1816 N. Clark on July 13, 1-3 p.m.  Adults and children are welcome to make their own sundaes or choose from a selection of sweet treats and enjoy live music plus children’s activities including a sidewalk chalk art contest, four square games and face painting.

Bucktown Garden Walk

It may be too late in the summer to tip-toe through the tulips but it’s not too late to stop and smell the roses at the Bucktown Garden Walk this Saturday July 13th and Sunday, July 14th from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. (rain or shine). Welcome Tables at Club Lucky, 1824 W Wabansia Cost: $5 includes unlimited Free Trolley Rides.

Lottie’s Pub

Lottie’s Pub will celebrate the annual Bucktown Garden Walk with a half-off Pizza Party on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1925 W. Cortland

Bob Dylan at Toyota Park

The Americanarama Festival of Music brings Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson to Toyota Park Friday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $65.00, 800 745 3000. 71st and Harlem, Bridgeview.

Jeff Garlin at Music Box Theatre

Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Jeff Garlin takes the director’s chair with his youth baseball comedy Dealin’ With Idiots from IFC Films, opening Friday, July 12 at Music Box Theatre,  3733 N. Southport Avenue.  Garlin stars with Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Bob Odenkirk, J.B. Smoove, Gina Gershon, Kerri Kenney, Jami Gertz, Timothy Olyphant, Richard Kind, Steve Agee, Jim Sheridan and Nia Vardalos in this improvised comedy about the parents of a little league baseball team. Garlin will be in attendance for opening weekend showings on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 7:20 p.m. to introduce the movie and conduct audience Q&As. Tickets are $12 in advance.

Facets Children’s Programs

Facets Children’s Programs celebrate the arts with two special movie programs this Saturday, July 13 at Facets Multi-Media, 1517 W. Fullerton.  9:30 a.m. program for ages 4-8 In the 11 a.m. program for ages 8+.

Gaper’s Block Hot Dog Cookoff

Some of Chicago’s top hot dog stands and restaurants will be competing for best dog in a cookoff sponsored by Vienna Beef and Old Style. $20 per person. 2-7 p.m., Schubas parking lot, 3159 N. Southport.

Bastille Day at Le Bouchon

Celebrate Bastille Day at Le Bouchon with a prix fixe menu including escargot, steak frites, and more. $25 per person. 1958 N. Damen On  Sunday, July 14, 5 p.m.

The Australian Bee Gees Show

The Australian Bee Gees Show  makes its Chicago premiere at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut) for a limited four-week engagement, July 9 to Aug. 4, 2013.

Taste of Park Ridge

Find out if Taste of Park Ridge can compete with Taste of Chicago…you have time for both this weekend.  Thursday July 11 through Sunday, July 14.

Barrington Concours d’Elegance

The 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance will feature a wide variety of vehicle classes, including some of the most celebrated pre and post war collectible cars in the world on July 12 through July 14 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington.

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