The festival and events calendar for August 9 through August 11 has something new, something old and something blue. The inaugural Albany Park Summer Fest and first ever Chicago Hot Dog Fest are new; the Northalsted Market Days and Retro on Roscoe are old; and the Tall Ships Festival at Chicago’s Navy Pier is set on the beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan with a blue sky weekend promised. So here’s a look at this weekend’s line-up:
The 32 Annual Northalsted Market Days Blow-out
More than 100,000 are expected to celebrate Northalsted Market Days, the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest. Among the 40-plus music performers: ’90s pop trio Wilson Phillips, Erasure’s Andy Bell, Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter, pop singer Aaron Carter, ’70s teen idol David Cassidy, and pop/dance singer Alexis Jordan (America’s Got Talent).Suggested donation is $8. Saturday/Sunday, August 10-11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. both days, located on N. Halsted between Belmont and Addison.
Retro on Roscoe
Retro On Roscoe features Chicago’s top talent and entertainment on 3 main stages and six full blocks of artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants that provide a shopping experience that is second to none. Local restaurants and regional favorites fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats. August 10 & 11, Roscoe Village, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street.
Chicago Welcomes its Newest Fest the Albany Park Summer Fest
Live entertainment, food, children’s activities, health screenings, prizes and more at the inaugural Albany Park Summer Fest, Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunnyside & Drake
Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Get ready for a red hot celebration at the Chicago History Museum’s first ever Hot Dog Fest on Sunday, August 11. 1601 N. Clark on Sunday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance to this outdoor event on is free
Named for the Ginza a major shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo, Japan, Ginza Holiday is one of Chicago’s oldest festivals. The cultural festival brings the food, arts, crafts and traditions of Japan to Chicago’s historic Old Town area Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11
Fourteen Tall Ships from the USA and around the world will be taking Chicago’s Navy Pier by storm at this year’s Tall Ships® Chicago 2013 when they arrive in a spectacular “Parade of Sail” on Wednesday August 7. The festival runs daily August 7 through August 11.
InterContinental Chicago Hosts Breakfast with Navy Pier’s Tall Ships Captains
In conjunction with the Tall Ships Festival, you can enjoy Breakfast with the Captains will be held on Friday, August 9th, and Saturday, August 10th from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the hotel’s Continental Restaurant. Guests will be able to select from the many a la carte items, as well as the breakfast buffet. The restaurant will be serving a variety of breakfast staples, from healthy oatmeal pancakes to thick crepes with bananas. Reservations 312 321-8790
Family Fun at Hotel Lincoln
Let the kids go wild at Hotel Lincoln’s Tie-Dye Party in the Park. Hotel Lincoln is inviting children, parents and pets to make their own tie-dye creations in their backyard. Hotel Lincoln will have doggy bandanas on hand for any furry friends breaking a sweat plus all necessary dyeing supplies. Guests can bring their own white tees to the south edge of Lincoln Park and let their groovy tie-dye talents shine. Event goers can look for Hotel Lincoln signs to guide them in the right direction. Free. The south edge of Lincoln Park (near the 1800 block of Clark, just south of Green City Market), Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Muse of Fire Theatre Company’s 2013 free outdoor summer production will be Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a much beloved but often controversial play about the crazy things we do for love, and the crazy things love does to us. Starring company member Christina Hall, and directed by Artistic Director Jemma Alix Levy. Seating is open and unlimited; audiences must provide their own seating in the form of picnic blankets and/or chairs. e: Sat. and Sun., 3 p.m. In the event of rain, performances will be cancelled. Free parking is available in the adjacent Morton Civic Center lot, Ingraham Park in Evanston.
Grant Park Music Festival
SCHUBERT MASS IN E FLAT
Friday, August 9 at 6:30PM
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
2013 Comic Convention in Rosemont
Chicago Comic Con comes to Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this weekend today through Sunday.
A Suburban Festival
The 11th Annual Wood Dale Prairie Fest features food, music, carnival rides, fireworks on Saturday and more. Featured music stage performers include Slippery When Wet, Wedding Banned and Marrakesh Express. Town Square, Wood Dale Rd. and Commercial Street, Wood Dale, IL, Hours: Friday, 6 p.m-11 p.m.; Saturday: 1 p.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday: 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Admission: free
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