Show Me Chicagos top five things to do this weekend

Show Me Chicagos top five things to do this weekend

There’s lots on tap in Chicago for the final weekend of August 2016. Here are some of our favs–not surprisingly, a lot of them involve food.

Taste of Greektown

Gyros is just one of many tastes awaiting visitors to this weekends Taste of Greektown. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Gyros just one of many tastes awaiting visitors to this weekends Taste of Greektown. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Hellenic pride rules at the annual Taste of Greektown celebrating Greek culture and cuisine with food, fun and music. The food line-up offers the best of Greektown from restaurants including Artopolis, Athena, Mr. Greek Gyros, 9 Muses Bar & Grill, The Parthenon, Roditys,Santorini, Spectrum Bar & Grill and Zeus Gyros.

The 27th annual party has expanded to three days for 2016: Friday-Sunday, August 26-28. The fun takes place on the 400 block of South Halsted in the heart of Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood.  Fest hours are 4:00-11:00 p.m. on Friday and Noon-11:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted benefiting the Chicago Greektown Chamber of Commerce.

 Taste of Highland Park and Port Clinton Art Fair

A double whammy of great art and great food closes down Central Avenue between 1st and 2nd in Highland Park this weekend for the Port Clinton Art Show and The Taste of Highland Park. More than 260 artists will be exhibiting high-quality art and nearly as many tastes will be offered by local restaurants at the 23rd annual blowout. There’s also entertainment and tons of art activities for kids. August 27-28. Free admission. Port Clinton Square, Central, 1st and 2nd streets, Highland Park.

The Randolph Street MarketRandolph Street Market

Always a good time. This monthly market holds court in the hot West Loop. The market, that has been going strong for 13 years, offers great shopping in a festival-like atmosphere with an international vibe. This weekend RSM celebrates, “Back to Cool.”

Where: Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago. Main gate: 1350 W. Randolph Street.

Tickets: $8 advance; $10 gate

Parking: Some free street parking (check signs) or valet parking near entrance.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with early bird admission).


Photo: Ravinia Festival

Photo: Ravinia Festival

It seems that we can’t say enough about Ravinia Festival, the the summer playground for Chicago area families in various guises since 1904–offering an outstanding line-up of big name entertainment and events every summer. But there’s more. Case in point, this weekend’s hot ticket offerings of Train on August 26 and 27–then Seal on Sunday August 28th. Check out the rest of the season at the Ravinia Festival website.

Chicago Dancing Festivaldancingfestival

Tonight (Friday) features “Planet Chicago” with Forward Momentum Chicago (CDF debut performance), Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Gingarte Capoeira (CDF debut performance), Chicago Samba (CDF debut performance) will take place Friday, August 26 at 5::30 pm. at Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue. Free but tickets are required.

The festival wraps up on Saturday, August 27 starting at 7:30 pm. with a very special “Dancing Under the Stars” program at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street). No tickets are required for this program.

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