Show Me Chicago's top 5 things to do in Chicago this weekend

Officially, this is the last weekend of summer and it looks like another hot one. Here are Show Me Chicago’s top five picks for the weekend.

1. Lakeview Taco Festtacofestlakeview

Who doesn’t like tacos? Festers at the Lakeview Taco Fest can take their pick from an eclectic variety of offerings from traditional chicken, beef and pork tacos to BBQ goat, duck and lemon pepper shrimp taco. Fourteen of Chicago’stop taco taquerias will be on hand:  Bar Mas (NEW this year); Beat Kitchen: Brownstone Tavern & Grill  (NEW); Café El Taqueria Café Tola; Crosby’s Kitchen; Dive Bar, 3445 N. Halsted; D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 N. Halsted; Flaco’s Tacos; Garifuna Flava (NEW); New England Seafood Company; The Pony; Taco Joint; Tacos Nietos.

Fest goers can expect a great entertainment line-up on the fest’s two stages with a mariachi band; pop/rockers Catfight, 97 Nine and Wedding Banned; funksters Get Up With the Get Downs; and the harmonizing tribute act that is Boy Band Review. Plus ucha libre (aka Mexican wrestlers) will be on hand at 5 pm. both days at Southport and Cornelia.

In addition, there’s a kids’ activity area (art, inflatables and more), arts & crafts, and visitors can vote for their favorite taco via text.  A $7 gate donation benefits the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. The fun takes place in the Southport Corridor.

2. Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance FestivalHarvestDanceFestival

Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival is stepping up to add a little culture to Chicago’s fall calendar with two weekends, September 16-17 and 23-24, of contemporary dance. A dynamic line-up of dancers from Chicago and around the country will perform their innovative works at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.  Tickets are $25 online.

3. City Made Festival citymadeandersonville

If you love Chicago, the City Made Fest is a must do for you. This fest in the Andersonville neighborhood celebrates products made in Chicago from Chicago-made craft beers Chicago music, Chicago food, and Chicago-made arts and craftw. September 17 & 18 from noon to 9 pm. both days. Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen (5000-5100N).

4. Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2014. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune

Riot Fest 2014. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune

For many, Riot Fest is a favorite, with true believers calling it the best music fest of the summer. After being removed from Humboldt Park two years ago, the fest has a found a welcoming home in Douglas Park (1401 S Sacramento). Fest goers can expect three days of fun featuring dozens of bands and artists across six stages. Highlights include: Ween, Fu Manchu, Morrissey, the Descendents, Bob Mould and The Original Misfits. September 16, 17 and 18.

5. Berghoff OktoberfestOktoberfest

For over 100 years, The Berghoff, Chicago’s oldest German restaurant, has been where Chicagoans have headed for authentic German fare and fun. Many looked forward to the Berghoff Oktoberfest which originally closed off Adams St. for a huge party. The fest moved to Federal Plaza a few years back and this year has moved indoors to the restaurant.

The scaled back celebration, taking place September 8 to October 31 at the restaurant (17 W. Adams), is still worth heading to because of the restaurant’s long standing Chicago traditions.

The celebration will feature live Oktoberfest music on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in The Berghoff Bar and on Saturdays from noon to 3 pm. in The Dining Room. Special Oktoberfest menu items available throughout the celebration for both lunch and dinner.

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