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Air & Water Show, Ruido Fest, A Plant Swap And More: 15 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend

Here's a roundup of 15 things to do in Chicago this weekend, from Ribfest and jazz fests the city's only Latin alternative music festival.

Chicago's Air and Water Show returns to North Avenue Beach this weekend.
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CHICAGO — The Air and Water Show will takeover the lakefront this weekend — but Chicago has lots of other happenings planned in the neighborhoods, too.

Here are 15 things you can do in the city this weekend:

Chicago Air and Water Show

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

North Avenue Beach and along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street

The Chicago Air and Water Show is back after two years of canceled and modified shows. It’s the largest free show of its kind in the United States.

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Navy Blue Angel jets fly by during the media day of the Chicago Air and Water Show at Gary Jet Center on Aug. 18, 2022.

Ruido Fest

Gates open 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

Chicago’s only Latin alternative music festival is back this weekend. Buy tickets starting at $105 online.

Ribfest Chicago

5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Berteau Avenue

The smell of barbecue will fill the streets of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park Road during this three-day festival with more than 20 food vendors and 60,000 attendees. Admission to the 22nd festival is free.

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Attendees enjoy the food at Ribfest 2018 in North Center.

35th Annual Sidewalk Sale

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday

Atlas Stationers, 227 W. Lake St.

Chicago’s largest sidewalk sale returns with dozens of vendors and thousands of products. It was originally a way for Atlas Stationers to clear out merchandise in preparation for Halloween and Christmas.

Dog-Friendly Market

5-9 p.m. Friday

Midwest Coast Brewing, 2137 W. Walnut St.

Midwest Coast Brewing is hosting a dog-friendly market with live music, beer and shopping. There are also vendors specializing in items for pets.

Bands on Broadway

6-9 p.m. Friday

Participating Edgewater restaurants

More than 20 bands will play at Edgewater restaurants on Fridays through August in a new format for the annual event. Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and bands.

Credit: Courtesy Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Bands on Broadway returns for its second year starting Aug. 5.


10 p.m. Friday-2 a.m. Saturday

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.

Urban Fêtes returns this weekend with its Silent Party series. Bring a valid ID, put on wireless headphones and dance all night. Buy tickets starting at $10 online.

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest

6-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Steps from the Morse Red Line “L” stop at 6900-7000 N. Glenwood Ave. and 1300-1500 W. Morse Ave.

The largest summer festival in Rogers Park returns this weekend with live music, an art fair, kids art-making activities, local eats and more.

Donations are suggested at the gate: $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Proceeds are invested into the North Center community to support local schools, nonprofits, economic development and greening efforts.

Dill Pickle’s Block Party

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Outside of Dill Pickle Food Co-Op, 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There will be food, products from local vendors, giveaways, a raffle, tunes by DJ Chi, a mural installation and a “children’s corner” promoting Dill Pickle’s Co+op Explorer program. This family-friendly fest returns after a five-year hiatus.

Street Love Ride

5-8 p.m. Saturday

Starts across the street from St. Agatha Catholic Church, 3147 W. Douglas Blvd.

Boxing Out Negativity will hold a community expo and then a 9-mile bike ride around North Lawndale to promote love, positivity and peace on the West Side.

SummerDance in the Parks

6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Dancers of all ages and skills are welcome at the SummerDance series. There will be lessons from professionals, an open dance and live music.

Neighborhood Walking Tours

1 p.m. Saturday

The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park, and Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph St.

These free pop-up tours led by locals offer a deep dive into Chicago neighborhoods. Tours are two to four hours long and conducted in more than a dozen languages.

Sunnyside Plants Plant Swap

5:30-7 p.m. Saturday

Sunnyside Plants, 4800 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Bring your pest- and disease-free plants and swap with others. Plant accessories, creative trades, and freebies are welcome.

Sundays on State

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

State Street between Monroe and Lake

Shop local businesses, partake in dance and fitness classes, enjoy musical and dance performances and more while strolling down State Street this weekend. The summer street festival takes place every other Sunday through Sept. 4.

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Children take part in “Sundays on State” activities.

Sunday Backyard Jazz

4-7 p.m. Sunday

8110 S. Luella Ave.

Grab a chair and enjoy music by the Chicago Horns this weekend as part of the South Side Jazz Coalition’s Sunday Backyard Jazz summer series. Tickets are $10.

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