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Ukrainian Village Fest, Taste Of Greektown, A 3D Chalk Festival And More: 10+ Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend

Here's a roundup of 11 things to do this weekend in Chicago, from festivals and dancing to open mics and outdoor jazz.

The Bucktown Arts Fest in 2019
Provided/Sam Logan

CHICAGO — From the city’s only 3D chalk fest to outdoor jazz concerts and a Pilsen arts and crafts fair, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Chicago.

Here are 11 events happening across the city:

Ukrainian Village Fest

4-10 p.m. Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sunday

2200 block of West Superior Street

Ukrainian Village Fest returns this weekend with dance and music performances, food, beer and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with proceeds benefitting Help Heroes of Ukraine, a local nonprofit that is providing aid and supplies to Ukrainian soldiers and people in Ukraine.

Bucktown Arts Fest

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2228 N. Oakley Ave.

The Bucktown Arts Fest will feature about 170 artists from across the Midwest selling paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and much more. There will also be two live music stages, one featuring jazz musicians and the other an eclectic range of local bands and solo performers. Admission is free.

Taste of Greektown Festival

4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Halsted Street from Adams to Van Buren

The three-day fest along Halsted Street celebrates Greek culture with food, live music and more entertainment. It is free to attend, but there is a $7 suggested donation.

Credit: Provided
Taste of Greektown, Chicago’s most popular Greektown festival, returns this August.

Mexico en el Corazon

6-8:30 p.m. Sunday

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

This touring performance by the North American Institute for Mexican Advancement is bringing Mexican tradition and culture to Millennium Park. Enjoy folklore presented through traditional dances and regional mariachi and banda music.

Jazz’n on the Steps

4-6:30 p.m. Sunday

St. Moses The Black Parish, 331 E. 71st St.

Bring your lawn chairs to this free event and enjoy an evening of free jazz music by Thaddeus Tukes. Food and drink will be available to buy.

Chalk Howard Street

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

Howard Street between Paulina and Ashland

Chicago’s only chalk art festival is returning this weekend with live music, an interactive dance performance, food and retail vendors and more.

Credit: Provided/Chris Guillen
Chalk Howard Street returns Aug. 27 after two years of being online.

Youth of Chinatown

5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Chinatown Square

This three-day community fest features dancing, music, street fashion, food, visual arts and cultural activities. Admission is free.

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.

In The Land: Englewood Open Mic

6-9 p.m. Friday

Imagination House, 6407 S. Honore St.

This free open mic series aims to be “a safe space for fun and artistic expression.” It’s hosted by JazStarr and Isaiah Thoughtpoet Veney and features artist Stock Marley. The Abundant Chi mutual aid group will also accept donations at the event.

Jazz on Green

5 p.m. Sunday

South Merrill Community Garden, 7030 S. Merrill Ave.

The Mira Raven Sextet is performing this weekend as part of a South Shore community garden’s free summer jazz series, which wraps up this weekend. The garden opens an hour before the performance for tours, and guests should bring their own lawn chair or seating. To RSVP to the event through Facebook, click here.

In case of rain, the show will be rescheduled to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

HECHO EN Arts & Craft Fair

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

18th Street between Paulina Street and Ashland Avenue

Local artists and makers will line the street for this second annual event in Pilsen, which supports the BIPOC Artist Vendor community and the Pilsen Arts and Community House Organization. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

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