CHICAGO — Celebrate Mexican independence, monarch butterflies, throwback music, local businesses and more at various events across the city.
Here’s a round-up of 15 things happening in Chicago this weekend:
Starts at noon Sunday
Starts on 26th Street and Albany Avenue, and proceeds down 26th Street to Kostner Avenue
Chicago’s annual Mexican Independence Day Parade returns to Little Village, featuring brightly colored floats, mariachi bands and folkloric dancing. One of the region’s largest parades, it brings together over 500,000 participants, residents and visitors.
2-7 p.m. Saturday
Tapster, 2027 W. North Ave.
The world’s first-ever pickle crawl is debuting in Chicago this weekend. You must be at least 21 years old. Tickets are available online for $19.99.
5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago, 2701 N. Sheffield Ave.
Vertical rotisseries of meat will be turning all weekend at this family-friendly festival. There will also be live music, kids’ activities and art and craft vendors.
6 p.m. Friday
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.
This free event hosted by the National Museum of Mexican art is the city’s largest tribute concert celebrating Coma la Flor and Bidi Bidi Bom Bom singer Selena. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
Discounted parking for the tribute concert is available for $13 at Millennium Park Garage and $11 at Millennium Lakeside Garage.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive
Celebrate and learn about monarch butterflies as they begin their annual southward migration to Mexico. There will be activities for all ages, including monarch-related crafts with representatives from the National Museum of Mexican Art and multiple guided plant and bug walks. The event is included with admission to the museum.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Paseo Prairie Garden, 2614 N. Kedzie Ave.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Logan Square Friday. There will be DJ music, dancing, food, vendors and more.
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday
On 61st Street from Vernon to Champlain avenues
Dozens of South Side Black-owned businesses, an immersive history experience, live entertainment and more will line 61st Street for this all-day bazaar and free festival.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Walnut Room, 111 N. State St.
Selena Drag Brunch is back in Chicago, starring Lucy Stoole, Irregular Girl, Serean Fiierce and Valentine Addams. Tickets are available online here.
2-8 p.m. Saturday
Standard Bar and Grill, 1332 N. Milwaukee Ave.
A taco and margarita crawl is coming to Wicker Park. Tickets starting at $19.99 are available online here.
5-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday
Gladstone Park, 6030 N. Milwaukee Ave.
There will be live throwback music performances, a pet costume parade, kid-friendly activities, food and drink, a classic car show and more at this weekend’s Throwback Music Fest.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Along Ravenswood Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and Irving Park Road
Ravenswood creators will showcase the industrial corridor’s art, music, food and beer during the festival’s 20th edition. The art walk features open studios and galleries, live music, an outdoor artist market, children’s corner and beer garden.
There is a launch party 7 p.m. Thursday at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. The party is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are strongly encouraged.
8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Outside Jahn Elementary School, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave.
The Roscoe Village Farmers Market is holding a daylong event with dog-friendly yoga, kids activities and treats from local businesses. Doga, in which people practice traditional yoga poses with their pets, will begin at 9 a.m.
5-8 p.m. Friday
Along east 43rd Street from Michigan to Ellis
The last event of the Bronzeville Summer Nights series is this weekend, celebrating local talent and supporting neighborhood business.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
On Division Street between Damen and Ashland avenues
The Renegade Craft Fair is returning to Chicago, featuring hundreds of small business booths. Admission is free but donations are suggested.
9 a.m.-noon Saturday
Pullman Community Center, North Parking Lot, 10355 S. Woodlawn Ave.
The 40+ Double Dutch Club was created in 2016 for women over 40 who want to stay active in an exciting and affordable way. The group jumps Double Dutch, Chinese rope, hopscotch, hula hoop and plays “all of the games we did on the playground growing up.”
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