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18 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Street Fests, A Vintage Market, Limoncello Tasting, Zine Camp And More

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CHICAGO — Summer in Chicago means countless street markets and arts fests, outdoor concerts, parties at the park and so much more.

Whether you’re shopping local at Englewood Village Market, competing for prizes at a Pilsen street cleanup, admiring Japanese floral arrangements on display in the Southport Corridor or dancing the night away at a Shrek rave, there’s something for everyone this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of 18 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

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Andersonville Vintage Market

Andersonville Vintage Market

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

On Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue

This neighborhood resale market returns this weekend for the first of three summer events. Shop vintage clothing, decor, accessories, music and other items from more than 30 vendors, including Fad 2 Fresh, Field Mercantile and Ruby Baby Vintage. There will also be live music and potato-based pastries from Downstate Donuts. The market is pet-friendly and there is a $5 suggested donation for admission.

Southport Arts Fest

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

Along West Waveland and North Southport avenues. See map here.

Browse artwork by some of the city’s best artists at this family-friendly art festival. There will be a variety of mediums on display, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, glass and more. Plus, kids can enjoy interactive games and activities. Find more information online.

Passport Vibes Street Festival

Noon-10 p.m. Saturday

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.

Since 2018, Passport Vibes has brought partygoers together for a festival all about Afrobeats. Groove to Afrobeat and African music from local and international DJs, enjoy food and retail vendors, play outdoor laser tag, enjoy photo installations and more.

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A performance at the Barrio Arts Fest in Humboldt Park.

Barrio Arts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St.

Celebrate Puerto Rican art and culture at the 23rd annual Barrio Arts Festival with live musical performances by local Puerto Rican artists, family-friendly arts workshops, Puerto Rican delicacies, handmade crafts and more. Admission is free. Learn more and see the fest’s full schedule here.

Ikebana Walking Exhibition

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Southport Corridor, 3200-3900 N. Southport Ave.

The Japanese Culture Center, Lakeview Roscoe Village of Commerce and Japanese Arts Foundation are partnering to host a Japanese floral arrangement exhibition in the “unofficial Japantown of Chicago.” Stroll through the Southport Corridor this weekend and you will see Japanese art of flower arrangements, or ikebana, featured in over a dozen locations, including local restaurants and business storefront windows. Galleria Liqueurs, 3409 N. Southport Ave., will also be hosting free sakes tasting through the weekend. There will be an informational table to learn more about this free event near J. Crew, 3423 N. Southport Ave.

Lighthouse Foundation Anniversary Fundraiser

Noon-2 p.m. Saturday

Meeting House Tavern, 5025 N. Clark St.

Lighthouse Foundation, a Black, queer-led social justice organization serving Black LGBTQ+ people in the city, is celebrating its fourth anniversary with live music, drag performances and storytelling. Drinks will be available for purchase at Meeting House Tavern’s bar. Purchase your ticket for a donation of $35-100 online. Proceeds go toward supporting the work of Lighthouse’s flagship research project, the Black Queer Equity Index.

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DEHD performs at Lincoln Square Roots Fest on July 9, 2022.

Square Roots Street Fest

5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday

On Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson avenues

Enjoy live music, family fun, vendors, local restaurants and a craft beer showcase at this Lincoln Square summer festival. You can catch performances by artists from Chicago and beyond, like Lala Lala, Superchunk, Slow Pulp, Mucca Pazza, Disaster Kid and more. The street fest is easily accessible from the CTA Brown Line Western stop. There is a $20 suggested donation for families, $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids.

Shrek Rave

9 p.m. Saturday

House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.

Party like you’re “Far Far Away” and dance through the night to your favorite Shrek tunes. Tickets are $22.50 to $37.50. Buy them online for a party of “ogre-sized fun.”

Summer Artisan Fest

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

A haven for art enthusiasts and shoppers, there will be more than 40 vendors at Summer Artisan Fest showcasing their handmade items at Irving Park’s Summer Artisan Fest. Shop jewelry, home decor, candles, baked goods and other one-of-a-kind items. Pets and all ages are welcome.

Kilbourn Park Summer Concert Series

6-8 p.m. Friday

Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Pack a picnic and grab chairs and blankets for some free, family-friendly entertainment at the park. Enjoy the sounds of summer at this free-to-attend concert series.

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Creatives from Zine Club Chicago for their first annual Zine Camp last summer.

Zine Camp

2-6:30 p.m. Sunday

Picnic Grove 5 in the Dan Ryan Woods, 8700 S. Western Ave., near 85th Street and Western Avenue

Learn how to make your own zines — or handmade mini magazines — at this second annual Zine Camp. Connect with the city’s zine community, learn tips and tricks and more. This free event is hosted by Zine Club, a group that meets monthly to discuss zine-making, and sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave.

Party in the Park

Noon-10 p.m. Saturday

Lincoln Abraham Park, 1800 N. Stockton Dr.

Celebrate electronic dance music with and dance to tunes spun by local DJs and producers in Lincoln Park this weekend. This is a free event hosted by a group called EDM Chicago is free. Donations are appreciated and will count towards a merch and ticket giveaway.

Vegan Summer Sesh

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell St.

Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen and Ascend Cannabis are hosting a Vegan Summer Sesh this weekend with local plant-based chefs, cruelty-free artisans and mindful wellness alchemists. The event is open to all ages and pets are welcome. Admission is free with RSVP.

Screening Freedom: Film + Discussion Series

1-4 p.m. Sunday

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts – Screening Room, 915 E. 60th St.

Kicking off this Sunday and running through August, the Logan Center for the Arts is hosting free film screenings of celebrating Black cinema, self-representation and freedom. Two summer screenings will be paired with selections from the South Side Home Movie Project, which archives home movie recordings from Chicago’s South Side to protect the neighborhood’s history and films. The “Screening Freedom” series draws from decades of Black film production and showcases works that reflect and enrich Black life, from blockbuster movies to intimate family records. RSVP for free online.

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The Englewood Village Market kicks off 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Neighbors can shop at the market every Saturday through Oct. 29.

Englewood Village Market

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

Englewood Village Plaza, 5822 S. Halsted St.

Shop fresh produce, food, goods from local farmers, Black businesses and more at this Saturday market. There will also be live music, fun for the family and a weekly rotation of programming, from art activations to health and wellness activities to community information sessions.

Holla Back: Art and Conversations

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Watch the documentary “What These Walls Won’t Hold,” hear from survivors of police torture, learn about COVID-19 in prison and more at this exploration into art, death and imprisonment. Find the full schedule and RSVP online.

Pilsen 16th Street Cleanup

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday

Corner of 16th and Paulina streets

Help clean up 16h Street in Pilsen with Cleanup Club Chicago and Pilsen-based environmental justice group PERRO. There will also be “litter races” with prizes for those who want to compete. Grabbers, bags, water and some protective gloves will be provided during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a five-gallon bucket, gloves and sunscreen. Register for the cleanup online.

Wine + Limoncello Tasting

4-7 p.m. Saturday

Hops & Scotch, 720 S. Wells St.

Taste award-winning, premium Italian wines paired with Limoncello while supporting local, women-owned businesses. RSVP online.

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Dirty Heads

7 p.m. Friday

Radius, 640 W. Cermak Rd.

Vibe to hip-hop and reggae this Friday with the Dirty Heads at Radius.

Blue Man Group

7 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St.

Come and experience this explosion of color and sound and hear the sounds of unique instruments that you can’t find anywhere else.

Souls of Mischief

7 p.m. Sunday

Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.

The Oakland hip-hop group is celebrating 30 years of 93 Til Infinity this Sunday at Metro.

SERUM: Tiga, Felix da Housecat, Tommaso

10 p.m. Friday

PRYSM, 1543 N. Kingsbury St.

Get ready to dance the night away with this wild mix of house and techno at PRYSM.

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