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Things to do in August

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The summer days may be waning, but from Albany Park to Pilsen to Bucktown the fests are going strong! Enjoy these remaining weeks of warmth outdoors, where there’s enough art, music, food, and culture to see you through to fall.

Fests: Festival Cubano (Aug. 14-16) promises dominoes, dancing, and family fun in this celebration of Cuban culture. Did you know that over 70 languages are spoken in the neighborhood of Albany Park? The Albany Park World Fest (Aug. 22-23) aims to take visitors on a tour of the globe, through art, music, food, and carnival rides. The focus is on music at Pilsen Fest (Aug. 22), where Hello Seahorse!, Gary Moreno, and Jenny and the Mexicats are performing. The Bucktown Arts Fest (Aug. 29-30) is in its 30th year. Expect poetry, live music, photography, watercolor art, and much more.

Food: Bring a healthy appetite to the Taste of Greektown (Aug. 22-23). Chicago Eater breaks down the 9 “essential” Chicago steak spots–but anyone looking for lighter fare can take heart in Time Out Chicago’s guide to the top ten salads in the city.

Events: The Chicago Air and Water Show roars back into town August 15-16. For a unique night out, check out ACTIVATE (Aug. 27) a collaborative event which, according to their website, “transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more.” Sounds intriguing! Midnight Circus comes to Chicago’s Grand Crossing Park (Aug. 29-30). Get tickets here.

Theater: Broadway musical The Boy from Oz is playing at the 773 theater on Belmont (though Aug. 30).

Music: Fans of ‘Rent’, ‘Wicked’ and ‘Frozen’ will be lining up for Idina Menzel at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion (Aug. 16). Billy Joel (Aug. 27) and the Foo Fighters (Aug. 29) will be making (separate) appearances at Wrigley Field this month. Salsa superstar Victor Manuelle and Willy Torres perform at a benefit concert for the Institute of Latin Music (Aug. 29). Celebrate Labor Day weekend with some funk, bepop and, of course, jazz at the annual Chicago Jazz Festival (Sept. 3-6).

 

 

Becky Ammerman

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