Chicago sees a big weekend of festivals and events – NBC Chicago
From art fairs and music festivals to races and sporting events, Chicagoans will have no shortage of things to do this weekend across the city.
Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications warned people traveling to the city Friday through Sunday to beware of additional crowds, resulting in different traffic patterns and likely delays.
OEMC also warned Chicgaoans to be aware of the surroundings and to immediately report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1. Sign up for emergency alerts here.
Here’s more information on the events taking place this weekend:
Chicago Blues Music Festival at Millennium Park + venues throughout the city
Thursday – Sunday, hours vary
The Chicago Blues Festival will be held in Millennium Park June 9-12 from noon-9 p.m. and venues across the city including the Chicago Riverwalk June 9-10, Austin June 11 and Bronzeville June 12.
At Millennium Park, all guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and may be asked to show valid identification.
Outside alcohol is not permitted at the festival, although drinks are available inside the venue.
JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge at Grant Park
Thursday, 6:50 p.m.
The 3.5-mile race returns to Grant Park on Thursday with a 6:50 p.m. start time. There will be a hospitality area after the race.
Street closures and times include:
- 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and DuSable Lake Shore Drive
- 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and Michigan
- 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Columbus between Roosevelt and Ida B. Wells Drive.
- 6:30-8:30 p.m.: There will be phased closures in the area of Grant Park, affecting Ida B. Wells Drive, Jackson, Monroe, Randolph, Wacker and streets west of DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
- NOTE: DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Illinois, Michigan, Roosevelt and Grand will remain open
- 8-9 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and Michigan
- 9 p.m. to 12 p.m.: Balbo between Columbus and DuSable Lake Shore Drive
- 9 p.m.-12 p.m.: Christopher Columbus between Balbo and Roosevelt
Puerto Rican Festival – Humboldt Park
Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m.
The Fiestas Patronales Puertorriqueñas will be held in Humboldt Park at 2800 W. Division and 1400 N. Humboldt Dr.
The event is located in what is now known as “Puerto Rico Town” on Division Street where the annual Puerto Rican People’s Parade will also take place on Saturday, June 11.
Old Town Art Fair
Saturday, 10am-7pm and Sunday, 10am-6pm
The Old Town Art Fair is located in the historic Old Town Triangle area. The event features over 200 performers, a garden walk, live music and food.
The main entrance is located at Lincoln Ave. and Wisconsin. Additional entry points are at North Park and Eugenie, Sedgwick in Menomonee, Sedgwick in Wisconsin, and Wells St. in Menomonee.
Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field
The Sox face the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday at 7:10 p.m. for Polish Heritage Night, and again Friday at 7:10 p.m., accompanied by fireworks.
On Saturday, the team faces the Texas Rangers for Hawaiian Shirt Day at 1:10 p.m., and again on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. for Family Day.
Fiesta Back of the Yards 2022, 47e Street
Friday to Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
The Fiesta community event will take place at 47e A street between Ashland Avenue and Damen Avenue, attracting residents and visitors of all ages and “highlights the diversity and rich cultural past of the Back of the Yards neighborhood”.
Vegan Festival – Grant Park
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Chicago Vegan Festival in Grant Park returns this summer to showcase the city’s signature plant-based food options, along with live music, art and vegan vendors.
Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m.
The 56e Andersonville Midsommarfest is located on Clark Street, from Foster to Catalpa, with five stages for music, food and more.
Taste of Chicago in Austin, 5720 W. Chicago
Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
Taste of Chicago will come to Austin this weekend with local food vendors and live blues music, plus Caribbean bites, savory soul food, tacos and gumbo, among other dishes.
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Saturday, 2 p.m.; assembly begins at 11 a.m.
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will celebrate the 44th Parade of the Puerto Rican People on Saturday in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Festival. The Puerto Rican Day Parade will depart at 2 p.m., heading west on the Western Split in Sacramento through the community of Humboldt Park.
Wells Street Art Fair
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to dusk
Located on Wells Street between North Ave and Division. The Chicago tradition showcases the art and local favorites of the Old Town neighborhood.
Hyde Park Summer Festival – Midway Plaisance, 59e and Ellis Avenue
Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m.
Originally named Hyde Park Brew Fest, the celebration began at 53rd & Harper Court, according to a statement, featuring house music, DJs, Chicago cuisine and local brews.
The entrance to the festival is at 59e Ellis Street and Avenue.
Navy Pier Fireworks
Saturday, 10 p.m.
Navy Pier features a fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend during the summer. The Saturday show will start at 10 p.m.