10 Things to Do this Weekend: July 29-Aug. 1

(Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017)(Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017)

1. Line up

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As you’ve likely heard — and whether you think it’s a good idea or not — Lollapalooza is back. Dozens of artists take over Grant Park for four days starting Thursday, including Miley Cyrus and Illenium (Thursday); Tyler, the Creator and Marshmello (Friday); Journey and Post Malone (Saturday); Foo Fighters and DaBaby (Sunday).

Note: If you decide to go, you must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of attending the event.

Details: Noon-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St. Tickets start at $130 / MAP

2. Delight

Kung fu demonstrations, a lion dance procession, arts and crafts, and samplings from the neighborhood’s restaurant are on tap at the annual Chinatown Summer Fair

Details: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2200 S. Wentworth Ave. $10 suggested donation / MAP

3. Mangia!

Pasta, pizza and vino are the stars of Festa Italiana, which showcases Italian culture, music, artisans and, of course, food. Check out performances by dancers and singers, or try your luck at a meatball-eating contest (5 p.m. Saturday).

Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. $5-$10 / MAP

4. Pedal

The Chicago Family Bike Fest sets your weekend in motion two-wheeled fun, including bike decorating, a bike obstacle course and the Puppet Bike.

Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 3120 N. Greenview Ave. Free / MAP

5. Play

Mexican cuisine, carnival rides, art vendors and a soccer tournament are among the highlights of Fiesta del Sol. The eight-block festival also features performances on a pair of stages.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-1o p.m. Sunday along Cermak Road between Ashland Avenue and Morgan Street. Free / MAP

Footage taken from the stage at a previous Fiesta del Sol (Courtesy of Fiesta del Sol)Footage taken from the stage at a previous Fiesta del Sol (Courtesy of Fiesta del Sol)

6. Gather

Eclectic beats fill Jefferson Memorial Park at Jeff Fest. Bands slated to play include Echoes of Pompeii (Pink Floyd), Kashmir (Led Zeppelin), The Moods (Motown) and Catfight. Don’t forget to stop by the kids’ zone, where you’ll find the community stage and activities for the youngsters.  

Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 2-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave. $6-$7 / MAP

7. Marvel

To mark their 25th anniversary, the Actors Gymnasium is putting on a show under the stars at its Summer Salon 2021. Expect circus acts, music, nibbles and libations. BYO mask for indoor entertainment, and BYO blanket for an al fresco circus.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Tallmadge Park, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. $25 suggested donation / MAP

8. Pause

Learn how to live a more meaningful, mindful life at Philosophy in the Park, where you’ll explore how to develop better concentration, attention and the ability to see life from a different point of view.

Details: 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Winnemac Park, 5100 N. Leavitt St. Free / MAP

9. Amass

Looking to add to your baseball card collection? Need a new piece of art for your man cave or she shed? Stop by the National Sports Collectors Convention to browse all things sports memorabilia, from trading cards and vintage collectibles to autographed items.

Details: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $19-$22 / MAP

10. Create

Tap into your artistic side at Center Sunday, where you can participate in a quilt-making workshop, printmaking session and banner painting workshop – all in one afternoon. Kids can get in on the fun by participating in a time capsule making program about their experiences with the pandemic.

Details: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center parking lot, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free / MAP

(Courtesy of Once Upon Our Time Capsule)(Courtesy of Once Upon Our Time Capsule)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.

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