1. Hang out
Inspired by the namesake Grateful Dead song, Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets festival features a variety of jam bands, including Terrapin Flyer, Paradise Waits and Wood Street Bloodhounds. Craft beers from local brewers are also on tap, including options from Goose Island Beer Company, Finch Beer and Forbidden Root.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Hubbard Street between Paulina and Wood streets. $10 suggested donation / MAP
Looking for some new art to freshen up your home or office? Check out the work of more than 80 artists at the Printer’s Row Art Fest. Make room for your newly acquired art by donating your gently used pieces (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday) to the Chicago Furniture Bank, which assists people moving from shelters into permanent housing.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Dearborn Street between Polk and Harrison streets. Free / MAP
Do you have leftover nails, screws and other tools from your DIY pandemic projects? Bring them to the Tool Swap with the Chicago Tool Library, where you can also browse hardware and other materials. All donated items must be in good, working condition. Accepted items include nails, screws, anchors, sandpaper, grouts, stains and scrap wood. Get a full list of items here.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The Plant Chicago, firehouse, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave. Free / MAP
Lace up your shoes for Dim Sum & Then Some: The Uptown 5K & 10K, which begins with a Laotian ceremony and a colorful lion dance. The course winds along the lakefront and past some of Uptown’s historic businesses. Stick around for post-race dim sum, bubble tea and performances by the Chinese Mutual Aid Association youth dance troupes.
Details: 6:30 a.m. Saturday for registration and packet pick-up; 10K wave begins 8 a.m. at the Chinese Mutual Aid building, 1016 W. Argyle St. #3715. $40-$50 for 5K runners; $50-$60 for 10K runners / MAP
Ready for a road trip? Load up the car with snacks and make your way to Bath, Illinois, for the Redneck Fishing Tournament, which returns after a two-year hiatus due to flooding of the Illinois River and (of course) the pandemic. No fishing poles needed. Bring a hand-held dip net to grab as many jumping Asian carp as you can from the Illinois River. Costumes and helmets encouraged, with prizes on the line for best costume. Get a glimpse of the action via our 2018 story.
Details: 4-10 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday at 218 W. 1st St., Bath $3 per day; $5 two days; free for kids age 15 and under / MAP
Chicagoans open up their backyard oases for all to see at the Dearborn Garden Walk. In addition to the self-guided walk, one-hour architecture tours are available (1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.).
Details: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Latin Middle School, 45 W. North Blvd. $30 / MAP
Dealers stocked with antique, vintage, reclaimed and upcycled wares set up shop at Vintage Days. Extra attractions include live music, a penny carnival, pony rides and mini-golf.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Free / MAP
8. Listen up
At Out Back Summer Sessions: Chicago Philharmonic, you’ll hear one of Beethoven’s early works: “Octet.” The piece, composed for parties, showcases many of the composer’s signature elements. Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie” and two tangos by Piazzolla round out the program.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, parking lot, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $36-$42 / MAP
Get moving at the Community Double Dutch Health & Wellness Fair, where you can take a double Dutch workshop, go on a nature walk, play lawn games and go canoeing. The event also features activities for kids, a Brookfield Zoo ticket raffle and DJ and musical performances. Masks are required for people who are not vaccinated.
Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Beaubien Woods, W. Doty Avenue, southeast of E. 130th Street and S. Ellis Avenue. Free, RSVP requested / MAP
Stretching a half-mile long, Northalsted Market Days features more than 250 vendors, plus food and drink options, a drag show and six stages of live music and performances. Highlights include Inaya Day (Friday), Greyson Chance (Saturday) and Trixie Mattel (Sunday).
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-1o p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street. $15 suggested donation / MAP
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.