Gyros, hummus, pastitsio (Greek-style lasagna) and baklava are among the items on the menu at Lincoln Park Greek Fest, where you can be Greek for a day – or the whole weekend. Greek folk dance performances and modern and traditional Greek music are also on tap.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday at St. George Greek Orthdox Church, 2701 N. Sheffield Ave. $10 suggested donation / MAP
Find more fests: 2022 Summer Festival Guide
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival celebrates the influence of the music genre born in the Windy City more than 80 years ago with performances by top artists from across the country, including Brian Courtney Wilson, The Williams Singers and John P. Kee.
Details: 3-9 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free / MAP
Joffrey Ballet dancers bring Miguel Cervantes’ timeless novel “Don Quixote” to life. Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, the performance follows an eccentric nobleman who believes himself to be a valiant knight as he embarks on a humorous and fateful journey with his trusted sidekick Sancho Panza.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through June 12 at Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive. $35 and up / MAP
The Bank of America 13.1 course weaves through the historic parks and boulevards of the city’s West Side, starting and finishing in Garfield Park, so lace up your sneakers!
Details: 7 a.m. race start Sunday on W. Washington Boulevard near the Garfield Park Gold Dome Field House, 100 N. Central Park Ave. $115 / MAP
More than 30 bands perform on a pair of stages at Do Division Street Fest with musical entertainment programmed by renowned West Town live music venues Empty Bottle and Subterranean. Be sure to check out the local vendors, kids activities and fashion shows.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Division Street between Damen Avenue and Leavitt Street. $10 suggested donation / MAP
Which hot dog stand has the best frankfurter in town? Cast your vote at the Windy City Hot Dog Fest, where more than a half-dozen serve up their finest hot dogs. Live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities and a dog parade (Sunday) round things out.
Details: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. $7 suggested donation / MAP
7. Be artsy
Over 150 pieces of public art, including more than 50 new works painted live are on tap for Uptown Art Week, which also features art exhibits and interactive art activities for all ages.
Details: Events begin Wednesday and run through Sunday
Architecture aficionados, this one’s for you. Brick of Chicago walking tours highlight the history and, of course, brick and architecture in neighborhoods across the city, from tours exploring handcrafted greystones of Logan Square (10:30 a.m. Sunday) to gilded-age cottages of Bronzeville (3 p.m. Saturday).
Details: Tour times and locations vary through July 31.
9. Say ‘Prost!’
Your dirndl and lederhosen should be on full display for Maifest Chicago. In Germany, Maifest is the traditional celebration of spring’s arrival with a maibaum, or maypole, decorated to display the history and crafts of a local village. Enjoy German foods, beer, musical entertainment and a traditional keg tapping (8 p.m. Friday).
Details: 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln and Leland avenues. Free / MAP
The 57th Street Art Fair celebrates its 75th year on the streets of Hyde Park with more than 130 artists showcasing their wares from printmaking and leather to ceramics and glass and much more.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 57th St and Kenwood Ave. Free / MAP
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