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Fan Expo in Rosemont, P!NK in Wrigley


It’s a big fair weekend in Rosemont, plus live music and an annual parade in Bronzeville.

For fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming and cosplay, this is your weekend in Rosemont. Fan Expo Chicago is the size of four days of stands, panel discussions, and celebrities—and yes, Hollywood actors can still appear during the SAG-AFTRA strike, provided they represent themselves and not promote a new movie. With that in mind, two of this year’s biggest faces are Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd from the “Back to the Future” movies. Also included are Chevy Chase, filmmaker Sam Raimi, and “Battlestar Galactica” star Katee Sackhoff.

through August 13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont; For tickets starting at $47 and more information fanexpohq.com

Alecia Beth Moore Hart-born singer performs in Chicago and Wrigley the night after Springsteen. He’s touring behind his ninth studio album “Trustfall” and includes Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and others on the Summer Carnival 2023 tour.

6:30 pm, August 12, Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.; (sold out) mlb.com

The rapper’s first headline arena tour in 30 years features performances by The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Z-Trip. These groups are not openers. Instead, the night promises to be a musical mix of their on-stage collaborations.

20:00 Aug. 13, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Starting at $90 united center.com

Nicknamed “The Bud,” this parade celebrates African-American music, dance, and food since 1929. expected to be collected along the two-mile route to watch a variety of performers, including bands, dance and drill teams, somersaults and cheerleaders.

10:00 – 16:00 On August 12, in Bronzeville, South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Washington Park; free, more info budbillikenparade.org

This half-mile-long street festival features five stages of live music, over 20 vendors, food and drink, dance exhibits, and drag performances. Actors include Betty Who, Shea Couleé, and CupcakKe.

12-13 August on Halsted Street in Northalsted, Belmont to Addison; $20 suggested donation, for more info northalsted.com

The Midwest Buddhist Temple holds the Ginza annual fundraising event, which celebrates Japanese culture and will include food, entertainment, cultural arts and crafts. Main stage performances will include Minyo dancers and Taiko drummers, while Waza masters will showcase their crafts.

In the Midwest Buddhist Temple parking lot, 435 W. Menomonee; $5 suggested donation, for more info ginzaholiday.com

Sam Smith performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 8, 2023.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is coming to Chicago early next week to tour behind their fourth studio album, “Gloria.” with guest Jessie Reyez.

20:00 August 15, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Starting at $50 united center.com

Right across from the Fan Expo, all things Fab Four come together, with Beatles tribute bands, renowned writers and experts, and musicians with some degree of departure from John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Also a marketplace, dance parties, trivia events, and singing and costume contests.

By August 13, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont; For tickets starting at $75 and more information thefest.com

This is the second and last Sunday in the State’s history of summer. The interactive block party will close a section of State Street and allow attendees to enjoy food, drink, art, shopping and performances, including Sheman “Dilla” Thomas, Ballet Folklorico de Chicago and DJ Ron Carroll.

11:00 – 18:00 August 13, on State Street between Adams and Lake; free reservation Loopchicago.com


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