A cultural and perhaps literal binge is coming to the Chicago area this weekend, including lots of live music and the Great American Dog Show at McCormick Place. Continue reading.
Let’s remind everyone going downtown that the Chicago Triathlon is this weekend. The main event will take place Sunday at Grant Park and by the lake, with the cycling section closing the Lower Wacker and southbound lanes of DuSable Lake Shore Drive. International (Olympic) distance racing consists of swimming 0.93 miles, cycling 24.8 miles and running 6.2 miles, with Sprint roughly half that. Come cheer on your athlete or simply watch the action from the best vantage points in Grant Park. Free trams will run around the park.
The race stages will start at Port Monroe from 6 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Sunday, with the finish line at 900 S. Columbus Drive; www.chicagotriathlon.com
This chalk art festival in Rogers Park is being held outdoors and face-to-face for the first time in three years. Watch how street artists transform Howard Street with 2D and 3D artworks. If you want to express your own creativity, you can reserve the chalk square for $25. The event will also feature live music such as Fruteland Jackson and Urban Rhythm.
CTA stop between Paulina Street and Ashland Street east of Howard Red Line from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on August 26; free, for more information: Howardstreetchicago.com/chalk-howard-street
Chicago Korean American Association presents this festival of Korean culture with food, K-pop contest, and hanbok fashion show. Learn about Korean calligraphy and traditional games, and attend a kimchi workshop.
August 26, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm Maggie Daley Park 337 East Randolph Street; free, for more information: eventbrite.com
British rockers are in town this weekend and are touring with songs from their album “The Car” featuring Irish band Fontaines DC.
August 27, 8:00 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Resale tickets starting at $120 www.unitedcenter.com
This two-day festival celebrates Latin music and art with a focus on new trends. The event is curated by Future Rootz, a group of Latino musicians, artists, tastemakers and cultural innovators. Artists include DJ Rosa Pistola, DJ Mo Mami and Combo Chimbita.
Between 2:00 PM and 11:00 PM on August 26 and 2:00 PM on August 27th, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.; free, for more information: Navypier.org
For spirit icons Boyz II Men and The Isley Brothers, this will be a Ravinia first, and the lawn seats are still available as of the time of writing.
August 26 7:00 pm Ravinia Festival, Lake Cook and Green Bay Roads, Highland Park; tickets $61 from 847-266-5100 or www.ravinia.org
The metal band’s Take Back Your Life Tour is coming to Tinley Park next week with guests Breaking Benjamin and Jinjer.
18:30 August 30, Credit Union 1 Amphitheater, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park; tickets start at $29.50 www.livenation.com
What more could you ask for from the late summer show “I Want My ’80s Tour”? The Hooters, Paul Young and Tommy Tutone join Springfield for an evening on the river in Aurora.
19:30 August 31, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora; Tickets starting at $39 at 630-896-6666 and paramountaurora.com/riveredge
The Puerto Rico Arts Alliance is teaming up with the Chicago Philharmonic, Cuerdas Clásicas de Chicago, and AfriCaribe this weekend to present “Somos un Solo Pueblo, México y Puerto Rico” as a free concert at Millennium Park. The evening celebrates the music and heritage of the city’s two largest Latino communities.
26 August 18:00 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; free, for more information: www.praachicago.org
This family-friendly event is a great place for animal lovers. Meet and play with over 200 different dog breeds, watch shows and competitions, and get advice from animal experts. There will also be free face painting, inflatable houses and other activities in the children’s area. And if you’re a cat lover, don’t worry – a ticket to the Great American Dog Show also includes admission to the Great American Cat Show.
8am to 6pm August 25-27 at McCormick Place Lakeside Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive; Single-day tickets are $35 for adults. awesomeamericandogshow.com
This two-day event aims to introduce pizza masters in the area, while also educating the public on how to make better pizza at home. General admission tickets include drinks, appetizers, salads and desserts, along with 10 slices to choose from from 20 different pizza vendors. There will also be book signing days, panels, seminars and demos, as well as live performances and music.
August 26-27 through 5pm The Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave.; single day tickets $95 pizzacityfest.com
An exhibition on the life and work of artist Andy Warhol at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art this summer is drawing to a close. This was accompanied by a series of conferences and other special events; Next is the talk by Thomas Kiedrowski, author of “Andy Warhol’s New York City” ($10 or free with “Warhol” tickets) at the Belushi Performance Hall.
at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, until September 10; tickets $25-40 at 630-942-4000 and Warhol2023.org