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Taste of Chicago, Lit Fest


Some of Chicago’s big annual events may change a bit — we’re looking at you, Taste in September — but we still cherish them. This is a big weekend for many, and also a new weekend at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

This year’s edition of Taste of Chicago will take place in Grant Park this weekend; approximately 35 vendors and 15 food trucks and music spread across three stages, plus a full schedule of Chicago Sings Karaoke and Chicago SummerDance. Musical headliners include Doug E. Fresh, Proyecto Uno and Whitney.

around Buckingham Fountain in Jackson and Columbus from 11am to 9pm September 8-10; free, for more information: www.chicago.gov

The 38th annual Lit Fest will expand to Plymouth Court and surrounding venues, and speakers will include 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners Toluse Olorunnipa and Robert Samuels, as well as authors Dave Eggers, Jonathan Eig, Eve Ewing and former Tribune writers Julia Keller and Monica Eng. . Plus blocks of booksellers and book stalls, all offered by the Near South Planning Board.

Between Polk and Ida B. Wells Drive in Dearborn from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 9-10; free, for more information: printersrowlitfest.org

More than 150 juried artists and their paintings, sculptures, photographs, furniture and jewelry will be exhibited at the festival, which will celebrate its 18th year. The event will also include shows, entertainment stages and family activities. Artists include Jose Valdes and the Mambo All Stars, Pretty the Wolf, Trippin’ Billies and The Beaus.

September 9-10, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (additional hours for live music) along Broadway, Belmont, and Hawthorne; free, for more information: lakevieweastfestivalofthearts.com

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death in 1973, a worldwide celebration of his work is taking place everywhere. “Picasso: Drawing from Life” runs at the Art Institute from November through next April, and a new “Picasso: Fifty Years Later” exhibition opens this weekend at the Elmhurst Museum of Art. Works by Picasso, his contemporaries and the artists he was influenced by will be exhibited in three galleries.

September 9 – January 7, 2024, Elmhurst Museum of Art, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst; timed tickets $18 elmhurstartmuseum.org

Hosted by Logan Square Preservation, this event highlights 13 homes and gardens in the neighborhood. Volunteer docents will lead tours at each location. This year’s properties are grouped into four walkable clusters, and a trolley will be available to transport participants between groups.

10:00 – 17:00 September 9, Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 2614 N. Kedzie Ave.; tickets start at $30 loganchamber.org

Chicago Parks Foundation presents this 5K, which takes place on the paved footpath of the Lakefront Trail. Walkers, runners and manual wheelchair participants of all levels are welcome to participate. Afterwards, there will be a party with crepes, refreshments and a DJ.

Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to noon, at Burnham Park at 31st Street Beach, 3155 S Lake Shore Drive; 5K admission is $40, only tickets for the after-race party are $20. chicagoparksfoundation.org/run

Explore the North Park Community Market, enjoy live music and dance performances, and take part in family-friendly activities at this block party. There will be a bounce house, inflatable basketball, inflatable slide and obstacle course.

Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Bryn Mawr Boulevard between Kimball and Sawyer; free, for more information: hnpca.org/blockparty

This biannual Asian film festival kicks off with a screening of the Japanese film “Yudo,” in which two estranged brothers inherit a bathhouse in a small town. The heartwarming comedy is a joyful celebration of Japanese bath culture. The film will be shown in Japanese and with English subtitles.

7 p.m. Sept. 8, AMC Newcity 14, 1500 North Clybourn Ave.; tickets $5-$13 eventbrite.com

A new Spinosaurus roster hangs in the main Stanley Field Hall of the Field Museum on the Museum Campus in Chicago.

Your favorite weird activity returns to Museum Campus. If you have blah blah something and want to know what it is, the Field Museum’s scientists and experts will tell you. Bring (clean, dry) animal bones, fossils, rocks or shells, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects. (Please note that nothing is alive or recently, and no cultural or human remains.) Entry to the museum is free for the day.

Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main hall of the Field Museum, 1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive; 312-922-9410 and www.fieldmuseum.org

This first-of-its-kind event will be presented by the Harris Theatre, where more than 20 local music and dance groups will perform in Millennium Park on the Pritzker Pavilion stage in the evening. Ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, classical music, opera and more.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.; free, for more information: https://www.harristheaterchicago.org/harrisfest


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