5 Things to Do: Aug. 4-6

2017 Meijer Chicago Bears Family Fest (Photo courtesy of Chicago Bears.)

Lollapalooza takes center stage this weekend in Chicago, but if you won’t be rocking out in Grant Park, make your way to Victory Gardens Theater for six brand-new plays or Soldier Field for Chicago Bears Family Fest. Or, head out to the suburbs for a new museum exhibit (and free admission) and two festivals.

Plus, don’t miss your chance to win Chicago Botanic Garden exhibit tickets and parking passes.

Northbrook Days

Northbrook Days

Photo courtesy of Northbrook Days.

Aug. 2-6

Don’t miss this summer festival featuring live music, food, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, bocce, face painting, a dunk tank, and more entertainment. And purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win $20,000.

IGNITION Festival of New Plays

IGNITION Festival at Victory Gardens Theater.

Photo courtesy of Victory Gardens Theater.

Aug. 4-6

Victory Gardens Theater will host this free festival to highlight six new plays from both up-and-coming and established playwrights. This year’s plays will explore everything from losing a child to social activism.

2017 Meijer Chicago Bears Family Fest

Chicago Bears Family Fest

Photo courtesy of Chicago Bears.

Aug. 5

Spend your Saturday at Soldier Field and watch a team scrimmage, enjoy family-friendly activities, run the field (kids 14 and younger who are 36 inches or taller) and more. Tickets are only $8, so buy yours now.

Art at The Glen

Art at The Glen

Photo courtesy of Amdur Productions.

Aug. 5-6

More than 185 artists will participate in this annual art festival, which was named one of the top 30 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. This year’s Green Ribbon Project charity is Autism Speaks. If you purchase art with a green ribbon, the artists will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the organization.

“Heritage Markers: Local Native American History & Cultures”

Mitchell Museum: “Heritage Markers: Local Native American History & Cultures”

Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Museum.


The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian opened its latest exhibit on July 21 to explore the Native American heritage that’s all around us here in Chicago and the North Shore. Visit on Friday for Free General Admission Day.

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, she loves cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks and also fears she watches too much Netflix.