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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Visit Brookfield Zoo Aug. 7-9 and kids ages 11 and under will receive free admission.
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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.