Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

Chicago is set to host this year’s MLS All-Star game next week, but the fun begins this weekend with a wide variety of free events. Plus, don’t miss wine tastings in the city and the suburbs, a festival all about bloody marys, and a classic car show.

And find even more events in our Summer Go Guide.

Summer Wine Fest

Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

July 28

This brand new event at Lincoln Park Zoo will feature more than 35 varieties of wine, live music, food (to purchase) and more after the zoo has closed to the public. Guests will also be able to talk with the zoo’s horticulture experts.

Taste of Good Grapes

Taste of Good Grapes
July 29

Discover a new favorite wine at Good Grapes, a champagne and wine boutique, during its eighth annual wine tasting. Proceeds will benefit Kohl Children’s Museum.

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show in Wheeling
July 29

Vote for your favorite classic car and talk to owners about what they do to keep their cars in pristine condition. Plus, don’t miss Touch-A-Truck, a new event this year that will allow children to explore firetrucks, bulldozers, ambulances and more.

2017 MLS All-Star Week

2017 MLS All-Star Week

Photo courtesy of Major League Soccer.

July 29 to Aug. 2

Chicago will host this year’s MLS All-Star game on Aug. 2 at Soldier Field. But before the MLS all-stars take on Real Madrid, fans can watch Chicago Fire versus Sporting KC at a special viewing party on July 29, play soccer on the beach and watch the MLS Skills Challenge on July 30, catch a free concert with X Ambassadors and a Men in Blazers show on July 31, and much more.

Bloody Mary Fest

Highwood Bloody Mary Fest

Photo courtesy of Celebrate Highwood.

July 30

Mixologists will compete for the title of Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest, as well as People’s Choice Award and Best Garnish, at this festival that is now in its eighth year. Guests will also enjoy food, live music and craft beer from Kings and Convicts Brewing Co.


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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.