Foodies won’t want to miss the Roscoe Village Burger Fest, the Chicago Margarita Festival or Taste of Evanston. Plus, shop ’til you drop at the North Shore Art Market or Northbrook Sidewalk Sale.
Shop deals at the corner of Church Street and Cherry Lane in downtown Northbrook, where there will also be balloon artists, kids activities, contests and food.
Juried artists will set up shop at Westfield Old Orchard for this free market. Shop paintings, photography, jewelry and more, plus watch artists demos, take part in art experiences, and try Art Bingo with your kiddos.
Sip margaritas by the lake during this festival at Navy Pier. Plus, enjoy food, games, dancing and live music.
Dine on the best food and drink Evanston’s many restaurants and breweries have to offer as you enjoy live jazz, magic, and a tour of the Charles Gates Dawes House. Proceeds will benefit job training programs and the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.
- Square Roots Festival is back July 7-9 with more than 30 regional craft brews, food from restaurants like Artango, Jerry’s Sandwiches and Gather, music, vendors and family activities.
- Northwestern’s Deering library will host Roald Dahl at 100: Magic and Mischief Galore! July 8. Celebrate the beloved author’s 100th birthday year by inventing new candy for Wonka, creating Marvelous Medicine, building a giant peach and more.
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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.