This weekend, celebrate Chicago-style hot dogs, tour a favorite local brewery, dance the night away at Navy Pier, watch a movie under the stars with the entire family, or fly (and create!) a kite at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Aug. 10-12

This year’s Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum, is celebrating Vienna Beef’s 125th anniversary with live music, family activities, a speakers’ stage, and delicious takes on the classic Chicago hot dog from vendors like Chicago’s Dog House, Edzo’s, and Pinstripes.

2nd Saturday Brewery Tour

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Sketchbook Brewing Co. Tour

Photo courtesy of Sketchbook Brewing Co.

Aug. 11

Go behind the scenes of Best of 2018 winner Sketchbook Brewing Co. with this tour that includes free samples and a Sketchbook glass to take home. The brewery will also be on hand at Taste Food and Wine’s beer tasting on Aug. 11.

Noche Caribeña

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Noche Caribeña at Navy Pier

Photo by Heidi Zeiger Photography.

Aug. 11

Navy Pier is partnering with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance to host this free event featuring Latin American and Caribbean dance and music.

Movies in the Park at MSI: “The Incredibles”

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Movies in the Park at MSI (“The Incredibles”)

Photo by Kasumi Chow.

Aug. 11

Watch “The Incredibles” on the Museum of Science and Industry’s front lawn as you munch on free popcorn (first come, first served), enjoy refreshments available for purchase, and groove to music from iHeart Radio. And be sure to explore all of the museum’s exhibits, including “The Science Behind Pixar,” before the showing.

Kite Festival

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Kite Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden

Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Aug. 11-12

Visit Chicago Botanic Garden this weekend to enjoy stunt-kite performances, a kite-making workshop, ice cream and lunch (available for purchase), and more.


More from Make It Better: 

Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital







Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>