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CHICAGO — You can kick off June with German festival Maifest, popular West Town street fest Do Division, the Windy City Hot Dog Fest and so much more this weekend.

There's also a Guadagnini String Quartet concert in South Shore, Circus Vasquez shows in Little Village and an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed electronic dance music festival.

Alongside a slew of street and music fests, Pride Month celebrations are in full swing this weekend with the Shedd Aquarium's Pride Night, a Family Pride skate night and the city's second annual Queer Fam Pride Jam — hosted alongside the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park.

Here's a roundup of 25 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

All Weekend

Maifest in Lincoln Square. Credit: Flickr/Rudolf Fink

Maifest Chicago

5-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

4521 N. Lincoln Ave.

Celebrate German culture with food, dance, live music and more at this annual Lincoln Square festival.

The fest is free to attend and open to all ages. Learn more here.

Circus Vasquez is bringing its show to Chicago for its 55th year. Credit: Provided

Circus Vasquez

Various showtimes Thursday-Monday

4400 W. 26th St.

Circus Vasquez, America’s largest family-owned big top circus now in its 55th year, is bringing its show to Little Village through the weekend. With an all-human cast (no animals), the show is put on by performers from Mexico, Columbia, Guinea, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil and the United States.

Tickets start at $25. Learn more and buy tickets online.

Attendees and shopping vendors at Do Division Fest 2023.

Do Division Street Fest

5-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Division Street between Damen and Leavitt streets

Do Division Street Fest returns to West Town with more than 30 bands across two stages, shopping, food and entertainment. This year’s lineup includes Horsegirl, Avey Tare, Sybris, Divino Niño and more.

Admission is free, and there is a $10 suggested donation upon entry. Learn more here.

Attendees at a past Lincoln Park Greek Fest. Credit: Facebook

Lincoln Park Greek Fest

5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday

St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N. Sheffield Ave.

This Hellenic fest brings Greek food, music, folk dancing and more to Lincoln Park.

There is a $10 suggested donation upon entry. Learn more here.

Attendees browse artwork on display at a 57th Street Art Fair. Credit: Provided

57th Street Art Fair

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Between Kenwood and Woodlawn avenues

This 77th annual fair brings more than 180 artists to shop from, as well as food trucks, live music and children’s activities to Hyde Park.

Admission is free. Learn more here.

The Windy City Hot Dog Fest returns for its third edition this weekend with an eating contest, a pet parade, live entertainment and more. Credit: Provided/Matthew Rubinberg Photography

Windy City Hot Dog Fest

Noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

4000 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Some of Chicagoland’s favorite hot dog stands will compete to make the best wiener at this Northwest Side fest. There will also be a kids area, arts and crafts vendors and a community stage.

Learn more here.

Beyond Wonderland is a West Coast-based electronic dance music festival inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” Credit: Facebook

Beyond Wonderland

Saturday and Sunday

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive

Beyond Wonderland, an “Alice In Wonderland”-inspired electronic dance music festival hosted in West Coast cities, is making its way to Chicago this weekend. Among dozens of performers, the fest features artists like Diplo, Maddix, Svdden Death, Tiësto and Jai Wolf.

Various ticket packages are available online. Find more information about set times, performers and the festival here.

Thursday

Sunlight is seen among the ornate details of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center on April 5, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Chicago Cultural Center Open House

4-8 p.m. Thursday

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

This family-friendly celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center features DJs in three rooms, house dance workshops, WTTW documentary film screenings, visual arts exhibits and more.

The event is alcohol-free and open to all ages. Learn more here.

Tie Bar x Brave Space Alliance accessories, which include a cap and tie, feature Chicago and LGBTQ+ iconography. Credit: Provided

Brave Space Alliance x Tie Bar Launch Party

6-8 p.m. Thursday

Tie Bar, 918 W. Armitage Ave.

Affordable retailer Tie Bar has joined forces with Brave Space Alliance, the first Black trans-led LGBTQ+ center on the South Side, on a nine-piece accessory capsule — which includes a hat, lapel pin, pocket square, socks, tie and tie bars with Transgender, Pride Progress and Chicago flag iconography.

To celebrate their collaboration, Tie Bar and Brave Space Alliance are hosting a “happy hour launch party” where customers can shop while enjoying complimentary bites and drinks.

Attendees should RSVP to [email protected]. Store proceeds will benefit Brave Space Alliance.

Women & Children's First Bookstore: In Conversation With Gretchen Sisson And Jessamine Chan

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

Women and Children First is celebrating the release of “Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood” by sociologist and author Gretchen Sisson, who will be joined in conversation by New York Times-bestselling author Jessamine Chan.

The duo will discuss adoption in the United States from its history in slavery and Native American boarding schools to American mothers who relinquished their children for domestic adoption. There will also be an audience question-and-answer session and a book signing.

Learn more and RSVP for free online.

Friday

The Chicago House Music Conference allows residents to learn more about the city's iconic house music scene ahead of a Sunday house music festival. Credit: Facebook

Chicago House Music Conference

7 p.m. Friday

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Ahead of the Chicago House Music Festival, Chicagoans can connect with and learn from local house music icons and experts. Panels will focus on how to cultivate safer and more inclusive nightlife spaces, making money in the streaming age, Latine influence on the genre, songwriting techniques and more.

Admission is free. Learn more here.

The Auditorium Theatre opened in December 1889. Credit: Oliver Sandoval/Provided

‘High Fidelity' Screening With John Cusack

7:30 p.m. Friday

Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive

Evanston native star John Cusack is in the city this weekend for a screening of his 2000 Chicago film, “High Fidelity,” followed by a conversation about the making of the film and his career.

Remaining tickets start at $46. Learn more about the event and buy tickets here.

Saturday

A previous Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park. Credit: Provided/Patrick L. Pyszka

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

Kicking off Millennium Park’s 20th anniversary season, this music fest brings together a star-studded lineup of acclaimed gospel artists. Headliners include a variety of Grammy Award-winning artists, with The Clark Sisters, Chicago’s own Todd Dulaney, Chandler Moore and Anita Wilson.

Admission is free. Learn more here.

Attendees at the 2nd annual Eco Fest in 2023. Credit: Facebook

Eco Fest

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Neighbors can learn all about sustainability with fun, family-friendly activities at the 47th Ward's third annual Eco Fest. Activities include the Wiggleworms music program with Old Town School of Folk Music, learning how to ride a bike with Chicago Family Biking, learning how to compost, shopping a market with eco-friendly vendors and more.

There will also be environmental justice and sustainability groups on the ground, like Sierra Club Illinois, the Illinois Environmental Council and Organizing for Plastic Alternatives.

Learn more about Eco Fest online, and RSVP to attend here.

The Chicago skyline as seen from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown on Oct. 17, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Stewardshipalooza

Noon-2 p.m. Saturday

Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Ping Tom Memorial Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Neighbors can swing by in the morning to help clean the park, and there will be an official commemorative ceremony at noon with lion dances and South Paw, the Chicago White Sox mascot.

Learn more here.

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Elements of Taste Food Truck Festival

1-5 p.m. Saturday

Park Manor Christian Church Lot, 600 E. 73rd St.

Chicagoans can indulge in a variety of food truck cuisine, from seafood to plant-based dishes and funnel cakes, at this food truck festival hosted by the Monarch Awards Foundation, a nonprofit that offers community service programs, scholarships and charitable donations to Chicagoland.

There will be food, music, entertainment and an array of Black-owned and -operated companies. This is a family-friendly event, and admission is free.

Chicago House Music Festival Pre-Party

1-10 p.m. Saturday

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Hosted by Melissa DuPrey, Chicagoans can celebrate a weekend of house music with a Chicago House Music Festival Pre-Party. Ahead of Sunday's festival, there will be a lineup of DJs and performers at Navy Pier, including Mickey Oliver, Mario Smokin' Diaz, Sonny Daze, DeeJay Alicia and Gene Hunt.

Admission is free. Learn more and find the full schedule online.

Bang Bang Backyard Bash

5-8 p.m. Saturday

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, 2051 N. California Ave.

Logan Square bakery Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is hosting a family-friendly, summer kickoff event alongside The Evolved Network, a nonprofit that provides experiential culinary arts and gardening programs to underserved youth. There will be barbecue, live music and more. Neighbors are encouraged to bring friends, family and yard games.

Learn more and buy tickets for $53 online. Tickets include food, one alcoholic drink and $8 gratuity and benefit The Evolved Network.

The Shedd Aquarium kicks off Pride Month festivities with its annual Pride Night this weekend. Credit: Facebook

Shedd Pride Night

6-10:30 p.m. Saturday

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive

Start off Pride Month with a 21-and-older night at the aquarium, DJs and an ocean-themed drag showcase.

Tickets are $14.95-$39.95. Learn more here.

Chi City Fest

7 p.m. Saturday

United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

Presented by WGCI and BMN, Chi City Fest is a music festival with hip-hop and R&B artists from Chicago and beyond. Featured performers include Polo G, JT, G Herbo, Skilla Baby, Big Boogie and more.

Remaining tickets start at $149.50 on Ticketmaster. Learn more about the fest and buy tickets here.

The MLK Family Entertainment Center, 1219 W. 76th St., hosts regular skate and bowl nights. Credit: Provided/Facebook

LGBTQ+ Family Pride Skate & Bowl Night

7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday

The MLK Skating and Bowling Center, 1219 W. 76th St.

Celebrate the first night of Pride Month with a night of family-friendly skating and bowling. For each paid admission, attendees will get a free colorful glow necklace.

Admission tickets are $13. Skate rentals are an additional $4, shoe rentals are $4 and two games of bowling is $13. Learn more here.

Sunday

A previous edition of Run For The Zoo. Credit: Facebook

Run For The Zoo

6 a.m.-noon Sunday

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

Raise funds for the Lincoln Park Zoo while running laps through its gardens and animal habitats at this family-friendly run. There are a variety of races for all levels, including kids’ courses and a 10K.

Registration is $24.99-$110.98. Learn more here.

Miss Katie Sings leads kids in a sing-a-long at the 2023 Queer Fam Pride Jam. Credit: Jake Wittich/Ecoglobalsociety

Queer Fam Pride Jam

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

This LGBTQ+ family-friendly fest is back and better for its second edition. Taking place alongside the Chicago House Music Festival, there will be drag performances, DJ sets, dancing, crafts, face painting, a vendor market and more.

Admission is free. Learn more here.

A crowd at a previous Chicago House Music Festival. Credit: Facebook

Chicago House Music Festival

11 a.m. Sunday

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Queer Fam Pride Jam will transition into the Chicago House Music Festival, which features artists Lori Branch, Ash Lauryn, Karizma, ANANÉ and more.

Admission is free. Learn more here.

South Shore Cultural Center on Aug. 15, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Guadagnini String Quartet

3-4:30 p.m. Sunday

South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive

The Guadagnini String Quartet will play three works in South Shore this weekend: Wolf's Italian Serenade, Beethoven's G Major Quartet and Grieg's String Quartet in G Minor. The three “unusual” works evoke a variety of emotions, from playful irony to charm and wit.

Performers include David Taylor on violin, Danny Yehun Jin on violin, Wei-ting Kuo on viola and Daniel Katz on cello.

The performance is free to attend, but tickets are required. Learn more and RSVP online.


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