Virtual Events and Things to Do in Chicago This Week

While it may not be the same as unearthing a new speakeasy bar or attending a major festival in-person, virtual events are quickly taking stage as new, hip, social gathering places. 

Each week, I’ll be sharing online events that are both fun and entertaining. These events will focus on local artists, makers, creators, chefs, community advocates, and more—all based in the Chicagoland area. For more things to do from home, be sure to check out this guide to date night ideas and other fun ways to have while staying at home during the pandemic.

From record store pop-up shops to the annual Ducky Derby—here are some virtual events and offline experiences to checkout this week.

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Miyagi Records Summer Pop-Up Shop

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, August 4th

Cost: $5 per record

Discover a gold mine of music at the Myagi Records Summer Pop-up Shop in the West Town neighborhood. Those of you into Disco, Funk, Boogie, New Wave, Hip Hop, Electro, Freestyle, Synth Pop, House, and Techno. This sale is for you. Check out a collection that spans various styles of Dance music from the formative eras of Dance music. The majority of the records are promotional 12inch singles with a small selection of LPs in the mix. White labels, test presses, imports. For more details and to book your appointment, visit the website. 

A Virtual Exquisite Crawl

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, August 6th

Cost: $5 suggested “tip” split 80/20 with the show and Hideout

Experience an art crawl without the actually….”crawling.” A Virtual Exquisite Crawl presented by MAKE Literary Productions and Homeroom Chicago invites you to enjoy art from three different Chicago venues this Thursday. The audience will witness the unveiling of three distinct exquisite corpse video pieces—each created by a group of three artists and beginning with the same line of poetry from Nate Marshall’s Imagine. Visit the event page for the full list of performers for this virtual artistic event.

Virtual Chicago Ducky Derby

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, August 6th

Cost: Free

This year’s annual Chicago Ducky Derby will take place virtually this week in Chicago. The Chicago Ducky Derby is a yearly fundraiser benefiting 23,000 athletes and over 13,000 Young Athletes for Special Olympics Illinois. Usually, thousands of spectators watch 60,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River in downtown Chicago and race down the river towards the finish line in person. While the large congregation will not take place in person this year, spectators can still take part in the fun by watching on www.chicagoduckyderby.com. To adopt your duck, and more info on this charitable event, visit the website.

 Dunning Community-Wide Garage Sale

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Date: Friday, August 7th – Sunday, August 9th

Cost: Free

Find vintage treasures and collectibles this weekend in the North Side neighborhood of Dunning. The Dunning Community-Wide Garage Sale is a neighborhood initiative that puts money back into people’s pockets while creating a creative way for community interaction. Check out the full list of garage sales by checking out the interactive map. 

Roscoe Street(ery)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Date: Friday, August 7th – Sunday, August 9th

Cost: Free

Ready to explore the Chicago food scene in a safe but vibrant way? Check out Roscoe Street(ery), a neighborhood event launching this weekend in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Enjoy al fresco dining as four local restaurants extend their seating into the street. Support local restaurants and surrounding small businesses now until August 30th. For more details, be sure to check out the event page for a list of participating businesses.

Noche Caribeña

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, August 8th

Cost: Free; Donations welcomed

Enjoy an outdoor concert this week at Navy Pier in Chicago. In partnership with Navy Pier, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance(PRAA) will host a free concert featuring Cuatristas and international and local artists groups and up and coming musicians. Music genres, including Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean folk, popular Latin American, big band, salsa, ballads, bomba, and plena interpretations, will be performed. Visit their website to learn more about the COVID-19 guidelines in place for this arts and culture event.


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