Last weekend, the guide featured the best things to do on the first full weekend of August. This weekend in Chicago, locally find the best at the Summer Made in Chicago Market. Sample the best brews, South of Roosevelt Road at Chicago Friday Night Flights. Celebrate 90 Years of African-American family, fun, and community at the Bud Billiken Parade. Experience Cuba’s joy and vibrant culture at the Cubano Festival 2019. Check out these events, plus more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend below.
Summer Made in Chicago Market
Saturday | August 10th | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plumbers Hall | 1340 W Washington Blvd. | Free
Join the best Chicago creatives, artist, and makers at the Made in Chicago Market this August. The shopping event features dozens of locally made goods. Sample delicious food and drinks and activities, while you shop for new summer items in the West Loop. For more details, visit the event page.
Lost & Found- Resale Pop-up
Friday| August 9th | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shop Small Chicago | 65 E Riverwalk South | Free
Shop locally at the Chicago Riverwalk this weekend. Check out pop-up shop Trunk Shows led by Shop Small Chicago. The trunk shows feature sustainable apparel by Majamas Earth and African fabric head wraps by Dawning Day Creations. For more details on this event, visit the website here.
Food + Drink:
Chicago Friday Night Flights – 31st Street Beach
Friday | August 9th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pier 31 | 3101 S Lake Shore Dr. | $20
Sample some of the best brews on the city’s South Side this weekend in Chicago. Chicago Friday Night Flights will take place this Friday on 31st street beach. The showcase features local breweries from the South Loop, Bronzeville, Pilsen, Bridgeport, Pullman, and Beverly. Taste some of the best brews and food the at the city has to offer this weekend. For tickets, visit the website here.
7th Annual Hot Dog Fest
Friday – Sunday | August 9th – 11th | 11:00 a.m.
Chicago History Museum | 1601 N Clark St. | $25– $100
The Chicago History Museum welcomes all lovers of the Chicago favorite food, hot dogs, to their annual food festival. The outdoor festival features live music, games, and hotdogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles. Grab your dogs at a discount! Purchase in advance as well as get more details on the event, by visiting the website here.
90th Annual Bud Billiken Parade Presents “It Takes A Village” Family Fair
Saturday | August 9th | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Washington Park | 51st and Cottage Grove. | Free
A celebration of 90 years of family fun, community, and legacy take place this weekend in Chicago. The Bud Billiken® Parade is a South Side, Chicago tradition is known around. The annual procession of bands and floats marching down King Drive, it’s a commemoration of our past and a celebration of our future, uniting the African-American community in Chicago with music, dance, food, and laughter. Participate in this historic parade this weekend. For more details visit Bud Billiken Parade.
Arts + Culture:
25th Annual Black Harvest Festival
Sunday – Saturday | August 8th – 29th | Time Varies
Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N State St. | $6 – $55
Support the films celebrating Black life, Black stories, and Black culture, this August. The 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival presents seventeen new feature films—fictional and documentary—plus scores of new short films, and personal appearances by more than forty filmmakers, including producers, directors, and actors. See some of the best films showcasing Black life through film by visiting the website here.
Saturday – Sunday | August 9th – 11h | 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
RIIS Park | 6100 W Fullerton Ave. | $45 – $150
The Cubano festival celebrates ten years of music, food, culture, and family fun. The authentic Cuban festival experience features the best of Cuba’s vibrant, colorful, and lively culture in one fun-filled weekend. Check out Grammy Award-winning musicians on 2 stages, 50 of the top restaurants in the Midwest, over 75 merchandise and retail vendors, one of the most significant carnival ride operations in the Chicago land area, fresh hand-rolled Cigars, Domino tournaments, Beer & Wine lounges, Family workshops, Traditional Rumba Parades and much more. Grab your tickets to this midsummer festival by visiting the website here.