July 4th – 7th: Windy City Ribfest—Things To Do this Holiday Weekend in Chicago

This weekend in Chicago, check out the latest in locally made goods at the Fulton Market Expo. Sip Micheladas with your crew at the 2nd Annual Chicago Michelada Fest 2019. Help #IncreasethePeace with an all-night summer kick off in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Make your summer wishes come true at the Tanabata Festival. Find the best events to check out this holiday weekend in Chicago by checking out the guide below.


Made in Chicago Pop-up

Thursday | July 4th | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Corner of Randolph and Halsted | Free

Image | Chicago Sun Times

Find a unique collection of Chicago made goods in this July. This month the Chicago Sun-Times will collaborate with Chicago makers and creatives to bring a month-long pop-up interactive experience and shop to the Chicago community. The pop-up shops are open to the public every Wednesday through Friday. Guests can also find fund events including workouts, book readings, and more at the Box Shops. For a full schedule and more event details, visit the Facebook page here.

Fulton Market Expo

Saturday | July 6th – October 5th | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fulton Market and Green St. | Free

Image | Time Out Chicago

Fulton Market Expo is the latest shopping market to hit Chicago, and it kicks off this holiday weekend. From July 6th – October, Fulton Market will take place every first Saturday and features a selection of local Chicago makers. Learn more about the latest shopping hub to hit the city, by visiting the Facebook page here.

Food + Drink: 

Chicago Michelada Fest 2019

Saturday – Sunday | July 6th – 7th | 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Harrison Park | 1824 S Wood St. | $5

Chicago Michelada Fest 2019 feature on The Haute Seeker
Image | Chicago Michelada Fest 2019

This weekend, enjoy the festival dedicated to the refreshing Mexican cerveza preparada. Chicago Michelada Fest is back for its 2nd year—bigger and better than before. Chicago Michelada Festival is a beer, food, music and cultural celebration that is perfect for a long holiday weekend in Chicago. For more details visit the event page.

Windy City Ribfest

Thursday – Saturday | July 4th – 6th | 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Lawrence and Broadway | Free

Image | Special Events Management

Let someone else take over the BBQ duties this 4th of July weekend. Make your way to Uptown for the annual Windy City Ribfest. A gathering of smokey, savory, and saucy BBQ pairs with lively entertainment at this tasty, three day event. For more details, visit the website here.


#IncreaseThePeace: Summer Kick-Off

Friday | July 5th | 6:00 p.m.

San Miguel School Chicago| 1954 W 48th St. | Free

Volunteer to ‘increase the peace’ this weekend. The holidays are unfortunately notorious for gun violence in Chicago—but the community is determined to fight against it. Join #IncreaseThePeace, a youth-led organization dedicated to creating and promoting a culture of nonviolence in our communities this Friday for an all evening/early morning community driven event. In partnership with local organizations, these youth will host a peace march, free food, music, workshops, sports, and activities in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. See how you can get involved by visiting the Facebook page here.

Arts + Culture:

Second Annual Fiesta De Frida

Sunday | July 7th | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Catalyst Ranch | 656 W Randolph St. | $65 – $162.50

Image | Women’s Justice League

Frida Kahlo was a force to be reckoned with in the art world. Celebrate her birth and her legacy at the 2nd Annual Fiesta de Frida. This weekend, spend the long holiday weekend crafting and celebrating in the name of the reclaimed artist. Tickets to the event include a one of a kind take-home creation inspired by the artists as well as one drink and Antojitos Mexicanos. Proceeds from this fiesta benefit the Women’s Justice League, an origination working to empower survivors of Domestic Violence. To purchase tickets visit Women’s Justice League.com.

Tanabata Festival

Sunday | July 7th | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Japanese Culture Center | 1016 W Belmont Ave. | Free

Image | Japanese Culture Center

Make your wishes come true this holiday weekend at the Tanabata Festival, held at the Japanese Culture Center. At this event, guests will make wishes on a strip of paper, hanging it on bamboo to make it come true. Join in the traditional Japanese Matsuri (Festival). The event will feature traditional Japanese foods (Sasa Dango, Jelly, and snacks), have kids’ games, craft paper workshops, and more. Children under 4 are free, making this the perfect event for little ones. For more details, visit the Facebook page.

Check out the ultimate festival guide for more fun things to do during the long holiday weekend.

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