Roz Varon's Weekender Report

Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:09AM
Roz Varon highlights this weekend's festivals and events.


CHICAGO - Should be a beautiful spring weekend and there are lots of ways to enjoy it.
Bark in the Park - Soldier Field
It's Chicago's largest dog-friendly party, and the Anti-Cruelty Society's largest fundraiser too! Bark in the Park steps off Saturday morning at 9:00 from the stadium green next to Soldier Field. Hosea Sanders and Roz Varon, will be your emcees along with radio's Steve Dale and Bart Shore. Festivities continue until noon.

Beer Under Glass - Garfield Park Conservatory
Illinois Craft Beer Week kicks off with Beer Under Glass, Friday night, at the Garfield Park Conservatory. It will feature more than 100 craft beers, food from some of the city's best restaurants and food trucks and after-hours access to the Conservatory's indoor and outdoor gardens.

Night Nation Run - Soldier Field
Night Nation Run is a 5K with a twist! This running music festival goes through a course with live DJs, light shows, and bubble zones with a start and finish zone at Soldier Field! Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday. Stand up to Cancer is the official charity.

Pizza City USA Tours

We know Chicago is a pizza town, but nobody knows better than our own Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky.

"The Pizza City USA tours start this weekend. They're walking tours or bus tours, Saturdays and Sundays - about 3 hours long. We stop at four different types of pizzerias like this one, Forno Rosso on West Randolph Street! You can sign up on our website," Dolinsky said.

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival - STAGE 773
For a good laugh, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival is underway at Stage 773! Headliners include Patti Vasquez Saturday night. The fest also includes panels and workshops - it runs through Sunday.

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus - Athenaeum Theatre, Skokie, Beverly Arts Center
And the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus has a new spring show - Under the Big Top! This circus-themed concert is at the Athenaeum Theatre Friday, Skokie Saturday night, and the Beverly Arts Center Sunday at 3 p.m.

Mayfest - Ashland and Barry, Lakeview

You know the festival season is here when Mayfest kicks off in Lakeview at Ashland and Barry! Live music, great food and drinks continue through Sunday, with a special kids day Saturday.

Skokie Festival of Cultures - Oakton Park
Take a tour of the world, without leaving the Chicago area! The Skokie Festival of Cultures is today and tomorrow at Oakton Park - you can enjoy ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food and beer, unique arts and crafts, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.

Anime Central - Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Anime Central, or Acen, is back at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont! Guest signings, a dealer's room with anime/manga and Japanese culture merchandise, video rooms, special events such as the Masquerade, and more continue through Sunday.

Angels with Tails Gold Coast - Michigan Avenue and Oak Street
PAWS Chicago's popular Angels With Tails Gold Coast adoption event is back tomorrow! From noon to 4 p.m, 40 retailers along Oak Street, Rush Street, Delaware Place and Walton Street will offer their storefronts and windows to showcase dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for their forever home.

Long Grove Chocolate Fest

The Long Grove Chocolate Fest is a chocoholic's dream! From chocolate candies, turtles, and nuts to chocolate covered fruit, bacon and cotton candy, you'll find it all and more at this tasty fest, along with live entertainment and a carnival. It runs through Sunday.
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