Britney Spears with Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boy, & Nervo (July 8)
Location: United Center
Britney Spears is on tour in support of her critically acclaimed new album, Femme Fatale. Her new tour brings her to the United Center first then she heads for Summerfest 2011. Performing new hits, "Hold It Against Me," "Till the World Ends," and "I Wanna Go," as well as classics such as "Toxic" and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know," alongside the female force of Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nervo, this show is sure to be one for the record books.
Dave Matthews Band Caravan (July 8-10)
Location: Lakeside: 8555 S. Green Bay Ave.
Time: Gate time opens at 1:00pm and artists begin playing shortly after the gate opens.
Price: $85; three day tickets $195
Three day festival on the Southside with tons of bands each day! Dave Matthews Band will be playing a full set each day. Many other artists will be performing, such as, O.A.R., Kid Cudi, David Gray, The Flaming Lips, & Umphrey's McGee and G Love.
15th Annual Chicago SummerDance (July 7- September 18)
Location: Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
Time: 6pm-9:30pm, every Thursday-Sunday
Join your fellow Chicagoans for the largest annual outdoor dance series in the United States! Enjoy an hour dance lesson from private instructors followed by two hours of fun, dancing and music?all while taking in the beautiful views of Grant Park and the City.
West Fest (July 9- 10)
Location: Chicago and Damen Avenues
Time: 12 pm-10 pm both July 9 & 10
Price: $5 donation
See the best that West Town has to offer at this festival featuring up and coming bands as well as local food, retail, and artists. This festival is a local favorite and even has a Pet Fest within it that focuses on pet products and foods. This neighborhood fest should keep you entertained all weekend with its great bands and DJ sets that will keep you dancing all night.
Roscoe Village Burger Fest (July 9- 10)
Location: Belmont and Damen Avenues
Time: 11 am-10pm both July 9 & 10
Price: $6 donation
Everyone will find a burger they love at this neighborhood street party. Burgers will be provided by Goose Island Brewpub, Select Cut Steak House, The Village Tap, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, John's Place, Jak's Tap, Hamburger Mary's, Mario & Gino's Burger Shop and Stanley's Kitchen & Tap. These delicious burgers will also be accompanied by live music, arts and crafts, and other food and drinks. If you are a burger lover, this festival is for you.L.A.T.E. Ride (July 9- 10)
Location: Buckingham Fountain
Time: Ride starts at 1 am
The L.A.T.E Ride takes place Saturday night through Sunday morning. Ride with thousands of others through various Chicago neighborhoods and along the lakefront on this 25-mile ride. See the city like you never have before and even watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan as you head towards the finish line. There will be music, food, beverages all provided at the event.
Pinkberry Grand Opening (July 7)
Location: 635 N. State Street
Finally, the oh- so-delicious Pinkberry is opening the first Chicagoland location! In celebration of the store's official opening on July 8th, they will be giving away free small servings of frozen yogurt.
Irish Fest (July 8 - 10)
Location: Irish American Heritage Center
Time: Friday (6pm-12am) Saturday (12pm-12am) Sunday (12pm-11pm)
Price: $14 per day, $8 in advance, $7 seniors, kids under 12 free when with an adult $85; three day tickets $195
The Irish American Heritage Center will be hosting the festival and guests can enjoy Irish music, food, drinks, dancing, and cultural exhibits. Come celebrate your heritage, learn about Irish history, or just to have a good time! Over 15,000 people attend the event for the contests, concerts, and family activities.
Volleywood Beach Bash (July 9)
Location: North Avenue Beach 1603 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60614
Time: 12 pm
This 21 + beach volleyball tournament takes place on North Avenue beach and is sure to be a fun time out in the sun with friends. The day will be filled with games, drinks, food, and music by Lil' Jon, Too White Crew, DJ Rock City, and DJ Ryan Pullano. This event is hosted by Chicago Sport and Social Club and welcomes all to come out and join in on the fun.
Better Boys Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration (July 12)
Time: VIP Reception at 5:30pm - Dinner & Program at 7pm
General Admission $350
Select Table $5000
Preferred Table $5000
Celebrating over fifty years of service to young individuals, by providing social, educational, cultural, and recreational resources to help them achieve success in school, in their careers, and in their personal lives. Guests will enjoy a variety of extravagant foods and beverages, along with an opportunity to participate in a silent auction. For more information and tickets call 312-622-6678 or order tics directly from their website: http://www.bbf50.com/tickets
Food Truck Tuesdays (ends July 26)
Location: CB2 Parking Lot- 800 W. North Ave.
Price: No cover charge
Food trucks are the new hottest thing, taking "food-on-the-go" to a whole new level. To try multiple food trucks with various kind of foods, this is the place to be on a Tuesday. A selection of mobile eateries come together in Lincoln Park each week for the locals to enjoy. Participating food trucks you'll find are Taquero Fusion, The Southern Mac, The Slide Ride, Flirty Cupcakes, Hummingbird Kitchen, Sweet Miss Givens, Haute Sausage, Gaztro Wagon, Tamalli Space Charros, 5411 Empanadas, ARRFSCARF, and Sweet Ride.
Gold Coast Art Fair (July 9-July 10)
Butler Field, Grant Park 400 E. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60603
Time: 9 am-7 pm on both July 9 & 10
The Gold Coast Art Fair, one of the oldest events in the city, is back. This Chicago classic will have artwork from more than 350 artists and has been called the "Granddaddy of American Art Festivals." Artwork from around the world as well as locally will be available for the public to see and enjoy for this two day event.