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Roz Varon takes a look at what's going on in the city and suburbs this weekend. (WLS)

The World's Largest Block Party at Old St. Pat's is back at its original location, and, back to its original two-day format!


Chicago Pride Parade - Broadway & Montrose to Diversey & Cannon

The 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off Sunday at noon from Broadway and Montrose! This celebration of the LGBTQ community will feature 150 floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, marching bands and more!

Dragon Boat Race - Ping Tom Memorial Park
The Chicago Dragon Boat Race for literacy gets underway Saturday at 8 a.m. from Ping Tom Memorial Park. Thirty teams will be participating in the beautifully decorated dragon boats along the South Branch of the Chicago River in a tradition that dates back over 2,000 years!

Chicago Zombie March - Millennium Park
If you're planning on being downtown Saturday, don't be surprised if you see zombies! The Chicago Zombie March is all in good fun - costumed characters will assemble at Millennium Park at 3 p.m. and proceed from there!

Nacho Fest - Wicker Park
Here's something new for foodies! Nacho fest will be held here, at Chop Shop on North Avenue in Wicker Park Sunday from noon to 3:00 p.m., where you can sample nachos from most creative to tongue-burner!

LakeShake Music Festival - Northerly Island
Chicago's country Lakeshake Music Fest is 3 days of country music and more at Northerly Island! Headliners include Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts.

Chicago Mariachi Festival - Millennium Park

Also on the music beat, the Chicago Mariachi Festival will be held at Millennium Park on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Chicago Bears 5K - Soldier Field
The Chicago Bears 5K steps off Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. New this year, a kids' dash under the iconic Chicago Bear tunnel for ages 5 to 12. Proceeds benefit the Bears Care Charity for breast and ovarian cancer research.

Strawberry Fest - Downtown Long Grove
And back by popular demand - Strawberry Fest in historic downtown Long Grove! The summer fest features all kinds of strawberry treats, along with live music and family fun through Sunday!

Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party - Monroe & Des Plaines
The Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party is bringin' it back to the block, moving the big social gathering to its original location at St. Pat's Church, as well as adding back the second day Saturday! Hours are 2:00 to 10:30; headliners include 7th Heaven and a U2 tribute show.

Mamby on the Beach - Oakwood Beach
Mamby on the Beach is back at Oakwood Beach! The summer music fest features indie, soul, house, hip-hop and more Saturday and Sunday.

Chicago Ale Fest - Grant Park

The Chicago Ale Fest summer edition continues Saturday at Butler Field in Grant Park. More than 200 beers from over 100 American craft breweries will be featured along with live music some of Chicago's favorite food trucks, from 2-6 p.m.

Chicago Whiskey Wine & Spirits Beach Fest - Montrose Beach
The Chicago Whiskey Wine and Spirits Beach Fest is back at Montrose Beach on Saturday! Formerly known as Whiskey Wine and Swine, the new fest features a variety of tastings, great food and live entertainment!

Color In Motion 5K - Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake

The Color In Motion 5K is Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at a new location, the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake! As you run the course bright colored powder is thrown at you from various stations, music plays along the way to keep you energized, and proceeds go to local charities.

Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon - Daley Plaza
More fun for a good cause at the Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon, Saturday at Daley Plaza. Thousands of volunteers will work on service projects in the city, then meet back at Daley Plaza for a party with food and live music!

Edge Adventures Aerial Park - South Bend, Ind.
And head to South Bend, Ind. for outdoor thrills at edge adventures aerial park! Over 50 challenging treetop obstacles and zip lines will let both experienced and novice adventurers test their skills!

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