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

A lot going on in the Chicago area and the centerpiece is Taste of Chicago!

Naperville Ale Fest - Naper Settlement
The annual Naperville Ale Fest summer edition is Saturday at the Naper Settlement. More than 200 unique American craft beers will be featured along with live music and food from the area's favorite restaurants from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Day Out With Thomas - Illinois Railway Museum, Union
Thomas the Tank Engine is back, at the Illinois Railway Museum for their Day Out With Thomas event! Kids will be able to ride with Thomas or Percy. Their ticket also includes unlimited rides on streetcars, all entertainment and access to all museum exhibits. A Day Out With Thomas is this Saturday and Sunday and next weekend, July 21 and 22.

Summer Nights - Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo's popular Summer Nights is back, with extra fun on Friday and Saturday evenings! You'll be able to enjoy concerts, enhanced dining, a beer and wine garden and a laser show - through August 18.

Chicago Park District's Boot Camp - Foster Beach
How about a work out at the beach? The Chicago Park District's Boot Camp at Foster Beach, Rainbow Beach and the South Shore Country Club is Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free, but be ready to work!

Square Roots Festival - Lincoln Square

For more city fun, check out the Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square! Over 70 bands and artists from around the world will be performing on 4 stages Friday and Saturday. They'll also have neighborhood food, craft beer and more! Donations support neighborhood free concerts and the Old Town School of Folk Music outreach programs.

Soulful Chicago Book Fair - 61st St. between King Dr. and Cottage Grove
The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is back this Sunday at 61st and King Drive. Over one hundred books by black authors in fiction, non-fiction and children's stories will be featured along with 2 stages of open mic, author interviews and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dearborn Garden Walk - The Latin School, 45 W. North Ave.
And Sunday afternoon is the 60th annual Dearborn Garden Walk, starting at Dearborn and North Avenue. More than 20 private gardens will be featured along with architectural tours, garden seminars and musical performances from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Taste of Chicago - Grant Park
You've still got time to check out the variety of food offerings at Taste of Chicago in Grant Park! In addition to the 72 food vendors and the new Taste Oasis. Headliners at the Petrillo Band Shell are the Flaming Lips on Saturday and George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic to close it out on Sunday.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest - Belmont and Damen
If it's burgers you're looking for, at least a dozen Chicago eateries will be grilling up their best burgers at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest Saturday and Sunday at Belmont and Damen! They'll also have two stage of live music, arts and crafts and a kids' zone.
Windy City Smokeout - 560 W. Grand Ave.
For barbecue and country music, head to River North for the Windy City Smokeout! More than a dozen tasty barbecue restaurants will serve up their specialties and they'll be more than 25 performances on two stages. Windy City Smokeout continues through Sunday night.

Bastille Day - Chicago French Market
Saturday is Bastille Day, and the Chicago French Market at Ogilvy Station is celebrating with specials on your favorite French foods from more than 30 vendors, as well as live music and free family fun from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Chinatown Summer Fair - Cermak and Wentworth
The popular Chinatown Summer Fair is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cermak and Wentworth. Highlights include the Dragon and Lion Dance Procession, artisans activities for families and kids and plenty of great cuisine!

Tempel Lipizzan Stallions - Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek
And the Tempel Lipizzan Stallions are back with their exquisite performances at temple farms in old mill creek. This is the 60th anniversary of the Lipizzans' classical dressage performances. You can see them on select weekends and Wednesday through August 25.
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