CHICAGO --Billy Dec stopped by Windy City Live to share what there is to do in Chicago and the suburbs.
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FIFTH HARMONY CONCERT, August 31, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, $19-295
Details: The X Factor pumped out this 5-piece girl group back in 2012 and they've been ruling the charts and pumping out hot beats since then! Come join the girls with Special Guest JoJo for an evening of girly fun!
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NORTH COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL, September 2-4, Union Park, $55+
Details: Bassnectar, Odesza, Zedd, Matt and Kim, Sleigh Bells, Grouplove ... shall I go on? Huge groups, great tunes, grab your neon and glow sticks and let's rage!
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CIDERS & SLIDERS - A NORTH MAYFAIR FESTIVAL, September 3 & 4, Lawrence & Elston, FREE Admission ($25 for Tasting)
Details: What a clever combination! Apple-infused beers are hot right now. And there are few foods more iconic than the mini-burger better known as the slider. Daily tasting pass gets you cider, wine, sliders and an entertainment schedule including Wedding Banned, Hello Weekend, 97 Nine, Fletcher Rockwell and many more!
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SANGRIA FESTIVAL, August 28, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, $18+
Details: Chicago's first festival to bring together the art of Sangria paired with a variety of food. Indulge yourself in local bites, sips, live music, DJs and entertainment. Ole!
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AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, September 2-5, Washington Park, $5+
Details: The largest diaspora festival in the US...300+ exhibitors in the marketplace, live entertainment, drum village, family fun activities...27 years of solid community heritage and entertainment.
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BAD BOY FAMILY REUNION, September 1, United Center, $48+
Details: The hip hop Gods have sent us a blessing! Teaming up are our old school favs; Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, Total, Carl Thomas, 112, The Lox and French Montana. I'll see you there!
CHICAGO DANCING FESTIVAL, August 23-27, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, FREE
Details: More than 100 exceptional dance companies from Chicago, the US and abroad perform before more than 90,000 guests, enriching the lives of the people of Chicago and providing increased accessibility to the art form of dance!
CHICAGO BEACH POLO CUP FINALS, September 9-11, North Ave Beach, $65+
Details: Six polo teams will compete over a three-day event in front of thousands of spectators to be crowned champions of the 2016 Qatar Airways Chicago Beach Polo Cup! International supporters include HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Argentine Republic. Proceeds benefit Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry of the British Royal Family and Prince Seeiso of the Lesotho Royal Family. Sentebale supports orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
WINDY CITY WINE FESTIVAL, September 9-10, Buckingham Fountain, $45
Details: An opportunity to sample more than 300 wines from around the world! Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts (don't miss out on the restaurants showcasing their goodies).
MIDNIGHT CIRCUS AT THE PARK, September 10-11, McKinley Park, $5
Details: This wildly eclectic ensemble of acrobats and eccentrics travels Chicago delighting audiences of all ages with its all new show under the magical Blue & Purple little Big Top! Check their site for more dates/parks!
Throwback Music Fest, September 9-11, Gladstone Park, $25
Details: Retro tunes (think '50s, '60s & '70s) and craft beer tastings kick off this inaugural fest! Three days of groovy jams, tasty brews and let's not forget arts and crafts, family activities and more!
BILLY JOEL CONCERT, August 26, Wrigley Field, $49.50+
Details: Legendary musician Billy Joel will return to Chicago to perform at Wrigley...this show will make him the first artist to play at the Friendly Confines for three consecutive years, and a record-setting fifth overall appearance...we appreciate you BJ!
ROSCOE VILLAGE OYSTER FEST, September 10, Damen & Roscoe, Suggested Donation
Details: Tents housing fresh seafood as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants are but one highlight of what has grown over the years to become a truly unique change-of-season happening. There's also arts & crafts and an eclectic music lineup!
ZOOBREW, August 26 & 27, Brookfield Zoo, $15-45
Details: Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield's 5th Annual event featuring over 80 beers!
TASTE OF GREECE, August 26-28, 400 S Halsted St, FREE
Details: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this iconic culinary fest in Chicago's West Loop returns for its 27th year. Food and spirits from neighborhood eateries, Greek bands and activities for kids make this fest a fan favorite!
SKOKIE'S BACKLOT BASH, August 26-28, Oakton St, FREE Admission
Details: Quality, original live music, a 5K Run, kid's stage, classic films, auto shows, bingo, museum exhibits, the list goes on and on for this well rounded annual bash!
BUCKTOWN ARTS FEST, August 27-28, 2200 N Oakley, FREE
Details: For more than 30 years, this fest has showcased close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry and so much more. 30,000 folks come out to enjoy the culture and the remaining summer moments.
BEER AND BURPEES, every Wednesday, Chase Park, FREE
Details: Not simply a group workout, not quite a bar league, more like a sport and social group for the masses! Stay active, meet friends, and have a little fun with some adult beverages on the side!
RAVENSWOOD ART WALK, September 10 & 11, Ravenswood Ave, FREE
Details: A dynamic homage to arts and industry that features over 150 artists and 50 venues, while placing special focus on the diverse talents of Ravenswood Corridor.
PORT CLINTON ART FESTIVAL, August 27 & 28, Highland Park, FREE
Details: One of the top-rated festivals in the nation, Port Clinton attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from all over the country. Among the juried artists, a youth art division celebrates young talents ages 18 and under.
BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL, thru September 1, Gene Siskel Film Center, Starting at $6
Details: This 22nd annual fest celebrates the best in contemporary independent filmmaking, exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the black experience in the US and around the world.
CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL, September 1-4, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: A Labor Day tradition! Promoting awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through a free, live musical performance!
JOHN FOGERTY CONCERT, August 25th, Ravinia Festival, $36+
Details: Rock icon and Grammy Award winning Fogerty makes his much-anticipated Ravinia debut as part of his Rollin' On The River tour! He's been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame...not too shabby John!
CHICAGO FRINGE FESTIVAL, August 31-September 11, Jefferson Park, $10
Details: An uncensored, rapid-fire festival of 50 groups (picked by lottery) performed through the week (these types of fests started in the 40's back in Scotland), groups from all around the world show their comedic chops!
WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, September 9-25, Various Locations, FREE
Details: The 18th annual festival is a city-wide, multi-venue event that has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999!
RIVER NORTH WHISKEY FEST, September 10, Old Crow & Moe's Cantina, $50
Details: Sample whiskeys, bourbons and scotches from around the world! Over 50 varieties to choose from. And there's a photo contest for best whiskey pic! (Be smart and check out their free rides from Lyft...safety first!)
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR, September 10 & 11, Wicker Park, FREE
Details: A celebration of DIY featuring maker-designed goods, inspired surroundings, interactive features, artisanal food and drink, lively music and good vibes.
COUNTING CROWS & ROB THOMAS CONCERT, August 24, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, $40+
Details: Going strong for 20 years and counting with over 20 million albums sold worldwide, you can bet that the Counting Crows will provide plenty of hits you'll be happy to have experienced live!
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EXPO CHICAGO, September 22-25, Navy Pier, $15+
Details: International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art. In its 5th edition, you'll be able to enjoy artwork from 140 leading galleries from around the world, dynamic programming from special exhibitions, panel discussions, video and new media. This is truly an event for everyone!
GERMAN AMERICAN FEST, September 9-11, Lincoln Ave, FREE
Details: Try authentic German food & traditional drinks! Dance to music from German bands and spend the evening with friends and family.
GET FIT CHICAGO, September 3, Butler Field, FREE
Details: Join aldermans, chefs, fitness experts, entrepreneurs and more for the largest health & wellness event in Chicago. They've included live music, cooking demonstrations, and largest network mixer in Chicago...plus you can win cash and prizes!!
WXRT & SUPREME LOBSTER'S ROCKIN LOBSTER BASH, August 31, Revel Fulton Market, $65+
Details: Join Lin Brehmer and Supreme Lobster for a decadent event of lobster and libations along with chefs and mixologists with Michelin Stars, James Beard winners and a complete crew of culinary rock stars all around!
TOASTED LIFE DAY PARTY, August 27, Shay Chicago, $15+
Details: An epic DAY party - roughly 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. - brought to you by the folks that cater to diverse professionals throughout the country. They consider themselves a mentality, a network, a lifestyle.
LUKE BRYAN CONCERT, August 27, Wrigley Field, $69.59
Details: Luke makes his Wrigley debut. Part of his "Kill the Lights Tour," Bryan brings out special guests Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch and DJ Rock. Yeehaw!