5 Things to Do: July 31-Aug. 2

It’s time for popular bands and up-and-coming acts to once again descend upon Grant Park for Lollapalooza. Not a fan? You can still spend time in the city at Pilsen’s Fiesta del Sol. Or, get your music fix in Rosemont, where Kelly Clarkson is making her latest tour stop.

Then, visit Evanston for the annual Lakeshore Arts Festival before making your way to Glencoe to see the last weekend of Writers Theatre’s “Doubt: A Parable.”

Fiesta del Sol

Photo courtesy of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council.

July 31 to Aug. 2

With more than one million visitors at this event every year, Pilsen is the place to be this weekend. Enjoy live music, a DJ showcase, food, kids activities and more. The festival begins Thursday, July 3o.


Photo by Nick Simonite.

July 31 to Aug. 2

This year’s lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, Walk The Moon, Sam Smith, The Weekend and Florence and the Machine. And if you have no interest in Lolla, let this be your warning to avoid Grant Park until Monday.

Kelly Clarkson

Aug. 1

The original American Idol is taking over Allstate Arena with Pentatonix, Eric Hutchinson and Abi Ann. Go just to see which artist she’ll cover next.

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

Photo courtesy of City of Evanston.

Aug. 1-2

Browse art by more than 100 artists as you walk along Evanston’s lakefront. Plus, in addition to a silent art auction, Children’s Craft Tent and food court, there will be live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque and indie pop music.

Doubt: A Parable

Eliza Stoughton (Sister James) and Steve Haggard (Father Flynn) in DOUBT: A PARABLE at Writers Theatre. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Ends Aug. 2

The last production of the season at Writers Theatre (a Best of 2015 winner!) ends this Sunday. The play follows a priest in the ‘60s whose progressive conduct is questioned by a more traditional sister.


  • Pippin,” which won four Tony Awards in 2013, opens July 29 at Cadillac Palace Theatre and runs through Aug. 9. Learn more about the show and buy tickets here.

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