5 Things to Do: Aug. 7-9

Sure, the calendar says August, but if this weekend is any indication, there’s no reason to be thinking about fall just yet. Keep the summer fun going with these five events around Chicago and the North Shore.

Northbrook Days Festival 2015


Aug. 7-9

This festival kicks off Aug. 5 with five days of live music, special appearances (Tommy Hawk, Benny the Bull, Wayne Messmer), food and drink, kids activities, carnival rides and more.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest


Aug. 7-9

Does anything say #ChicagoSummer more than a festival all about hot dogs? Add beer, music and family-friendly activities and you have yourself an amazing few days in the city.

Kite Festival

Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Aug. 8-9

Make your own kite and learn how to fly it at the Chicago Botanic Garden before taking in performances by the Chicago Fire Kite Team and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois.

Art at the Glen Town Center


Aug. 8-9

A favorite destination for shopping and dining on the North Shore will, for one weekend, become the destination for more than 185 juried artists and art enthusiasts. There will also be live music during the festival, one of the top 40 shows in the U.S.

Northalsted Market Days


Aug. 8-9

The largest two-day street festival in the Midwest boasts local arts & crafts, vendors, and craft food and drink. Plus, don’t miss Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Jack & Jack, All 4 One, Who Is Fancy and Aaron Carter.


  • Oil Lamp Theater’s latest show, “Bleacher Bums,” follows those crazy, die hard Cubs fans who always sit out in the bleachers. The play opens Aug. 6, so buy your tickets today.