5 Things to Do: August 14-16

It’s going to be a crowded weekend in Chicago, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the Chicago Air and Water Show or the Great American Lobster Fest. You can also stop by a Birchbox pop-up event that will help the company decide where to locate their permanent store next year.

Or, if you would rather stay in the suburbs, shop local produce at Chicago Botanic Garden or see the latest exhibit at a local gallery.

Want more? Don’t forget to check out our 99 Days of Summer: August or Best of 2015: Arts & Entertainment as you make weekend plans.

Birchbox and Birchbox Man Road Trip

Photo courtesy of Birchbox.

Aug. 14-16

Birchbox is hitting the road to decide which city will become the new home of a Birchbox permanent store in 2016. The road trip stops in Chicago with two shipping containers that will transform into shops featuring a Build Your Own Birchbox area and free beauty and grooming services. You can also meet the cast of “Empire.”

Chicago Air and Water Show


Aug. 15-16

This summer favorite is back with headliners U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs and the Breitling Jet Team, new to this year’s show.

The Great American Lobster Fest

Aug. 15-16

Visit Navy Pier this weekend for the Midwest’s largest lobster festival, which coincides with the Air and Water Show. Live lobster will be flown in from Boston, and you can enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, shopping and libations.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers’ Market

Aug. 16

After an eventful weekend, it can be nice to end on a more relaxing note. Stop by the Chicago Botanic Garden and shop seasonal produce, flowers, herbs and more fresh products.

Photography 15: Joshua Jensen Nagle, Laurie Victor Kay, Maggie Meiners

Photo courtesy of Anne Loucks Gallery.

Through Sept. 30

Anne Loucks Gallery’s newest exhibit opened this week and features photography “with a perspective that is fresh and engaging” from three gallery artists.

Looking Ahead

  • Visit Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill (1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette) on Monday, Aug. 17 for the Black Box Kickoff Concert. New Trier’s new Black Box Theater will be named in memory of former theater students Sarah McCausland and Mary Catherine Hayes, and proceeds from this event will be used to outfit the new theater. Learn more on Facebook. Make It Better is a proud sponsor of this event.