Weekend 101: Aug. 23-25

Soak up the last few days of summer with the Chicago Dogs’ “Star Wars” night, Taste of Greektown, ZooBrew at Brookfield Zoo, and more.

Chicago Dogs’ “Star Wars” Night

Aug. 23

Chicago Dogs Star Wars Night
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Dogs.

Don’t miss “Star Wars” night at Impact Field. Fans who dress up like their favorite character can join the on-field parade before the game, and the first 1,500 kids age 14 and younger will receive a free backpack. There will also be “Star Wars”-themed games in between innings and kids can run the bases after the game.

Monarchs & Margaritas

Aug. 23

Brushwood Center's Monarchs & Margaritas
Photo by Erin Wilson on Unsplash.

Learn about the monarch butterfly and how you can help protect these pollinators during this Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods event, which will also feature margaritas and Mexican appetizers (in honor of the monarch migration to Mexico).

Taste of Greektown

Aug. 23-25

Taste of Greektown in Chicago
Photo by Mike Lyons.

For the 30th year, this food festival will feature delicious food and drinks from local restaurants, music, family friendly games, and more.


Aug. 24

Brookfield Zoo's ZooBrew
Photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society.

Visitors will sample beers from Blue Moon, New Belgium, Revolution Brewing, and more while exploring Brookfield Zoo and listening to live music from Hello Weekend.

Bike the Garden

Aug. 25

Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

This is your chance to bike along areas of Chicago Botanic Garden that are usually closed to bicyclists. Register today for a chance to win prizes.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • There’s something for everyone at Skokie’s Backlot Bash Aug. 23-25. This event will include two music stages, carnival rides and games, a 5K, movies, a classic car show, farmers market, and even more.
  • The free North Shore Shakespeare Festival on Aug. 24 in Glenview will feature a performance of “As You Like It” by CenterStage in Lake Forest.

Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital