Weekend 101: July 5-7

After celebrating Independence Day, keep the festivities going with these events around Chicago.

Windy City RibFest in Uptown

July 4-6

Windy City Ribfest in Chicago
Photo courtesy of Special Events Management.

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend with ribs, ribs, and more ribs, plus drinks, live music, and a kids area with art and inflatables.

Summer Nights Concerts

July 5-6

Brookfield Zoo's Summer Nights Concerts
Photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo.

Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights concert series continues with cover bands Infinity on July 5 and 7th Heaven on July 6. The night also features games, crafts, roaming entertainers, animal ambassadors, and a laser light show.

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

July 6-7

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Shop photos, paintings, jewelry, and more from 90 juried artists on Chicago Botanic Garden’s Esplanade.

The Wizard of Oz

Opens July 6

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "The Wizard of Oz"
Leryn Turlington as Dorothy and Derby as Toto in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 75-minute production of “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Brian Hill, at Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s home on Navy Pier all summer long, July 6 to Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo by Michael Brosilow.)

Treat your kiddos to a day at the theater with this 75-minute production of a beloved classic.

Chicago SummerDance


Chicago SummerDance
Photo courtesy of City of Chicago, DCASE.

This free series takes place Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 24 at locations around the city, so grab your friends and head out to learn some new dance moves.