Weekend 101: Aug. 9-11

Lollapalooza may be over, but it will still be a big weekend for music with concerts and a music festival in Evanston and Chicago. Plus, enjoy a variety of delicious food at both the Chicago Hot Dog Fest and Veggie Fest Chicago.

Out of Space

Aug. 8-11
Evanston

Mandolin Orange
Mandolin Orange (Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media.)

SPACE is heading outside for four days of concerts at Canal Shores Golf Course. Don’t miss Cake on Aug. 8, Mandolin Orange and I’m With Her on Aug. 9, Jeff Tweedy on Aug. 10, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with Suzanne Vega on Aug. 11. Bring your own food (outside alcohol is not permitted) or purchase food from Farmhouse, Ten Mile House, Viet Nom Nom, and more.

Gloria Gaynor

Aug. 9
Chicago

Gloria Gaynor
Photo courtesy of The Silverman Group, Inc.

The “I Will Survive” singer is set to perform twice on Friday at City Winery Chicago.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Aug. 9-11
Chicago

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.

The Chicago History Museum presents this celebration of the Chicago-style hot dog with music, family activities, and more.

Thirsty Ears Festival

Aug. 10-11
Chicago

Thirsty Ears Festival
Photo by Elliot Mandel.

Access Contemporary Music presents the city’s only classical music street fest with a performance of “1,001 Afternoons in Chicago,” a presentation of modern silent films from ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival, a performance by the Dinner Brothers Family Circus, and more.

Veggie Fest Chicago

Aug. 10-11
Lisle

Veggie Fest Chicago
Photo by mali maeder from Pexels.

This festival is all about the vegetarian lifestyle, but you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy food demos and fare from the international food court, health and wellness talks, kids activities, live music, and more.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • Join Roka Akor Oak Brook for Japanese Whisky Fest, a tasting event, on Aug. 10. Passed hors d’oeuvres and small bites will be available.
  • The free Lincolnshire Art Festival brings 100 juried artists to the Village Green Aug. 10-11. Enjoy live music, food, and kids activities.
  • Calling all Big Ten fans and alum: The BTN Big 10K is Aug. 11 at Grant Park. Whether you participate in the 10K or 5K run/walk, compete for your team before celebrating the return of football with a tailgate featuring mascots, cheerleaders, food, beer, music, games, and more.

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