Weekend 101: July 12-14

This weekend, don’t miss your chance to dine on some of the best food both Chicago and Evanston have to offer. Plus, enjoy barbecue and country music, celebrate Greek culture, and more.

Taste of Chicago

July 10-14

Taste of Chicago
Photo courtesy of City of Chicago.

Head out to Grant Park to sample from 300-plus menu items while also rocking out to live music, getting inspired by cooking demos, enjoying family activities, and more.

West Side Story

July 12
Highland Park

Ravinia Festival — Movie Screen on Lawn
Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

Watch this beloved film at Ravinia as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs the score.

Windy City Smokeout

July 12-14

Windy City Smokeout in Chicago
Photo by Jeff Marini.

Spend your weekend eating the best barbecue from around the country while singing along with Chris Young, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, and more country acts outside the United Center (this year’s new location).

Edgewater Greek Fest

July 12-14

Edgewater Greek Fest
Photo courtesy of Special Events Management.

This festival, now in its 58th year, features food, music, artisans, a dance troupe, and a kids area with inflatables, games, and reptiles courtesy of the Chicago Herpetological Society.

Taste of Evanston

July 14

Taste of Evanston
Photo by Bordeaux Studio.

Enjoy even more foodie fun at this event to support Connections for the Homeless. More than 40 Evanston restaurants and breweries, including Koi, Hecky’s, NaKorn, Hewn, Edzo’s, and Bennison’s Bakery, will participate. Better is a proud media sponsor of this event.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce present the Square Roots Festival July 12-14 with more than 70 musical acts, 50-plus regional craft beers, family activities, and more.
  • Your kiddos will love “Junie B. Jones, The Musical,” based off of the best-selling books by Barbara Park, which opens at Marriott Theatre July 12.
  • Outside Experience, presented by Go RVing, is a two-day event (July 13-14) featuring gear demonstrations, craft drink tastings, live music, and more for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts.

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