This weekend is jam packed full of fun events and festivals, and all of Chicago will be happy after the Blackhawks win! Chicago is going to be one big celebration. Here are a few highlights and things to check out.
Chicago Blues Festival (Friday-Sunday)
Chicago is the home of the blues and the Chicago Blues Festival draws some of the best blues musicians in the world to perform on five stages over three days, drawing almost 650,000 fans to Grant Park. The festival aims to celebrate an important part of the city’s heritage, as well as celebrate the blues as a tradition. This years lineup includes T.K. Soul, Lurrie Bell, John Primer, and Carlos Johnson. Bring a blanket and food and get your groove on! The event is FREE and open to the public.
Printer Row’s Lit Fest (Saturday & Sunday)
Looking for a book, love talking about books? This is the best weekend for wordy individuals. This is the largest literary event in the Midwest, located in Chicago’s Printer’s Row. The festival features book signings, book sales, readings, live music, and events for children. Many independent Chicago booksellers are represented. Free events are held on 7 different stages and 100 programs.
World Cup Kick-Off
Chicago is in a sports mood and ready to kick off the World Cup 2010 with big viewing parties and local bar specials. Head to Daley Plaza Friday for a viewing party and Montrose Park all day Saturday for another outdoor viewing party. Find more info here for these parties. Or, check out a list of bars here for a great place to find local fans and World Cup specials.
This is also the perfect weekend to check out Chicago’s newest rooftop lounge at Epic Sky that overlooks Hubbard Street. Enjoy a summer cocktail underneath a cabana three stories above street level.
For some grub head to Gilt Bar’s newest addition, Curio. Hidden away beneath Gilt Bar, it’s dark and moody atmosphere feels like an old speakeasy, perfect for a quiet conversation with somebody special.