As the city wraps up for summer and prepares to enter the cooler months, Chicagoans still have time to enjoy an activity-packed weekend amid the heat and sun.
From Riot Fest and Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo to taco and art festivals, there are plenty of ways to spend the weekend in and around Chicago.
Here are some things to do in town this weekend:
Rock in Douglass Park at Riot Fest
The Riot Fest music festival returns to Chicago this weekend, running through Sunday in the city’s Douglass Park.
The music festival will feature a variety of rock, hip hop and indie artists including Machine Gun Kelly, Morrissey, Smashing Pumpkins, Beach Bunny, Run the Jewels and The Flaming Lips, among others. Day tickets are still available at around $ 125.
Full range here.
Sip a craft beer at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Guests can sip on a craft beer while browsing the Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The tickets, which range in price from $ 20 to $ 65, offer three tasting tickets, as well as a souvenir drink.
Tickets available here.
Enjoy tacos overlooking the lake
Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest brings favorite local bites and drinks to the Southport Corridor this Saturday and Sunday for its eighth year.
The festival features beer and taco pairings, two live music stages, Mexican wrestlers and activities for kids, according to organizers. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days, the taco party takes place in Southport between Addison and Roscoe.
Browse the Renegade Craft Fair at Wicker Park
On Division Street between Damen Avenue and Ashland Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, the Renegade Craft Fair will feature unique works of art on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Range of artists available here.
Explore the new HideSeek Museum in the Old Town
of the old town new immersive museum is designed to make people “feel like a kid again” with a ball pit, bodycon and giant bean bag chairs, among other features.
Located at 1620 N. Wells St., HideSeek is open Fridays 10 am-8pm, Saturdays 10 am-10pm, and Sundays 10 am-7pm.
Stroll through the Chicago Botanical Garden
The Chicago Botanical Garden in the suburb of Glencoe is open this weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., although the Rose Terrace closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, all visitors should pre-register walk in the gardens and wear a mask indoors if not vaccinated against the virus. Weekend parking is free for members and costs $ 30 for non-members.
Take a food tour around Chinatown
Chicago Food Tours offers a 3-hour guided food tour through classic locations in the city’s Chinatown every Saturday and Sunday through October.
The tour includes five sit-down meals and tastings of foods like Hong Kong Dim Sum, Spicy Sichuan Egg Pies, and Sweet Milk. Tickets cost $ 80 for adults and $ 50 for children over 6.
Visit a classic Chicago museum
Chicago’s museums are returning to their normal opening hours this past weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced, as part of Chicago’s full reopening.
However, some museums will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols. The Shedd Aquarium still asks visitors to purchase tickets in advance, but will no longer require vaccinated guests to wear masks.
Savor a bite to eat at Chicago restaurants indoors or out
Chicago restaurants and bars are allowed to return to full capacity during phase 5, and allow fully vaccinated customers to walk around without face coverings.
However, some establishments may choose to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place until further notice.
While Chicago expected sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend, many might be looking for places to drink and dine al fresco. The city is known for its food scene, filled with numerous patios and rooftops.
Choose Chicago has offered a list of places that currently offer outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are some highlights:
Avli Tavern: 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Beatrix Fulton Market: 834 W Fulton Market
Beatnik on the river: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Aba: 302 N. Green St. 3rd Floor
Ema: 74 W Illinois St.
Mesler: 1401 E. 53rd Street
The duck inn: 2701 S. Eleanor Street
Theater on the lake: 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Beatnik on the river: 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.
BOKA: 1729 N. Halsted St.
Formento: 925 W. Randolph St.
Siena Tavern: 51 W. Kinzie St.
Offshore: 1000 E Grand Avenue
Drink: 3335 N. Halsted St.
Happy camper: 1209 N. Wells St.
Tzuco: 720 N. State St.
LuxBar: 18 E. Bellevue Pl.
Take a trip south to see Cavern Opening Weekend for the first time in over 10 years
The southern Illinois caverns reopened to the public for the first time in more than 10 years this summer, after being closed due to extreme caution, officials said.
The South Attraction has reopened as another place residents can enjoy as the state enters Phase 5 of its coronavirus reopening plan. Until October, the caves will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a swing at the Maggie Daley Park mini-golf course
The 18-hole Chicago-themed miniature golf course and Maggie Daley Park’s ribbon are open daily. In summer, the ribbon changes to welcome users of scooters, rollerblades and roller skates. Weekend rentals are now available.
Choose seasonal produce at a town farmer’s market
Chicago Farmers Markets welcome residents for the 2021 season through fall. Scattered throughout the city, the markets are open at different times of the week.
Cruise down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan by boat, kayak
Admire the city’s iconic architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River on one of the many boat tours. The 90-minute tours run every hour and a half and cost $ 40 for an adult and $ 18 for a child.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, the Boat trips to Wendella require passengers to wear face coverings when on board the ship and practice social distancing.
Enjoy the skyline while relaxing on Chicago’s lakeside beaches
Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan were opened to the public with lifeguards on duty over Memorial Day weekend and saw many residents come out to enjoy the water.
The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.