Just because the Taste of Chicago has ended doesn't mean Chicago's done eating, drinking and being merry outdoors. With burgers, craft beers and more taking center stage this weekend, there's no excuse to stay tied to your A/C between now and Monday.
Each Friday throughout the summer, HuffPost Chicago is sharing our five picks for that weekend's must-go festivals. This weekend, the city has almost a dozen popping up, but we rounded up the five events we're most excited to hit up.
Need still more options? The city maintains a relatively thorough calendar of neighborhood festivals throughout Chicago.
Have another favorite you'll be hitting up that we missed? Let us know in the comments.
Roscoe Village Burger Fest
With all the live music, acrobatic performances, local vendors and more lining the streets of Roscoe Village this weekend, you're bound to work up an appetite. Lucky for you, the star of the neighborhood's weekend event is <a href="http://www.rvcc.biz/burgerfest.php" target="_hplink">that summer staple: the burger</a>. Made from veggies, turkey, steak and of course, ground beef, burgers made with the wildest toppings from some of the city's greatest eateries will take center stage. <em>11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 Belmont and Damen $6 suggested donation</em>
Love Lincoln Square? Roots music? Craft beer? Then we expect we'll see you at<a href="http://www.squareroots.org/" target="_hplink"> Square Roots</a>, the first-ever craft beer and music experience in the neighborhood, co-sponsored by the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Old Town School of Folk Music. Indie rockers and local craft brewers will converge on the square for three days this weekend. Jonas Friddle and The Majority headline Friday. <em>5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, July 20; 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21; 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, July 22 Lincoln Square $10 adults, $5 seniors and kids</em>
Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival
Now in its 44th year, the annual <a href="http://sheffieldgardenwalk.com/index.html" target="_hplink">Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival</a> has been called one of the summer's best. The two-day extravaganza features self-guided tours of more than 80 gardens, guided architectural tours, live entertainment by local and nationally-recognized bands, and of course, plenty to eat and drink. Got little ones? They'll love the activities at the Kids Corner. <em>12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21; 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 Webster and Sheffield $7 suggested donation before 3 p.m., $10 after</em>
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest
Logan Square has always been vibrant, but for one weekend a year it turns into a full-blown arts district. The <a href="http://www.milwaukeeavenueartsfestival.org/" target="_hplink">Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest </a>showcases the work of over 250 artists, a market featuring handcrafts and artwork, three stages featuring eclectic local music talent, a line of beloved food trucks and, of course, one-of-a-kind beers from Revolution Brewing. <em>4 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Friday, July 20; 11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, July 22 Milwaukee and Logan $5 suggested donation</em>
Taste of River North
Foodies flock to River North to try one of its restaurants all the time: but this weekend, you can try them all. On top of delectables,<a href="http://www.tasterivernorth.com/ " target="_hplink"> the riverfront Taste fest </a>will feature live performances from top party bands including Poi Dog Pondering, Sixteen Candles, Almost Famous, Stache and more. <em>5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, July 20; 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, July 22 Ward Park (Kingsbury and Erie) $5 suggested donation, $8 after 5 p.m. Sunday</em>