Going to Lollapalooza this weekend? Feel free to keep moving; there's nothing for you here. For the rest of us -- read on.
Few things outside baseball and pizza get Chicagoans as riled up as the love it/hate it debate over Lollapalooza. So if you'll be steering clear of Grant Park this weekend, we've got plenty for you to do. Check out our roundup of other festivals around town below.
Ticketless but still a Lolla fan? We've got you covered, too: here's all the best side shows, after parties, and more so you can max out your weekend outside the fence. The festival will also be streaming, in real time, on YouTube throughout the weekend.
Did we miss something great going on this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments!
Mike and Joe, Dot Dot Dot, Trippin' Billies and Mr. Blotto headline the <a href="http://www.wrigleyvillesummerfest.com/ " target="_hplink">two-day Wrigleyville Summerfest</a>, which has mini-golf, face painting and more for kids, too. <em>12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 3300 N. Seminary Ave. $5 donation</em>
Edgewater is one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods, and <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/tourism/edge_fest.html" target="_hplink">its annual street festival</a> doesn't disappoint. Over 30 local artists and vendors will be on hand, along with award-winning entertainment like Too White Crew and 16 Candles, and most importantly, plenty of bacon. <em>12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 5900 N. Broadway $5 suggested donation</em>
Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival
Every summer since 1973, <a href="http://www.cityofevanston.org/festivals-concerts/lakeshore-arts-festival/" target="_hplink">Evanston celebrates art, jazz, classical music and more</a> on the town's beautiful lakefront at Dawes Park. Event features a silent auction, food from dozens of local restaurateurs and a children's craft tent. <em>11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 Dawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Rd. Free</em>
South Shore Jazz Festival
<a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/south_shore_jazz_festival.html" target="_hplink">This year's jazz festival</a> was almost canceled due to sponsorship issues, but Chicago jazz fans rallied to save it, organizing and fundraising to pull the event together. This year, the festival honors Producer/Singer Geraldine deHaas and Jazz Unites, her nonprofit that shares the joy of live jazz music. <em>12 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 The South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive $10</em>
For beer lovers, it's worth trekking outside city boundaries to sample over 125 craft beers at<a href="http://wheatonalefest.com/tickets.html" target="_hplink"> Ale Fest in Wheaton</a>. The coveted Illinois All-Star Ale Award will be awarded to the Illinois craft beer that gets the most votes. <em>Memorial Park, downtown Wheaton 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 $40 ($15 without beer)</em>