07/06/2012 04:46 pm ET

Chicago Summer Festivals 2012: Ukuleles, Art, Music And More (7/6-7/8) (PHOTOS)

If we had any doubts that summer was in full swing, this week's heat has certainly put them to rest. While air conditioned apartments may be hard to part with, we know you'll appreciate these summer memories when you're flipping through your photo albums dreamily next weekend. So shed some layers, rally the troops and hit up some of the city's coolest festivals this weekend.

Each Friday throughout the summer, HuffPost Chicago will be sharing our five picks for that weekend's must-go festivals. This weekend offers a host of international art, music and more to peruse from the comforts of your own city. Scroll down to see more of our post-Independence Day weekend picks.

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.

Chicago Summer Festivals - Uke Fest & More

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