Enjoy the sunny days with awesome activities that’ll make your summer shine. From chilling at the beach to grooving at music festivals, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Explore new spots and cool shops to add some excitement to your summer days. Check out these five activities happening this weekend to help soak up the sun!
Learn about Andy Warhol at Factory Fridays: Murals and Music
Factory Fridays: Murals and Music brings the Warhol legacy to Wheaton. This exhibition is a unique showcase of the works of renowned artist Andy Warhol. Visitors can explore a collection of Warhol’s iconic pop art pieces and contribute to a live mural painting. This exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and art of one of the most significant figures in contemporary art history, as well as live music.
Date: July 7
Location: Throughout Downtown Wheaton
More info: downtownwheaton.com
Learn & Explore with the Stone Carvers of Earth and Imagination
The Lizzadro Museum hosts various events that celebrate the art of lapidary, which involves the cutting, polishing, and engraving of gemstones and minerals. July hosts Stone Carvers of Earth and Imagination, a special exhibit that presents sculptures and art made from rare Earth stones. This is a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and craftsmanship of lapidary art and learn about the geological wonders of the world!
Date: Runs through July
Location: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Rd, Oak Brook
More info: lizzadromuseum.org
Honor Our Veterans at the 65 Years Exhibit
The 65 Years Exhibit at the Freedom Museum is a captivating display that commemorates and explores significant events and milestones from the past 65 years. The items in 65 Years represent the mundane and the momentous, from boots, helmets and cigarette lighters to heroic patches, medals, and flags. They depict the everyday lives of soldiers while commemorating exceptional lives of service and sacrifice for our country.
Date: Runs through November 11
Time: Open during Museum Hours
Location: The Freedom Museum, 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton
More info: fdmuseum.org
Ride the Wave at Navy Pier Wave Wall Moves
The Navy Pier Wave Wall Moves is an exciting event at Navy Pier every Saturday afternoon this summer. It showcases a stunning display of synchronized movement and choreography by a cohort of talented performers. The event captivates and entertains audiences with its unique blend of dance, music, and visual effects. Gather along Navy Pier to witness this mesmerizing performance!
Date: Runs through September 2
Time: Begins at 3PM
Location: Navy Pier, 600 W Grand Ave
More info: navypier.org
Groove to the Square Roots Festival
The Square Roots Festival is an annual event in Lincoln Square that celebrates music, craft beer, and local food. Come check out a diverse lineup of musicians in a variety of genres; no matter what your taste is, there will be something for you to bop along to! Attendees can also enjoy a wide selection of craft beers from local breweries and indulge in delicious food from various vendors. The festival creates a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy.
Date: July 7-9
Time: Fri 5-10PM; Sat 12-10PM; Sun 12-9PM
Location: Lincoln Ave from Montrose to Wilson Ave
More info: squareroots.org
Spin the Tables at Chosen Few DJs Music Festival
The Chosen Few DJs Music Festival is an annual celebration of house music, featuring performances by renowned DJs from around the world. What started as a small gathering of friends behind Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry in 1990 is now the world’s longest-running event dedicated to House Music, attracting more than 40,000 fans each year. The family-reunion-style event features 12+ hours of music from a stacked roster of DJs.
Date: July 8
Location: Jackson Park, 63rd St at Hayes Dr
More info: chosenfewdjs.com
Order Up at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest
The Roscoe Village Burger Fest is a mouthwatering event that celebrates one of America’s favorite foods: burgers! Local restaurants and vendors come together to offer a variety of delicious burger creations, from classic favorites to unique and innovative combinations. Attendees can sample different burgers, enjoy live music, and participate in various activities and contests throughout the festival.
Date: July 7-9
Time: Fri 5-10pm; Sat 12-10PM; Sun 12-9PM
Location: 2000 W Belmont Ave
More info: chicagoevents.com
Get Creative at the Southport Art Fest
The Southport Art Fest is a vibrant celebration of art, showcasing the works of talented artists from different mediums. Visitors can explore a wide array of art displays, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. The festival provides a unique opportunity to connect with local artists, appreciate their craftsmanship, and even purchase artwork to take home. In addition to the art exhibits, the event also features live music and food vendors.
Date: July 8-9
Time: Sat 10AM-9PM; Sun 10AM-7PM
Location: Waveland Ave & Southport Ave
More info: starevents.com