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The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Written by
Sara Freund

1. Shop at a massive fair

Try not to spend all your money at the Renegade Craft Fair's special pop-up festival outside the Hideout, where crafters, artisans, designers will be selling handmade art, knick knacks, wares and special gifts. (The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia Ave, Sat–Sun 11am. Free)

2. Be there and be in the square

Logan Square celebrates the arts (and the warm weather) with a weekend-long festival centered around the area that the neighborhood derives its name from. Show up for live music from Xenia Rubios (Friday), Screaming Females (Saturday) and Blitzen Trapper (Sunday) or explore pop-up art exhibitions at local businesses. (Illinois Centennial Monument, 3150 W Logan Blvd, Fri 5pm, Sat–Sun noon. $5 suggested donation)

3. Party on the beach

Chicago Sport and Social Club is hosting another epic party and this time it involves BBQ, ice cold beer and tons of backyard games. At this beach party, guests will be able to enjoy a live DJ and chill out in a beer garden all day long. (North Avenue Beach, 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, 11am–6pm. $30 party pass, $10 general admission)

4. Enjoy some bikes and franks

Tour Chicago’s finest hot dog stands on your bike during the annual Tour de Franks. Fuel up at Red Hot Ranch, Gene’s Sausage Shop, Hot ‘G’ Dog, Flub a Dub Chub and many more iconic stands. At least you’ll be working up an appetite. (Vienna Beef Factory Store, 2501 N Damen Ave, Sat noon. Free with RSVP)

5. Celebrate Chicago's LGBT community

Show up for one of the nation's largest LGBT Pride celebrations, as rainbow-covered floats and enthusiastic participants make their way through a four-mile route on Chicago's North Side that winds through Boystown and Lakeview. Arrive early to grab a spot along the street and prepare for one of the summer's most lovely celebrations. (Starts at Montrose Ave and Broadway, Sun noon. Free)

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