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The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Written by
Grace Perry

1. Get your mosh on

The final Chicago music festival of the summer, Riot Fest, is calling your name. Bring whatever semblance of a punk attitude you’ve got to Douglas Park this weekend—tickets are still available. (Douglas Park, 2800 W Roosevelt Rd, Fri–Sun noon–10pm. $210 for three days, $85 for one day)

2. Celebrate everything Chicago-made

Andersonville’s City Made fest celebrates all things local: beers, music, food and crafts. Come enjoy the best of what Chicagoans have made with their bare hands. (Andersonville, Clark and Argyle streets, Sat & Sun noon–9pm. $5)

3. Go back to high school—well, sort of

Immerse yourself in Albany Park Theater Project’s Learning Curve, a show about high school, trigger warnings and the realities of public schools today. (Ellen Gates Starr High School, 3640 W Wolfram St, Fri 8pm, Sat 4 & 8pm. $40, $18 for CPS students, faculty and staff)

4. Liberate yourself with delicious craft brews

The Independence Park Beer Fest celebrates local craft breweries from Half Acre to Aquanaut to Old Irving Brewing. In case you haven’t noticed, Chicago is really, really, really into craft beer. (Independence Park, 3945 N Springfield Ave, Sat 4–8pm. $50, $40 in advance)

5. Shop in a vintage paradise

Vintage Garage Chicago, the monthly Uptown flea market, is back this weekend. With more than 100 vendors, you’re sure to find your new wardrobe staple. (Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market, 5051 N Broadway, Sun 10am. $5)

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