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Things to do this weekend in Chicago: July 6–8

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We curate a Chicago weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.


Radiohead at United Center
Thom Yorke and company kick off their latest North American tour in Chicago—prepare for deep cuts from the band's experimental rock catalog and a killer light show.

West Fest at Chicago Ave between Wood St and Damen Ave 
This three-day street festival in West Town kicks off with performances from local hip-hop artists Joey Purp, Sen Morimoto and oddCouple. Look out for additional sets from Kevin Morby, the Make-Up and Ohmme.

Dark Matter Coffee Block Party at Dark Matter Coffee Mothership
Free music, libations and food greet visitors at this annual coffee-fueled party, but attendees are encouraged to make donations to nonprofit organization Hope for the Day.

Navy Pier Water Colors Jazz Series at Polk Bros Park
Pack a blanket and head to the inaugural concert of Navy Pier's free waterfront jazz series, featuring a performance from Chicago horn combo the Lowdown Brass Band.


Chosen Few DJs Music Festival at Jackson Park
Local house music legends the Chosen Few DJs throw the group's annual picnic and concerts in Jackson Park, with support from the Basement Boys, remix artist Ralphi Rosario and local singer Sheree Hicks.

“Counterparts” at Vertical Gallery
Self-taught street artist Pizza in the Rain, fine artist Joseph Renda Jr. and multimedia creator Crop take the spotlight in Vertical's showcase of rising Chicago talents.

Millennium Art Festival at Michigan Ave and Lake St
More than 100 artists exhibit (and sell!) paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and furniture at this art fair in the Loop.

Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI
It's the opening weekend of our favorite anachronistic summer festival, where you'll find armored knights jousting, jesters performing for the court and taverns stocked with turkey legs and ale.


Live in Lincoln Park at Stockton Dr and LaSalle Dr 
Phish bassist Mike Gordon headlines the final night of this new jam, reggae and roots rock festival in Lincoln Park.

African Caribbean International Festival of Life at Union Park
Immerse yourself in Afro-Caribbean culture during the final day of this weekend festival, featuring reggae, dancing, soccer, art and delicious food.

Support Group For Men at Goodman Theatre 
TV and Chicago theatre vet Ellen Fairey pens this new comedy about four middle-aged men meeting every week in a Wrigleyville apartment to vent and talk about being a man in a changing world.

Anime Midwest at Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Love anime and manga? You'll find famous voice actors, tons of Japanese merch and plenty of creative cosplayers at the final day of this three-day celebration of Japanese culture.

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