The hours before Monday morning are dwindling, but that shouldn't stop you from making Sunday the best day of the weekend. Recharge your batteries with a leisurely brunch before making plans for a fun-filled day. Discover some of the city's best attractions, take care of some weekend shopping or relax in your neighborhood. Don't let the weekend pass you by—peruse our list of things to do on Sunday and enjoy it while you still can.
Live music this weekend
DAMN. With just one word, the title of Kendrick Lamar's latest album encapsulates the excitement and disbelief of fans and contemporaries alike. Nimbly bobbing between topics like race, politics and the pressures of success, Lamar's latest LP is a showcase of not only his rapid-fire poetic flow, but his ability to mold each stanza into a small piece of a sprawling hip-hop narrative. It's a feat that promises to be equally impressive when pulled off in front of an audience. Texas trap emcee Travis Scott and "Cha Cha" rapper D.R.A.M. open the July 27 show, while YG joins D.R.A.M. at the August 20 concert.
The man who is at least partially responsible for "Uptown Funk" comes to United Center for a sprawling three-night stand at the arena. The fact that Bruno Mars can easily fill an arena three times over is a testament to the enduring popularity of the Motown, soul and doo-wop music—three genres that he borrows from liberally. Mars' latest, 24K Magic, continues the singers winning streak, packed with tracks like "That's What I Like," which provide the perfect backdrop for a glitzy, tightly-choreographed dance number.
Things to do this weekend
Don't be surprised if you get a neck ache from looking up during this two-day event. Join throngs of people at North Beach and surrounding areas to catch air and watercraft demonstrations, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.
Come for the festival fare, stay for the Butter Cow—the fair's unofficial icon and Paula Deen's life-long dream, a life-size cow sculpture made of 500 pounds of butter. Watch tractor pulls, horse races, parades and musical acts. Some events require additional tickets. The music lineup this year includes John Mellencamp, Jason Derulo, Brad Paisley and more.
Have a jolly olde time and butcher your favorite European accent as you engage in live-action fantasy play, enjoy interactive riddles, cheer on your favorite jousting knight or revel in period performances from 1574. The festival takes place Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day in July, August and early September.
All ages and skill levels are welcome at this annual series of jives, twirls and jumps. The dancing breaks out Thursday through Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. A professional instructor conducts dance lessons for the first hour before you cut a rug. This year, SummerDance branches out with events in eight neighborhood parks, including the first SummerDance-Off competitions, which will find the city's best amateur footwork and steppin' dancers.
There are a lot of beer festival that serve craft brews but most of them create a considerable amount of waste. That's not the case at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, which prides itself as being the largest zero-waste craft beer event in the Midwest. Head over to Oak Park to sample more than 200 beers at an event that goes easy on the environment. Proceeds benefit Seven Generations Ahead.
Join Chicago Sport and Social Club at the newly revamped Lakefront Green at Theatre On The Lake (Fullerton Pkwy and Lake Shore Drive). This private viewing party runs from 10am to 5pm each day and includes beer, wine, food, games, music, and private bathrooms—Not to mention some of the best Air & Water Show views in the city.