Things to do in Chicago Aug. 3-10

Tim McGraw headlines Windy City Smokeout this weekend at the United Center parking lot.

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Festival Fun

Windy City Smokeout, named “Festival of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music, returns with a stellar county music lineup including Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Willie Nelson & Family, the reunion of the Turnpike Troubadours, Kip Moore and more. Plus, the other big draw: tasty BBQ cooked up by more than a dozen restaurants from around the country. Aug. 4-7 at United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets: $45+. Visit
The LGBTQ-friendly festival Northalsted Market Days features performances on five stages, plus vendors, arts and crafts, food, DJs and plenty of dancing. Performers include drag queen Ginger Minj, singer Michaela Jae, comedian Matteo Lane, Anastacia, Sammy Rae & the Friend, The Aces, drag queen Ada Vox and more. From 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 6-7 on Halsted from Belmont to Addison. Admission: $15 suggested donation. Visit

Dancing in the Streets features live music (Rock & Rye, Terrapin Flyer, Steal Your Phace, Brooklyn Charmers and more), food vendors, food trucks, craft beers, local artists and more. From 5-10 p.m. Aug. 5 and noon-10 p.m. Aug. 6-7 on Hubbard from Paulina to Wood. Admission: $10 suggested donation. Visit
This year’s Taste of Andersonville includes two separate routes for foodies to travel up and down Clark Street to sample more than 20 dinner, drink and dessert options from Andersonville restaurants. From 5-8 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets: $30, $45 after Aug. 7. For more information, visit

Back Alley Jazz features music by Sam Thousand & the Soul Vortex, Dee Alexander & John McLean, Rashada Dawan & the Soul Collective and more at three South Side locations. On Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at 7200 and 7300 blocks of S. Paxton; from 3 to 7 p.m. at Black United Fund, 1809 E. 71st; and from 6 to 7 p.m. at 7400 block of S. Oglesby. Admission is free. Visit
There’s music, food trucks and vendors at the Bronzeville Neighborhood Jazz Fest. Performers include Julia Huff, Reggie Foster, Smooth Willie Fultz and Audley Reid. From 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 6 on Martin Luther King Dr., from 37th to 39th. Admission is free. Visit

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Fiesta Italiana features the music, food and culture of Italy. Plus, vendors, children’s activities and rides, a meatball eating contest and more. From 5-10 p.m. Aug. 5, noon-10 p.m. Aug. 6 and noon-8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Naper Settlement, Webster and Aurora, Naperville. Admission: $5-$25, children under 12 free. Visit


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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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