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Weekend A-Jenda: August 11th – August 14th

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Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos

Date: Thursday, August 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Soldier Field

It’s football season! For tickets, click here.


Steven Tyler

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago Theater

Calling it the “Out On A Limb” tour, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is set to mount his first full solo tour this summer. It includes a stop at the Chicago Theater on August 13th.

While Tyler has been threatening to drop a full country album on us for a while now, he did come with a solo country single over the winter called “Red, White and You”. There is still not a release date or title for the upcoming release. Backing him on the project is the Nashville band “Loving Mary” and that’s who we’ll see him with in Chicago.

The shows will come VH-1 “Storytellers” style, a format in which he’ll weave in anecdotes about the music as he mixes Aerosmith classics with his new material.

Want tickets? Check out this link for any that may be leftover.


Journey/Doobie Brothers

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Journey is back for summer with the Doobie Brothers and there are rumors the band will be playing either the entire “Escape” or “Frontiers” album. Both of which gave us the band’s biggest hits.

Also, drummer Steve Smith returns for the first time since the 1990’s, replacing Deen Castronovo who was fired by the band after some legal misadventures. Joining the band will be the Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason.

Ticket information can be found here.


Northalsted Market Days®

Date: Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14
Time: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison

From the website: Northalsted Market Days® is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days® gathers a crowd of over 180,000 people from across the globe to celebrate right here on Halsted Street.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days® is set to be the biggest and best it has ever been!

Be sure to join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our monthly Northalsted Newsletter to receive the most up-to-date information for all things Boystown!


Illinois State Fair

Date: Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 21
Time: 7:00 a.m. to Midnight
Location: Springfield

Rides, concerts, contests, and popular fair foods, the Illinois State Fair runs for 11 days in Springfield.

illinois state fair

Take the Amtrak for as low as $21 each way!

Gregg Allman backs out. 3 Doors Down to play final night of the Illinois State Fair. Read more here.


Naperville Wine Festival

Date: Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 13
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: CityGate Centre, Naperville

From the website: The festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world. Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting.

Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. Some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will sell their signature dishes.

Live music will be performed on the festival stage, including 97Nine, the classic rock band inspired by sister station, 97.9 The Loop.


Northerly Island By Night – Star Watching and Camp-fire

Date: Saturday, August 13th
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Northerly Island Park

Meet real live bats, enjoy the perseid meteor shower, night hikes, and more as Northerly Island opens to the public for an evening viewing of the greatest celestial event of 2016, the Perseid meteor shower! Bring a blanket, an evening picnic, and learn how to use a telescope or binoculars to view the summer skies at Northerly Island! Bring marshmallows if you would like to roast them at a campfire, and enjoy a pleasant, family-friendly evening at the park. – Event Facebook Page

Other Events Around the Area

Channahon’s Three Rivers Festival 08/10/2016 Channahon, IL
Gurnee Days 2016 08/11/2016 Gurnee, IL
Lindenfest 08/11/2016 Lake Villa, IL
Taste of Elmwood Park 08/11/2016 Elmwood Park, IL
St. Zachary Augustfest 08/11/2016 Des Plaines, IL
Hinkley Fest 08/11/2016 Park Ridge, IL
Sweet Corn Festival 08/11/2016 Mendota, IL
Taste of Lincolnshire 08/12/2016 Lincolnshire, IL
Fungus Fest Art and Music Festival 08/12/2016 Richmond, IL
61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival 08/12/2016 Chicago, IL
Retro on Roscoe 08/12/2016 Chicago, IL
Northalsted Market Days 08/13/2016 Chicago, IL
River Grove Lions Club Steak & Lobster Fest 08/13/2016 River Grove, IL
Festa Italiano 08/13/2016 Crest Hill, IL



CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

The CTA will increase service on the South Side Saturday to accommodate attendees of the Bud Billiken Parade in Bronzeville.
Bus service will be expanded on the King Drive, Cottage Grove, Jeffery Local, State and Garfield routes as of Saturday morning, according to the CTA.
The parade will reroute the bus routes — along with the no. 47 and no. 43 buses — from about 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., the CTA said.

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Info from TravelMidwest.com:
On Saturday, August 13, one southbound lane on I-355 at Hitchcock Avenue is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. to prepare for bridge joint repair work.

A second lane will close at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the ramp carrying Ogden Avenue traffic to southbound I-355 will also close at 6:30 p.m. No detour will be posted. Drivers will be able to access southbound I-355 via the Maple Avenue Interchange to the south.

All lanes on I-355 and on the ramp from Ogden Avenue to southbound I-355 are scheduled to reopen by 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 14.

Weekend A-Jenda: July 21st – 24th

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Taste of River North

Date: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24
Time: Friday – 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ward Park, Chicago

River North’s signature event, Taste of River North, returns for its 15th anniversary season, July 22 – 24. Lucky Boys Confusion, Sixteen Candles, and Rod Tuffcurls will rock your world. Enjoy a curated selection of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, merchants, and artists in addition to heart-pounding live music along picturesque Ward Park on the Chicago River. Check out www.tasteofrivernorth.com for more info.


Warped Tour

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Warped Tour is right around the corner and it’s a throwback year! 3OH!3, Good Charlote, Reel Big Fish, and many more will hit up Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheater on Saturday, July 23rd!



48th Annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

Date: Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: DePaul Campus, Lincoln Park

From the website: The “Summer’s Best Festival” features self-guided tours of more than 80 Gardens, guided Architectural Tours, live entertainment by some of Chicago’s and North America’s finest bands, food and drink, and activities for children at the Kids’ Corner.

Traffic Alert: Sheffield closed between Webster and Fullerton


Grill Takeover with Lamar Moore of Smoke Daddy BBQ at Mariano’s West Loop

Date: Sunday, July 24
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Mariano’s West Loop – 40 S. Halsted

Join us at Mariano’s West Loop for a Grill Takeover with Lamar Moore of The Smoke Daddy BBQ.
Lamar Moore will guide the class through perfect grilling techniques and the secrets to his best BBQ!

Registration ($10) is required and space is limited!


Disability Pride Parade

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: State & VanBuren, the Loop

Starting on South Plymouth since 2006, the parade marches north to Jackson, west to Dearborn Street, then North to Daley Plaza.

Public Transit:

Blue and Red Lines – Jackson
Orange, Pink and Brown Lines – LaSalle/Van Buren
#22, #24, #29, #36, #62, #146, #147, #151


108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Launching from Navy Pier

From the Website: With 326 boats participating in the 333-mile journey from Chicago to Mackinac Island this year, the 108th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust will offer plenty of opportunities for fans to view the boats on land, on the water, and from anywhere else you might be. Here’s how you can see and track the 2016 race.

Other Festivals

from Festing.com

Lincolnwood Fest 07/21/2016 Lincolnwood, IL
Will County Threshermen’s 54th Annual Antique Tractor, Steam Engine and Gas Show 07/21/2016 Frankfort, IL
Kids Party In the Park 07/22/2016 Crystal Lake, IL
Concert in the Park, Glen Ellyn 07/22/2016 Glen Ellyn, IL
Wilmette SummerFest 07/22/2016 Wilmette, IL
Mount Prospect Block Party 07/22/2016 Mount Prospect, IL
Taste of River North 07/22/2016 Chicago, IL
North Shore Festival of Art 07/23/2016 Skokie, IL
Chicago Craft Beer Festival 07/23/2016 Chicago, IL
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival 07/23/2016 Aurora, IL
Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk 07/23/2016 Chicago, IL
Geneva Art Fair 07/23/2016 Geneva, IL
Taste of Latin America 07/23/2016 Chicago, IL
Veggie Fest 07/23/2016 Lisle, IL



Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Closures are in place for Lollapalooza throughout Grant Park, though the festival does not begin until Thursday, July 28.

From IDOT: Lane closures will take place on Higgins Road (Illinois 72) from Lexington Drive to east of Interstate 290, in Schaumburg, beginning, weather permitting, Friday, July 22. Daily and nightly lane closures will take place on Higgins Road from Lexington Drive to east of Interstate 290 including east and west Interstate 290/Illinois 53 Frontage Roads and the northbound Interstate 290/Illinois 53 exit ramp at Higgins Road.


CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

Tue, Jul 19 to Mon, Sep 19 or completion

Cumberland Blue Line Station North Street-to-Bridge Elevator Out of Service

How does this affect my trip?
The north street-to-bridge elevator at Cumberland station is temporarily out of service.

Entry/exiting from the Cumberland Blue Line station is available by stairs and the south street-to-bridge elevator, or stairs, escalator or elevator from the bus terminal.

The elevator is estimated to return to service on Monday, September 19, 2016 (date subject to change).

Jul 22 – 23
10pm Fri to 5am Sat
10pm Sat to 6am Sun

Boarding Change, Delays Between Montrose and Addison 
How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the O’Hare-bound side of the platform at the Irving Park station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Montrose and Addison, resulting in minor delays.

Jul 24 – 25
10pm Sun to 4am Mon

Boarding Change, Delays Between Irving Park and Logan Square

How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the O’Hare-bound side of the platform at the Addison and Belmont stations.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Irving Park and Logan Square, resulting in minor delays.
Jul 23 – 25
2am Sat to 4am Mon

Bus Substitution Between Clinton Station and the Loop

How does this affect my trip?
Shuttle buses will replace rail service between Clinton and Clark/Lake.

Pink Line trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Clinton.

Green Line trains will operate between Harlem/Lake and Clinton, and between Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove and the Loop. Trains will operate clockwise around the Inner Loop, on the side normally used by Orange and Pink line trains.

A shuttle train will operate counterclockwise around the Outer Loop, on the side normally used by Brown Line trains.
Jul 24 – 25
10pm Sun to 4am Mon

Boarding Change, Delays between Kedzie and 35th/Archer

How does this affect my trip?

Board/exit all trains on the Midway-bound side of the platform at the Western station.

Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Kedzie and 35th/Archer, resulting in minor delays.