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What to do This Weekend in the Loop

It’s the weekend, which means its time to get out and explore the Loop! Whether you’re a fan of art, food, music, or just getting out and having a good time, the Loop has something for you!

The Millennium Art Festival begins today and will continue into Sunday. It will be open until 6 p.m. tonight, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, July 9, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. The event will be a mixture of music, food, art, and activities, including a freestanding graffiti wall that festival-goers are invited to contribute to.

The Taste of Chicago began earlier this week, but the fun continues on into the weekend. Come out to Grant Park to enjoy some of the best food Chicago has to offer and enjoy the festival atmosphere. The Decemberists and Shakey Graves will be performing tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. Billy Idol and Sons Of The Silent Age will take the stage tomorrow, July 9, at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 10 the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley and Sheila E will be performing at 4:30 p.m. All concerts will take place at the Petrillo Music Shell and tickets are available online.

Speaking of concerts, the Grant Park Music Festival is having A Cole Porter Celebration tonight at 8 p.m. and then again tomorrow, July 9, at 8 p.m. Karen Mason along with other Broadway stars and the Grant Park Orchestra will be performing the works of Cole Porter, including pieces from Anything Goes and Kiss Me Kate.

Spongebob will be moving out of the Loop after this weekend, so don’t miss your chance to see The Spongebob Musical before it leaves. This world premiere musical follows Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, and all of their under-the-sea friends as they try to save Bikini Bottom from complete annihilation. Performances take place at the Oriental Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow, July 9, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Renée Fleming will be performing at the Harris Theater with Artists from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. General admission tickets are available online.

Explore the Chicago Riverwalk

The Riverwalk has several places where you can stop for food and drink, including City Winery which has live music all weekend long. 


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