Godzilla Fest (since 1994). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-30.
Largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world (over 1000 attend). A family-oriented convention catering to the "kaiju" genre. Features fan presentations, sessions by actors and crew from the Godzilla series, contests and gaming, new and classic movies, large dealers room, more. g-fan.comCrowne Plaza O'Hare, 847/671-6350, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont. chi-ohare.holiday-inn.comMAPPHOTOSINFOSHARE
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
Taste Of Chicago (since 1981). Beer, meat, people, major bands. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free entry. 10a-9p.
Newly reformatted, 40+ quality restaurants represented. Bring money and sun screen. Variety of special attractions including flume ride, kid fun, local TV stars, high diving, much more. Good bands at several stages all day. tasteofchicago.usGrant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. cityofchicago.orgMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Square Roots Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-10 Fr 5-10p, Sa noon-10p, Su 12-8p.
(supplants the 14 year old Folk and Roots Festival) Two outdoor stages and two indoor with over 60 acts. Unique vendors, local food, and over 30 craft beers. squareroots.orgLincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop. lincolnsquare.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Wordplay. -2018.07.26 Th+Fr -6p, Sa+Su 12-4p.
An exploration of how women artists intertwine text and image to deliver message and effect change. From handwriting to video, poetic thought to political activism, this group of artists incorporate letters, numbers and symbols to give meaning to their art." Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 2150 S Canalport. womanmade.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
*"Figment" participatory arts event. -Sunday All ages. Free 1-6p.
Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year. nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2018.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 07.13: Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant, 5pm Sa 07.14: CSO: Beethoven's 9th, 5pm Su 07.15: CSO: Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald, 3pm Mo 07.16: RSMI: Timo Andres premiere, 5pm Tu 07.17: Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy, 5pm We 07.18: CSO: Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang, 5pm Th 07.19: RSMI: Brahms and More, 5pm. Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. ravinia.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2018.09.02 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot. Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs. renfair.com/bristolMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2018.08.25 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour. chicagosummerdance.orgGrant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2018.08.17 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical several days a week. 312/742-7638 grantparkmusicfestival.comGrant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2018.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2018.09.07 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Fr 07.13 Despicable Me 3 at Gladstone Park Fr 07.13 Jumanji at Taylor Park Fr 07.13 War for the Planet of the Apes at Palmer Park Sa 07.14 Back to the Future at Horner Park Sa 07.14 Coco at Oz Park Sa 07.14 Wonder Woman at Sherwood Park Su 07.15 Footloose at Piotrowski Park Su 07.15 Grease at Jonquil Park Su 07.15 The Emoji Movie at Emmerson Park Mo 07.16 9 to 5 at Osterman Beach Mo 07.16 Cars 3 at Skinner Park Mo 07.16 Space Jam at Cotton Tail Park Tu 07.17 International Media Mixer at Pritzker Pavilion Tu 07.17 Captain Underpants at Trebes Park Tu 07.17 Jumanji at Park #578 Tu 07.17 Monsters, Inc at Beverly Park We 07.18 Home Team (Mi Mundial) at Gage Park We 07.18 Jumanji at Brainerd Park We 07.18 Jumanji at Rosenblum Park Th 07.19 Coco at Arrigo Park Th 07.19 Despicable Me 3 at Senka Park Th 07.19 Sister Act at Wicker Park. bedno.com/movies/parksVarious Chicago parks. TIMESMAPSHARE