12 things to do this weekend: June 30th – July 4th | Chicago News | Wender Mind Kids

 12 things to do this weekend: June 30th - July 4th |  Chicago News

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1. Connect

After a two year break ACTIVATE, a celebration of local arts and culture, returns to the Loop. Highlights include DJ sessions, performances by A Queer Pride and live interactive art exhibitions by Paint the City.

Details: 5pm-10pm Thursday at LaSalle and Quincy streets. Free / MAP


Find more festivals: 2022 Summer Festival Guide


2. Sweat

Start the holiday weekend by boosting your fitness Millennium Park summer training. With tai chi, yoga, pilates, and zumba classes, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to bring a mat, towel, and water to stay hydrated.

Details: 8-8:45 a.m. Tai Chi; 9-9:45am Yoga; 10-10:45 Pilates; 11-11:45 a.m. Zumba at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free/MAP


3. Shake it

Get some new moves at Pier dance. Bellydance By Phaedra will hold classes in oriental and belly dance techniques before the dance floor opens.

Details: 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Navy Pier Polk Bros Performance Lawn City Stage, 600 E. Grand Ave. For free / MAP


4. Observe

Take a movie night outdoors this weekend and catch the Disney hit Encanto Movies in the parks of Hermitage. BYO blanket, chairs, snacks and drinks.

Details: 8:30-10:12 p.m. Friday at Hermitage Park, 5839 S. Wood St. Free/MAP

(Image credit: Chicago Park District)(Image credit: Chicago Park District)

5. Study

In the 1986 classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris and his crew visit the Art Institute of Chicago as part of their epic day playing Hooky. Learn more about the artwork featured in the 2-minute clip, the film and the art galleries at “The Art of Ferris Bueller: Walking Tour.”

Details: 1:00-2:15 p.m. Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. $35 plus museum admission/MAP


6. Make a move

Started more than 30 years ago as a small celebration of Chicago house music, the Selected DJs Music Festival & Picnic has grown, attracting tens of thousands each year in what organizers call the longest-running house music event.

Details: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Jackson Park, 63rd Street and Hayes Drive. $60 and up; Free for children under 12 / MAP


7. Listen

Tune in to nature Summer Soundwalks in Big Marsh Parks. Led by faculty and alumni from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the event examines listening and sound production as an ecological practice and as a tool for change.

Details: 5-7 p.m. Friday at Big Marsh Park, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave. For free / MAP


8. Amazement

Sit ringside under the big top for Cirque Italias “Water Circus I: Silver unit‘ with pirate fights, aerial aerobatics, balancing acts and ‘Wheel of Death’ performances.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 13:30, 16:30 and 19:30 Saturday; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Monday at Chicago Premium Outlets, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd., Aurora. $10-$50 / MAP

Morgaine Rosenthal and D. Fernandez perform aerial straps.  (Photo by Alex Gaspar) Morgaine Rosenthal and D. Fernandez perform aerial straps. (Photo by Alex Gaspar)

9. Collect

That Celebrate the America Craft and Art Fair features 75 stalls with vendors selling homemade goods, live music, turtle races, children’s activities and a parade (departs at 10:00 am).

Details: 10:00-16:00 Monday at Burlington Park, E. Chicago Avenue and S. Washington Street, Hinsdale. Free / CARD


10. Joy

Dozens of multicultural acts representing the African-Caribbean diaspora perform at International Festival of Life. Arts, crafts and games are also on offer.

Details: 2pm-10pm Saturday-Monday at Washington Park, 55th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. $25-$40; $20 for seniors; free for children under 12 years / MAP


11. Thinking

Written by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore: “The billboardfollows a fictional women’s hospital in Englewood and her struggle with a resident who is running for city council and putting up a provocative billboard about abortion and black women.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4pm and 8pm Saturday; Sunday through July 17 at 2 p.m. at Northwestern University, Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive. $25 / MAP


12. Have fun

Carnival rides, a petting zoo, pickleball tournaments, rib and pie eating competitions, a pet parade, wine tasting and live music are among the festivities on offer Frontier Days Festival.

Details: 5pm-11pm Thursday; 5pm to midnight Friday; Saturday and Sunday noon-midnight; Monday through 10 p.m. at Recreation Park, 500 E. Milner St., Arlington Heights. Free / MAP

(Arlington Heights Border Days/Facebook)(Arlington Heights Border Days/Facebook)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Would you like to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future round-up? Send us an E-mail.