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Grand Lodge 2016 Convention Things to do in Chicago

Black film festival

September 1, 2016 (begins Aug. 5)

0.5 miles SW

Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience with dozens of films at Gene Siskel Film Center.


Jazz festival

September 1 – 4, 2016

0.5 miles south

The Chicago Jazz Festival is Labor Day weekend at Millennium Park. No dogs. Free.


Movies in the Parks

September 1 – Sept. 5, 2016 (begins June 13)

Chicago locations


Ravinia music festival

September 1 – 17, 2016 (begins June 2)

23 miles north


See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.


North Coast Music Festival

September 2 – 4, 2016

2 miles west

North Coast Music Festival is an all-ages music fest that ranges from hip-hop to electronic to indie rock in Union Park on Labor Day weekend.


African festival

September 2 – 5, 2016

7 miles south

African Festival of the Arts celebrates African art, crafts, drumming, food, and entertainment at a festival Labor Day weekend in Washington Park.


Polish festival

September 2 – 5, 2016

10 miles NW

Taste of Polonia has 37 bands, 50 vendors, 12 food booths (polska kielbasa, potato pancakes, pierogi, and beer) Labor Day weekend in Jefferson Park.



Chicken wings

September 3, 2016 (uncertain)

2.3 miles west

Summer WingFest offers unlimited restaurant wings, live music, outdoor games, a vendor market, craft beer, and a bar at Chicago Journeymen Plumbers.


Renaissance fair

September 3 – 5, 2016 (begins July 9)

49 miles north

Watch knights joust, shop an artisan market, mingle with costumed minstrels, play games, and attend shows at Bristol Renaissance Fairein 16th century England (i.e. Kenosha, WI).


Circus in the park

September 3 – Oct. 16, 2016 (begins Aug. 27)

Chicago locations

Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of daytime shows on the weekends at eight parks, which is perfect for families.


Free science museum

September 6 – 30, 2016 (weekdays only)

8 miles south

Show Illinois ID to enter the Museum of Science and Industry free during Free Days. Repeats in January.


Jazz at the aquarium

September 7 & 14, 2016 (begins June 22)

2 miles south

Hear musicians and vocalists, see views from the terrace, buy cocktails & food, and visit the aquarium at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at Shedd Aquarium.


Free foreign films

September 7 – 28, 2016 (Wednesdays from June)

0.4 miles south

See a different comedy film each week at International Screenings Program at Chicago Cultural Center. Free.

Dinner in the park

September 8, 2016

1 mile south

Savour is a pricey fine food and wine event with music at Buckingham Fountain to benefit Grant Park.


Adult zoo night

September 8, 2016 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)

2.5 miles north

Leave the kids at home and head to Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo to experience unique animal chats and live entertainment if you are age 18+. (Cash bars are available for age 21+.)


Opera in the park

September 9, 2016

0.5 mile south

Spectacular singing and orchestral music await at Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, which is preceded by an Air Force Band concert. Free.


Wine festival

September 9 – 10, 2016

1 mile south

Sample from more than 300 wines at the outdoor Windy City Wine Festival near Buckingham Fountain.


German festival & parade

September 9 – 11, 2016

7 miles north

Chicago German-American Fest has German music, culture, beer, and food at Lincoln Square. The Von Steuben Parade starts 2 p.m. Sat. at 4000 N Lincoln Ave. Free.


Mexican independence festival

September 9 – 11, 2016

10 miles SW

Thousands attend Festival de La Villita for authentic Mexican cuisine, music, artisans, carnival rides, and family entertainment on W 26th St. at Kostner. Free.


World Music Festival

September 9 – 25, 2016

Chicago locations

World Music Festival Chicago features artists and ensembles from all over the world. Free.


September 10, 2016 (noon)

Downtown Chicago

XPLORE Chicago is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city. Discount tickets $25.


Whiskey tasting

September 10, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

A ticket to River North Whiskey Festival gets you 30 tastes of whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches at John Barleycorn and Moe’s Cantina.


Boat parade

September 10, 2016

1 mile east

Venetian Night is a parade of illuminated boats with Broadway musical themes set to music and followed by fireworks at Navy Pier’s south dock. Free.





September 10 – 11, 2016

3.6 miles west

Ukrainian Village Fest offers folk dance, music, food (potato pancakes, borsch, pierogies, kabobs, blintzes), beer, wine, and a kids’ area at Superior St. & Oakley.


Lakeview East art festival

September 10 – 11, 2016

4 miles north

Meet 150 juried artists selling paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, and jewelry at Lakeview East Festival of the Arts on Broadway Avenue, north of Belmont. Donation.


Ravenswood Art Walk

September 10 – 11, 2016

7 miles north

Visit 150 artists in tents and shops along Ravenswood Avenue duringRavenswood ArtWalk.


Women’s expo

September 10 – 11, 2016

17 miles NW

Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and shop from 600 vendors of beauty and health products at the Chicago Ultimate Women’s Expo [sound] in the Rosemont convention center.



Mexican parades

September 11, 2016

Chicago locations

Celebrate Mexico’s separation from Spain at these Mexican Independence Day parades, with colorful floats, mariachi bands, and street dancing. Free.




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