The Weekend Q101

Cubs host the Diamondbacks (Thursday-Sunday) 

Two NL Wild Card contenders battle it out in a four-game series on the North Side this weekend. The Cubs will look to continue their post-All Star break surge against a team who could knock them out of the playoffs.

Taste of Chicago in Grant Park (Friday-Sunday) 

NASCAR couldn’t stop it, they could only hope to contain it (i.e. move it to a different weekend). Taste of Chicago is BACK in Grant Park and this year could be the best year yet. Get all of the info you need regarding ticketing and of course, food, here.

Everclear at The Forge at Lemont Quarries (Friday) 

After hanging out with Brian & Kenzie in the 9am hour of the show, So-Cal legends Everclear head to The Forge for an intimate show on a beautiful evening. Tickets to this show, that also features The Ataris, can be purchased here.

Cruel at Cobra Lounge (Friday) 

Up-and-coming Chicago band Cruel heads to the Cobra Lounge on Friday night for a night of fun, chaos, and music. Grab a ticket here.

Melvins at Metro (Friday) 

Pacific Northwest icons the Melvins head to the Metro on Friday night for a co-headlining show with Boris as a part of the “Twins of Evil” tour. Limited tickets remain for this show.

Local Natives at The Riv (Friday) 

Our friends, Local Natives, plan to rip up The Riv on Friday night with what should be an incredible set. The last time Chicago got a chance to see them was at last year’s Lollapalooza in what some described as a weekend-stealing set.

Shedd Aquarium After Hours: House Party (Friday)

What better place to experience house music than overlooking the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan? Vibe with local DJs as they spin the beats. Catch your breath as you come face-to-face with fascinating animals from across the globe.

Of Montreal at Lincoln Hall (Saturday) 

Indie rock legends Of Montreal storm the best sounding venue in all of Chicago, Lincoln Hall, for a night of career-spanning hits.

Ween at The Salt Shed (Saturday) 

Ween is back in Chicago for the first time since their two-night stay at The Riv last year. This time around, they tackle Chicago’s newest venue, The Salt Shed. Tickets are nearly sold out for this event.

PAWS Chicago 5K (Saturday)

Local no-kill animal shelter PAWS hosts its annual 5K race at Montrose Harbor, where humans and dogs can make their way through a lakefront course while raising money to support the organization’s work. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be able to enjoy live entertainment for humans and pups alike, including a dog agility course and a “doggy oasis” outfitted with pools for cooling off. Don’t have a four-legged friend to bring along? Not to worry—there will be plenty of good boys and girls for you to pet.

World Dumpling Fest (Saturday)

Celebrate the glory of the dumpling in its many forms—baos, empanadas, pierogi and more—at World Dumpling Fest. Plus enjoy cultural dance performances like Filipino tinikling and Puerto Rican bomba. Admission to the event is free, but you’ll need to purchase tickets if you want to eat dumplings—$25 for five servings or $45 for 10.

Cake at The Salt Shed (Sunday) 

For the first time since 2019 (and for the first time in Chicago proper since 2012), Cake makes their way to The Salt Shed for an event that sold-out incredibly fast.

Bears host the Packers (Sunday)