Some Cool Things to do This Weekend in Chicago


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The short answer to who’s playing LakeShake festival is “pretty much everybody.” This three-day country music feast sets up at Northerly Island, with a roster that should have every hat and set of boots pointed in that direction. Brooks & Dunn will be playing their only non-Vegas U.S. date at the fest. There will also be Jason Aldean, for those who want a bit of rock with their country, as well as Lady Antebellum. Tim McGraw, known by as many for his acting these days as his country ditties, is on the docket as well as Maritna McBride. Something for everyone? Yup. In Turn It Up.

Chicago Pride Fest: Show your support for Chicago’s LGBTQ community this weekend during the two days of Chicago Pride Fest 2016. A full schedule of bands, food, libations and good vibes will greet you at this annual festival celebrating the achievements and solidarity of Chicago’s gay community. Headliners include Jordin Sparks, Daya, Dumblonde and many other bands performing on North Halsted in Boystown. This spirited street fest is the prelude to Chicago’s famous Pride Parade next weekend. Details: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 3200 N. Halsted St.; $10 donation; www.northalsted.com/events/chicago-pride-fest-2016

Taste of Randolph: This year, Taste of Randolph Street is celebrating 20 years of dining, dancing and the diverse sounds of local and international bands. More than 30 DJs, bands and solo artists will provide the soundtrack as you stroll down Randolph, sampling the bold cuisine of more than 20 Chicago restaurants, among them Bar Siena, belly Q, Soho House and City Winery. Between courses, dance to the music of headliners Peter Bjorn & John, chillwave stars MS MR and Australian indie band Atlas Genius. Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 900 W. Randolph St.; $10 donation; www.tasterandolph.com

Green Music Fest: This fest fuses original live music with environmental and social activism, making sure Wicker Park gets its party on while leading by example to reduce environmental impact. The 8th annual festival will again feature a people-powered bicycle stage, ecologically-crafted brews by Lagunitas and tips for leading a more sustainable lifestyle. Headliners include BRONCHO, King Khan & The Shrines, Waxahatchee and Black Joe Lewis. Details: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Damen Avenue between North Avenue and Schiller Street; $5 donation; www.greenmusicfestchicago.com

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Brickworld Chicago: LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will descend upon Schaumburg this weekend to browse 100,000 square feet of LEGO structures, vendors and activities at Brickworld Chicago. Give free rein to your creativity in the play brick areas, watch fighting robots, or browse numerous vendors selling brick sets, minifigures and accessories. Details: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg; General admission $12, kids 3 and under free; www.brickworld.com/brickworld-chicago