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Free and Inexpensive Weekend Events in Chicago

With summer just weeks away, the city of Chicago continues to offer a variety of free and low-cost entertainment options.

The offer this weekend ranges from Mediterranean, Mexican, and Latin American music to jazz and arts festivals. Here is a list of what is happening in the city.

Taste of Greektown

Celebrating culture and the Greek community in Chicago for the 33rd time, it will feature good Mediterranean food, live music, Greek bands, children’s games, and more entertainment. The annual food festival takes place on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Halsted Street in the West Loop. For more information, see the following link:


The Villapalooza art collective brings together members of the Latino community to create spaces for the spread of Hispanic culture in the city. In this edition, the music festival in La Villita brings together dozens of artists, folk dancers, singers, and DJs, as well as boxing, wrestling, and more. The event will take place on Saturday, August 26 August, between 26th Street and Central Park, from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, go to the following link:

Pizza City Festival

If you are a pizza lover, then this event is the ideal place for you. More than 40 pizzerias and pizza makers present their best selection of this famous dish. In addition to the opportunity to enjoy a wide selection of pizzas, there will be lectures on the preparation of these dishes. General admission is $95; VIP entry is $200. Is listed for Saturday, August 26th, and Sunday, August 27th, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Plumber’s Union Hall in the West Loop, 1401 W. Randolph St., Chicago. For more information, you can go to the following link:

Lakeview Taco Festival

As the name suggests, the tacos will be the protagonists of this event. Attendees can sample this famous Mexican stuffed dish in a variety of ways and enjoy live music, wrestlers, and children’s activities. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is requested. Is listed Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the community of Lakeview, between 3500 N. Southport Ave. For more information, go to the following link:

Festival inflatable boat “Bounce the City”

This bouncy castle festival features eight rides that encourage jumping and bouncing. One of the giant bouncy castles is 600 feet long, while others feature bottomless ball pits. and another a silent disco dome with a live DJ, lights, and special effects. The event also features a “Bounce Café” with food trucks and an outdoor seating area. Admission tickets start at $24 for a 90-minute pass. Bouncy the City is available from Monday, August 26 to September 4 at Woodfield Mall. For further information, go to the following link:

Bucktown Arts Festival

According to organizers, for nearly 40 years the renowned arts festival has aimed to nurture community artists and support arts education in Holstein Park and the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. The festival showcases the creations of visual artists, photographers, designers, jewelers and more. There will also be live music and jazz bands. There will also be an area where children can have fun and make their own craft creations. The festival is free and takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Holstein Park. For more information, see the following link:

Festival LatiNxt

This musical presents a variety of Latin American music for all visitors to enjoy on various stages at Navy Pier, including the Lake Stage, the Beer Garden and the Wave Wall. There will also be artisan exhibitions. The festival is and will be free of charge Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, see the following link:

Fireworks at Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s summer fireworks show is almost over, so there are only a few weeks left to enjoy this free Saturday event. The start of the fireworks will be this Saturday 26 August at 22:00 o’clock. For more information, see the following link:

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