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What You Should Do in Chicago Before Summer Ends

With rock concerts, an air show, and a ton of ethnic street fests, Chicago is ready to send summer out with a bang.

Photo: Chad Smith Photography / North Coast Festival

The North Coast Festival in a previous summer. This year, Wu-Tang enters the chamber. 

You’ve had your fix of Lolla, gotten your grub on at Ribfest, and spent a pretty penny on everything vintage at Randolph Street Market. So what’s left of your summer?

Plenty.

Before switching into hibernation mode, enjoy the end of summer at these events:

 

Chicago Air and Water Show
Aug. 17 and 18, 10-3PM on North Ave. Beach

This year’s Air and Water Show heralds a list of returning headliners such as the mind-bending AeroShell Aerobatic team, and new acts including the All Veteran Parachute Team and a flight squadron of vintage WWII aircraft. The sky marvels and spinning arials will make Dad giddy, and the kids won’t mind lounging on the beach either.

 

North Coast Music Festival
Aug. 31-Sep. 1, Union Park

Get the last use out of your festival gear with Nas, Passion Pit, and the Wu-Tang Clan (if its members show) who amp up the lineup at North Coast. Tickets for the electronic-meets-hip-hop-meets-indie-rock fest range from $55-225.

 

Renegade Craft Fair
Sep. 7 and 8, Division St. in Wicker Park

Antiquities and handmade crafts galore—Renegade Craft Fair brings together over 300 makers specializing in everything from splashy graphic t-shirts to ceramics with whales on them. Just take a look for yourself.

 

Riot Fest
Sep. 13-15, Humboldt Park

Welcoming oldschool alt-rock bands to the city, Riot Fest takes the cake as the place for music’s must-see reunions. The Replacements alone should bring down the house with their first performance since 1991 when they played at Grant Park.

 

Ethnic Street Fest Bonanza

This weekend, North Park hosts the Chicago Korean Festival, which includes a kimchi-eating competition, B-Boy/B-Girl breakdancing battles, and Korean wrestling matches known as ssireum. Here are five more a little further out on the calendar:

Festa Italiana, Aug. 22-25, Littlie Village
Brazil Fest, Aug. 23-25, Logan Square
Ukranian Days Festival, Aug. 24-25, Smith Park
North Side Irish Fest, Sep. 13-15, North Center
Oktoberfest Chicago, Sep. 27-29, Lakeview

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