Bear Balloons: Eyes to the Skies Festival
See ’85 Bears Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, and Otis Wilson play a live set as rock band Chicago 6 (yes, we’re serious).
Sky high: There's also hot air balloon rides, fireworks, a 4th of July parade, and deep fried Twinkies.
Today thru Sun. Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle (630-541-6095). $5.
Nearby: Evviva! Bar & Eatery; Nels Old Time Inn; Traviata
Sunday Skin: Bikini Brunch at American Junkie
Finally, Chicago imports the fine Miami/Vegas tradition of the bikini brunch (pictured) to an upstairs retractable roof.
I candy: Champagne and punch bowls mixed with seafood towers and DJs round out your hangover helper.
Sun noon-10p. American Junkie, 15 W. Illinois St., River North. (312-239-0995). No cover; RSVP here.
Nearby: Paris Club; Hubbard Inn; Public House
Park Place: SummerDance in the Parks
At this guaranteed date night win, learn to dance with a free one-hour lesson before letting it loose in a lakeside park.
Meet the kid: Local club hero Kid Color spins a dirty set of indie/electronic jams for you and the lady to get weird to.
Tonight 6-9p. Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, Lincoln Park (312-742-9994). Free.
Nearby: Perennial Virant; Tin Lizzie; Salvatore’s
Street Food: Taste of Lakeview
The party spills into the streets with Pony pulled pork, Moe's tacos al pastor, and enough Bud Light to kill a moose.
Getting hairy: Bust out your ‘80s mullet and Motley Crue tattoos for glam rock revisionists Hairbanger’s Ball (Sun 7p).
Sat-Sun. Lincoln & Belmont Ave., Lakeview (773-665-4682). $5-10 donation.
Nearby: The Pony; Schubas; Headquarters Beercade