Go Big or Go Home: The Next BIG Thing Pub Crawl
Get ready for college football season with this pep rally-style tour of local bars affiliated with each Big Ten school.
Fight song: A free party trolley will shuttle you between bars, where you can shout rival fight songs at opposing teams.
Sat 2p. Start at the bar representing your school (262-341-9211). $20 here.
Ringling Brothers: End of Summer Industry Carnival
Cheer on your favorite River North bartenders and waitresses at this volleyball tourney and festival.
Treats: Play carnival games, bag toss, and beer pong with a side of BBQ, ice cream, and Avion Tequila.
Sun noon-10p. Outside Municipal Bar + Dining Co., 218-232 W. Ohio St., River North (312-951-2125). No cover.
Nearby: GT Fish & Oyster; Union Sushi + BBQ; Farmhouse
Art Rocks: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
Browse works by 100+ artists through open local galleries with live music on three stages.
24 hour party people: Hit the street for a Cobblestone Jam launch party (Fri 6-10p), with nightly afterparties at Red Line Tap.
Sat-Sun noon-9p. Glenwood & Morse Avenues, Rogers Park. Free.
Nearby: Heartland Café; Mayne Stage; Red Line Tap
Shore High: Highwood Craft Beer Fest
The North Shore gets its first ever craft beer fest, conveniently located within stumbling distance of the Metra station.
Locally sourced: The 60+ beers on hand mostly focus on small-batch local brews including Ale Syndicate and Finch’s.
Sat 1-5:30p. Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. (847-432-6000). $35-55 here.
Nearby: Del Rio; Gabe’s Backstage Lounge; Buffo’s