Thousands of people will be traveling to the city of Chicago this year to enjoy the amazing line up at the Lollapalooza festival, which includes bands such as Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, if you want to extend your visit to Chicago by staying for a few days afterward, there is a wealth of things to do and great events that you can attend in Chicago during the first week of August. This vibrant city has more than enough to keep you entertained, and if you haven't booked your stay already, then there will be plenty to keep you entertained for a few extra days.
Get The French Experience At Art Dans La Rue
French culture comes to the Oak Park district of Chicago in what is a charming and exciting festival that is held on Tuesday 2 August this year. An annual event that celebrates all things to do with French culture, you will find plenty of wine and culinary treats on offer from the series of stalls that line Marion Street during the event. There is also great art, including a sidewalk chalk art competition, and a poodle parade too celebrate the most European of dog breeds.
See West Side Story on the Big Screen in Millennium Park
Millennium Park is home to a regular series of movies that are shown on the big screen in the park throughout the summer season. The night of 2 August will see the classic West Side Story hit the big screen in the park, which sees the gangs of the Sharks square off against the Jets, with some amazing musical numbers to enjoy. The screening starts at 6.30pm, and best of all, it is entirely free!
Tuck In At The Chicago Hot Dog Fest
If one festival is simply not enough for you, then the weekend after Lollapalooza is the Chicago Hot Dog Fest, celebrating one of the most popular fast food snacks in the country. A three day event from Friday 5 August until Sunday 7 August, there is a great variety of live music, family activities, and several of Chicago's most popular hot dog vendors to provide the 'meat' of the event.
See The Cubs Play The Marlins At Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field is one of the most iconic baseball parks in all of the country, having been built in 1914. The Miami Marlins are the visitors on the second and third of August, playing three games against the Cubs, sometimes known as the 'Lovable Losers', who at the time of writing in April are leading the Central Conference of the National League in Major League Baseball.
Enjoy More Music With Jose Gonzalez At The Pritzker Pavilion
Jose Gonzalez is a Swedish singer songwriter who came to fame with the acoustic track 'Heartbeats', which featured in a striking advert for a Sony television. Gonzalez is well known for his use of the classical guitar during his performances, with vocals that are both touching and gentle, making this appearance at the Pritzker Pavilion well worth catching if you will be staying in Chicago for a few more days.
Take The Last Chance To Visit The 'Portrait Print' Exhibition At The Art Institute Chicago
This exhibition features works by Van Dyck and Rembrandt among the artworks that are on display, and the particular feature here is that it looks at iconography within portraits. This is traced in a fascinating journey looking at portraits by different artists from different eras, from the sixteenth century through to modern portraits. The exhibition closes on 7 August, so catch it while you can.
Disney's Newsies At The Oriental Theater
This musical production is one that has received some wonderful reviews, and is playing at the Oriental Theater from July 28 until 7 August. Following a story inspired by the strike of the newspaper boys of New York in 1899, great songs and strong performances have made this a must see show.
Savour An Independent Movie At The Midwest Independent Film Festival
One of the great things about Chicago is the vibrant artistic scene, and every month on the first Tuesday, the festival's curators present a memorable indie movie at the Landmark's Century Center Theater. Preceded by a panel of the producers, this event is well worth catching on 3 August.