Looking for fun things to do in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered with this selection of events in the city and suburbs:

Friday, Aug. 24

Jazz pianist/composer Ramsey Lewis will give his final Chicago performance on Sept. 1 at the Chicago Jazz Festival, which kicks off Aug. 24. | ON RHODES PHOTO

Jazz pianist/composer Ramsey Lewis will give his final Chicago performance on Sept. 1 at the Chicago Jazz Festival, which kicks off Aug. 24. | ON RHODES PHOTO

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

WHAT: In celebration of its 40th year, the festival expands to venues around the city (Aug. 24-29) including Constellation, Links Hall, Old Town School and Green Mill. Millennium Park highlights (Aug. 29-Sept. 2) include the final Chicago performance by the legendary Ramsey Lewis as well as appearances by Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker and Orbert Davis and more.

WHEN: Aug. 24-Sept. 2

WHERE: Millennium Park, Old Town School of Folk Music and other venues

COST: Varies by venue

INFO: For a complete schedule visit festival website

Chicago's SummerDance season concludes Friday night at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. | Courtesy DCASE

Chicago’s SummerDance season concludes Friday night at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. | Courtesy DCASE

CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE

WHAT:  The outdoor dance celebration finishes its season at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 with an evening of Latin dance (salsa, mambo, cha-cha) and lessons (Charanga Tropical provides the music) in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden. A SummerDance Celebration featuring performances, lessons and dancing throughout Millennium Park takes place from noon-9 p.m. Aug. 25.

WHEN: Aug. 24

WHERE: Grant Park Spirit Garden, 601 S. Michigan

COST: Free

MORE INFO: Chicago SummerDance website

America's Darlings are among the lineup for the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. | Provided Photo

America’s Darlings are among the lineup for the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. | Provided Photo

CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL

WHAT: The comedy festival (which kicks off Aug. 23) packs over 70 shows into four days of musical improv, stand-up and sketch. Among the performers are Jen Murray, Mary Kennedy, Amanda McQueen, America’s Darlings, Off Off Broadway and the Cupid Players.

WHEN: Aug. 23-26

WHERE: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont

COST: $15; festival passes available

MORE INFO: Visit festival website

Bruce Johnston and Mike Love of The Beach Boys perform at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. | AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar

Bruce Johnston and Mike Love of The Beach Boys perform at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. | AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar

BEACH BOYS CONCERT

WHAT: The Beach Boys and The Righteous Brothers, with special guest John Stamos. The perennial boys of summer are on the road and arrive at Ravinia Friday night. Joined by “Full House” star John Stamos on drums, the legendary pop group now boasts Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Scott Totten and Christian Love.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 24

WHERE: Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park

COST: $48-$85

INFO: Visit Ravinia website

 

Saturday, Aug. 25

The Randolph Street Market celebrates "Back to Cool" this weekend in the West Loop. | Provided Photo

The Randolph Street Market celebrates “Back to Cool” this weekend in the West Loop. | Courtesy Randolph Street Market

 

RANDOLPH STREET MARKET

WHAT: It’s the 15th anniversary season for the eclectic, European-style indoor/outdoor marketplace, which celebrates “Back to Cool” Aug. 25-26. It’s one-stop shopping courtesy of more than 300 vendors boasting everything from antiques and vintage/modern goods to clothing and jewelry. Plenty of back-to-school/dorm room fare will be featured, incuding furniture and funishings, used and rare books, sports memorabilia and more. Food and drink from local purveyors is also available for purchase. Free on-site parking and valet parking available.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25-26

WHERE: 1341 W. Randolph, Chicago

COST: $5-$50; season passes also available

INFO: Visit festival website

 

OFF THE MOUND WITH RYAN DEMPSTER

WHAT: Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster: Stories and laughs with MLB legends! : Get up-close and personal with some of the best players in baseball including Anthony Rizzo, Kerry Wood, Ozzie Guillen and more. The event, hosted by former MLB pitcher Ryan Dempster (Cubs, Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds), proceeds from the event benefit CPS SCORE, an after-school sports program for Chicago Public Schools kids. Cost of your ticket is tax deductible as a donation to the 501c3 Chicago Children’s Fund

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 25

WHERE: The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield

COST: $75 -$250 (all ages)

MORE INFO: Visit the Jam Productions website

Jimi Westbrook (from left), Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet of Little Big Town participate in an interview at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's CMA Theater on June 26, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Jimi Westbrook (from left), Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet of Little Big Town participate in an interview at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater on June 26, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

MIRANDA LAMBERT AND LITTLE BIG TOWN

WHAT:  The country music superstars bring their Bandwagon Tour to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park for a concert Saturday night. Special guest: Tenille Townes.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 25

WHERE: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park

COST: Tickets start at $18

MORE INFO: Visit LiveNation website

Sunday, Aug. 26

Guided by Voices | Sandlin Gaither

Guided by Voices | Sandlin Gaither

GUIDED BY VOICES

WHAT: The reunited Ohio indie rockers are on the road again and make a Chicago-area stop at SPACE this weekend. The lineup boasts Robert Pollard, Doug Gillard, Kevin March and newcomers Mark Shue and Bobby Bare Jr.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

COST: $38

MORE INFO: Visit Space website

Other Sun-Times guides:

The Sun-Times Summer Guide
A guide to Chicago’s Summer Festivals
A guide to Chicago-area farmers’ markets
33 places to order a drink outside in Chicago this summer

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