Diversions: Things to do in Chicago this weekend

Hello Dear Readers.  So sorry to have taken the week off.  I was doing lots of research for the blog including an interview/meeting with the dealer here in Chicago that is importing the home-sized helical wind turbines and solar panels for residential use.  I am still working on that article.  But Friday arrives, and there’s a WHOLE BUNCH of stuff to do this weekend, so…

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The big one this weekend is…    Lollapalooza!

View the lineup here.

Your guide hears that there are STILL TICKETS available in the $80 to $250 range.

Lollapalooza, one of rock’s major festivals, kicks off today in Chicago.  Some 225,000 tickets have been sold for the three-day event, which will present more than 130 bands on eight stages.

Among the names familiar in rock-friendly households who’ll be performing in Grant Park this weekend: the Decemberists, Depeche Mode, Gomez, Jane’s Addiction, the Killers, Kings of Leon, Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg and Tool.  Buzz acts include Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Neko Case, Fleet Foxes, Santigold and TV on the Radio.  Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, who revived Lollapalooza in ’03 after the festival was dormant for five years, hosts a dance stage where Bassnectar, the Bloody Beetroots, Deadmau5, MSTRKRFT, Simian Mobile Disco and others will spin.  And a bunch of performers on the verge of much bigger things are on tap:  Band of Horses, Blind Pilot, Crystal Castles, the Gaslight Anthem, the Kaiser Chiefs, Lykke Li, Rise Against and Silversun Pickups, among them.

Best guide to the fest at Tribune’s website here.

The Minor Players this weekend

Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival. Saturday and Sunday on Racine between Fullerton and Webster.  Noon to 9 and Noon to 10.

20 acts set to perform on the festival’s two music stages are: legendary pop rockers 10,000 Maniacs; critically acclaimed British rocker Graham Parker; singer/songwriter/guitarist John West (former lead singer for Danish prog-rockers Royal Hunt); lauded singer/songwriter Alexa Wilkinson; and the Paris Delane Trio (headed by Delane, a member of Chicago’s eclectic Sonia Dada).

A gate donation of $7 benefits the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce,Chicago’s largest neighborhood chamber, which leads numerous initiatives in support Lincoln Park’s local businesses.

Wrigleyville Summerfest. Saturday and Sunday along Seminary, north of Belmont.  Noon to 10 and 10 to 9.  Link here.

Move over Wrigley Field, here comes Wrigleyville Summerfest! Not your average festival, Wrigleyville Summerfest features a kid zone with interactive games, family-friendly activities, and live music. Only the best food vendors that Chicagoans have come to know and love will be on hand for this out of this out of the park festival! You would be crazy to miss this wonderful festival with all the proceeds going to a worthy cause at only $5 for admission.

Get Outta Town

The Wisconsin State Fair runs August 6 to August 16! 

http://wistatefair.com/  Travel here to eat a wide variety of foods served on a stick.  This year’s food lineup is reportedly the largest in the history of the fair!

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