Lollapalooza, not included. Frankly, you should be there right now.
It may be August 1st but Lolla is already on its second day. However, there are plenty of outdoor activities in the month of August to enjoy as summer turns to its home stretch.
Whether it be classic Chicago festivals, or legendary rock bands reverberating the seats of Wrigley Field, there’s a lot for you to partake in with friends and loved ones.
Last month, we became your roadmap to fun in July. Let us guide you for the next thirty days as well. Check out what we’ll be doing during the month of August. We hope to see you there.
1. Street Festivals
Retro on Roscoe, Northalsted Market Days, Wrigleyville Summer Fest, Hot Dog Festival, Taste of Greektown, Chicago Food Truck social, the list goes on. Those are just a few of the street festivals lining the blocks of Chicago in the month of August.
Chicago lives for street festivals. They bring out the vibrant cultural melting pot that this city is comprised of. From north to south, east to west, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a neighborhood that isn’t partying in the streets this month.
Our favorite? Hot Dog Festival. That’s because, well, you can never go wrong with hot dogs. Plus, if you check out the website, you’ll see that they’ll answer every question you ever had about ketchup — and why it’s the devil’s work to put it on your hot dog.
2. Arlington Million
Arlington Racetrack is the place to be on a hot summer’s weekend if you want to venture outside of the downtown area. Booze, ponies, betting, seersucker’s and sundresses — what else can you ask for?
Now, we told you about the wealth of weekend fun to be had at Arlington Racetrack in July. It gets even better in August.
That’s because the Arlington Million is running on August 15th and we don’t know who wouldn’t enjoy a Saturday afternoon trying to win $1 million. It’s the biggest day of horse racing in the state of Illinois and that right there is reason enough for us to show up.
You should join because at the very least you get to spend a day in the sun drinking and being frugal (just playin’) with your money.
3. Cubs-Sox at US Cellular
How awesome is it that baseball in Chicago means something in August? Both the Cubs and the White Sox are in the thick of their respective Wild Card races. And as the Crosstown Series travels to the South Side, both bragging rights and all important August wins are on the line.
The White Sox stole two of three at Wrigley Field just before the All Star break behind strong pitching from Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale. The Cubs will look to steal back the season series on August 14th-16th.
Pitching matchup’s are still unknown but if we’re being honest, pitcher duels are boring. Let’s hope it’s a white hot parade of runs and possibly some extra inning magic.
4. Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
Summer Set is the only activity on this list that’s not in the Chicagoland area. So if you’re available the weekend of August 14-16 and can make a trip up to Somerset, Wisconsin than we implore you do so.
With a lineup that boasts the likes of Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, The Weeknd, Bone Thugs (with all its original members), and more, it’s really an easy decision granted it’s time permitting. So jet up to Summer Set for a weekend of body-shaking music, partying, and camping.
Just make sure you come back and thank us for convincing you to make the trip.
5. Air & Water Show
The weekend of August 14th just keeps getting better. Chicago’s famed Air & Water Show takes flight on August 15th and 16th at North Avenue and Oak Street Beaches.
The Air & Water Show is basically a visual orgasm, with high-speed boats racing across blue waters and fighter pilots twirling through even bluer skies. It’s really one of the best ‘do nothing and still have a kick ass’ times you can have in Chicago during the summer — considering the heat is the only thing you have to worry about.
6. Summer Concerts
Concerts happen everywhere and during every season, but August in Chicago is loaded with a pretty impressive of shows for you to catch.
August 7th — The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson dock their ‘The End Times Tour’ on Northerly Island.
August 29th — The Foo Fighters take on Wrigley Field. We can’t say with certainty whether or not Dave Grohl will be up on his Game of Thrones-style rock perch or not, but we do know that he’ll rock the ivy off the walls whether he’s sitting or standing.
August 30th — if you didn’t have the luxury of catching Tallest Man on Earth Saturday at Lollapalooza he’ll be at Thalia Hall on August 30th.
These are just some of the best concerts you and some friends can catch this month in the greatest city in the world.
7. Bears preseason games
We get it, the Bears were laughably terrible last season thus hammering down the optimism heading into 2015. But with a new coaching staff, new front office, sexy draft picks, and an underrated Jay Cutler, the Bears could at least be fun again.
John Fox’s team opens their preseason schedule on Thursday, August 13th as they host the Miami Dolphins. You can see the rest of their schedule here.