Your guide to this weekend’s Chicago festivals

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It’s festival time! Grab your shades and some friends, then head to the city’s streets and parks for some good old Chicago fun.

Do Division Street Fest (May 29-31 along Division from Damen to Leavitt). It’s your classic Chicago street festival – sidewalk retailers, food and beverage vendors, live music, and family activities. Give a $5 donation to get in.

Maifest Chicago (May 28-31 at Lincoln & Leland). This four-day cultural event in Lincoln Square celebrates Chicago’s German heritage and the arrival of spring. Hear some live music and enjoy German food and beer along with other traditions like the maypole dance.

Millennium Art Festival (May 29-31 at Lake & Michigan). This free event features work by more than 100 artists. Enjoy live music and food vendors as you stroll through outdoor galleries and art displays. Engage your artsy side by contributing to the freestanding graffiti wall.

30th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival (May 29-31 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Chase Promenade). Many consider Chicago the home of gospel music. Get your fill of the genre at this free festival, jam packed with performances by local and national gospel artists and choirs.

Pivot Arts Festival (May 28-June 7 at various locations in Uptown & Edgewater). Experience local art through live theater, music and dance performances centered on the theme of “Celebrate Community!” There will also be a parade, wine tastings, workshops and shows just for kids. You can buy tickets to a specific performance (prices range from free to $20) or purchase an all-access festival pass for $45.

Lincoln Park Wine Festival (May 30-31 at 1001 W. Wrightwood). Foster your sophisticated side with some vino and a walk through Jonquil Playlot Park. This inaugural festival will feature food-wine pairings, live music and fine artwork. There are several ticket options, costing between $30 (designated driver admission) and $100 (2-day tasting package).

Follow @UrbanAgendaWGN on Twitter for more fun stuff going on around the city. Send us your ideas and photos – they might be featured in a future post. Now get out and enjoy Chicago!



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