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than 200 painters, sculptors, and je w-
elry designers fr om the M idwest and
around the countr y. The fair also fea-
tures an art auction, a garden walk, and
food and drink. S
unusual outdoor venues in the city. The
first of thr ee summer concer ts (ticket
prices vary) is held in late June.
Grant P ark M usic F estival, P ritzker
Music P avilion, in M illennium P ark
( & 312/742-7638; www .grantpark The fr ee outdoor
musical concerts in the par k begin the
last week in June and continue through
August. If your kids ar e old enough to
stay up past 10, call to find out about
the movies in the park, shown outdoors
on a large screen.
Taste of Chicago, Grant Park ( & 312/
744-3315 ). The largest fr ee outdoor
food fest in the nation (according to the
City of Chicago), “ The Taste,” as it 's
known to locals, can be hot, sweaty, and
claustrophobic. If your kids are small or
don't do well in crowds, avoid it. Going
on a w eekday morning will help y ou
miss the heaviest cr owds. Three-and-a-
half million people eat their way
econd w eekend in
Wells Street Ar t Festival, Wells Street
from North Avenue to D ivision Street
( & 312/951-6106; www .oldtown H eld on the same w eek-
end as the O ld Town Art Fair, this ar ts
fest is lots of fun, with 200 ar ts and
crafts vendors, food, music, and carni-
val rides. Second weekend in June.
Andersonville M idsommarfest, along
Clark S treet fr om F oster to B almoral
avenues ( & 773/728-2995 ). You can
relive the Scandinavian heritage of
Andersonville, once Chicago's principal
Swedish community. Parents rave about
the S wedish American M useum's kids '
exhibits; the tr eats at the S wedish Bak-
ery, across the street from the museum,
are not to be missed. S econd weekend
in June.
Puerto Rican F est, H umboldt P ark,
Division Street and Sacramento Boule-
vard ( & 773/292-1414; www .pr O ne of Chicago 's
animated Latino street celebrations, this
festival includes 5 days of liv e music,
theater, games, food, and bev erages. It
peaks with a parade that w ends its way
from Wacker D rive and D earborn
Street to the West S ide P uerto Rican
enclave of Humboldt Park. Mid-June.
Jammin' at the Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo,
2200 N. Cannon D r., at F ullerton
Parkway ( & 312/742-2000; www . Family fun is the emphasis
at this concer t; however, depending on
the featur ed musical act (which could
be rock, zydeco, or r eggae music), y ou
might find that singles ar e more domi-
nant at this per fect date v enue. The
lovely lawn south of the zoo's Park Place
Café is cer tainly one of the mor
through cheesecake, ribs, pizza, and
more, all car ted to food stands set up
throughout the par k by scores of Chi-
cago restaurants. On the evening of July
3, things get pretty hairy when Chicago
launches its I ndependence D ay fir e-
works, and cr owds ar e at their sw eaty
peak. Admission is free; you pay for the
sampling, of course. Late J une and the
first week of July.
Chicago Countr y M usic F estival,
Petrillo M usic S hell, at J ackson and
Columbus drives in Grant Park ( & 312/
744-3315 ), is less claustr ophobic than
Taste of Chicago and ther efore mor e
kid-friendly. And it's free! You'll see big-
name enter tainers of the countr y-and-
western genr e. Late J une (during the
first weekend of Taste of Chicago).
Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade, on Hal-
sted S treet, fr om B elmont A venue to
Broadway, south to D iversey P arkway,
and east to Lincoln P ark ( & 773/348-
8243; www
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