In addition to entertaining humans, street festivals provide cars with a welcome respite from ferrying boisterous soccer teams and convincing canines not to lean so far out the window. Relieve anxious autos of road duty with today's GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get two one-day admissions (a $10 value), two hot dogs (a $10 value), and four beers (a $20 value; a $40 total value) at the North Side Summerfest, hosted by StarEvents at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Irving Park Road on Saturday, August 20 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festivalgoers can use their Groupon on either of the two festival dates.
The North Side Summerfest meshes food, music, and locally made arts and crafts for a weekend of melodic revelry benefitting the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. Admission to this festival grants access to a schedule stacked with events, showcasing bands from a variety of genres including ‘80s rock, jam bands, and soulful impersonations of avian singer-songwriters. Sixteen Candles will commence a weekend of music distribution by lighting up the air with covers of ‘80s classics, and The Freddy Jones Band will help conclude the festival with some jam-band, pop-rock tunes. As you bob your head or your friend's head, a Vienna Beef hot dog included with this deal will pair expertly with a frothy Goose Island 312 or Bud Light. This year's Summerfest also celebrates the hot dog, gathering tasty specimens from local char houses such as Black Rock, Browntrout, Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro, and sola to present their interpretations of the frankfurter, and an amateur hot-dog eating contest inspires appetites even more effectively than a whistle only stomachs can hear.
For the first time ever, Chicago Pride Weekend will kick off with the Pride 5K and party, but this isn't a traditional race. While most 5Ks feature t-shirt clad runners jogging around bright and early, this race kicks off as the sun sets over Lake Shore Drive. The dress code is also different; participants here don their sexiest, skimpiest outfits for a run that's less about winning and more about showing off the goods. Everyone's encouraged to register and attend the after-party with a +1. Whether they're coming with a date or scoping out the scene with a wingman, participants will fill the route and party at Diversey Harbor with twice as much fun as usual.
Guests receive two drink tickets for the harbor party, where DJ Adam LeBlanc from Sixteen Candles will pump up the crowd before an after-after-party at D.S. Tequila. Participants will look great in limited-edition T-shirts designed by local artist Borris Powell (included with registration), and can feel great about the cause—the LGBT Senior Center is a joint project of Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing, and is slated to open in Boystown later this year.
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