What To Do This Weekend: Our Fool-Proof Fun Guide

It's still summer in Chicago, and right now the word "downtime" has nothing to do with taking it easy. We've got sales to shop, events to check out, and sunshine to soak up (while wearing SPF, of course). Sport your best weekend-wear to our picks for day-off fun. The closer we get to...dare we say it...fall, the more packed our weekends become, and while that chilly season has its own perks, we're not about to give up our summer celebrating just yet. Make sense of the milieu by reading up on the happenings that are really worth your while, and why we think you need to make an appearance. This is the only "to-do" list you need this weekend. Promise!
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Last Call Sidewalk Sale In Bucktown/Wicker Park
We promise you'll get tired before you count all of the boutiques participating in this massive summer sidewalk sale. Get all your sale hunting accomplished in one weekend, on your own walking boutique tour of one of Chicago's best shopping areas. Bring your coffee, a friend or two, and tons of energy–you'll need it. Last Call Sidewalk Sale In Bucktown/Wicker Park, August 27 & 28, 11a.m. to 6p.m., Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, and Division Street in Wicker Park and Bucktown.
Summer Sessions On The Square
This summer concert series is winding down its last days, so if free outdoor music in a location stuck between at least four really, really yummy restaurants is your idea of a good time, show up. We also recommend getting there a little early to stake out as spot, as The Golden Horse Ranch Band and the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir are sure to pull some serious numbers. Summer Sessions On The Square, The Logan Square Monument, August 27 at 5:30p.m., (at the intersection of Logan Square Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue.
City Chase Urban Adventure
For those wishing to test their athletic prowess this weekend, City Chase offers rappelling, snake-slithering and endurance-testing challenges of all sorts. The event takes place all over Chicago and benefits the Special Olympics. Bring your best frenemy out for some healthy competition in the sunshine. Not a bad way to work out, no? City Chase, August 27 from 8a.m. to 4p.m. beginning and ending at Wrigley Field at Clark and Addison Streets.
Fools Gold Great Summer BBQ Presented by Hennessy VS and @superfun
It's that time of the summer when we start craving a BBQ that doesn't come with a massive cleanup on the back porch. Let @superfun do the dirty work this time, and hang out all day Saturday to enjoy dunk tanks, BBQ, cotton candy, free Hennessy cocktails (hi), and music from Treasure Fingers, Flosstradamus, Nick Catchdubs, and Party Supplies. Don't mind if we do. RSVP Gallery, 1753 North Damen Avenue (at Cortland Avenue); 773-770-6666.
Bike Demo Day with On Your Mark Training and Coaching
If spinning scares the crap out of you, we want you to know a few things. First, you're not alone, and second, there's a way to squash those fears. On Your Mark Training and Coaching is taking the OMG out of spinning class by holding Bike Demo Day at Lululemon in Bucktown. Get a feel for three different classes, and chat with instructors to see what you can expect. Pick up some new workout wear while you're at it. You know, to calm the nerves. Lululemon, August 27 from 1 to 4p.m., 1753 North Damen Avenue (just north of North Avenue); 773-292-9330.
Chef's Dinner with beer pairings at Leopold
The best $30 you'll spend all weekend will hit the table this Sunday night at Leopold. One of the best dining deals in the city, this West Town yum-factory's Sunday night special (as in every Sunday) pairs three courses with three staff-picked brews at an insane price. It might almost make you forget that Monday is up next. Leopold, 1450 West Chicago Avenue (at Greenview Avenue); 312-348-1028.
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