This Weekend in Chicago: Air and Water Show, Bad Bunny, and More
On Aug. 21, 2021, people witness aircraft performance during the Chicago Air and Water Show 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. On Saturday, Chicagoans turned their gaze to the sky when the Chicago Air and Water Show 2021 returned in a "reimagined" form. The free and reinvented air show activities are part of the Chicago mayor's "Open Chicago" project, which aims to safely and completely reopen the third biggest city in the United States.
Summer may be coming to a close, and the sky may be gray, but there's still plenty to do in the Chicago region this weekend.
The city boasts a rotating door of activities to check out, from the spectacle that is the Air and Water Show to bouncing along to musical performances by Bad Bunny.
However, severe weather is possible, with powerful thunderstorms expected in the evening, so exercise caution
Here's a list of five upcoming events in the area:
Air and Water Show in Chicago
This weekend marks the return of a yearly tradition to the skies and seas of Chicago, as the annual Air and Water Show takes place on Lake Michigan.
The festival, which has been running since 1959, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees each year, and this summer's event will be the first full-scale display held since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The festival is largely held in the vicinity of North Avenue Beach, which is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park district along the beaches of Lake Michigan.
The event begins at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, and lasts until 2 p.m.
As always, admission to the Air and Water Show is free.
The Musical, The Devil Wears Prada
Hide the enamel bangles, lumpy blue sweaters, and flowery patterns, because "The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical" has three performances this weekend.
The Chicago-only play is nearing the end of its global run, with final showings slated for 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The musical will follow Andy Sachs as she enters into the fashion world with a job at "Runway Magazine," based on Lauren Weisberger's best-selling 2003 novel and the 2006 film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.
The James M. Nederlander Theatre, situated at 24 W. Randolph St., will host the performances. Ticket information is available here.
Bad Bunny, who was most recently featured in the hit film "Bullet Train," will take the stage at Soldier Field on Saturday night as part of his "World's Hottest Tour."
The musician is on tour in support of his most recent album, "Un Verano Sin Ti," which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, making it only the second all-Spanish language album to do so.
The music begins at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Click here for additional details.
Ruido Fest has delivered a class of Latin alternative music to Chicago's Union Park since 2015, with the exception of a distant festival in 2020.
The event began on Thursday and will continue through Sunday, with Los Fabulosos Cadillacs headlining on Saturday. The band was originally scheduled to play as part of the festival's star-studded roster in 2021, but COVID-related issues caused them to postpone.
Ticket and lineup information is available here.
Ribfest Chicago feeds an average of 50,000 pounds of pork to over 60,000 guests over the course of three days every year.
The event, now in its 22nd year, will smoke up the streets of Lincoln, Damen, and Irving Park through Sunday, encouraging local barbecue experts to compete for the titles of "Best Ribs" and "People's Choice."
The event also has two stages dedicated to original music by local and national independent bands.
Organizers advise a $10 admission charge for individuals and $20 for families as a gift at the gate.