2017’s August Events in the Loop

August is a busy month in Chicago! The weekends are packed with festivals and events.  So many, in fact, that trying to choose what to do can be almost paralyzing. To make it easier for you, we’ve picked out the best things to do during the last month of summer 2017!

These are our favorite August events in the Loop.

The biggest August event of all is Lollapalooza. This epic music festival takes over Grant Park the first weekend of the month every summer. Even if you don’t have tickets, you can still take advantage of the Lolla-fun at the Rotofugi and Blink-182  pop-up shop on Wabash Avenue.

"And if it ain't lit, I won't stick around," @borgore. #Lolla photos by @rohofoto.

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The Chicago Air and Water Show takes off for the 59th year in a row. The largest free festival of its kind features both military and civilian performers at the two-day event. Show center is at North Avenue Beach, but you can get a view of the planes flying overhead from one of the many rooftops in the Loop. This year’s event is Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, with a practice day on August 18. The practice day is a good day those who don’t like crowds.

The Chicago Loop Alliance turns alleys into parties with their Activate series. The August 24th event takes place in Couch Place alley at 170 N. State St. and will feature light installations meant to represent communication come to life. There will be live music and the Loop’s newest mural will be unveiled.


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End the month with a movie in the park on August 29th. The Millennium Park Summer Film Festival is showing a screening of the classic The Princess Bride. It’s the movie’s 30th anniversary, so don’t be surprised if you see a whole lot of Buttercups and Dread Pirate Roberts.

This is just a taste of the fun things you can do this August in the Loop, but hopefully it has made your summer fun planning a little easier. If you’d like more ideas, make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook.

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