Rare coins, paper money, gold and silver are among the range of currencies you’ll find at Chicago World‘s Money Fair. Over 500 dealers will buy and trade currencies, with experts providing free appraisals of old money to the public.
Details: 10am-6pm Thursday to Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road. $10/person, free for children under 12 and ANA members (also free entry on Saturdays) / MAP
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Take a trip to the historic Old Joilet prison and rock your hips as the Blues Brothers throw a party at Blue Brothers Con. The two-day event features Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi as the iconic “Elwood” and “Brother Zee” during a 1.5-hour performance on Friday, as well as a collection of local blues music, a recreation of Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market. and more.
Details: 2-11 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at Old Joliet Jail, 1125 Collins St. Two-day general admission for adults $60 and $20 for children/students/MAP
If you’re looking for traditional paintings, carvings, photography or unique furniture to buy for your home or personal collection, check out Evanston Art & Big Fork, with over 130 jured artists from across the country selling their unique work.
Details: Midday-5 p.m. Friday; 10am-5pm Saturday-Sunday at 800 Church St. Free / MAP
Local barbecue masters will raffle off 50,000 pounds of pork over the next three days to compete for the titles of “Best Ribs” and “People’s Choice” at this year’s Ribfest Chicago. While sampling the best ribs in town, festival-goers can listen to live music from local and national indie acts, and kids can be entertained at Kids Square with activities like inflatables and mini-golf.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park Road, 4000 N. Lincoln Ave. Free admission / MAP
Latin American musicians ranging from punk, reggae, electronic, rock, hip-hop and more take over Union Park at the annual Ruido Fest. Headliners include Cuco and Babasonicos (Friday), Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Carla Morrison (Saturday) and Cypress Hill and Maldita Vecindad (Sunday).
Details: Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. $99.99 general admission for one day; $199.99 three-day general admission / MAP
The annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest features more than 120 artists and 30 musicians who come together to provide an art fair, live music on multiple stages, arts-making activities for children and live art demonstrations of performance and artistic creation. Musicians include Chicago rapper Psalm One, Chicago‘the award-winning Indo-Afro-Caribbean music ensemble Funkadesi and more.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday; 11am-9pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday at Rogers Park, 6900 N Glenwood Ave. / 1400 W Morse Ave. Free / CARD
Take the day off and explore vegetarian options at Chicago-area restaurants in Highland Park‘s VegFest, with music, meditation/yoga sessions and cooking demonstrations.
Details: 11am-7pm Saturday at The Lot, 523 Central Ave. Free admission / MAP
Join some from Illinois‘top craft brewers, local musicians and food vendors as they celebrate Oak Park Microbrew Review‘s 15th anniversary and raise funds for Seven Generations Ahead, an organization focused on fighting climate change and promoting healthy, sustainable communities.
Details: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Madison St., between Lake and Pleasant. $60 general admission tickets / MAP
9. Fly away
Hundreds of aircraft, including the iconic US Navy Blue Angels, will perform various aerobatic stunts this year‘s Chicago Air and Water Show, back after two years.
Details: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at North Ave. Beach and along the lake, free / CARD
Crafters and scrapbookers of all skill levels will have plenty to browse and learn at the Stamp and Scrapbooking Exhibition in Schaumburg. The exo will feature hands-on workshops and door prizes.
Details: 9am-6pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday at Renaissance Schaumburg Congress Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumbourg. $10 admission / CARD
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