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Things To Do In Chicago This Week

By Jenn Harrman on June 24, 2014


Not sure what to do in your free time this week? As always we have our top picks of things to do in Chicago in architecture and history. This week we feature a craft beer launch at the Field Museum, a weekend of gospel music, and a bus tour in Oak Park.

1. Hop To It – BEER LAUNCH

The Field Bistro, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. – Thursday, June 26th, 6:00pm-11:00pm

$40 members/$45 non-members – reservations required 

The Field Museum has partnered with Two Brothers Brewing Company and Chicago chef, Cleetus Friedman, to create their very own craft beer called Cabinet of Curiosities. During the launch of the Field Museum’s own hopped wonder, meet the collaborators as well as explore the history of beer. Ancient drinking and storage beer vessels from around the world will be on display while Curator of Anthropology, Jim Phillips, discusses why so many different cups, tankards, bowls, pots, and flagons were used throughout history. Plus you get to try Cabinet of Curiosities in your very own, to take home, Cabinet of Curiosity pint glass. The Field Bistro will also provide food pairings during the event.

chicago gospel music festival
Photo credit: City of Chicago

2. Chicago Gospel Music Festival – MUSIC FESTIVAL

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. – Friday, June 27th 11:00am-4:00pm

Ellis Park, 37th & Cottage Grove – Saturday, June 28th-Sunday, June 29th, 11:00am-8:00pm


This weekend marks the 29th year of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The festival is presented by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association with free entertainment at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Ellis Park. Ellis Park is in the heart of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood where gospel music was first commercially recorded and is therefore sometimes considered the birthplace of gospel music. Headliners include Tye Tribbett, Karen Clark Sheard, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs and a special tribute to Dr. Charles G. Hayes. The complete line up can be seen here.

3. Wright Kind of Architecture – BUS TOUR

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St. – Saturday, June 28th, 1:00pm-5:00pm

$45 members/$55 non-members – reservations required

Historian Al Walavich takes you on a tour of Oak Park this weekend to view beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright architecture built between 1889 and 1913. This engaging tour brings guests into a conversation about the part these buildings played in Wright’s long and storied life.




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