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Chicago July 21–27: Tall Ships Festival & Taste of Latin America

The best of what to do in and around Chicago this week

Celebrate summer weather in Chicago with multiple festivals this week. Start with a music festival and garden walk, and then hop over to the craft beer festival, which takes place just steps away. Save room for some Latin food during the Taste of Latin America food festival, and get nautical at the annual Tall Ships festival.

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July 23–24 | Festival
Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk
Combine the best things about summer (gardens, music, and festivals), and you’ve described Sheffield Music Festival in a nutshell. The event features self-guided tours of more than 80 gardens, plus entertainment from local and national bands, food, drinks, and kid-friendly entertainment. The gardens are all located within the Sheffield neighborhood, which extends from Armitage north to Fullerton and from Halsted west to the Chicago River. Purchase a guidebook ($7) and you’ll get a tour by a master gardener of three preselected gardens per day (but register in advance for these as space is limited).
12 p.m. | Sheffield and Webster, Chicago | From $7 | website

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July 23–24 | Festival
Chicago Craft Beer Festival
Local and national hipsters will be flocking to this fest to sample more than 80 craft beers from over 40 brewers each afternoon. If you want some tunes along with your beer, head over to the Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, which is being held in conjunction with this fest. The crowds may be different (kids and garden-lovers vs. 20-something hipsters), but the two events work well together. Tickets to Craft Beer Festival will be available day of, but it’s highly recommended you buy in advance, as this is one event that’s likely to sell out.
12–10 p.m. | Sheffield Ave. between Webster and Fullerton, Chicago | From $24 | website

July 23–24 | Festival
Taste of Latin America
Try foods from nearly a dozen Latin American countries during one hot festival. This cuisine isn’t common in the city, so this is a rare chance to really dig in. You’ll be able to feast on such dishes as Brazilian sausage, fish panades, and empanadas from countries including Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Of course, a festival isn’t complete without music, and this one has a fittingly global lineup.
12–10 p.m. | Division St. between California Ave. and Rockwell St., Chicago | Free | website

The Abbey Resort
July 23–24 | Escape the city
Fontana, Wisconsin
Drive 90 minutes north of Chicago to Lake Geneva and you’ll reach Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, a village known for its sailing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Book a room at the Abbey Resort, which overlooks the lake and offers plenty of indoor options when you’re ready to relax. The spa, open to the public for a fee and free for guests, is especially enticing. If you spring for a treatment, your options range from anti-aging massages to the gentlemen’s facial.
The Abbey Resort and Spa, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI | website 

July 27–31 | Festival
Tall Ships
Get out on the water at Chicago’s annual Tall Ships festival, when more than a dozen ships sail into the city’s harbors. Snap photos from afar or hop on board and float under the stars—and the fireworks. The week kicks off with a boat parade, which you can see best from the general admission area of the docks. Several tiers of tickets are available, including passes for those who want to stay ashore, those who want to tour a boat dockside, and those who want the full sailing experience.
Times vary | Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | From $10 | website

Danielle Braff lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and her dog. When she’s not writing, she’s out photographing her city and running around frantically trying to fit as many events as she can into her day. You can check out her other articles at Daniellebraff.com.

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