Things to do in the Chicago area this weekend

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Summer festival season is still going strong. WBBM Newsradio’s Rachel Pierson has this weekend’s roundup of activities:

—What better way to spend a weekend in Chicago than with country music, barbecue, and craft beer? Windy City Smokeout returns to the United Center parking lot, bringing together the best pit masters and musicians for your enjoyment. This year’s headliners include Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and the legendary Willie Nelson.

—You’ll find another palate pleaser at Taste of Orland Park. Now in its 19th year, the three-day festival showcases several local restaurants, along with live entertainment, a car show and live band karaoke.

—Lollapalooza may be over, but Bugapalooza is back at the Peggy Notebaert Museum in Lincoln Park. Grab your net and head outdoors Saturday afternoon as you get up close and personal with native insects and spiders that call the prairie home. Don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo while you’re there!

—Feel the rhythms of nature and movements of the world during the Uptown Rhythm Festival. Three days of dance and rhythm-based programming aim to raise awareness about environmental justice and climate change.

—Boogie over to Martin Luther King Drive Saturday afternoon for the Bronzeville Neighborhood Jazz Fest. Featuring a fresh lineup of local musicians, the event pays tribute to Bronzeville’s rich history as a hub for jazz and blues.

—Who doesn’t love a good throwback? Vintage Days are back in Historic Downtown Long Grove, bridging yesterday with today. You’ll find all things vintage, reclaimed and hand-made that you won’t find anywhere else.

—And celebrate Irish culture and tradition at the Naperville Irish Fest. Learn the jig, practice hurling and hear the bagpipes play all weekend at Frontier Sports Complex.

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