10 Things to do in September

Since the school year recently launched, we’re all going through the summer blues. Thinking summer night adventures are over? Have no fear! Summer doesn’t end until September 22, so there is still plenty to do until then.

Circus in the Park

All throughout the city there will be a pop up circus, Midnight Circus, coming to a park near you!

  • Sept. 2 to 3 - Hamilton Park
  • Sept. 9 to 10 - McKinley Park
  • Sept. 15 to 17 - Wicker Park
  • Sept. 23 to 24 - Lake Shore Park
  • Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 - Kosciuszko Park

Movies in the Park

If you haven’t had a chance to catch one of the many movies played in Chicago Parks then you better act soon! This free movie screening is a great way to bring out a blanket and enjoy a movie with friends. While the last movie isn’t scheduled until Oct. 27, there are limited movie dates left.

Free Science Museum Dates

The iconic Museum of Science and Industry will be offering free admission on Sept. 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, & 25-29. Getting to the Museum of Science and Industry is just a bus ride away from Roosevelt. We highly encourage you to take advantage of one of these dates.

Want to explore your German, Ukrainian, or Mexican Culture?

If you said yes to the above question then you are just in luck. September is filled with festivals and parades celebrating all of these cultures.

German Festival & Parade:

Sept. 8 - 10, 2017 This event is completely free and has German music, culture, beer, and food at Lincoln Square. The Von Steuben Parade starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Lincoln Avenue & Irving Park.  

Ukrainian Festival:

Sept. 9 - 10, 2017 Ukrainian Village Fest offers folk dance, music, food (potato pancakes, borsch, pierogi, kabobs, blintzes) and plenty more located at Superior St. & Oakley.

Mexican Independence Festival & Parades

Festival: September 8 - 10, 2017 Here you can find authentic Mexican cuisine, music, artisans, carnival rides, and family entertainment located at W. 26th Street and S. Kostner Avenue. 

Parade Dates & Times:

Sept. 10 (noon) - 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade located on 26th St. at Albany

Sept. 16 (noon) - Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade located on 18th Street at Newberry

Riot Fest

Sept. 15 – 17

Riot Fest is a huge outdoor punk, rock and alternative music festival that includes a carnival at Douglas Park. Although, this is not a free event, if you can get tickets to attend we HIGHLY suggest it and would even envy you.

Art Fair

Sept. 16 - 17

Feeling artsy? Well you’re just in luck. The West Loop Art Fest features 150 juried artists, live music, and food located at N. Racine Avenue & W. Fulton Market. This free event is located just 15 minutes away from Roosevelt, so this is an easy must!

Taco Fest

Sept. 16 - 17

Although there is a suggested donation of $10, who would want to miss the plentiful taste of dozen of tacos?! Besides tacos this event will have live music, an arts and crafts station, and much more located on Southport Avenue (from Addison to Roscoe).  Check out Link for more info.

Free Museum Day

Museum of Science & Industry not your kind of museum? Well no worries! On Sept. 23, you can visit one of Illinois’ 26 museums for free. Check out this link for more info on specific museums and how to get the tickets.

Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Sept. 23 - 24

If rock isn’t your style, or you simply want to enjoy something more mellow and relaxing, then Hyde Park Jazz Fest is for you. Although donations are suggested, you will get a variety of Jazz artist in an outdoor and indoor setting.

Statesville Haunted House

If you are like us, and cannot wait any longer for Halloween, then good news because Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead opens Sept.28.  Let this be a sneak peak for what’s to come in October!