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What's On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: July 9-11, 2021

Windy City Smokeout headlines an exciting weekend of Chicago events.


Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout Chicago


  • Dates: Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11
  • Location: Outside the United Center
  • Tickets: Sunday Only (Friday and Saturday Sold Out!)

Chicago's first concert festival of 2021 is here. On Friday night, Windy City Smokeout will feature Darius Rucker as the headliner. Dierks Bentley will headline Saturday and Jon Pardi is Sunday's featured act. Beyond the music, plenty of BBQ and beer make this festival one of the best of the summer.

Taste of Chicago To-Go

While the Taste of Chicago won't happen like it usually does this year due to budget cuts, there will be a to-go style setup at various locations around the city. Click here for more information.

Southport Art Fair

A less crowded festival this year will be the Southport Art Fair. Attendees will be able to peruse works of art up and down Southport and Waveland.

Illinois Brewery Running Series

This 5k race is visiting Chicago’s breweries weekly. This week’s locations will be Burning Bush Brewery (Saturday) and Twisted Hippo (Sunday). Participants will receive a free craft beer, collectors pint glass, and door prizes. Other festivities and games will be part of the event as well.

Date: Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11

Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM and 2:00-5:00 PM

Location: Burning Bush Brewing (Ravenswood) and Twisted Hippo (Ravenswood)





Loud Luxury

Photo: React Presents

Photo: React Presents

Date: Saturday, July 10

Doors Open: 9:00 PM

Location: Radius (Tickets)

Sporting Events

Here are all the sporting events involving Chicago-affiliated teams taking place this weekend.

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White Sox (51-35) at Orioles (28-58)

White Sox Orioles
  • Friday 7/9 at 6:05 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • Saturday 7/10 at 3:05 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • Sunday 7/11 at 12:05 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox got some encouraging news this week as Eloy Jimenez is set to begin a rehab assignment at Class High-A Winston Salem on Friday. The Sox will look to continue building on their 7.5-game AL Central division lead when they visit the Orioles this weekend. For baseball analysis and commentary from a South Side perspective, check out the Sox On Tap podcast.

Cubs (43-45) vs. Cardinals (43-45)

Craig Kimbrel Cubs


  • Saturday 7/10 at 6:15 PM on FOX
  • Sunday 7/11 at 1:20 PM on Marquee Network

With the Cubs massive struggles continuing, Jed Hoyer and co. will be in sell mode at the upcoming MLB trade deadline. Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo could all potentially be on the trade block, so tune in this weekend when they face the Cardinals as chances to watch those players in Cubbie blue may be dwindling down. Tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast for further commentary on the North Siders.


Fire (3-2-7) - OFF, Next game vs. Nashville (4-7-1)

  • Saturday 7/17 at 7:30 PM

The Fire are off this week, but they'll be in action next Saturday night when they host Nashville SC at Soldier Field.


Red Stars (3-2-4) at Houston Dash (4-1-3)

Red Stars

Photo: Chicago Red Stars / Twitter

  • Sunday 7/11 at 5 PM

After defeating the OL Reign last Friday, the Red Stars look to continue their winning ways when they visit the Houston Dash on Sunday evening.

Be sure to follow Second City Soccer on Twitter for updates on the Fire, Red Stars, Chicago House, and the upcoming Olympics.

That will wrap things up for this edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend. As you can see, there’s plenty to do in and around Chicago this weekend, so get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather! Be sure to check back weekly for future events.

As always, drop a comment if there is something you think we should add to the list for this weekend or any upcoming ones!