Still think you've got endless weekends left to soak up the sun, suds and scene at neighborhood fairs? Wake up and smell the sunscreen, folks; the season's already half over, which means your chances to get Schlitzed in the streets are depleting faster than Katie Holmes' popularity points.
But you say you don't want to spend your few remaining glory days sweatin' to the oldies on the been-there-done-that street fest circuit? Below, our picks for alternatives to the same old options. However you choose to spend them, get out there and make every last minute of summer count.
Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party, July 15-16
The folks behind this annual meet market claim more than 70 marriages have resulted from couples who connected here. The church, however, keeps no stats on the number of postfest walks of shame. With musical highlights Fountains of Wayne and Rusted Root.
Chinatown Summer Fair, July 17
Whether you're not up for the standard booze bash or you just need a place to walk off that St. Pat's hangover, Chinatown's fest offers an exotic--and cheap!--weekend option, with eats by area restaurants and a lion dance, plus musical, martial arts and Asian folk dance performances.
Something different: Taste of Polonia, Sept. 2-5
Rock around the Block, July 16-17
This fest keeps the music cranking with more than 30 bands, including the long-lost Spin Doctors.
Wicker Park Summer Fest, July 30-31
Like your music a little more local--and a little less '90s? This fair might be relatively small, but it promises cutting-edge tunes from up-and-coming Chicago acts like Baby Teeth, Telenovela and Head of Femur.
Something different: Benfest, July 15-17
Lollapalooza, July 23-24
OK, so in its first Chicago-only incarnation, this band bonanza's not exactly a ho-hummer, but we're all familiar with the two-day music bingefest format of more than 60 bands (Pixies, Weezer, The Walkmen).