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Friday, March 24
Vintage Garage Chicago brings more than 100 vintage and antique dealers to the parking garage at 5051 N. Broadway, from 9am to 4pm today. Admission is $3.
Open Streets Chicago empties Milwaukee Avenue of cars from Ashland to Western today from 10am to 3pm, and fills them with foot-friendly activities such as yoga, relay races and a mobile skate park. Free.
Because the middle of Roscoe Village (Roscoe Avenue between Damen and Leavitt) is where you should find a plethora of oysters and Guinness and this year, 10,000 Maniacs (more specifically the '90s band, not the people who will flock to perhaps the last festival of the year). Runs 11am to 10pm Saturday and today. $7 suggested donation.
Riot Fest concludes at Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., today. Gates open at 11:30am. More than 20 bands are scheduled to play. Two-day passes, single day passes, and VIP are still available. All ages.
The Eighteenth Street Development Corporation sponsors a restaurant crawl of Pilsen's best eats today from 2-7pm. Your $25 ticket buys specially priced dishes from thirty restaurants, among them Nuevo Leon, Lalo's and May Street Cafe.
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a Muppets tribute this afternoon at 3:30pm. Join the teachers, staff, students and friends of the school for a family-friendly concert celebrating the music of the Muppets. The concert takes place in the main building of the school at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. See the Old Town School Website for details and to purchase advance tickets.
This benefit for Winnemac Park will let you taste four homebrewed beers, sample hors d'oeuvres, and vote for your favorite pairing. Event runs 4-9pm at Dolce Casa Cafe, 4947 N Damen; tickets $35-40.
The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance festival comes to a close with live music and dancing at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., in the central promenade. The event also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Smart Bar, one of the city's most popular dance clubs. Resident DJ trio, Orchard Lounge, and Smart Bar music director, Nate Maniac, will perform. The show starts at 4pm, and ends at 7pm. Free. All ages.
The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with music by Lydia Palazzalo and a DJ set by Ronnie Kwasman of Margo and the Nuclear So and So's. Show starts at 9:30pm. Free, 21+.