Mar 7, 2024 - Things to Do

Chicago weekend events: Uncorked Wine Festival, Sausagefest and Jurassic Quest

Two women holding glasses that say "Uncorked Wine Festival."

Sample wines at the Chicago Uncorked Wine Festival. Photo: Uncorked Wine Festival

This weekend in Chicago, check out Chi-Town Jazz Fest at The Green Mill, Jurassic Quest at Navy Pier, Sausagefest in West Loop and the Uncorked Wine Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry.

1. 🍷 Raise your glass

Sample over 150 wines and Champagnes at the Uncorked Wine Festival.

State of play: The event includes tastings of wines, seltzers and canned cocktails, food vendors, a DJ and full admission to the Museum of Science and Industry.

The intrigue: The museum's new James Bond exhibit opened Thursday.

Cost: $65 general admission; $85 early admission, which allows entrance an hour early with extra tasting opportunities; $110 VIP admission includes access to an exclusive section with high-end wineries and a $30 food voucher.

When: Saturday; 6:30pm (VIP), 7pm (early admission), 8pm (general)

Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive

Be smart: This event is 21+


2. 🍀 Gallagher Way St. Patrick's

  • St. Patrick's Day festivities start a week early with Irish dancing lessons, face painting, balloon artists, festive alcoholic drinks and live performances. The celebration is from 11am–3pm. Free
  • Address: 3635 N. Clark St.

3. 🎤 Shane Gillis

  • Comedian Shane Gillis will perform five shows at the Chicago Theatre this weekend. Gillis recently hosted "SNL" and had a sitcom acquired by Netflix. Tickets available on resellers.
  • When: 7pm and 10pm Friday–Saturday, 8:30pm Sunday

4. 🌭 Sausagefest

  • Head out to West Loop for a party featuring over 20 sausage and 30 craft beer selections from Haymarket. Tickets are $65.
  • When: Noon–4pm Saturday
  • Address: 737 W. Randolph St.

5. 🦕 Jurassic Quest

  • When: Noon–8pm Friday, 9am–8pm Saturday, 9am–7pm Sunday

6. 🎷 Chi-Town Jazz Fest

  • This annual event kicks off at The Green Mill. Each year, the festival raises funds for food banks and charities in Chicagoland. Tickets are $25
  • When: 8pm–midnight Saturday

7. 🎹 Synth Fest

  • Jam to electronic and synthesizer music with performances from dozens of artists at both of Marz Brewing's taprooms. There will also be a synth flea market selling gear. Free
  • Locations: Marz Community Brewing and Life on Marz Community Club
  • When: 8–11pm Thursday (Life), 8pm–midnight Friday (Marz), 8–midnight Saturday (Life)

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