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The best things to do in Chicago for July 2017

The Chosen Few Picnic, Tour de Fat, and more of the month's top events.

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  • Chosen Few Picnic

Chosen Few Picnic The annual two-day house-music party returns for the 27th year with performances from Steve "Silk" Hurley, Craig Loftus, and more, with sets by the Chosen Few DJs all weekend long, of course. 7/1-7/2, Jackson Park, 6300 S. Lake Shore,, $25-$135, $50-$160 for two-day pass.

Chicago Margarita Festival This year's two-day margarita festival features giant Jenga, beach volleyabll, live music, food trucks for sustenance, and plenty of margaritas available for tasting. Sat 7/8-Sun 7/9, noon-10 PM, Navy Pier, 600 W. Grand,, $20, $65 VIP, $6-$8 per drink ticket, $40 for five-margarita drink ticket.

Summer Dance-Offs This month as part of the Chicago Park District's SummerDance program, venues across the city—including Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park), Washington Park (5531 S. Russell), Hamilton Park Cultural Center (513 W. 72nd), and Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W. Lake)—host step and footwork competitions. Start practicing now. 7/8-7/29: Thu 2-5 PM, various locations,, free.

New Dances Thodos Dance Company members John Cartwright, Abby Ellison, Alex Gordon, Hattie Haggard, Thomas Jacobson, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Brennen Renteria, and Luis Vazquez present new works as part of the choreography incubation program's final year. Sat 7/15, 7:30 PM and Sun 7/16, 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 773-935-6875,, $14-$40.

Firefly Ball Off the Street Club hosts this night of music, dancing, food, and drinks in the Art Institute's Modern Wing to raise money so kids who live in violent areas of Chicago can go to summer camp. Fri 7/21, 7-11 PM, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan,, price TBD.

10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour! It's been a decade since Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! first aired, so Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are hitting the road to celebrate. The duo present stand-up, sketches, video clips, and musical numbers as part of what is sure to be a bizarre live performance. Fri 7/21-Sat 7/22: 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield,, $47.50.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival For the sixth year this festival offers more than 70 specialty beers from more than three dozen breweries, plus live music and snacks. Tickets include a taste of 15 brews and a glass to take home. Sat 7/22-Sun 7/23: 11:30 AM-4 PM, Webster and Sheffield,, $45, $40 in advance.

Roger Waters The Pink Floyd legend comes to Chicago on his solo Us + Them tour. You're gonna wish you were here. Sat 7/22-Sun 7/23: United Center, 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500,, $55-$599.

Fiesta del Sol This Pilsen Neighbors Community Council fund-raiser is known as the midwest's largest Latino festival. The weekend in the sun features live music, carnival rides, educational booths (including the Civil Rights of Immigrants Booth), and food from local eateries like El Nuevo Taconazo, Pancho's, Sabor y Sazon, and Taqueria La Cuidad. 7/27-7/30: Thu 5-10 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, 1400 W. Cermak, 312-666-2663,, free entry, $45 for an unlimited ride pass.

Tour de Fat Nothing goes together like bicycles and beer. At least that's what New Belgium Brewing's traveling tour wants us to think. The fest features a costumed bike parade, the famous car-for-bike swap, circus performers, and music from the Roots, not to mention tons and tons of beer. Proceeds benefit West Town Bikes. Sat 7/29, 4-9 PM, Hunington Bank Pavilion, 1300 S. Linn White,, $25, free for kids 12 and under.

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