August may be almost over, but don’t worry — there are still plenty of summer events left in the season. Thursday brings the inaugural indie music fest Pool Party, hosted and curated by Beach Bunny frontwoman Lili Trifilio. The weekend brings more music — including a block party from one of the city’s most famous music venues — plus a car show in Berwyn, Taste of Greektown and more.
Here are five picks for the weekend and into next week.
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Thalia Hall Block Party
Thalia Hall is one of Chicago’s more high profile music venues, and organizers’ second annual block party promises a slew of local acts and DJs on Allport Street. On the lineup: Lady Wray, V.V. Lightbody, Smut, Modern Nun and George Arthur Calendar. 1807 S. Allport St. Free.
Busse Night Ride
Ride your bike along the Busse Woods trail from sunset until dark and cap the night off with live music and a bonfire. Busse Lake Boating Center, E. Higgins Road/Route 72, east of I-290/Highway 53, Cook County. Free.
Taste of Greektown
Halsted’s most Hellenic weekend is during Taste of Greektown, where you’ll find classics like Mr. Greek Gyros and artisan baked goods from Artopolis. Hellas 2000 will grace the stage with a blend of old Greek hits and modern music. 315 S. Halsted St. $10 suggested donation.
Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
You’ll find more than 175 pre-war and customized cars, trucks, motorcycles and even bicycles lined up along the historic Route 66 in Berwyn. The event isn’t as fussy as other car shows; award categories like “fabulous fins” and “pleasin’ paint” focus more on fun and less on mint condition rides. Elvis impersonator Rick Saucedo performs. 6746 Ogden Ave., Berwyn. Free.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Everything Everywhere All At Once
Haven’t made it to an outdoor movie yet this season — or eager for another? Don’t miss this one. This genre-bending film swept nearly every Oscar category all at once this year, nabbing a golden statue for Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The plot zig-zags between worlds as one woman fights for the fate of the multiverse. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. Free.
Bianca Cseke is a digital producer at WBEZ.