The eighth annual We Are Hip Hop festival takes over Dvorak Park this weekend. (Courtesy of We Are Hip Hop…)
Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Chicago History Museum Uihlein Plaza 1601 N. Clark St. 312-642-4600
Celebrate the dog days of summer at this inaugural fest where you can sample eight varieties of mini-dogs such as Hawaiian, Cheesy Coney, California Club and—you guessed it—Chicago-style for $2 each with live blues music, a cash bar and more. Arrive early—the first 100 attendees get eight free $1 food tickets—and stick around after for free museum admission (2:30-4:30 p.m.). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. No cover.
La Sirena Clandestina 954 W. Fulton Market 312-226-5300
Soak up the sun on the sidewalk patio with such entrees as crab eggs Benedict with avocado, asparagus and piquillo hollandaise on an herbed parmesan scone ($16) or an El Che sandwich with roasted pork loin, ham, swiss cheese, malagueta pepper mayo, mustard and pickles ($10). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Beach Jam 2
D.S. Tequila Company 3352 N. Halsted St. 773-697-9127
Beach attire is welcome at this Northalsted Market Days patio party featuring oceanside decor and a Shot Shack satellite bar where you can order such themed cocktails as the D.S. Chipotle Pineapple Margarita ($9 per mug; $34 per pitcher) while 20 DJs including Fast Lane, Shawn Edwards, Miss Meg and Skyler Mendoza spin summer dance mixes. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday. No cover.
Luau of Laughter
The Public House Theatre 3914 N. Clark St. 800-650-6449
Swill and chill at the theater's grand opening party which includes an open bar, catered hot dogs and sides from neighborhood joints, games, performances by comedy groups Rabbit Rabbit, Oh Theodora, The Business and more plus an 8 p.m. musical comedy concert by The Shock T's. 5-8 p.m. Sunday. $20; $5 with cash bar.
(Free!) We Are Hip Hop
Dvorak Park 1119 W. Cullerton St. 312-226-7767
Female underground hip-hop artist Psalm One, rappers Legit and Saba and DJ Such N Such throw down at this eighth annual bash for hip-hop heads which is curated and produced entirely by Pilsen youth through a summer internship with Elevarte Studio. 1-6 p.m. Saturday.
Oakdale Park 955 W. 95th St. 312-742-1134
BYO blanket or lawn chair for a big screen viewing of the 23rd—and most recent—James Bond action flick, starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem that is featured as part of the Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks series' celebration of the 60th anniversary of Bond films. 8 p.m. Friday.
Entertainment Chicago Live
Decibel Bar 4437 N. Broadway 773-944-5900
Co-hosts Darius Kennedy and Janine Phan debut this monthly comedic talk show featuring Greg Hollimon of "Strangers with Candy," Pimprov's Marz Timms, Parlour Car Comedy's Adam Burke, local funnyman Jason Melton and headliner Danny Kallas, with musical accompaniment by David Yontz and featured musical act Mos Scocious. 8 p.m. Friday. $5.
The Big Dig
North Avenue Beach 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive 773-528-1999
Slide-slide-slippity-slide into a performance by '90s hip-hop star Coolio (4 p.m.) at Players Sport & Social Club's beach party where you can also watch volleyball, bags and dodgeball tournaments, show your stuff in a limbo competition and socialize in the party pen. Admission includes one adult beverage.10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. $15; $10 with COOLIO63 code at checkout. Tickets: playerssports.net.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for electro-funk/soul artist Pretty Lights' Nov. 8-9 shows at the Aragon: clubtix.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.