Best of the fests
Taste of Chicago
Break out your pants with the elastic waistband, and make room for food from dozens of vendors. A strip of 12 tickets costs $8, and Taste portions—a decent-sized food sample—can be purchased with two to four tickets. If you need a break from chewing, check out music at various stages, including headliners Salt-N-Pepa (Fri 25), Gavin Rossdale (Sat 26), Rob Thomas (Jul 2) and Steve Miller Band (Jul 3). Columbus Dr from Balbo Dr to Monroe Dr (tasteofchicago.us). Fri 25–Jul 2, 11am–9pm; Jul 3, 11am–7pm; Jul 4, 11am–6pm; free.
Green Music Fest
Grab your reusable tote and hit this ecofriendly fest. It offers environmentally conscious bands and green vendors powered by alternative-energy sources, so you can listen to some tunes, shop and feel as if you helped the planet. This year, the Wailers and Maps & Atlases headline. ,,e Chicago Ave between Ashland and Noble Aves (312-850-9390, greenmusicfestchicago.com). Sat 26, Sun 27, noon–10pm; $5.
In the middle of downtown Chicago, explore the dance, food and music of the Arab world. To get active after you indulge in Middle East cuisine, take part in the debkeh (a traditional Arab line dance) competition. Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Sts (chicagoarabesque.com). Thu 24, Fri 25, 10am–6pm; Sat 26, 11am–7pm; free.