Great Performers of Illinois Don’t let the admittedly distracting presence of a 7,000-square-foot “urban corn maze” and demos of chain-saw carving blind you to this festival’s cast of top-shelf local musicians, which includes the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Canasta, and the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra on Saturday and Pretty Good Dance Moves, Plastic Crimewave Sound, and the Giving Tree Band on Sunday. Also on Sunday, violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Trio Settecento, and her metal band, Earthen Grave, from 7-10 PM.  7/9-7/11, Fri 11 AM-10 PM, Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph,, 312-742-1168. 

Irish American Heritage Festival The 25th Irish American Heritage Festival features five stages of music with performances by the Elders, Scythian, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, the Tossers, the Makem & Spain Brothers, the Prodigals, and many more. Other activities include Irish dance demos, a mashed-potato-eating contest, and the Hooley Hook-Up matchmaking event.  7/9-7/11, Fri 6 PM-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035,, $14, $8 in advance (through 7/8), $7 seniors, free for kids under 12.

Kuma’s Corner Block Party The metal-themed burger joint celebrates its fifth anniversary with performances by Earthride, Red Fang, the Atlas Moth, Indian, Lord Mantis, the Swan King, Battlegoat, Sons of Fire, and the Paul Green School of Rock.  Sat 7/10, 11:30 AM, 2900 W. Belmont, 773-604-8769,

Roscoe Village Burger Fest Formerly known as the Belmont Arts and Music Festival (BAMfest), this two-day event features headliners 10,000 Maniacs and the Gin Blossoms plus several better-than-average locals, including Liquid Soul, Canasta, Bird Talk, and Cameron McGill. Much of the rest of the music is by cover bands, but on the other hand there will be plenty of burgers.  7/10-7/11, noon-10 PM, Belmont between Damen and Leavitt, 773-327-5123,, $5 suggested donation, $7 after 5 PM.

World’s Largest Block Party The Barenaked Ladies and Spoon headline; other music includes White Rabbits, Kris Allen, Angel Taylor, and Chris Mills. Proceeds benefit Old St. Patrick’s Church.  7/9-7/10, 5:30-10:30 PM, Madison and Des Plaines, 312-648-1590,, $45, $40 in advance (includes five drinks).