Eat. Shop. Chill. Repeat.
Evening Farmers Market and Concert Series
What: Watch the sun set in Lincoln Square among local fruit, veg, bread, and cheese vendors. Live music, too.
Why: Sure beats a trip to Jewel.
When: Thru Sept. 2. Every Thurs. Market, 4-8 p.m.; music, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Market, Western Ave., at Leland Ave.; concert, Giddings Plaza, at Lincoln Ave. Info at 773-728-3890. Admission is free.
The Phoenix Lounge
What: When the going gets hot, retreat to TheWit’s new mezzanine nightspot known for live music and throwback cocktails (Manhattans, Sazeracs).
Why: Small-plate Mediterranean dishes from Cibo Matto’s Todd Stein.
When: Tues.-Sat., 4 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 201 N. State St., at Lake St., 2nd flr. (312-239-9500).
Tula Summer Accessories Bazaar
What: Give that sundress a makeover with jewelry, handbags, and scarves ($18-$272).
Why: Wendy Mink’s Nepal-inspired necklaces made with vintage resin beads.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 3738 N. Southport Ave., b/t Grace St. & Waveland Ave. (773-549-2876).
Clever Alice Sample Sale
What: The Bucktown boutique delivers mind-bending bargains on designer gems (MC Planet, Eva Kayan, Sathia).
Why: Nabbing pencil skirts, tanks, and dresses for 75 percent off is a no-brainer.
When: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 1920 N. Damen Ave., b/t Homer & Cortland Sts. (773-276-2444).
Summer Sessions on the Square
What: Band together on Logan Boulevard for the concert series kickoff featuring blues, Afrobeat, rock, jazz, and more.
Why: The Busy Beaver button-making station adds flair.
When: Sat., 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Illinois Centennial Monument Park, Kedzie Blvd., at Logan Blvd. Info at summersessionsonthesquare.org. Suggested donation is $5.
Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce