August is here, and some may say the hottest time of year in Chicago, both in weather and in things to do and see throughout the city. It also has some of the most spectacular public shows you and the entire family can set out to see and enjoy. Fests galore, concerts that pop, and shows that capture the imagination are what Chicago summers are all about. So, whether you’re a resident up in Lakeview, hanging out in Lincoln Park, enjoying the Gold Coast, or partying it up in River North, there is sure to be some part of August you won’t want to miss.

With all this talk about August, what can we expect to see? Well, we broke it down to PPM’s top 5 things to do this August in Chicago. But first we do have some recommendations. Of course, you can choose as you please, though we do think a few simple steps will ensure a more enjoyable day. Tip one, wear and bring extra sun lotion. August can be brutal, and so can the sun, so make sure you're protected. Also bring cash. Most festivals don’t have access to a credit card machine and therefore you won’t be able to eat or make purchases. Finally, time. Give yourself time to travel to each spot. Get there early for specific attractions, as seating can be crazy. But remember to enjoy your experience, have fun, and drink responsibly. Let’s get to it!

Ginza Holiday

(August 7 – 9) Four master craftsman from Tokyo will arrive in Old Town to demonstrate their generations-old skills creating crafts at this Japanese cultural festival. Cultural exhibits will be displayed, and taiko drumming, classical dances, and martial arts demonstrations will be performed. Traditional Japanese food and beer will also be available. Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Meamonee St. | Fri 5:30 – 9p.m., Sat 11:30a.m. – 9p.m./ Sun 11:30a.m. – 6p.m. | $7, $6 students and seniors, free kids under 12 with paid adult; Sat $12 adults after 7 p.m. for the Yoko Noge concert; $15 three-day pass; donation benefits the Midwest Buddhist Temple |

Wrigleyville Summerfest

(August 8 – 9) Enjoy a triple play of great food, music, and family fun throughout the confines of Wrigleyville. For minor leaguers, there’s a Kids’ Zone, complete with a moon bounce. Seminary Ave. & School St. | Sat noon – 10p.m., Sun 11a.m. – 9p.m. | $5; donation benefits local charities |

Northalsted Market Days

(August 8 – 9) With more than 300,000 revelers, Northalsted Market Days is the Midwest’s largest two-day outdoor street festival, and is extremely popular with the LGBT community. Spanning eight city blocks, its many draws include four music stages, people-watching, food, and a broad mix of 300-plus vendors. Performers include En Vogue and Aron Carter. Halsted St., between Belmont Ave. & Addison St. | 11a.m – 10p.m. | $10; donation benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance |

Chicago Air and Water Show

(August 15 – 16) The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels return to the lakefront for one of the largest free events of its kind. The longstanding summer tradition includes a wide variety of civilian acts, with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan. New this year is the Breitling Jet Team from France on their first U.S. tour. North Avenue Beach, Lake Shore Dr. & North Ave. | 10a.m. – 3p.m. |

Taste of Greektown

(August 22 – 23) Hellenic pride takes center stage when this popular culinary and cultural fest in Chicago’s West Loop returns for its 26th Year. Entertainment includes Greek bands and games for kids and families. Halsted & Van Buren Sts. | Noon – |