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Chicago Summer Festivals: The Ultimate Guide

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In Chicago, fest season is the best season. The city’s social calendar is packed with street fairs, music festivals, pop-up markets, outdoor concerts, food fests, and more all summer long. Don’t miss a beat with this handy guide that covers the best Chicago fests happening each month. Start making your weekend plans now.

MAY FESTIVALS

As the weather warms up, Chicago neighborhoods begin to buzz with the first of the summer festivals. Highlights include a wine fest in the scenic Lincoln Park neighborhood, a sidewalk sale filled with locally made goods, and a free outdoor fest celebrating the Chicago-made genre of house music.

Do Division Street Fest

Chicago Zine Fest May 16 – 18, 2019

Mayfest May 17 – 19, 2019

Chicago Science Fest May 18, 2019

Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk May 18, 2019

Lincoln Park Wine Festival May 17 – 19, 2019

Mole de Mayo May 24 – 26, 2019

Chicago House Music Festival May 24 – 25, 2019

Picnic in Millennium Park Chicago
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Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Randolph Street Market Festival May 25 – 26, 2019

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest  May 25 – 26, 2019 

Illinois Craft Beer Week May 10 – 17, 2019 

Chicago Gospel Music Festival May 31 – June 1, 2019

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale May 31 – June 1, 2019

Lincoln Park Greek Fest May 31 – June 2, 2019

Taste of Mexico in Little Village May 31 – June 2, 2019

 

JUNE FESTIVALS

In June, the outdoor events begin in earnest with fun and free festivals filling neighborhood streets and parks every weekend of the month. Catch free music and movies in Millennium Park each week, get a taste for Chicago’s international neighborhoods at different food fests, and party it up at the Pride Fest and Parade in Boystown.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
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Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, June 13 – Aug. 15, 2019

Millennium Park Film Series Tuesdays, June 1 – Aug. 20, 2019

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Memorial Day through Labor Day 

Lincoln Park Greek Fest May 31 – June 2, 2019

Taste of Mexico in Little Village May 31 – June 2, 2019

Chicago Gospel Music Festival May 31 – June 1, 2019

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale May 31 – June 1, 2019

57th Street Art Fair June 1 – 2, 2019

Hyde Park Brew Fest June 1 – 2, 2019

Chicago Underground Film Festival June 5 – 9, 2019

Ribfest Chicago June 7 – 9, 2019

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Chicago Pride Fest

Chicago Blues Festival June 7 – 9, 2019

Andersonville Midsommarfest June 7 – 9, 2019

Wells Street Art Festival June 8 – 9, 2019

Grant Park Music Festival June 12 – Aug. 17, 2019

Cinepocalypse June 13 – 20, 2019

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo June 14 – 15, 2019

Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest June 14 – 15, 2019

World’s Largest Block Party June 21 – 22, 2019

Ruido Fest June 21 – 23, 2019

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum June 23, 2018 

Ravenswood on Tap June 22 – 23, 2019

Pride Fest Chicago June 22 – 23, 2019

Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest June 22 – 23, 2019

Millennium Art Festival June 26 – 20, 2019

Pride in the Park Chicago June 29, 2019

Randolph Street Market Festival June 29 – 30, 2019

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2019

Chicago SummerDance Wednesdays – Sundays, June 27 – August 24, 2019

 

JULY FESTIVALS

Savor the summer at an array of foodie events. July brings fests dedicated to ribs, barbecue, burgers, wine, craft beer, margaritas, and more. And don’t forget the ultimate Chicago food festival — Taste of Chicago, the largest free admission food fest in the world.


Original Rainbow Cone Chicago
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Taste of Chicago

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, June 13 – Aug. 15, 2019

Millennium Park Film Series Tuesdays, June 1 – Aug. 20, 2019

Grant Park Music Festival June 12 – Aug. 17, 2019

Chicago SummerDance Wednesdays – Sundays through Aug. 24, 2019

Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier July 4, 2019

Windy City Ribfest in Uptown July 4 – 6, 2019

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life July 4 – 7, 2019

West Fest July 5 – 7, 2019

Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Music Festival July 6, 2019 

Taste of Chicago July 10 – 14, 2019 

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival July 12 – 14, 2019 

Irish American Heritage Festival July 12 – 14, 2019 

Windy City Smokeout July 12 – 13, 2019

Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo
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Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

 

Southport Art & Music Fest July 13 – 14, 2019

Roscoe Village Burger Fest July 13 – 14, 2019

Dearborn Garden Walk July 21, 2019

Rhythm World July 22 – 28, 2019

Pitchfork Music Festival July 19 – 21, 2019

Taste of River North July 19 – 21, 2019

Sheffield Street Fest July 19 – 21, 2019

Sheffield Craft Beer Fest July 20, 2019

Sheffield Garden Walk July 20 – 21, 2019

Chalk Howard Street July 20

artfest Michigan Avenue July 20 – 21, 2019

Chicago Craft Beer Festival July 20 – 21, 2019 

Chinatown Summer Fair July 21, 2019 

Summer Wine Fest July 26

Wicker Park Fest July 26 – 28, 2019 

Lincoln Square Greek Fest July 26 – 28, 2019

Randolph Street Market Festival July 27 – 28, 2019

Taste of Lincoln Avenue July 27 – 28, 2019

Chicago Margarita Festival July 27 – 28, 2019

Fiesta del Sol July 25 – 28, 2019

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AUGUST FESTIVALS

Summer may be fading, but the city’s festivals are still going strong. Catch the superstar lineup at Lollapalooza in the heart of downtown Chicago, or head into the neighborhoods for a variety of music, food, and cultural festivities. Plus, the Air & Water show takes over the lakefront for a jaw-dropping beachfront display.

Market Days
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Northalsted Market Days

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, June 13 – Aug. 15, 2019

Millennium Park Film Series Tuesdays, June 1 – Aug. 20, 2019

Grant Park Music Festival June 12 – Aug. 17, 2019

Chicago SummerDance Wednesdays – Sundays through Aug. 24, 2019

Lollapalooza Aug. 1 – 4, 2019

Jeff Fest Aug. 2 – 4, 2019 

Edge Fest Aug. 3 – 4, 2019

Ginza Festival Chicago Aug. 9 – 11, 2019

Retro on Roscoe Aug. 9 – 11, 2019

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Aug. 10 – 12, 2019

Northalsted Market Days Aug. 10 – 11, 2019

My House Music Festival Aug. 10 – 11, 2019

Clark After Dark Aug. 15, 2019

Tastemaker Chicago Aug. 16 – 18, 2019

Edison Park Fest Aug. 16 – 18, 2019

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Aug. 16 – 18, 2019

Chicago Air and Water Show
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Chicago Air & Water Show

Oak Park Microbrew Review Aug. 17

Chicago Air & Water Show Aug. 16 – 17, 2019

Pilsen Fest Aug. 17– 18, 2019

Sangria Festival Aug. 17 – 18, 2019

Taste of Greektown Aug. 23 – 25, 2019

Logan Square Food Truck Social Aug. 23 – 25, 2019

Randolph Street Market Festival Aug. 24 – 25, 2019

Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 23 – September 1, 2019

North Coast Music Festival Aug. 30 – September 1, 2019

Great American Lobster Fest Aug. 30 – September 1, 2019

Taste of Polonia Aug. 30 – September 2, 2019

African Festival of the Arts Aug. 30 – September 2, 2019

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