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CHICAGO SUMMER GUIDE AROUND TOWN | 2015
music festivals JUNE 12 - 14 Spring Awakening Soldier Field JUNE 12 - 14 Chicago Blues Festival Grant Park JUNE 19 - 21 Windy City LakeShake Northerly Island JUNE 20 - 21 Green Music Fest Wicker Park (Damen & North) JUNE 21 Make Music Chicago Multiple locations JUNE 27 World's Largest Block Party UIC Pavilion lot JULY 4 Jackson Park (63rd & Hayes) JULY 10 - 12 The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic Ruido Fest JULY 10 - 12 Square Roots Music Festival Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Montrose) JULY 11 - 12 Mamby on the Beach Oakwood Beach JULY 17 - 19 Pitchfork Music Festival Union Park JULY 31 - AUG 2 Lollapalooza Grant Park Pilsen (Addams Park)
SEPT 3 - 6 Chicago Jazz Festival SEPT 4 - 6 North Coast Music Festival Chicago Cultural Center + Millennium Park Union Park SEPT 11 - 13 Riot Fest Douglas Park SEPT 11 - 22 World Music Festival Multiple locations SEPT 26 - 27 Hyde Park Jazz Festival Hyde Park (various locations)
food and brew festivals JUNE 5 - 7 Little Village Flavors of Mexico Little Village (26th & California) JUNE 6 River North Beer Fest JUNE 12 - 14 Ribfest River North (John Barleycorn & Moe’s Cantina) North Center (Lincoln & Irving Park) JUNE 13 Brew to Be Wild Lincoln Park Zoo JUNE 19 - 21 Taste of Randolph Street West Loop (Randolph & Peoria) JUNE 19 - 20 Chicago Ale Fest Grant Park JUNE 19 - 21 6 Corners BBQ Fest JUNE 27 - 28 Dog Dayz of Summer Portage Park (Irving Park & Milwaukee) Goose Island Barrel Warehouse JUNE 27 - 28 Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest Irving Park (Elston & Grace) JULY 3 - 5 Windy City Ribfest Uptown (Lawrence & Broadway) JULY 8 - 12 Taste of Chicago Grant Park JULY 10 - 12 Windy City Smokeout Grand & the Chicago River JULY 11 - 12 Taste of Lakeview Lakeview (Belmont & Lincoln)
JULY 11 - 12 Roscoe Village Burger Fest Roscoe Village (Belmont & Damen) JULY 17 - 19 Taste of River North River North (Kingsbury & Erie) JULY 18 - 19 Chicago Craft Beer Festival Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Webster) JULY 18 - 19 Sausage Fest Wrigleyville (Clark and Addison) JULY 25 Chicago Margarita Fest Northerly Island JULY 25 - 26 Chicago Hot Sauce Fest Avondale JULY 25 - 26 Taste of Lincoln Avenue Lincoln Park (Lincoln & Fullerton) AUG 1 - 2 Taste of Latin America AUG 7 - 9 Chicago Hot Dog Fest Humboldt Park (Armitage & Central Park) Chicago History Museum AUG 13 - 16 Festa Italiana Little Italy (Taylor & Ashland) AUG 15 - 16 Great American Lobster Fest Navy Pier AUG 22 - 23 Taste of Greektown Greektown (Halsted & Van Buren) SEPT 4 - 7 Taste of Polonia Copernicus Center SEPT 11 - 12 Shock Top Oyster Fest Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe) SEPT 11 - 12 Windy City Wine Festival Grant Park SEPT 19 - 20 Lakeview Taco Fest Lakeview (Southport & Addison) SEPT 25 - 27 Chicago Gourmet Millennium Park SEPT 25 - 27 Oktoberfest Chicago Lakeview (Southport & Lincoln)
cultural and neighborhood festivals JUNE 5 - 7 Lincoln Park Greek Fest Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Diversey) JUNE 6 - 7 Printers Row Lit Fest Printer's Row (Polk & Dearborn) JUNE 12 - 14 Andersonville Midsommarfest Andersonville (Clark & Foster) JUNE 18 - 21 Fiestas Puertorriqueñas Humboldt Park (Division & California) JUNE 19 - 21 Oakley Festa Pasta Vino Little Village (Oakley & 24th) JUNE 20 - 21 Chicago Pride Fest Boystown (Halsted & Waveland) JUNE 25 - 28 Back Lot Bash Andersonville (Clark & Foster) JUNE 28 Pride Parade Various locations JULY 3 - 5 Union Park JULY 10 - 12 African/Caribbean International Festival of Life Irish American Heritage Festival JULY 11 - 12 West Fest West Town (Chicago & Damen) JULY 17 - 19 BenFest North Center (Leavitt & Irving Park) JULY 18 - 19 Sheffield Garden Walk and Music Festival Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Webster) Irish American Heritage Center
JULY 18 - 19 Celebrate Clark Street Festival Rogers Park (Clark & Morse) JULY 19 Chinatown Summer Fair Chinatown (Wentworth & Cermak) JULY 24 - 26 Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Jefferson Park JULY 25 - 26 Wicker Park Fest Wicker Park (North & Milwaukee) JULY 30 - AUG 2 Fiesta del Sol Pilsen (Cermak & Loomis) AUG 1 - 2 Edge Fest Edgewater (Broadway & Thorndale) AUG 7 - 9 Retro on Roscoe Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe) AUG 8 Bud Billiken Parade Bronzeville (Oakwood & Langley) AUG 8 - 9 Wrigleyville Summerfest Wrigleyville (School & Seminary) AUG 8 - 9 Northalsted Market Days Boystown (Halsted & Belmont) AUG 20 Clark After Dark Gold Coast (Clark & Hubbard) AUG 22 - 23 Albany Park World Fest Albany Park (Lawrence & Kimball) AUG 25 - 29 Chicago Dancing Festival Multiple locations AUG 29 - 30 Chicago Fashion Fest Wicker Park (Division & Wood) SEPT 4 - 7 African Festival of the Arts Washington Park SEPT 19 - 20 Renegade Craft Fair Wicker Park (Damen & Division) SEPT 26 - 27 Design Harvest Fest West Town (Grand & Wood)
art fairs JUNE 6 - 7 57th Street Art Fair Hyde Park (57th & Kimbark) JUNE 6 - 7 Remix Chicago JUNE 13 - 14 Wells Street Art Festival Logan Square (Milwaukee & California) Old Town (North & Wells) JUNE 20 - 21 Gold Coast Art Fair Grant Park JUNE 26 - 28 Logan Square Arts Festival Logan Square JULY 10 - 12 artfest Michigan Avenue Chicago Tribune Plaza JULY 18 - 19 Southport Art & Music Fest Lakeview (Southport & Waveland) AUG 14 - 16 Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Rogers Park (Glenwood & Morse) AUG 22 - 23 West Loop Art Fest West Loop (Halsted & Washington) AUG 29 - 30 Bucktown Arts Fest Holstein Park SEPT 11 - 13 Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Lakeview SEPT 19 - 20 Ravenswood ArtWalk Ravenswood (various locations) SEPT 26 - 27 Edgewater Fall Art Fair Edgewater (Broadway & Granville)
in the parks JUNE 12 - 14 Chicago Blues Festival Grant Park JUNE 19 - 20 Chicago Ale Fest Grant Park JUNE 20 - 21 Gold Coast Art Fair Grant Park JULY 8 - 12 Taste of Chicago Grant Park JULY 24 - 26 Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival Jefferson Park JULY 31 - AUG 2 Lollapalooza Grant Park AUG 1 - 2 Taste of Latin America AUG 14 - 16 Edison Park Fest Humboldt Park (Armitage & Central Park) Edison Park AUG 15 - 16 Chicago Air & Water Show North Avenue Beach SEPT 3 - 6 Chicago Jazz Festival SEPT 4 - 7 African Festival of the Arts Chicago Cultural Center + Millennium Park Washington Park SEPT 11 - 12 Windy City Wine Festival Grant Park SEPT 11 - 13 Riot Fest Douglas Park SEPT 25 - 27 Chicago Gourmet Millennium Park Check out more concerts and events on the City of Chicago's Millennium Park upcoming event schedule
farmers markets Tuesdays Columbus Park Farmers Market Federal Plaza Farmers Market Harrison St. & Central Ave. Adams St. & Dearborn Pkwy. Wednesdays Andersonville Farmers Market Green City Market Pilsen Night Market 1500 W. Berwyn Ave. 1800 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park 18th St. & Blue Island Ave. Thursdays Daley Plaza Farmers Market Argyle Night Market Willis Tower Farmers Market 50 W. Washington St. Broadway St. & Argyle St. 233 S. Wacker Dr. Saturdays Division Street Farmers Market Green City Market Green City Market – Fulton Printers Row Farmers Market Division St. & Dearborn Pkwy. 1800 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park Fulton St. & Halsted St. Polk St. & Dearborn St. These are just a few of the popular Farmers Markets in and around Downtown. For more information and the full list, please visit the City of Chicago Farmer's Market Page
food trucks JUNE 6 - 7 Pilsen Food Truck Fest Pilsen (18th & Allport) AUG 22 - 23 Chicago Food Truck Social Wicker Park (Milwaukee & Division) Food trucks make stops all around the city every day. Check out chicagofoodtruckfinder.com to see which ones are in your neighborhood or near your office for lunch! For more info about Chicago's festivals and events, check out Thrillist's guide!