Events

12 Things You Absolutely Must Do in Chicago This June

Published On 06/01/2015 Published On 06/01/2015
Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival
Flickr/Guy F. Wicke

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Jun 5-6

NBC Universal Second City Break Out Comedy Fest Check out top emerging talent in sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up from across the nation, hosted by The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal at this new yukfest.

UP Comedy Club

NBC Universal Second City Break Out Comedy Fest UP Comedy Club Check out top emerging talent in sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up from across the nation, hosted by The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal at this new yukfest.

Flickr/yuan2003

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Jun 6 Sat

3rd Annual Beach Slap Volleyball Tournament & Beach Party Summer can officially begin... now that this beach party/summer fest with beach volleyball, cornhole, and dodgeball is here, plus DJs and shot girls of course.

North Avenue Beach

3rd Annual Beach Slap Volleyball Tournament & Beach Party North Avenue Beach Summer can officially begin... now that this beach party/summer fest with beach volleyball, cornhole, and dodgeball is here, plus DJs and shot girls of course.

Sean Cooley/Thrillist

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Jun 6 Sat

Pilsen Food Truck Fest You'll devour eats from top local trucks including The Fat Shallot, Haute Sausage, Da Lobsta, and Husky Hog BBQ while rocking to live bands in Pilsen, so you'll know you must be cool.

18th between Racine and Throop

Pilsen Food Truck Fest 18th between Racine and Throop You'll devour eats from top local trucks including The Fat Shallot, Haute Sausage, Da Lobsta, and Husky Hog BBQ while rocking to live bands in Pilsen, so you'll know you must be cool.

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Jun 6 Sat

Wingout Chicago From sweet BBQ to jerk to garlic Parmesan with spicy habanero and ghost pepper sauces, this fest lets you sample wings from Jake Melnick’s, Barn & Company, and more at this inaugural fest.

St. Michael in Old Town

Wingout Chicago St. Michael in Old Town From sweet BBQ to jerk to garlic Parmesan with spicy habanero and ghost pepper sauces, this fest lets you sample wings from Jake Melnick’s, Barn & Company, and more at this inaugural fest.

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Jun 10 Wed

Windy City Burlesque Fest Peep sexy striptease acts with names like Stella Cheeks, Maxie Milieu, and Molly Macabre while taking part in burlesque classes and workshops for, you know, learning.

Stage 773

Windy City Burlesque Fest Stage 773 Peep sexy striptease acts with names like Stella Cheeks, Maxie Milieu, and Molly Macabre while taking part in burlesque classes and workshops for, you know, learning.

Flickr/swimfinfan

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Jun 12-14

Spring Awakening Soldier Field once again morphs into a neon-outfitted EDM spaceship at this annual dance music throwdown headlined by Tiesto, Hardwell, and Zedd.

Soldier Field

Spring Awakening Soldier Field Soldier Field once again morphs into a neon-outfitted EDM spaceship at this annual dance music throwdown headlined by Tiesto, Hardwell, and Zedd.

Flickr/Steve Stearns

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Jun 12 Fri

Ribfest Chicago The city’s longest-running rib fest is also its best, with plentiful rib and non-rib eats plus live bands and the annual Ribmania eating contest/exercise in ridiculousness.

Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park

Ribfest Chicago Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park The city’s longest-running rib fest is also its best, with plentiful rib and non-rib eats plus live bands and the annual Ribmania eating contest/exercise in ridiculousness.

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Jun 13 Sat

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago Finally, a time to ride bikes naked through Downtown streets both while protesting oil consumption and showing off that sweet new Chicago flag body paint from on-site artists.

Exact location TBA

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago Exact location TBA Finally, a time to ride bikes naked through Downtown streets both while protesting oil consumption and showing off that sweet new Chicago flag body paint from on-site artists.

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

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Jun 17-21

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival After a while, all Chicago fests start to look alike, except this one with street theatre, acrobats, clowns, and all manner of unspeakable weirdness going down in parks and locations across the city.

Various locations

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival Various locations After a while, all Chicago fests start to look alike, except this one with street theatre, acrobats, clowns, and all manner of unspeakable weirdness going down in parks and locations across the city.

The Dock at Montrose Beach

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Jun 20 Sat

Whiskey Wine and Swine Pig Roast & Tasting Hit the beach for a summer pig roast, only instead of inviting your family, get to know 60+ wines and whiskeys via 20 tasting tickets in a more intimate fashion.

The Dock at Montrose Beach

Whiskey Wine and Swine Pig Roast & Tasting The Dock at Montrose Beach Hit the beach for a summer pig roast, only instead of inviting your family, get to know 60+ wines and whiskeys via 20 tasting tickets in a more intimate fashion.

Flickr/Ed Fisher aka gleam

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Jun 27-28

Dog Dayz of Summer Hot Doug’s pops up in all its glory for one weekend only at this hot new hot dog fest paired with Goose Island brew and live music from local label Bloodshot Records.

Goose Island Barrel Warehouse

Dog Dayz of Summer Goose Island Barrel Warehouse Hot Doug’s pops up in all its glory for one weekend only at this hot new hot dog fest paired with Goose Island brew and live music from local label Bloodshot Records.

flickr/john w. iwanski
 

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Jun 28 Sun

High Class Dive Bar Pub Crawl Bust out the tuxedo and old prom dress for this black tie guided tour of local dive bars including Richard’s, Bernie’s, and Rossi’s via party bus, with a bottle of Dom Perignon for best dressed.

Meet at Clover Sports & Leisure

High Class Dive Bar Pub Crawl Meet at Clover Sports & Leisure Bust out the tuxedo and old prom dress for this black tie guided tour of local dive bars including Richard’s, Bernie’s, and Rossi’s via party bus, with a bottle of Dom Perignon for best dressed.