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Jun 16-19

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas The largest Latin event in the nation takes over Humboldt Park with authentic Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and plenty of Puerto Rican flags.

Humboldt Park (Division & California)

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas Humboldt Park (Division & California) The largest Latin event in the nation takes over Humboldt Park with authentic Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and plenty of Puerto Rican flags.

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Jun 17-18

Chicago Ale Fest 200+ craft beers from 100+ American breweries, all bordered by the Chicago skyline and lake. What’s not to like?

Buckingham Fountain

Chicago Ale Fest Buckingham Fountain 200+ craft beers from 100+ American breweries, all bordered by the Chicago skyline and lake. What’s not to like?

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Jun 17-18

Brew to Be Wild The zoo hosts a full-blown brew fest with 75+ specialty craft beers produced by 35 local and regional breweries, plus lawn games, a DJ, and tasting tents set up on zoo grounds.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Brew to Be Wild Lincoln Park Zoo The zoo hosts a full-blown brew fest with 75+ specialty craft beers produced by 35 local and regional breweries, plus lawn games, a DJ, and tasting tents set up on zoo grounds.

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Jun 17-19

Windy City LakeShake Chicago goes country with this 3-day extravaganza of mainstream country acts including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, and Tim McGraw. Better pack your cowboy boots.

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Windy City LakeShake FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago goes country with this 3-day extravaganza of mainstream country acts including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, and Tim McGraw. Better pack your cowboy boots.

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Jun 17-19

Taste of Randolph Chicago’s finest food hood also boasts one of the best music lineups of the summer with Peter Bjorn & John, Ms Mr, and Atlas Genius. This year you can even party at a replica stage of Colorado’s Red Rocks, should you crave a change of scene.

West Loop (Randolph & Peoria)

Taste of Randolph West Loop (Randolph & Peoria) Chicago’s finest food hood also boasts one of the best music lineups of the summer with Peter Bjorn & John, Ms Mr, and Atlas Genius. This year you can even party at a replica stage of Colorado’s Red Rocks, should you crave a change of scene.

Date

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Jun 17-19

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino Did you know where Chicago’s real Little Italy is? It ain’t Taylor Street. It’s Little Village Heart of Italy, as one trip to this celebration of all things Italy clearly demonstrates.

Little Village (25th & Oakley)

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino Little Village (25th & Oakley) Did you know where Chicago’s real Little Italy is? It ain’t Taylor Street. It’s Little Village Heart of Italy, as one trip to this celebration of all things Italy clearly demonstrates.

Date

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Jun 18-19

6 Corners BBQ Fest What goes better together than BBQ ribs and pro wrestling? Nothing, apparently, as this fest indicates.

Portage Park (Irving Park & Cicero)

6 Corners BBQ Fest Portage Park (Irving Park & Cicero) What goes better together than BBQ ribs and pro wrestling? Nothing, apparently, as this fest indicates.

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Jun 18-19

Gold Coast Art Fair One of the country’s top juried art fairs welcomes more than 300 artists selling art that will finally replace that old Bob Marley poster from college.

Grant Park

Gold Coast Art Fair Grant Park One of the country’s top juried art fairs welcomes more than 300 artists selling art that will finally replace that old Bob Marley poster from college.

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Jun 18-19

Green Music Fest Party eco-style with a people-powered bicycle stage, ecologically crafted brews by Lagunitas, and a killer indie music lineup featuring Black Joe Lewis, King Khan & the Shrines, and Waxahatchee.

Wicker Park (Damen & North)

Green Music Fest Wicker Park (Damen & North) Party eco-style with a people-powered bicycle stage, ecologically crafted brews by Lagunitas, and a killer indie music lineup featuring Black Joe Lewis, King Khan & the Shrines, and Waxahatchee.

Date

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Jun 18-19

Pride Fest A weekend-long celebration of LGBT pride culminates in the annual Pride Parade’s four-mile route from Uptown to Lincoln Park.

Lakeview (Belmont & Halsted)

Pride Fest Lakeview (Belmont & Halsted) A weekend-long celebration of LGBT pride culminates in the annual Pride Parade’s four-mile route from Uptown to Lincoln Park.

Date

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Jun 24-26

Logan Square Arts Fest One of Chicago’s coolest fests takes place (naturally) in one of its coolest hoods with live bands, art, and local eats from the hood.

Logan Square (the actual square)

Logan Square Arts Fest Logan Square (the actual square) One of Chicago’s coolest fests takes place (naturally) in one of its coolest hoods with live bands, art, and local eats from the hood.

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Jun 25 Sat

World’s Largest Block Party Formerly know as the Old St. Pat’s Block Party, this year’s megafest is headlined by Passion Pit and features a “Pot O’Gold Raffle” to win $20K.

UIC Festival Lot

World’s Largest Block Party UIC Festival Lot Formerly know as the Old St. Pat’s Block Party, this year’s megafest is headlined by Passion Pit and features a “Pot O’Gold Raffle” to win $20K.

Date

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Jun 25-26

Chicago Food Truck Fest Like food trucks? Then park it here (get it?). 2016’s lineup is TBA, but last year’s trucks included Tamale Spaceship, Haute Sausage, and Fat Shallot.

South Loop Green Space (24th & Dearborn)

Chicago Food Truck Fest South Loop Green Space (24th & Dearborn) Like food trucks? Then park it here (get it?). 2016’s lineup is TBA, but last year’s trucks included Tamale Spaceship, Haute Sausage, and Fat Shallot.

Date

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Jun 25-26

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest Encased meats, indie bands, and art converge in front of Abbey Pub for this Chicago sausagefest. Someone alert Abe Froman.

Avondale (Elston & Addison)

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest Avondale (Elston & Addison) Encased meats, indie bands, and art converge in front of Abbey Pub for this Chicago sausagefest. Someone alert Abe Froman.

swimfinfan/Flickr (Edited)

Date

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Jul 1-3

Windy City RibFest Another Chicago weekend, another Chicago ribfest. Bring napkins.

Uptown (Lawrence & Broadway)

Windy City RibFest Uptown (Lawrence & Broadway) Another Chicago weekend, another Chicago ribfest. Bring napkins.

Date

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Jul 1-4

International Festival of Life The African/Caribbean heritage celebration sets up shop in Union Park with live music, reggae, soccer, food, and plenty of good vibes.

Union Park

International Festival of Life Union Park The African/Caribbean heritage celebration sets up shop in Union Park with live music, reggae, soccer, food, and plenty of good vibes.

Date

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Jul 2-3

Mamby on the Beach Chicago’s best summer music fest takes over a laid-back South Side beach with a diverse range of acts including Animal Collective, Atmosphere, and Chromeo.

Oakwood Beach

Mamby on the Beach Oakwood Beach Chicago’s best summer music fest takes over a laid-back South Side beach with a diverse range of acts including Animal Collective, Atmosphere, and Chromeo.

Date

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Jul 2-3

Chosen Few DJs Music Festival The annual Chosen Few Picnic has evolved into this new two-day DJ music festival featuring the best in local house music.

Jackson Park

Chosen Few DJs Music Festival Jackson Park The annual Chosen Few Picnic has evolved into this new two-day DJ music festival featuring the best in local house music.

Date

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Jul 6-10

Taste of Chicago It’s Taste of Chicago -- the world’s largest outdoor food festival. Ever heard of it? This year’s bands include The Roots, Billy Idol, and The Decemberists.

Grant Park

Taste of Chicago Grant Park It’s Taste of Chicago -- the world’s largest outdoor food festival. Ever heard of it? This year’s bands include The Roots, Billy Idol, and The Decemberists.

Date

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Jul 8-10

Irish-American Heritage Fest Why wait for St. Patrick’s Day when you’ve got this green rager with live music, Irish dancers, a craft beer tent, a “men in kilts” contest, food from local restaurants, and a mashed potato eating contest?

Irish American Heritage Center

Irish-American Heritage Fest Irish American Heritage Center Why wait for St. Patrick’s Day when you’ve got this green rager with live music, Irish dancers, a craft beer tent, a “men in kilts” contest, food from local restaurants, and a mashed potato eating contest?

Date

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Jul 8-10

Ruido Fest Latin alternative music fest, with plenty to wash down the sounds.

Addams/Medill Park

Ruido Fest Addams/Medill Park Latin alternative music fest, with plenty to wash down the sounds.

Date

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Jul 8-10

West Fest Some of the coolest bands in town hit this underrated fest, which also includes a pet obstacle course and DJ stage.

West Town (Chicago & Wood)

West Fest West Town (Chicago & Wood) Some of the coolest bands in town hit this underrated fest, which also includes a pet obstacle course and DJ stage.

Date

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Jul 8-10

Millennium Art Festival Get in touch with your inner Jackson Pollock by painting part of the freestanding graffiti wall at this downtown art fest.

Millennium Park

Millennium Art Festival Millennium Park Get in touch with your inner Jackson Pollock by painting part of the freestanding graffiti wall at this downtown art fest.

Date

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Jul 8-10

Square Roots Festival Roots rock takes center stage, headlined by Robbie Fulks’s Bluegrass Explosion alongside Old Town School of Folk teachers and a deep lineup of 30+ craft brews.

Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Montrose)

Square Roots Festival Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Montrose) Roots rock takes center stage, headlined by Robbie Fulks’s Bluegrass Explosion alongside Old Town School of Folk teachers and a deep lineup of 30+ craft brews.

Date

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Jul 9-10

Roscoe Village Burger Fest Sample inventive burgers from top local restos including Butcher & the Burger, Chubby Weiners, Dive Bar, Reggie’s, and Fatso’s Last Stand with live music and an audience vote for best burger.

Roscoe Village (Diversey & Clybourn)

Roscoe Village Burger Fest Roscoe Village (Diversey & Clybourn) Sample inventive burgers from top local restos including Butcher & the Burger, Chubby Weiners, Dive Bar, Reggie’s, and Fatso’s Last Stand with live music and an audience vote for best burger.

Date

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Jul 9-10

DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival Chicago’s premier celebration of African-American culture, with entertainment lineup TBA.

DuSable Museum

DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival DuSable Museum Chicago’s premier celebration of African-American culture, with entertainment lineup TBA.

Date

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Jul 15-17

BenFest One of Chicago’s more family-friendly fests goes down at St. Benedict Parish with live bands, raffle, and a 3-on-3 hoops tourney.

2215 W. Irving Park Road

BenFest 2215 W. Irving Park Road One of Chicago’s more family-friendly fests goes down at St. Benedict Parish with live bands, raffle, and a 3-on-3 hoops tourney.

Date

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Jul 15-17

Windy City Smokeout BBQ, country music, and beer. What more do you need to know?

560 W. Grand Ave.

Windy City Smokeout 560 W. Grand Ave. BBQ, country music, and beer. What more do you need to know?

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Event

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Jul 15-17

Chicago Open Air Music, craft beer, and “gourmet man food” collide at this inaugural metal fest featuring Ministry, Chevelle, and Rammstein.

Toyota Park

Chicago Open Air Toyota Park Music, craft beer, and “gourmet man food” collide at this inaugural metal fest featuring Ministry, Chevelle, and Rammstein.

Date

Event

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Jul 16-17

Columbian Fest Artists, DJs, and a car show, plus Columbian coffee, steak, pina coladas, and more.

Copernicus Center

Columbian Fest Copernicus Center Artists, DJs, and a car show, plus Columbian coffee, steak, pina coladas, and more.

Date

Event

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Jul 16-17

Southport Art Festival Peep the work of 75+ local artists’ work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass and mixed media. Also, chat with the artists and check out live demos.

Lakeview (Southport & Waveland)

Southport Art Festival Lakeview (Southport & Waveland) Peep the work of 75+ local artists’ work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass and mixed media. Also, chat with the artists and check out live demos.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 16-17

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival This world music fest sets up shop in one of Chicago’s most culturally diverse hoods, with 2016 lineup TBA.

Rogers Park (Clark & Morse)

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival Rogers Park (Clark & Morse) This world music fest sets up shop in one of Chicago’s most culturally diverse hoods, with 2016 lineup TBA.

Date

Event

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Jul 17-19

Pitchfork Music Festival This year’s hipster Lollapalooza features Brian Wilson, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene, and more.

Union Park

Pitchfork Music Festival Union Park This year’s hipster Lollapalooza features Brian Wilson, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene, and more.

Date

Event

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Jul 17 Sun

Chinatown Summer Fair One of Chicago’s more ethnically unique fests features a lion dance procession, a “traveling Children’s Museum”, a petting zoo, pony rides, a "hot legs" contest for men, a cutest baby contest and, of course, a ton of Chinese food.

Chinatown (Wentworth & Cermak)

Chinatown Summer Fair Chinatown (Wentworth & Cermak) One of Chicago’s more ethnically unique fests features a lion dance procession, a “traveling Children’s Museum”, a petting zoo, pony rides, a "hot legs" contest for men, a cutest baby contest and, of course, a ton of Chinese food.

Date

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Jul 22-24

Taste of River North Lucky Boys Confusion headline this celebration of River North eats with Goose Island beer, a pet zone, and morning workouts at East Bank Club.

River North (Kingsbury & Erie)

Taste of River North River North (Kingsbury & Erie) Lucky Boys Confusion headline this celebration of River North eats with Goose Island beer, a pet zone, and morning workouts at East Bank Club.

Date

Event

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Jul 23-24

Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk Like gardens? Like drinking? Look no further, you’ve found your fest.

Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Webster)

Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Webster) Like gardens? Like drinking? Look no further, you’ve found your fest.

Date

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Jul 23-24

Chicago Craft Beer Festival Held in collaboration with the Sheffield Garden Walk, tickets include 15 3oz samples and live music.

Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Webster)

Chicago Craft Beer Festival Lincoln Park (Sheffield & Webster) Held in collaboration with the Sheffield Garden Walk, tickets include 15 3oz samples and live music.

Date

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Jul 23-24

Chicago Hot Sauce Fest Vendors include Wicked Pepper, Tongue Spank, and Voodoo Chile, so… you get a pretty good idea of the type of cuisine you’re about to inhale.

Avondale (Belmont & Elston)

Chicago Hot Sauce Fest Avondale (Belmont & Elston) Vendors include Wicked Pepper, Tongue Spank, and Voodoo Chile, so… you get a pretty good idea of the type of cuisine you’re about to inhale.

Date

Event

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Jul 23-24

Taste of Latin America Immerse yourself in all things Central and South American -- music, cooking demos, and (of course) food, from fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains.

Humboldt Park (Division & California

Taste of Latin America Humboldt Park (Division & California Immerse yourself in all things Central and South American -- music, cooking demos, and (of course) food, from fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains.

Date

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Jul 23-24

Wicker Park Fest Expect Pitchfork-caliber bands and plenty of oddball art at this annual neighborhood throwdown, plus the Redmoon mobile photo factory.

Wicker Park (North & Milwaukee)

Wicker Park Fest Wicker Park (North & Milwaukee) Expect Pitchfork-caliber bands and plenty of oddball art at this annual neighborhood throwdown, plus the Redmoon mobile photo factory.

Date

Event

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Jul 28-31

Lollapalooza This year, Perry Farrell’s mighty Chicago extravaganza expands to four days, and headliners include Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Grant Park

Lollapalooza Grant Park This year, Perry Farrell’s mighty Chicago extravaganza expands to four days, and headliners include Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Date

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Jul 28-31

Fiesta del Sol The largest Latino festival in the Midwest features live music, DJs, food vendors, carnival rides, soccer games, and a 5K.

Pilsen (Cermak & Loomis)

Fiesta del Sol Pilsen (Cermak & Loomis) The largest Latino festival in the Midwest features live music, DJs, food vendors, carnival rides, soccer games, and a 5K.

Date

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Jul 29-31

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Fest Jefferson Park gets into the festival game with Journey, The Who, Pearl Jam, and Led Zeppelin cover bands plus food, drink, and art.

Jefferson Park (the actual park)

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Fest Jefferson Park (the actual park) Jefferson Park gets into the festival game with Journey, The Who, Pearl Jam, and Led Zeppelin cover bands plus food, drink, and art.

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Jul 30-31

Chicago Margarita Fest Why does the margarita merit its own fest? Because why the hell not. It’s summer in Chicago.

South Shore Cultural Center

Chicago Margarita Fest South Shore Cultural Center Why does the margarita merit its own fest? Because why the hell not. It’s summer in Chicago.

Patrick Anenen/Flickr (Edited)

Date

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Location

TBA

Chicago Food & Wine Fest Join top Chicago chefs and wine enthusiasts as you taste during the day and dine under the stars in Lincoln Park. This year’s lineup TBA.

Lincoln Park (the actual park)

Chicago Food & Wine Fest Lincoln Park (the actual park) Join top Chicago chefs and wine enthusiasts as you taste during the day and dine under the stars in Lincoln Park. This year’s lineup TBA.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 5-7

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Stuff your face in front of the Chicago History Museum with creative hot dog offerings from top local restos. What the hell this has to do with history we don’t know, but do we really care?

Lincoln Park (Clark & LaSalle)

Chicago Hot Dog Fest Lincoln Park (Clark & LaSalle) Stuff your face in front of the Chicago History Museum with creative hot dog offerings from top local restos. What the hell this has to do with history we don’t know, but do we really care?

Date

Event

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Aug 6-7

EdgeFest Bands, food, booze, you know the drill.

Edgewater (Broadway & Thorndale)

EdgeFest Edgewater (Broadway & Thorndale) Bands, food, booze, you know the drill.

Date

Event

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Aug 6-7

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Blues Traveler and Talking Heads cover band, Start Making Sense, headline one of Chicago’s largest street fests with 250+ vendors, 30+ bands, and a mini craft fair.

Lincoln Park (Lincoln & Fullerton)

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Lincoln Park (Lincoln & Fullerton) Blues Traveler and Talking Heads cover band, Start Making Sense, headline one of Chicago’s largest street fests with 250+ vendors, 30+ bands, and a mini craft fair.

Date

Event

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Aug 6-7

Wrigleyville Summerfest Until the Cubs win the World Series this fall, this is the biggest party in Wrigleyville.

Wrigleyville (Seminary & School)

Wrigleyville Summerfest Wrigleyville (Seminary & School) Until the Cubs win the World Series this fall, this is the biggest party in Wrigleyville.

Date

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Aug 12-14

Retro on Roscoe Throwback jams, an antique car show, and kids’ rides headline this annual blast from the past bash.

Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe)

Retro on Roscoe Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe) Throwback jams, an antique car show, and kids’ rides headline this annual blast from the past bash.

Date

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Aug 12-14

Chicago Festival Cubano Cigar rolling, dominos, pony rides, and classic cars converge at this celebration of all things Cuban. Did we mention they have a white tiger?

Riis Park

Chicago Festival Cubano Riis Park Cigar rolling, dominos, pony rides, and classic cars converge at this celebration of all things Cuban. Did we mention they have a white tiger?

Date

Event

Location

Aug 12-14

Ginza Fest Japanese folk dance, taiko drumming, judo, and wood carving art make this no ordinary street fest.

Midwest Buddhist Temple

Ginza Fest Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese folk dance, taiko drumming, judo, and wood carving art make this no ordinary street fest.

Date

Event

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Aug 13 Sat

Color Fun Fest 5K Get blasted with 10,000 pounds of colorful paint as you run a 5K around Soldier Field, then follow it up with a massive post-race party.

Soldier Fest

Color Fun Fest 5K Soldier Fest Get blasted with 10,000 pounds of colorful paint as you run a 5K around Soldier Field, then follow it up with a massive post-race party.

Date

Event

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Aug 13 Sat

Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic This annual back-to-school party is the oldest and largest African-American parade in the country, stretching from Bronzeville to Washington Park, where a post-parade picnic is held.

Bronzeville

Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic Bronzeville This annual back-to-school party is the oldest and largest African-American parade in the country, stretching from Bronzeville to Washington Park, where a post-parade picnic is held.

Date

Event

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Aug 13-14

Northalsted Market Days The Midwest’s largest outdoor street festival turns 35 this year, so yeah, it might be fun.

Lakeview (Halsted & Addison)

Northalsted Market Days Lakeview (Halsted & Addison) The Midwest’s largest outdoor street festival turns 35 this year, so yeah, it might be fun.

Date

Event

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Aug 18 Thu

Clark After Dark Red, white, and blue and camo will be on full display at this annual tribute to Illinois troops.

River North (Clark & Hubbard)

Clark After Dark River North (Clark & Hubbard) Red, white, and blue and camo will be on full display at this annual tribute to Illinois troops.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 18-21

Chicago Festa Italiana Italian card games, Italian singers and dancers and, duh, Italian food takes center stage, plus totally necessary meatball and cannoli eating contests.

University Village (Taylor & Racine)

Chicago Festa Italiana University Village (Taylor & Racine) Italian card games, Italian singers and dancers and, duh, Italian food takes center stage, plus totally necessary meatball and cannoli eating contests.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 19-21

Edison Park Fest Edison Park is a neighborhood in Chicago. Which is good enough reason for a festival.

Edison Park (the actual park)

Edison Park Fest Edison Park (the actual park) Edison Park is a neighborhood in Chicago. Which is good enough reason for a festival.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 19-21

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Check out open studios, live bands, theatre groups, and food/drink as you stroll the cobblestone streets of the underrated Glenwood Avenue Arts District.

Rogers Park (Morse & Glenwood)

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Rogers Park (Morse & Glenwood) Check out open studios, live bands, theatre groups, and food/drink as you stroll the cobblestone streets of the underrated Glenwood Avenue Arts District.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20 Sat

Windy City Carnival Brazilian Carnival comes to Chicago. Be there.

University of Chicago

Windy City Carnival University of Chicago Brazilian Carnival comes to Chicago. Be there.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20 Sat

Chicago Westside Music Festival Free fest features top hip-hop acts plus food and drink, with this year’s lineup TBA.

Douglas Park

Chicago Westside Music Festival Douglas Park Free fest features top hip-hop acts plus food and drink, with this year’s lineup TBA.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20-21

Albany Park World Fest The melting pot that is Albany Park gathers cultures and cuisines from all over the world. The live music covers Brazilian beats and salsa to calypso, West African folkloric and Asian drums.

Albany Park (Lawrence & Kimball)

Albany Park World Fest Albany Park (Lawrence & Kimball) The melting pot that is Albany Park gathers cultures and cuisines from all over the world. The live music covers Brazilian beats and salsa to calypso, West African folkloric and Asian drums.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20-21

Chicago Air & Water Show One of the highlights of any Chicago summer will have you peering up into the roaring skies from the beach or, better yet, from your buddy’s boat on the lake.

North Avenue Beach

Chicago Air & Water Show North Avenue Beach One of the highlights of any Chicago summer will have you peering up into the roaring skies from the beach or, better yet, from your buddy’s boat on the lake.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 21 Sun

South Shore Summer Festival Cultural happening at Chicago’s iconic South Shore Cultural Center with a range of acts, food, and merchants along the lakefront.

South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Summer Festival South Shore Cultural Center Cultural happening at Chicago’s iconic South Shore Cultural Center with a range of acts, food, and merchants along the lakefront.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 21 Sun

Slow & Low: A Community Lowrider Festival Tricked-out cars and bikes do their thing plus film screenings, mariachi bands, and Mexican cuisine.

Chicago Urban Art Society

Slow & Low: A Community Lowrider Festival Chicago Urban Art Society Tricked-out cars and bikes do their thing plus film screenings, mariachi bands, and Mexican cuisine.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 27-28

Taste of Greektown Do you think there will be Greek food at Taste of Greektown? We’ll let you answer that one.

Greektown (Halsted & Van Buren)

Taste of Greektown Greektown (Halsted & Van Buren) Do you think there will be Greek food at Taste of Greektown? We’ll let you answer that one.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 27-28

Bucktown Arts Fest Art, poetry, theatre, and dance plus live bands, food trucks, sangria and craft beer.

2200 N. Oakley Ave.

Bucktown Arts Fest 2200 N. Oakley Ave. Art, poetry, theatre, and dance plus live bands, food trucks, sangria and craft beer.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 27-28

Chicago Fashion Fest Check out live runway shows as you consume local eats and drink at this annual fashionista flash mob.

Wicker Park (Division & Damen)

Chicago Fashion Fest Wicker Park (Division & Damen) Check out live runway shows as you consume local eats and drink at this annual fashionista flash mob.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 27-28

Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival Chicago’s historic Motor Row automotive district springs back to life in a river of craft beer and wine.

South Loop (Michigan & Cermak)

Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival South Loop (Michigan & Cermak) Chicago’s historic Motor Row automotive district springs back to life in a river of craft beer and wine.

tambourineilene/Flickr (Edited)

Date

Event

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TBA

Hideout Block Party After taking last year off, one of Chicago’s most beloved fests is expected to return this year, although details remain scarce.

The Hideout

Hideout Block Party The Hideout After taking last year off, one of Chicago’s most beloved fests is expected to return this year, although details remain scarce.

Date

Event

Location

TBA

79th Street Renaissance Fest Dates are still TBA for this year’s famous South Side block party with live bands, horseback rides, and South Side food vendors.

Auburn Gresham (79th & Racine)

79th Street Renaissance Fest Auburn Gresham (79th & Racine) Dates are still TBA for this year’s famous South Side block party with live bands, horseback rides, and South Side food vendors.

Date

Event

Location

TBA

Berghoff Oktoberfest Never fear; there will be a Berghoff Oktoberfest this year, we’re just not sure of the dates yet.

John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza

Berghoff Oktoberfest John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza Never fear; there will be a Berghoff Oktoberfest this year, we’re just not sure of the dates yet.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 2-3

Great American Lobster Fest The Midwest’s largest lobster fest features fresh Boston lobster, surf and turf, live music, and games.

Navy Pier

Great American Lobster Fest Navy Pier The Midwest’s largest lobster fest features fresh Boston lobster, surf and turf, live music, and games.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 2-4

North Coast Music Festival Chicago’s most unique music fest brings together hip hop, dance, rock, and jam bands for its annual farewell to summer in Union Park.

Union Park

North Coast Music Festival Union Park Chicago’s most unique music fest brings together hip hop, dance, rock, and jam bands for its annual farewell to summer in Union Park.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 2-5

African Festival of the Arts Every Labor Day weekend, Washington Park transforms into an African village with tribal drumming, spirituality, and interactive engagements. Not to be missed.

Washington Park (the actual park)

African Festival of the Arts Washington Park (the actual park) Every Labor Day weekend, Washington Park transforms into an African village with tribal drumming, spirituality, and interactive engagements. Not to be missed.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 2-5

Taste of Polonia Live bands, folk dancing, casino gambling, and of course, plenty of Polish eats and weirdly awesome Polish beers.

Copernicus Center

Taste of Polonia Copernicus Center Live bands, folk dancing, casino gambling, and of course, plenty of Polish eats and weirdly awesome Polish beers.

Date

Event

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Sep 9-10

Windy City Wine Festival Buckingham Fountain isn’t just that place from Married With Children where lost kids at Lolla text their parents. It’s also the site of this wine fest, where you can sip 300+ wines with wine seminars, local eats, and live music.

Buckingham Fountain

Windy City Wine Festival Buckingham Fountain Buckingham Fountain isn’t just that place from Married With Children where lost kids at Lolla text their parents. It’s also the site of this wine fest, where you can sip 300+ wines with wine seminars, local eats, and live music.

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Sep 9-11

Throwback Music Festival This new fest is all about retro tunes, and we’re not talking ‘90s retro. We’re talking ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s retro plus craft beer tastings, art, and kid’s activities.

Gladstone Park (Milwaukee & Peterson)

Throwback Music Festival Gladstone Park (Milwaukee & Peterson) This new fest is all about retro tunes, and we’re not talking ‘90s retro. We’re talking ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s retro plus craft beer tastings, art, and kid’s activities.

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Sep 9-11

Chicago German-American Fest Yes, there will be pretzels. Yes, there will be massive beer steins. Yes, there will be lederhosen. Yes, this is a German fest.

Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Western)

Chicago German-American Fest Lincoln Square (Lincoln & Western) Yes, there will be pretzels. Yes, there will be massive beer steins. Yes, there will be lederhosen. Yes, this is a German fest.

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Sep 9-11

Festival de la Villita This outdoor gala of Mexican heritage breaks out at the terminus of the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade with food, music, art, and carnival rides.

Little Village (26th & Kostner)

Festival de la Villita Little Village (26th & Kostner) This outdoor gala of Mexican heritage breaks out at the terminus of the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade with food, music, art, and carnival rides.

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Sep 10 Sat

Shock Top Oyster Fest Are there better ways to kick off the unofficial start of autumn than by slurping oysters in tents housing fresh seafood and other local culinary delights? Not according to this fest.

Roscoe Village (Roscoe & Damen)

Shock Top Oyster Fest Roscoe Village (Roscoe & Damen) Are there better ways to kick off the unofficial start of autumn than by slurping oysters in tents housing fresh seafood and other local culinary delights? Not according to this fest.

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Sep 10-11

Ravenswood Art Walk Experience a weekend of art, music, food, and community while getting a peek inside the spaces that have helped define Ravenswood.

Ravenswood (various locations)

Ravenswood Art Walk Ravenswood (various locations) Experience a weekend of art, music, food, and community while getting a peek inside the spaces that have helped define Ravenswood.

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Sep 10-11

Renegade Craft Fair Indie arts and crafts, indie bands, and food/drink from local vendors.

Wicker Park (Damen & Division)

Renegade Craft Fair Wicker Park (Damen & Division) Indie arts and crafts, indie bands, and food/drink from local vendors.

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Sep 10-11

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Peep fine art and crafts from 125+ juried artists plus music, food, and family activities.

Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont)

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) Peep fine art and crafts from 125+ juried artists plus music, food, and family activities.

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Sep 16-18

Riot Fest All we know at this point is that the original Misfits will be reuniting for the first time in 33 years at this year’s annual punk rock carnival, which is all we really need to know.

Douglas Park

Riot Fest Douglas Park All we know at this point is that the original Misfits will be reuniting for the first time in 33 years at this year’s annual punk rock carnival, which is all we really need to know.

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Sep 17-18

Andersonville City Made Fest Post up in one of America’s hottest hoods for the only street festival that exclusively features Chicago-made craft beers, Chicago music, Chicago food, and a Chicago-made art marketplace.

Andersonville (Clark & Argyle)

Andersonville City Made Fest Andersonville (Clark & Argyle) Post up in one of America’s hottest hoods for the only street festival that exclusively features Chicago-made craft beers, Chicago music, Chicago food, and a Chicago-made art marketplace.

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