Empty Bottle, Metro, and Smart Bar play host to this ultra-cool underground music fest featuring OGHR, Meatbeat Manifesto, and Frontline Assembly as the headliners. There will also be a Wax Trax! pop-up shop, food trucks, raffles, silent auction, and plenty of weird dancing.
Cost: $15-$45 per show
The granddaddy of Chicago beer fests is back with more than 150 craft beers, local food trucks, a homebrew competition, beer bike, DJ, photo booth, and more.
Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery
The Goose Island block party is back with an A-list musical lineup including TV on the Radio, Drive-By Truckers, and The Hold Steady, plus over 20 Goose Island beers, local food trucks, and an aftershow at the Empty Bottle.
Cost: $10 donation to local charities; aftershow sold out
World-famous Chicago chefs including Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, and Graham Elliot join forces with sommeliers, mixologists, and speakers at the culinary event of the year. Satellite events include an Italian feast on the Symphony Center stage, Grand Cru wine tasting, and yoga brunch with cocktails.
Cost: $195 per day or $310 for weekend pass; Grand Cru $205 per day