JUNE – Chicago Summer Festival Schedule
Grant Park Summer Music Festival, JUNE 13 – AUGUST 18
What does summer in Chicago look like? Ten weeks of classical music performed by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus under the stars. Our season begins June 13—Don’t miss a thrilling summer of music!
Taste of Randolph, JUNE 15 – 17
Commemorating the iconic street festival’s 22nd Anniversary, Star Events and WLCO will bring together the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 16 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors. Silver Wrapper has curated a list of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians, as well as the biggest names in Chicago house music, performing on two stages and a DJ stage, to entertain guests on their culinary adventure.
Chicago Pride Fest, JUNE 16 – 17
The weekend before the 2018 Chicago Pride Parade makes it’s way through Boystown, the Chicago Pride Fest® starts the celebration! Chicago Pride Fest®, June 16-17, 2018, is an exciting two-day street festival held the weekend leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade with up to 100,000 expected to attend, celebrating LGBTQ life, culture and community.
The festival features live music by popular artists, 3 stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/craft and merchant vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, sponsor booths and more.
Gold Coast Art Fair, JUNE 16 – 17
Incredible artwork, live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the Gold Coast Art Fair a destination for all! See the masters at work with live art demos and speed-painting taking place throughout the weekend. Bottle & Bottega will be offering 3 classes a day. Sign up & Register below for a spot!
Country LakeShake Music Festival, JUNE 22 – 24
Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton will headline Chicago’s fourth annual Country LakeShake. The music festival runs June 22-24 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.
The initial lineup includes performances by Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline and more. Additional acts will be announced in the coming months.
Chicago Food Truck Fest, JUNE 23 – 24
Food trucks are intricately woven into American history. Starting with the Chuck wagon stemming from the “Father of the Texas Panhandle,” Charles Goodnight. In 1866, Goodnight, a cattle herder, realized the difficultly to cook proper meals during cattle drives. He took a sturdy old United States Army Wagon and constructed interior shelving and drawers. He then stocked the wagon with tableware and utensils, spices and medical supplies, including castor oil and quinine. The American Food Truck was born.
Food trucks today are eons away from the original Chuck wagons but one thing still remains. We still love food trucks! We realized the joy people received each day from eating from their favorite food truck. This lead us to create the Chicago Food Truck Festival continuing an world tradition.
Pride Parade, JUNE 24
The 2018 Chicago Pride Parade has nearly reached its 50th anniversary, and there’s a lot to celebrate. The event has grown from a small parade in Boystown to a thriving Chicago tradition that brings more than one million people together from around the world. The event is one of the largest gay pride parades in the country.
The Chicago Pride Fest will kick off all the exciting LGBTQ events over the next few weeks. The street festival will be held Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Street in Boystown.
Windy City Ribfest-Uptown, JUNE 29 – JUL 1
It’s a saucy summer happening! From tasty slabs (and sides) to a smokin’ music lineup, this pre-Fourth of July party in the eclectic Uptown neighborhood brings its A-game on when it returns for its 10th anniversary year!
Beyond the flavorful offerings of top local and national ribbers and cool summer tunes, this popular three-day fest also features arts & crafts plus an activity area for kids and families.
And with the vibrant Broadway-Lawrence intersection boasting acclaimed Chicago music venues that include The Green Mill, Aragon Ballroom and Riviera nightclub, Windy City Ribfest is the perfect urban destination for both daytime and evening fun
JULY – Chicago Summer Festival Schedule
Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier, JULY 4
Navy Pier is preparing to light up the Chicago skyline with a fireworks extravaganza Tuesday that’s part of its annual Independence Day celebration. It’s the city’s only official lakefront fireworks show and will feature a 15-minute display synchronized with patriotic music.The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Navy Pier opens to the public at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
People can watch the fireworks from Navy Pier’s 27,000-square-foot rooftop, where the annual Freedom Fest kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a DJ, barbecue and cash bar at the cost of $39 for a general admission, standing room-only ticket.
West Fest, JULY 6 – 8
West Fest is an annual street festival in Chicago’s West Town Community on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street. (1800W – 2000W Chicago Ave. Chicago IL 60622)
What makes West Fest so unique? Since 2004 West Fest stands out from the rest because it is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is on local offerings and local talent. West Fest features neighborhood retailers and restaurants, fine artists, crafters, and more. The event reflects the eclectic and hip West Town community, and is also known for cutting edge live music.
Millennium Art Festival, JULY 6 – 8
Popping up for a three-day weekend, top-ranked art and design show Millennium Art Festival brings excitement and art to downtown Chicago. Renowned as one of the “Top 50 Art and Design Shows” by Sunshine Artist Magazine, Millennium Art Festival showcases the talents of more than 110 juried artists who participate in this city-centric festival. Festival goers will see an array of original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography, and furniture. Millennium Art Festival blends live performances, fantastic food, and interactive art-filled experiences into Chicago’s streets.
Taste of Chicago, JULY 11 – 15
Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.
Windy City Smokeout, JULY 13 – 15
The Windy City Smokeout has announced an all-star lineup for 2018 that’s headed up by Brett Young, Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.
The BBQ, craft beer and country music festival returns to Chicago from July 13–15, 2018, for the sixth consecutive year. According to a press release, organizers expect more than 50,000 fans on Grand Avenue near the Chicago River for the three-day event this year.
Southport Art & Music Fest, JULY 14 – 15
Festival fans will visit the beautiful tree-lined streets of the picturesque neighborhood. Just steps away from the friendly margins of Wrigley Field, the two-day festival will showcase some of the city’s best and most diverse artists. Southport Art Festival will put numerous art forms including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media at center stage all weekend long.
Roscoe Village Burger Fest, JULY 14 – 15
Fire up the grills! More than a dozen local restaurants will be throwing the tastiest party around when Roscoe Village BurgerFest returns for its 10th mouth watering anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9!
Add two stages of non-stop music, a fun filled Kid’s Zone and artists/merchants to the weekend’s mix and mid July is going to be blazing hot!
Pitchfork Music Festival, JULY 20 – 22
Celebrating its 13th year in 2018, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents 40+ acts over the course of three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. Since 2006, this independently run festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced, and rewarding weekends of music around.
Taste of River North, JULY 20 – 22
Celebrating its 17th year as the signature event in Chicago’s most entertaining neighborhood, the Taste of River North is prepared to feed all appetites the weekend of July 20-22. With its brilliant location in Ward Park along the Chicago River, the annual food and music lover’s gig leaves nothing left over or overlooked.
Every season, 35,000-plus gather to taste some of River North’s most dynamic restaurants, sip on cold sudsy beer, and listen to the best party jams playout live on stage.
At the family-friendly Taste of River North, dogs are catered to with their own food and activities, kids play in a devoted children’s area, and artisans set up shop. Presented by the River North Residents Association, this year’s festival includes some surprises along with the usual mix of hot eats, cold drinks, and morning exercises to prep the body for three fun-filled days dedicated to the River North good life
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, JULY 21
Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust.
The Mac, as it is affectionately known, kicks off Saturday, July 15, 2017 with 3,000 sailors competing in this world-class sporting event. Although The Mac remains primarily an amateur event, this race has a proven track record of attracting some of the finest sailing talent in the sport.
The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest, annual freshwater sailing race in the world. It takes place on Lake Michigan
Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, JULY 21 – 22
Whether or not one has a green thumb, the iconic Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk, celebrating its 50th year in 2018, is inspirational, dreamy and motivational. It’s a unique way to savor a summer weekend in the city! There’s also a fantastic music lineup on two stages.
More than 80 of the neighborhood’s lush residential gardens will again be open for the public to explore. There are both self-guided garden tours, and guided architecture tours. Visitors are always amazed at the creativity of urban green spaces on splendid display.
Presented by the Sheffield Neighbors Association, the weekend also includes food, and plenty of nifty afternoon activities for kids and families.
Another exciting component of Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk is its partnering with the sixth annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival. This stand-alone microbrew fest will be held in tandem with the Garden Walk throughout the weekend and definitely enhances the crowds
Wicker Park Fest, JULY 28 – 29
In celebration of its 15th milestone season, Wicker Park Fest 2018 is expanding from two to three days! The street festival that Chicago Magazine and Chicago Tribune have called the “best” of the year returns July 27 – 29. Always one of the city’s most anticipated summer events, Wicker Park Fest attracts visitors from across the Midwest with its stellar music line-up and diverse selection of participants. Chicago’s longest (in terms of length) neighborhood festival reflects Wicker Park’s rich musical heritage, eclectic artistry and acclaimed dining scenes. Building on the area’s unique character, the weekend pays homage to the neighborhood with over 50 bands on four stages, area restaurants and over 120 merchant vendors, Kids Fest, Interactive Arts Exhibit, Sculpture Installation and three nights of live Fashion Shows.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue, JULY 28 – 29
Chicago’s sweet summer vibe will be in full swing when Taste of Lincoln Avenue, one of the Windy City’s most iconic (and pioneering) street fests, returns for its 35th fun-filled year to the heart of the Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhood.
In total, the fest features more than 60 merchants, artists, community group and food/drink booths. The always-popular Kids’ Carnival, held from Noon-6:00 p.m. each afternoon on Altgeld between Lincoln and Halsted (free entrance from Halsted), features inflatables, art activities galore, pony rides, kiddie carnival rides and much more.
Chicago Margarita Festival, JULY 28 – 29
Chicago Margarita Festival will be held at Navy Pier. This year will feature three tasting sessions. The first session runs from, Saturday 11:00am until 6:00pm and Saturday 7:00pm to 11:59pm. Then the final session on Sunday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. This years festival will feature live bands playing island sounds pairing well with dancing and margaritas. Also, an awe inspiring fire work show over Lake Michigan will occur on Saturday Evening. Drink tickets must be purchased in advance.
AUGUST – Chicago Summer Festival Schedule
Lollapalooza, AUGUST 2 – 5
Lollapalooza will return to Chicago’s Grant Park this year from August 2-5. The lineup for the 2018 event has just been announced, with headliners The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys. Other artists include Travis Scott, The National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza. Tickets are on sale now–check the full lineup below!
Retro on Roscoe, AUGUST 10 – 12
Ever wish you could go back in time? Well here’s your chance! Referred to by Patch as a “Generation X haven”, Chicagoans looking for a blast from the past don’t need to look further than the 22nd annual Retro on Roscoe festival. Go back in time with music enthusiasts, families, and gearheads for a back in the day weekend.
North Halsted Market Days, AUGUST 11 – 12
Northalsted Market Days® is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s biggest summer party! Founded in 1980, the celebration now spans 6 blocks of North Halsted in Chicago’s Boystown/Lakeview neighborhood stretching from Addison to Belmont.
The 2 day/weekend long festival features an all day lineup of live music on 5 stages, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing. Attendance approaches nearly 200,000 fairgoers, from near and far, all walks of life, and all colors of the rainbow.
Chicago Air & Water Show, AUGUST 18 – 19
The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.
Taste of Greektown, AUGUST 24 – 26
Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago’s happening West Loop returns for its 29th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture.
Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will again be the main attraction. There will also be plenty of music and entertainment including Greek bands and games for both kids and families. Opa!
Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, AUGUST 25 – 26
For 35 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. The Chicago Triathlon is an action-packed tour through one of America’s signature metropolises.
Chicago Jazz Festival, AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 2
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.