It’s warming up in Chicago and although it might seem like it’s just begun to thaw, now’s the time to start planning for summer. Already? you might ask. Why not! We all need some warm weather events to look forward to. The West Loop is an amazing place to take in all that summer has to offer. From music festivals and flea markets to food fairs and more, the West Loop is the destination for fun in the sun. Here are our favorite things to do this summer.
Pitchfork Music Festival brings together emerging talent from all over the country. With 60,000 attendees last year, it’s one of the largest music festivals in Chicago. The festival takes place in Union Park over the course of three days with exclusive vendors selling unique goods and restaurants from Chicago serving delicious bites and beverages. If you love discovering new artists or perhaps are a fan of the headliners, you’ll definitely want to get tickets to this unforgettable music festival. The festival starts on Friday, June 20th and continues through Sunday, June 22nd.
Randolph St. Market is a glorious flea market that takes place almost every month. But, you’ll have the most fun visiting over the course of the summer. It’s like a huge garden party melded with an open-air bazaar. You’ll find everything from antiques to vintage furniture to handcrafted gifts and art. There’s no shortage of treasures to be found. Food trucks and drinks are available around the market to make sure you’re well hydrated and nourished. You can spend an entire day taking in all the market has to offer. Visit the Market’s website for dates and tickets.
Taste of Randolph Street features delicious food from local restaurants at a great price. While you’re chowing down, enjoy music from two different stages. Taste of Randolph has acts from Chicago and beyond performing as you embark on your culinary adventure. This street festival has been going strong for over twenty years. If you haven’t already, check out this iconic Chicago food festival.
The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) has been celebrated in Chicago for over 25 years. The festival brings together the musical, culinary and cultural heritage of the African diaspora. This includes the cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America and more. The heart of the festival is Reggae and Jamaican music and this year it will be the focus. Expect over 200 vendors from around the world to be in attendance. If you’d like to celebrate life and the cultures that have shaped Chicago and the world, you should check out this festival in Union Park July 6th-8th.
Mary Bartelme Park hosts events all summer long in West Loop. A highlight for adults and children is the Movies in the Park series. Family friendly movies are projected in the park for all to enjoy. Vendors and fun events before, during and after the showing are available. You can pack a picnic or grab a bite there. This year’s movies include many favorites that all start at dusk. You’re going to love this free event in the West Loop.
There’s so much do in Chicago’s West Loop this summer. With cultural, culinary and entertaining attractions, you’ll surely find something fun to do on any given weekend. Be sure and take advantage of our list and soak up some sun.