Food fests. Art fairs. Cool music. Chicago’s hotly anticipated festival season is back, and it’s packed with tons of can’t-miss neighborhood events.

May

6: Chicago Kids & Kites Festival – Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park

19-21: Mayfest – 3100 N. Ashland Ave.

20-21: Lincoln Park Wine Festival – Jonquil Park

27-28: Randolph St. Market Festival – 1340 W. Washington

27-28: Greek & Mediterranean Wine Festival – Halsted St. between Van Buren and Jackson

27-28: Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival – Sheffield Ave.; Belmont to Roscoe St.

 

June

2-4: Do-Division Street Fest – Division St.; Ashland to Leavitt

2-4: Lincoln Park Greek Fest – Sheffield Ave.; between Diversey & Schubert

3-4: 57th Street Art Fair – 57th St.; Kenwood & Woodlawn

9-11: Andersonville Midsommarfest – Clark St.; Foster to Catalpa

9-11: Ribfest Chicago – Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park

9-11: Chicago Blues Festival – Millennium Park

9-11: Spring Awakening Music Festival – Addams/Medill Park

10-11: Old Town Art Fair – Old Town Triangle Historic District

10-11: Wells Street Art Festival – Wells St.; North to Division

16-17: Craft Brews at the Zoo – Lincoln Park Zoo

17-18: Chicago Pride Fest – Boystown

17-18: Gold Coast Art Fair – Grant Park

23-24: Chicago Ale Fest – Butler Field @ Grant Park

23-25: Country LakeShake Music Festival – Northerly Island

24-25: Ravenswood on Tap – Ravenswood & Berteau

25: Pride Parade – Broadway/Halsted/Belmont

30-July 2: Windy City Ribfest Uptown – Lawrence & Broadway

 

July

1-4: International Festival of Life – Union Park

5-9: Taste of Chicago – Grant Park

7-9: Millennium Art Festival – Lake St. at Michigan Ave.

7-9: Ruido Fest – Addams/Medill Park

7-9: West Fest – Chicago Ave.; between Damen & Wood

7-9: Irish American Heritage Festival – Irish American Heritage Center

8-9: Chicago Margarita Festival – South Shore Beach

8-9: Roscoe Village Burger Fest – Clybourn & Diversey

14-16: Windy City Smokeout – 560 W. Grand Ave.

14-16: BenFest – 2215 W. Irving Park Rd.

14-16: Pitchfork Music Festival – Union Park

14-16: Chicago Open Air – Toyota Park

16: Chinatown Summer Fair – 2200 S. Wentworth Ave.

21-23: artfest Michigan Avenue – Michigan Ave.; base of the Tribune building

21-23: Taste of River North – Kingsbury & Erie

21-23: Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk – Webster & Sheffield

22-23: Chicago Craft Beer Festival – Sheffield & Webster

27-30: Fiesta del Sol – 1400 W. Cermak Rd.

29-30: Wicker Park Fest – Milwaukee & North

29-30: Taste of Lincoln Avenue – N. Lincoln between Fullerton & Wrightwood

 

August 

3-6: Lollapalooza – Grant Park

4-6: Jeff Fest – Jefferson Memorial Park

11-13: Reggae Fest Chicago – Addams/Medill Park

11-13: Ginza Holiday Festival – 435 W. Menomonee St.

12-13: Northalsted Market Days – Halsted St.; Belmont & Addison

19-20: Chicago Air & Water Show – North Avenue Beach

31-Sept. 3: Chicago Jazz Festival – Millennium Park

 

September

1-3: North Coast Music Festival – Union Park

1-4: African Festival of the Arts – Washington Park

1-4: Taste of Polonia – Copernicus Center

8-9: Windy City Wine Festival – Buckingham Fountain

 

Written by Mark Grossi

Originally from Detroit, Mark has resided in Chicago for the past four years. Mark enjoys live music, perusing local record shops, and experiencing all that Chicago has to offer.