Chicago is home to a superb line-up of festivals all summer long. These are among the best of the fests! Enjoy summer!
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Superb Gospel music and the festival is free.
Lincoln Park Greek Festival
Greek Food! Live music and dancing.
Little Village Flavors of Mexico
26th & California
Authentic food from Chicago’s Mexican community.
Printer’s Row Literature Festival
Polk & Dearborn
Readers enjoy this festival! Read On!
57th Street Art Fair
More than 200 artists sell their glass, photography and jewelry in Hyde Park.
Chicago Blues Festival
Another free festival in Chicago. Expect B.B. King tributes all weekend long!
Taste of Randolph Street
Randolph & Peoria
June 20-21 Gold Coast Art Fair
Arts and crafts at a higher end than the norm.
Taste of Chicago
The festival to end all festivals.
Irish American Heritage Festival
Dancers, mashed potato eating contest, men in kilts contest.
Taste of River North
Kingsbury & Erie
Music and food.
Chinatown Summer Fair
Wentworth & Cermak
Lion dance procession, martial arts demonstration and food. One of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods puts on a show!
Chicago Hot Sauce Festival
Hot sauces galore.
July 30-August 2
Fiesta del Sol
Pilsen – Cermak & Loomis
Largest Latino festival in the Midwest. Music, food and a carnival.
July 31-August 2
The city drives in the revenue on this event. This year, older, established acts join the festivities. Paul McCartney and Metallica!
Chicago Hot Dog Festival
Chicago History Museum
Annual celebration of the Chicago Hot Dog. Watch out for unusual toppings. Chocolate, perhaps?
Retro on Roscoe Fest
Damen & Roscoe
Retro live acts, antique cars.
Bud Billiken Parade
Little Italy - Taylor & Ashland
Food, eating contests. This is an especially entertaining fest! Come hungry!
Chicago Air & Water Show
North Avenue Beach
One of the city’s finest weekends! Outstanding aerial achievements. Food and crowds. This is summer defined!
Great American Lobster Festival
Same weekend as the air and water show. The lobsters are from the east coast – not Chicago! Music!
Taste of Greek Town
Halsted & Van Buren
Food! Mediterranean diets are healthy, so eat!
Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago Cultural Center
Taste of Polonia
Chicago’s large Polish community gathers for a weekend of food, dancing and music.
Well over 100 chefs gather for food. Wineries and breweries are present in addition to the food.
Beer, brats and pretzels. The pretzels rock the town!
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