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2019 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Special Events Management)Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Special Events Management)

Let the countdown to summer begin! Though it may not seem like it, festival season is on the horizon.

Gear up for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, outdoor concerts, art shows and cultural celebrations big and small across Chicago and the suburbs.


May Jump to June | July | August | September 

April 26-May 5: Germany Week (Loop) | Map

May 4: Chicago Beer Classic (Museum Campus) | Map

May 4: Chicago Kids and Kites Festival (Uptown) | Map

May 4-5: Art in Wilder Park (Elmhurst) | Map

May 5: Switch on Summer (Loop) | Map

May 10: Manifest (South Loop) | Map

May 11: Lincoln Park Zoo Food Truck Social | Map

May 11: Arts & Crafts Adventure (Park Ridge) | Map

May 11: Ballpark Brew Fest (Schaumburg) | Map

May 11-12: Renegade Craft Fair (Pilsen) | Map

May 17: Beer Tasting in Lilacia Park (Lombard) | Map

May 17-19: Lincoln Park Wine Fest | Map

May 17-19: Mayfest (Lakeview) | Map

May 17-19: Chocolate Fest (Long Grove) | Map

May 18: Bark in the Park (Museum Campus) | Map

May 18: Wine Tasting in Lilacia Park (Lombard) | Map

May 18: What's Blooming on Harrison (Oak Park) | Map

May 18: Roars & Pours (Brookfield) | Map

May 18: Water Lantern Festival (Aurora) | Map

May 18-19: Palos Park Art Festival | Map

May 18-19: Skokie Festival of Cultures | Map

May 18-19: Riverside Arts Weekend | Map

May 18-19: Civil War Days (Naperville) | Map

May 19: Andersonville Wine Walk | Various locations

May 19: Rhubarb Festival (Kankakee) | Map

May 24-26: Mole de Mayo (Pilsen) | Map

May 24-26: Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest (Oak Forest) | Map

May 24-Sept. 1: Live on the Lake! (Near North Side) | Map

May 25: Chicago House Music Conference & Festival (Loop) | Map

May 25: Chicago Memorial Day Parade (Loop) | Map

May 25-26: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map

May 25-26: Barrington Art Festival | Map

May 25-26: St. Charles Fine Art Show | Map

May 25-Aug. 31: Wave Wall Wax (Near North Side) | Map

May 26-Aug. 29: Rockin’ in the Park (Rosemont) | Map

May 30-June 2: Maifest Chicago (Lincoln Square) | Map

May 30-Aug. 29: Thursday Night Out (Oak Park) | Map

May 31-June 1: Chicago Gospel Music Festival (Loop) | Map

May 31-June 2: Lincoln Park Greek Fest | Map

May 31-June 2: Taste of Mexico (Little Village) | Map

May 31-June 2: Do Division Street Fest (Wicker Park) | Map

May 31-June 2: Harvard Milk Days | Map


June Jump to: May | July | August | September

(The Scottish Festival & Highland Games)(The Scottish Festival & Highland Games)

June 1: Chicago Ale Fest (Loop) | Map

June 1: North Shore Pride Fest (Highwood) | Map

June 1-2: WingOut Chicago (Old Town) | Map

June 1-2: 57th Street Art Fair (Hyde Park) | Map

June 1-2: Hyde Park Brew Fest | Map

June 1-2: Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park (Loop) | Map

June 2: Naperville Wine Walk | Map

June 2: PorchFest Lakeview | Map

June 6-Aug. 29: Summer Concert Series (Lincoln Square) | Map

June 7-9: Andersonville Midsommarfest | Map

June 7-9: Chicago Blues Festival (Loop) | Map

June 7-9: Spring Awakening (Hoffman Estates) | Map

June 8: Lombard Ale Fest | Map

June 8: The OK BBQ Block Party (Forest Park) | Map

June 8-9: Old Town Art Fair | Map

June 8-9: Pilsen Food Truck Social | Map

June 8-9: Wells Street Art Festival (Old Town) | Map

June 8-9: Printers Row Lit Fest | Map

June 8-9: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival | Map

June 8-9: Promenade of Art  (Arlington Heights) | Map

June 12-Aug. 17: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map

June 13-16: Old Canal Days Craft and Art Fair (Lockport) | Map

June 13-Aug. 15: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

June 14-15: The Scottish Festival & Highland Games (Itasca) | Map

June 14-15: Latinxt (Near North Side) | Map

June 14-15: SummerFest 2019 (Villa Park) | Map

June 14-15: Craft Brews at the Zoo (Lincoln Park) | Map

June 14-16: Ribfest Chicago  (North Center) | Map

June 14-16: Taste of Randolph Street (West Town) | Map

June 14-16: Oakley Ave. Festa Pasta Vino (Lower West Side) | Map

June 14-16: Elgin Ribfest | Map

June 15: Chicago Taco & Tequila (Lincoln Park) | Map

June 15: Solstice Hop & Vine Fest (Schaumburg) | Map

June 15: Drivin' the Dixie (Homewood) | Map

June 15: Uncork Illinois Wine Fest (Oak Park) | Map

June 15-16: Custer Fair (Evanston) | Map

June 18-23: Swedish Days (Geneva) | Map

June 18-Aug. 6: Concerts in the Plaza (Libertyville) | Map

June 21: Make Music Chicago | Various locations

June 21-22: World’s Largest Block Party (West Loop Gate) | Map

June 21-22: Winnetka Music Festival | Map

June 21-22: Chi-Soul Fest (Near North Side) | Map

June 21-23: Country Lake Shake (Museum Campus) | Map

June 21-23: Ruidofest (University Village) | Map

June 21-23: Strawberry Festival (Long Grove) | Map

June 21-Aug. 10: Summer Nights Concerts (Brookfield) | Map

June 22: Craft Beer Festival (Lisle) | Map

June 22: Chicago Vegandale Food and Drink Fest (Loop) | Map

June 22: Everyday Edgebrook Craft Beer Tasting | Map

June 22-23: Chicago Pride Fest (Lakeview) | Map

June 22-23: Ravenswood on Tap | Map

June 22-23: Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest (Evanston) | Map

June 22-23: Chicago Food Truck Fest (South Loop) | Map

June 23: Northcenter Neighborhood Garden Walk | Map

June 24-Aug.9: Family Fun Festival (Loop) | Map

June 26: Inferno Fest (Highwood) | Map

June 27-Aug. 24: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

June 28-30: Back Lot Bash | Various locations

June 28-30: Logan Square Arts Festival | Map

June 28-30: Millennium Art Festival (Loop) | Map

June 29: Pride in the Park (Loop) | Map

June 29-30: Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo (Bridgeview) | Map

June 29-30: Summer Smash (Douglas Park) | Map

June 30: Chicago Pride Parade (Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park) | Map

June 30: Chicago Mariachi Festival (Loop) | Map


July Jump to: May | June | August | September 

Windy City Ribfest (Special Events Management)Windy City Ribfest (Special Events Management)

July 3-6: Eyes to the Skies (Lisle) | Map

July 3-6: Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest | Map

July 3-7: Frontier Days Festival (Arlington Heights) | Map

July 3-7: Mount Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival | Map

July 3-7: Oak Fest (Oak Forest) | Map

July 4: Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks | Map

July 4-7: Windy City Ribfest (Uptown) | Map

July 4-9: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (Washington Park) | Map

July 5-7: West Fest (West Town) | Map

July 6: Chosen Few DJs Music Festival & Picnic (Woodlawn) | Map

July 6-7: Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival (Glencoe) | Map

July 6-7: Chicago Michelada Festival (Pilsen) | Map

July 10-14: Taste of Chicago (Loop) | Map

July 11-14: Railroad Days Festival (West Chicago) | Map

July 12: Uncork Barrington | Map

July 12-14: Irish American Heritage Festival (Mayfair) | Map

July 12-14: Windy City Smokeout (Near West Side) | Map

July 12-14: Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Square) | Map

July 12-Aug. 23: Water Colors (Near North Side) | Map

July 13: Naperville Ale Fest | Map

July 13: Bastille Day Chicago (Ravenswood) | Map

July 13-14: Southport Art & Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map

July 13-14: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map

July 13-14: Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party | Map

July 17: Malt Row on Damen (Ravenswood) | Map

July 17-21: Kane County Fair (St. Charles) | Map

July 18-21: Highwood Days | Map

July 19: Horner Park Brew Fest | Map

July 19-20: Artfest Michigan Avenue (Near North Side) | Map

July 19-21: Pitchfork Music Festival (West Town) | Map

July 19-21: Colombian Fest  (Hermosa) | Map

July 19-21: Taste of River North | Map

July 19-21: Ben Fest (North Center) | Map

July 19-21: Tacos y Tamales Festival (Pilsen) | Map

July 19-21: Sheffield Street Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 19-21: The Big Greek Food Fest of Niles | Map

July 20: Horner Fest Family Day | Map

July 20: Silver Room Block Party (Hyde Park) | Map

July 20: Volleywood Electric Beach (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 20: Taste of WVON (Roseland) | Map

July 20: Sheffield Craft BeerFest (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 20-21: Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Lakeview) | Map

July 20-21: North Shore Taco Fest (Highwood) | Map

July 20-21: Sheffield Garden Walk (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 21: Dearborn Garden Walk (Gold Coast) | Map

July 21: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

July 21: The Mexican Indigenous Music Festival (Loop) | Map

July 24-28: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 24-28: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map

July 25-28: Proud American Days (New Lenox) | Map

July 25-28: Prairie Fest (Wood Dale) Map

July 25-28: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen) | Map

July 26-28: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 27: South Loop Beer & Cider Fest | Map

July 27-28: Bantu Fest (Hyde Park) | Map

July 27-28: Ghana Fest (Washington Park) | Map

July 27-28: Chicago Margarita Festival (Near North Side) | Map

July 27-28: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 27-28: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

July 27-28: Geneva Arts Fair | Map

July 28: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map


August Jump to: May | June | July | September 

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival (Amdur Productions)Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival (Amdur Productions)

Aug. 1-4: Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map

Aug. 1-4: Little Italy Fest-West (Addison) | Map

Aug. 2-4: Festa Italiana (Naperville) | Map

Aug. 2-4: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

Aug. 2-4: Destination Asia Festival (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 3: Wheaton Brew Fest | Map

Aug. 3-4: Edge Fest (Edgewater) | Map

Aug. 3-4: Chicago Brewing District's Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | Map

Aug. 3-4: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

Aug. 3-4: World of Faeries Festival (South Elgin) | Map

Aug. 4: Taste of the Towns (Lake Zurich) | Map

Aug. 6: Art Dans La Rue (Oak Park) | Map

Aug. 9-11: Chicago Hot Dog Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map

Aug. 9-11: Ginza Holiday Festival (Old Town) | Map

Aug. 9-11: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 9-11: Festival Cubano (Belmont Cragin) | Map

Aug. 10: Farm & Barn Fest (Mokena) | Map

Aug. 10: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 10: Noche Caribena (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 10-11: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map

Aug. 10-11: Lincolnshire Art Festival | Map

Aug. 10-11: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 10-11: Kite Festival (Glencoe) | Map

Aug. 10-11: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Aug. 14: Garlic Fest (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 15: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 15-18: Little Italy Festa Taylor St. | Map

Aug. 16-18: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 16-18: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 16-18: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 17: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Map

Aug. 17: Homewood’s Giant Block Party | Map

Aug. 17: Westside Music Festival (Douglas Park) | Map 

Aug. 17-18: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 17-18: Sangria Festival (Humboldt Park) | Map

Aug. 17-18: Pilsen Fest | Map

Aug. 17-18: Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival (Glencoe) | Map

Aug. 17-18: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

Aug. 21-25: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 23-25: Logan Square Social | Map

Aug. 23-25: Corn Fest (DeKalb) | Map

Aug. 23-25: Skokie’s Backlot Bash | Map

Aug. 23-25: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 23-Sept. 1: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map

Aug. 24: Villapalooza (Little Village) | Map

Aug. 24: Edgebrook Block Party | Map

Aug. 24-25: Ukranian Days Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 24-25: Bucktown Art Fest | Map

Aug. 24-25: Oak Park Ave.-Lake Arts & Crafts Show (Oak Park) | Map

Aug. 24-25: Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts | Map

Aug. 24-25: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 25: Walk in the Park (Arlington Heights) | Map

Aug. 25: Taste of Armenia (Evanston) | Map

Aug. 25-31: Chicago Onscreen Schedule | Various locations

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Nashwood (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Great American Lobster Fest (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: African Festival of the Arts (Washington Park) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Schaumburg Septemberfest | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map


September Jump to: May | June | July | August 

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest (Special Events Management)Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest (Special Events Management)

Sept. 4-8: Sandwich Fair | Map

Sept. 6-8: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Sept. 6-8: Festival de La Villita (Little Village) | Map

Sept. 6-8: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 6-8: Windy City Blues Fest (Lyons) | Map

Sept. 6-8: Festival of the Vine (Geneva) | Map

Sept. 7: Northern Illinois Airshow (Waukegan) | Map

Sept. 7: Stems and Steins (Norwood Park) | Map

Sept. 7-8: 79th Street Renaissance Festival (Gresham) | Map

Sept. 7-8: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map

Sept. 7-8: Deer Park Art Show | Map

Sept. 7-8: Revolutionary War Re-enactment and Grand Encampment (Wheaton) | Map

Sept. 7-8: World War II Days (Lockport) | Map

Sept. 7-8: Fine Art Festival (Oak Brook) | Map

Sept. 8: Scandinavian Day (South Elgin) | Map

Sept. 8: DeKalb Kite Fest | Map

Sept. 13-15 Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 13-29: World Music Festival | Various Locations

Sept. 14-15: Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival (Roscoe Village) | Map

Sept. 14-15: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map

Sept. 14-15: Printer's Row Art Fest | Map

Sept. 14-15: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 15: Monarch Butterfly Festival (Palos Heights) | Map

Sept. 20-21: Oaktoberfest (Oak Park) | Map

Sept. 20-21: Goose Island Beer Co.'s 312 Block Party (West Town) | Map

Sept. 20-22: Apple Fest (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 20-22: American Craft Exposition (Glencoe) | Map

Sept. 21: Lake Forest Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 21: Fall Arts & Crafts Adventure (Park Ridge) | Map

Sept. 21: Lisle Ale Fest | Map

Sept. 21: Youth Arts Showcase Festival (Loop) | Map

Sept. 21-22: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Sept. 21-22: Harvest Pow Wow (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 21-22: Northshore Affordable Art Sale (Skokie) | Map

Sept. 21-22: Arboretum of South Barrington Art Festival | Map

Sept. 21-22: Andersonville Arts Fest | Map

Sept. 21-22: Chicago Food Truck Fest (Forest Glen)| Map


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Do you know of a festival that we missed?  Send us an email.


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