2021 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

The Taste of Lincoln Avenue returns July 24-25, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)The Taste of Lincoln Avenue returns July 24-25, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)

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Neighborhood street festivals, art shows, outdoor concerts — including Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago — are returning this summer as the Chicago area reopens.

As with most things this year, the coronavirus pandemic has put its stamp on summer events: some have been postponed until later in the season, some outright canceled for 2021; others are finalizing dates and details. We’ll keep this list updated as more information is available.

Learn more about each event from the organizers themselves by clicking the links below.


June Jump to: July | August | September 

Pride in the Park takes over Grant Park on June 26-27, 2021. (Facebook photo)Pride in the Park takes over Grant Park on June 26-27, 2021. (Facebook photo)

Through Aug. 22: PorchJams Series | Various locations in Lakeview and Roscoe Village

June 18-20: Chicago Craft Beer Festival (West Town) | Map

June 19: Summer Beer Tasting (Lisle) | Map

June 19-20: Burr Ridge Art Fair | Map

June 21: Make Music Chicago | Various locations

June 22-Aug. 3: Concerts in the Plaza (Libertyville) | Map

June 24-27: Swedish Days (Geneva) | Map

June 24-Aug. 26: Lot Jams | Various locations in Albany Park

June 25-27: Strawberry Festival (Long Grove) | Map

June 26: Navy Pier Pride (Near North Side) | Map

June 26: Seltzerland (Lakeview) | Map

June 26-27: Pride in the Park (Loop) | Map

June 26-27: Deer Park Art Show | Map

June 26-27: Festival of Fine Arts (Highland Park) | Map

June 27: Northcenter Neighborhood Garden Walk | Map

June 30-July 4: Mount Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival | Map

ANNUAL JUNE EVENTS NOT HAPPENING IN 2021

57th Street Art Fair

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Chicago Pride Parade (Lakeview) postponed until Oct. 3

Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo (Bridgeview) 

Country Lake Shake (Museum Campus)

Elgin Ribfest

Lincoln Park Wine Fest postponed until Oct. 9-10

Logan Square Arts Festival

Ravenswood on Tap

Riverside Arts Weekend

Spring Awakening Autumn Equinox  postponed until Oct. 2-3

Summer Concert Series (Lincoln Square) 

Uncork Illinois Wine Fest (Oak Park) 

Wells Street Art Festival postponed until Aug. 14-15

WingOut Chicago postponed until Oct. 2-3


July Jump to: June | August | September

Lil Pump on stage at Lollapalooza on Aug. 4, 2018. Lollapalooza will return at full capacity July 29-Aug. 1, 2021.  (Scott Witt / Lollapalooza 2018)Lil Pump on stage at Lollapalooza on Aug. 4, 2018. Lollapalooza will return at full capacity July 29-Aug. 1, 2021. (Scott Witt / Lollapalooza 2018)

July 1-4: Long Play Music Fest (Loves Park) | Map 

July 1-5: Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest | Map

July 2-Aug. 21: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map

July 2-Aug. 27: Water Colors (Near North Side) | Map

July 3: Chosen Few DJs Music Festival & Picnic (virtual)

July 4: Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks | Map

July 7-11: Taste of Chicago | Various locations

July 8-11: Windy City Smokeout (Near West Side) | Map

July 9: Frida Fridays (Wheaton) | Map

July 10: Bastille Day Chicago (Ravenswood) | Map

July 10-11: Southport Art Fest (Lakeview) | Map

July 10-Aug. 28: Outdoor Summer Concert Series (Jefferson Park) | Map

July 11-Sept. 12: Sundays on State (Loop) | Map

July 14-18: Kane County Fair (St. Charles) | Map

July 15: Taco Crawl (Rogers Park) | Map 

July 15-18: Highwood Toagie Fest | Map

July 16-17: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

July 16-18: Millennium Art Festival (Loop) | Map

July 17: Volleywood Electric Beach (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 17-18: Bucktown Neighborhood & Garden Walk | Various locations

July 17-18: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map

July 17-18: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

July 23-25: Lincoln Square Greek Fest | Map

July 23-25: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 23-Oct. 29: Chalk Howard Street (virtual)

July 24-25: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 24-25: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

July 24-25: Geneva Arts Fair | Map

July 24-25: Colombian Fest (Humboldt Park) | Map

July 27-31: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 29-Aug. 1 Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map

July 29-Aug. 1: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen) | Map

July 30-Aug. 1: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

July 30-Aug. 1: Festa Italiana (Naperville) | Map

July 30-Aug. 1: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map

July 31: Wrigleyville Art Market | Map

July 31-Aug. 1: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

ANNUAL JULY EVENTS NOT HAPPENING IN 2021

International Festival of Life (Prairie Shores) postponed until Sept. 11-12

Bantu Fest (Hyde Park) 

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival (Glencoe)

Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest

Eyes to the Skies (Lisle) 

Frontier Days Festival (Arlington Heights)

Oak Fest (Oak Forest)

Oakley Ave. Festa Pasta Vino (Lower West Side)

Pitchfork Music Festival postponed until Sept. 10-12

Prairie Fest (Wood Dale) 

Proud American Days (New Lenox)

Railroad Days Festival (West Chicago)

Roscoe Village Burger Fest postponed until Sept. 4-5

Silver Room Block Party (Hyde Park)

Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Square)

Uncork Barrington

West Fest (West Town) 

Windy City Ribfest (Uptown) 


August Jump to: June | July | September 

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival returns Aug. 13-15, 2021. (Courtesy of Amdur Productions)Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival returns Aug. 13-15, 2021. (Courtesy of Amdur Productions)

Aug. 2-Sept. 16: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

Aug. 6: Frida Fridays (Wheaton) | Map

Aug. 6-8: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map

Aug. 6-8: Chicago Michelada Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 7: Wheaton Brew Fest | Map

Aug. 7: Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge (Irving Park) | Map

Aug. 7: Farm & Barn Fest (Mokena) | Map

Aug. 7-8: Printer’s Row Art Fest | Map

Aug. 7-8 World of Faeries Festival (South Elgin) | Map

Aug. 7-8: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

Aug. 12-15: Little Italy Festa Taylor St. | Map

Aug. 13-14: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

Aug. 13-15: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 13-15: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 13-15: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 14: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 14: Joliet Blues Festival | Map

Aug. 14: Highwood Pride Fest | Map

Aug. 14: Wrigleyville Art Market | Map

Aug. 14: Firefest 2021 (North Lanwdale) | Map

Aug. 14-15: Wells Street Art Festival (Old Town) | Map

Aug. 14-15: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Aug. 14-15: Pilsen Fest | Map

Aug. 18: Garlic Fest (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 18-Sept. 15: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

Aug. 19: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 19-Sept. 19: Chicago In Tune | Various locations

Aug. 20-22: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 20-22: Summer Smash (Douglas Park) | Map

Aug. 20-22: Ruido Fest (West Town) | Map

Aug. 21: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Map

Aug. 21-22: Sangria Festival (Humboldt Park) | Map

Aug. 21-22: Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park (Loop) | Map

Aug. 21-22: Ukranian Days Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 25-29: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 27-29: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 27-29: Corn Fest (DeKalb) | Map

Aug. 27-29: Skokie’s Backlot Bash | Map

Aug. 27-29: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Aug. 27-29: Palatine Street Fest | Map

Aug. 28-29: Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts | Map

Aug. 28-29: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 29: PorchFest Roscoe Village | Map

Aug. 29: Taste of Armenia (Evanston) | Map

ANNUAL AUGUST EVENTS NOT HAPPENING IN 2021

Art Dans La Rue (Oak Park)

Bucktown Art Fest

Chicago Caribbean Carnivale (Hyde Park) 

Chicago Hot Dog Fest (Lincoln Park)

Chicago Westside Music Festival (Douglas Park)

Edge Fest (Edgewater) 

Fred Fest (Port Barrington)

Kite Festival (Glencoe) 

Veggie Fest (Lisle)

Windy City West Indian Carnival (Harvey)


September Jump to: June | July | August

Roscoe Village Burger Fest fires up the grills Sept. 4-5, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)Roscoe Village Burger Fest fires up the grills Sept. 4-5, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Sept. 3: Chicago In Tune: Gospel Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 3-5: NorthCoast Music Festival (Bridgeview) | Map

Sept. 3-5: Westmont Lions Club Red, White & Bar-B-Q | Map

Sept. 3-5: Nashwood (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 3-6: Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling | Map

Sept. 3-6: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map

Sept. 4: Chicago in Tune: Jazz Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 4-5: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map

Sept. 4-5: ARC Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Sept. 4-6: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 4-6: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 5: Bike the Drive | Various locations


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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