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.


July Jump to: 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 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: Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | 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: Summer Wine Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map

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

July 31-Aug. 1: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

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

Through Aug. 28: Outdoor Summer Concert Series (Jefferson Park) | Map

Through Sept. 12: Sundays on State (Loop) | 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

Sheffield Street Festival (Lincoln Park) 

Silver Room Block Party (Hyde Park)

Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Square)

Uncork Barrington

West Fest (West Town) 

Windy City Ribfest (Uptown) 


August Jump to: 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:  Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | Map

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

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

Aug. 6-8: Chicago Brewing District's Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | 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: Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | 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. 19-22: Rotary GroveFest (Downers Grove) | Map

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

Aug. 20-21: Taste of River North | Map

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: U.S. Navy Blue Angels (Near North Side) | 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. 26: Adults Night Out: Summer Block Party (Lincoln Park) | 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: Chicago Margarita Festival (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 28-29: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map

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

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

Aug. 28-29: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 29: PorchFest Roscoe Village | Map

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

ANNUAL AUGUST EVENTS NOT HAPPENING IN 2021

Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side)

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) 

Slow & Low Chicago Lowrider Festival (Pilsen)

Veggie Fest (Lisle)

Windy City West Indian Carnival (Harvey)


September Jump to: 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. 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. 4-5: Morton Grove Labor Days | Map

Sept. 4-5: Schaumburg Septemberfest Map 

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

Sept. 4-6: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 5: Bike the Drive | Various locations

Sept. 5: Bitter Jest Music Festival Grand Finale Concert & Fireworks (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 8-12: Sandwich Fair | Map

Sept. 8-12: Little Italy Fest-West (Addison) | Map

Sept. 10-12: Lincoln Park Greek Fest | Map

Sept. 10-12: Pitchfork Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Sept. 10-12: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 10-12: Festival of the Vine (Geneva) | Map

Sept. 10-12Winfield Good Old Days | Map

Sept. 11: Valslist Emerge Winnetka (Winnetka Music Festival) | Map

Sept. 11: Northern Illinois Airshow (Waukegan) | Map

Sept. 11: Revolutionary War Re-enactment (Wheaton) | Map

Sept. 11: Chicago In Tune: House Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 11: Chicago Vegandale Food and Drink Fest (Loop) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Printers Row Lit Fest | Map

Sept. 11-12: Military History Weekend (Lockport) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Naper Pride Fest (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Oak Brook Art Festival | Map

Sept. 11-12: Art on the Fox Algonquin | Map

Sept. 11-12: International Festival of Life and Jerk Seafood and Vegan Fest (Prairie Shores) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Hyde Park Summer Fest | Map

Sept. 11-12: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map

Sept. 11-12: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 12: Scandinavian Day (South Elgin) | Map

Sept. 12: DeKalb Kite Fest | Map

Sept. 16-26: Glendale Heights Oktoberfest | Map

Sept. 17-18: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 17-18: Norwood Park Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 17-19: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 18: Water Lantern Festival (Aurora) | Map

Sept. 18: Chicago In Tune: Blues Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 18-19: Artfest Michigan Avenue (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 18-19: West Loop Art Fest Map

Sept. 18-19: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map

Sept. 18-19: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Sept. 19: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 20-26: American Craft Exposition | virtual

Sept. 23-26: Puerto Rican Festival (Humboldt Park) Map

Sept. 24-25: West Town Art Walk | Map

Sept. 24-25: Chicago Gourmet (Loop) | Map

Sept. 24-26: Oktoberfest Chicago (Lakeview) | Map

Sept. 25: Elim Dutch Fest (Crestwood) | Map

Sept. 25-26: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

Sept. 24-26: Apple Fest (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 24-26: Fiesta Back of the Yards | Map

ANNUAL SEPTEMBER EVENTS NOT HAPPENING IN 2021

Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)

— Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) 


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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