2022 Chicago Festival Guide

Northbrook Art in the Park (Courtesy of Amdur Productions)Northbrook Art in the Park (Courtesy of Amdur Productions)

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Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

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


August Jump to: September October November

Garlic Fest (Courtesy of Celebrate Highwood)Garlic Fest (Courtesy of Celebrate Highwood)

Aug. 11-14: Chicago Little Italy Festa - Taylor Street | Map

Aug. 11-Aug. 21: Illinois State Fair (Springfield) | Map

Aug. 12-14: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 12-14: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 13: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 13: Farm & Barn Fest (Mokena) | Map

Aug. 13: Joliet Blues Festival | Map

Aug. 13: Noche Caribeña (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 13-14: Lambs Farm Summertime Craft Fest (Elgin) | Map

Aug. 13-14: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map

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

Aug. 13-14: Printer’s Row Art Fest | Map

Aug. 13-14: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Aug. 14: French Connection Day (Wheaton) | Map

Aug. 17: Garlic Fest (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 18: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 19-21: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 19-21: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 19-21: Ribfest Chicago  (North Center) | Map

Aug. 19-21: Ruidofest (West Town) | Map

Aug. 20: Chicago Caribbean Carnivale (Hyde Park) | Map

Aug. 20: Micro Brew Review (Oak Park) Map

Aug. 20: Vegetarian Fest (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 20-21: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 20-21: Pilsen Fest | Map

Aug. 20-21: Sangria Festival (Humboldt Park) | Map

Aug. 20-21: Wine and Art Walk (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 21: PorchFest Lakeview | Map

Aug. 24-28: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 26-28: Corn Fest (DeKalb) | Map

Aug. 26-28: Palatine Street Fest | Map

Aug. 26-28: Sacred Rose Fest (Bridgeview) | Map

Aug. 26-28: Skokie’s Backlot Bash | Map

Aug. 26-28: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 27: Chalk Howard Street Festival (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 27: Thalia Hall Block Party (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 27: West Chicago Food Festival | Map

Aug. 27: ZooBrew (Brookfield) | Map

Through Aug. 27: Villa En Los Jardines (Little Village) | Various locations

Aug. 27-28: Bucktown Art Fest | Map

Aug. 27-28: Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts | Map

Aug. 27-28: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Through Aug. 3: Concerts in the Plaza (Libertyville) | Map

Through Aug. 10: Northcenter Summer Concert Series | Map

Through Aug. 18: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

Through Aug. 20: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map

Through Aug. 24: Highwood Evening Gourmet Market | Map

Through Aug. 25: Argyle Night Market (Uptown) | Map

Through Aug. 26: Water Colors (Near North Side) | Map

Through Aug. 31: Tuesdays on the Terrace (Streeterville) | Map

Through Sept. 4: Summer Under the Stars Concert Series (Country Club Hills) | Map

Through Sept. 4: Sundays on State (Loop) | Map

Through Sept. 8: Food Truck Thursdays (Highland Park) | Map

Through Sept. 10:  Summer Kickback Series: | Various locations

Through Sept. 17: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

Through Sept. 18: Ravinia Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Through Oct. 6: Lot Jams (Albany Park) | Various locations

Through Oct. 7: Chicago Food Truck Festival (Loop) | Map


September Jump to: August October November

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

Sept. 1-4: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map

Sept. 1-4: Out Of Space (Evanston) | Map

Sept. 2-4: ARC Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Sept. 2-4: Great American Lobster Fest (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 2-4: Nashwood (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 2-4: North Coast Music Festival (Bridgeview) | Map

Sept. 2-5: African Festival of the Arts Chicago (Washington Park) | Map

Sept. 2-5: Lincoln Square Greek Fest | Map

Sept. 2-5: Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling | Map

Sept. 2-5: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map

Sept. 3-4: Chicago Food Truck Fest (Forest Glen) | Map

Sept. 3-4: West Loop Art Fest | Map

Sept. 3-5: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 3-5: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 3-5: Schaumburg Septemberfest | Map

Sept. 5: Bitter Jest Music Festival (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 7-11: Sandwich Fair | Map

Sept. 9-11: Festival of the Vine (Geneva) | Map

Sept. 9-11: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 9-11: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Sept. 9-11: Winfield Good Old Days | Map

Sept. 10: Everyday Edgebrook Bee Stroll | Map

Sept. 10: Literary Fest (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 10: Water Lantern Festival (Aurora) | Map

Sept. 10: 79th Street Renaissance Festival (Gresham) | Map

Sept. 10-11: Art on the Fox (Algonquin) | Map

Sept. 10-11: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map

Sept. 10-11: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map

Sept. 10-11: Military History Weekend (Lockport) | Map

Sept. 10-11: Naper Pride Fest (Naperville) Map

Sept. 10-11: Printers Row Lit Fest | Map

Sept. 10-11: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 10-11: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map

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

Sept. 11: Scandinavian Day (South Elgin) | Map

Sept. 15-17: Englewood Jazz Fest | Map

Sept. 15-25: Glendale Heights Oktoberfest | Map

Sept. 16: Chicago House Music Experience (Loop) | Map

Sept. 16-17: Norwood Park Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 16-17: Oktoberfest (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 16-18: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 17: Beverly Art Walk | Map

Sept. 17: Brookfield Fine Arts Festival | Map

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

Sept. 17-18: Riverwalk Fine Art Fair (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 17-18: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Sept. 18: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 22-25: Chicago Gourmet (Loop) | Map

Sept. 22-25: Manteno Oktoberfest | Map

Sept. 23-24: Oaktoberfest (Oak Park) | Map

Sept. 23-24: West Town Art Walk | Map

Sept. 23-25: Apple Fest (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 23-25: Oktoberfest Chicago (Lakeview) | Map

Sept. 24: Bolingbrook Blues Showcase | Map

Sept. 24: Elim Dutch Fest (Crestwood) | Map

Sept. 24: Oktoberfest (Brookfield) | Map

Sept. 24-25: Burr Ridge Art Fair | Map

Sept. 24-25: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

Sept. 25: Autumn Opener (Woodridge) | Map

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Oktoberfest (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: American Craft Exposition (Glencoe) | Map

Sept. 30-Oct. 9: World Music Festival | Various Locations


October Jump to: August September | November

(The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival / Facebook) (The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival / Facebook)

Oct. 1: St. Edwards Parrish Fall Festival (Mayfair) | Map

Oct. 1: Villa Park Brewfest | Map

Oct. 1: Woodstock Ale Fest | Map

Oct. 1-2: Fall Lincoln Roscoe Art + Craft Fair (Lakeview) | Map

Oct. 1-2: Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest | Map

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

Oct. 7-9: Lincoln Park Wine Fest | Map

Oct. 7-9: St. Charles Scarecrow Fest | Map

Oct. 7-9: The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest & Skeleton Invasion | Map

Oct. 8: Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst) | Map

Oct. 8: Fall Festival at Cantigny Park (Wheaton) | Map

Oct. 8: Fall Fest at Lombard Common | Map

Oct. 8-9: Oktoberfestiversary (North Center) | Map

Oct. 8-23: Boo at the Zoo (Brookfield) | Map

Oct. 12-16: Night of 1,000 Jack-o-‘Lanterns (Glencoe) | Map

Oct. 15: Slow & Low Chicago Lowrider Festival (Near North Side) | Map

Oct. 15-16: Vintage Market (Highland Park) | Map

Oct. 19-23: Night of 1,000 Jack-o-‘Lanterns (Glencoe) | Map

Oct. 21-22: Howlin’ At the Moon (Naperville) | Map

Oct. 22: Cider and Ale Festival (Lisle) | Map

Oct. 22: Lincoln Roscoe Beer Stroll (Lakeview) | Map

Oct. 22: Nightmare on Chicago Street (Elgin) | Map

Oct. 22: Pup-o-ween (Lincoln Square) | Map

Oct. 29: BatFest (Batavia) | Map

Oct. 29: Wheaton Illinois Haunted Flea Market | Map


November Jump to:  August | September | October

Christkindlmarket (Chicago Tonight)Christkindlmarket (Chicago Tonight)

Nov. 4: Stews & Brews (Highland Park) | Map

Nov. 12-13: Corporate & Community Tree Trim (Brookfield) | Map

Nov. 12-13: Harvest Pow Wow (Wheaton) | Map

Nov. 18-Dec. 24: Christkindlmarket (Loop) | Map

Nov. 18-Dec. 24: Christkindlmarket Aurora | Map

Nov. 19: Heart of the Holidays (Highland Park) | Map

Nov. 19: Magnificent Lights Festival (Streeterville) | Map

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day Parade (Loop) | Map

Nov. 25-Dec. 31: Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo | Map

Nov. 26: Heart of the Holidays (Highland Park) | 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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