2024 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

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. To submit an event for consideration, email [email protected].


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Millennium Park Summer Film Series. (Patrick L. Pyszka / City of Chicago)Millennium Park Summer Film Series. (Patrick L. Pyszka / City of Chicago)

May 25-Aug. 31: Summer Fireworks (Near North Side) | Map

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

May 25-Sept. 29: Live on the Lake! (Near North Side) | Map

May 26-Aug. 30: Rockin’ in the Park (Rosemont) | Map

May 29-Aug. 21: Arbor Evenings (Lisle) | Map

May 30-Aug. 30: Skyline Sessions (Near North Side) | Map

June 5-26: Pier Dance (Near North Side) | Map

June 5-Aug. 28: Highwood Evening Gourmet Market | Map

June 6-Aug. 29: Thursday Night Out (Oak Park) | Map

June 7-29: Bitter Jester Music Festival (Highland Park) | Map

June 7-Sept. 15: Ravinia Festival (Highland Park) | Map

June 11-Aug. 6: Concerts in the Plaza (Libertyville) | Map

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

June 13-Aug. 8: Summer Concert Series (Lincoln Square) | Map

June 13-Aug. 22: Uniquely Thursdays (Hinsdale) | Map

June 15-Sept. 8: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

July 1-Aug. 8: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

July 10-Aug. 14: Northcenter Summer Concert Series | Map

July 8-Aug. 26: Water Flicks (Near North Side) | Map

July 16-Aug. 20: Millennium Park Summer Film Series | Map


June Jump to July | August | September | Recurring Events

Chicago Pride Fest, 2022. (Steven Koch / Northalsted)Chicago Pride Fest, 2022. (Steven Koch / Northalsted)

June 14-15: Taste of Des Plaines | Map

June 14-15: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

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

June 14-15: Winnetka Music Festival | Map

June 14-15: Blues on the Fox (Aurora) | Map

June 14-16: Summer Smash (Bridgeview) | Map

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

June 15: Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo | Map

June 15-16: Gold Coast Art Fair (Loop) | Map

June 15-16: Chi-Soul Fest (Near North Side) | Map

June 15-16: Artists of the Wall Festival (Rogers Park) | Map

June 16: Sundays on State (Loop) | Map

June 19-23: Swedish Days (Geneva) | Map

June 20-23: Rotary GroveFest (Downers Grove) | Map

June 21: Make Music Chicago | Various locations

June 21-22: Taste of Highland Park | Map

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

June 22: Roaring Nights (Brookfield) | Map

June 22: Dragon Boat Race for Literacy (Chinatown) | Map

June 22-23: Magnificent Mile Art Festival | Map

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

June 22-23: Vegandale Chicago (Loop) | Map

June 23: Jazz and Wine Fest (Wheaton) | Map

June 23: Garden Walk & Unique Boutique (Arlington Heights) | Map

June 26: Summer Block Party (Near North Side) | Map

June 26: Inferno Fest (Highwood) | Map

June 27: Adults Night Out: Pride Party (Lincoln Park) | Map

June 27-30: HomerFest (Homer Glen) | Map

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

June 28-30: Logan Square Arts Festival | Map

June 28-30: Pride North Chicago (Rogers Park) | Map

June 29: Lemont Food Truck Festival | Map

June 29: Navy Pier Pride (Near North Side) | Map

June 29-30: Naperville Fine Art & Artisan Fair | Map

June 29-30: Back Lot Bash (Andersonville) | Map

June 30: Maxwell Street Market (Near West Side) | Map

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


July Jump to June | August | September | Recurring Events

Sundays on State, 2023. (Courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance)Sundays on State, 2023. (Courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance)

July 3: Taste of Oak Brook | Map

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

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

July 3-7: Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest | Map

July 4: Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks | Map

July 4-7: International Festival of Life (Washington Park) | Map

July 5-7: Chicago Craft Beer Fest | Map

July 6-7: Lincolnshire Art Festival | Map

July 11-12: Fresh Fest! (Near North Side) | Map

July 11-14: Windy City Smokeout (Near West Side) | Map

July 12: Roaring Nights (Brookfield) | Map

July 12-14: West Fest Chicago (West Town) | Map

July 12-14: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

July 12-14: Bucktown Garden Walk | Map

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

July 13: Chosen Few DJs Music Festival & Picnic (Woodlawn) | Map

July 13: Kids’ Fest (Thornton) | Map

July 13: Bastille Day (Near North Side) | Map

July 13: Forge Fest (Lemont) | Map

July 13: Jazz Up Music Festival (Glen Ellyn) | Map

July 13: Naperville Ale Fest | Map

July 13-14: Eeeeeatscon (West Town) | Map

July 13-14: Miche Fest | Map

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

July 14: Sundays on State (Loop) | Map

July 17: Margarita Night (Highwood) | Map

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

July 18: ¡Súbelo! Festival | Map

July 18-21: Millennium Park 20th Anniversary Celebration | Map

July 18-21: Highwood Days & Taco Fest | Map

July 19: Horner Brew Fest (Horner Park) | Map

July 19-20: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

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

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

July 19-21: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map

July 19-21: Taste of River North | Map

July 19-21: Colombian Fest (North Park) | Map

July 19-21: Renegade Craft Fair (Pitchfork) | Map

July 20: A Midsummer Night’s Feast (Brookfield) | Map

July 20: Voyage en France (Wheaton) | Map

July 20: Chicago Food Truck Festival (South Loop) | Map

July 20: Volleywood (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 20-21: Ravenswood on Tap | Map

July 20-21: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

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

July 25-28: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 25-28: Lincolnwood Fest | Map

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

July 26: Summer Wine Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 26-28: Out of Space (Skokie) | Map

July 26-28: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 26-28: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 27: Homegrown Arts & Music Festival (Lisle) | Map

July 27: Bantu Fest (Hyde Park) | Map

July 27: Roaring Nights (Brookfield) | Map

July 27-28: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

July 27-28: Geneva Arts Fair | Map

July 27-28: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

July 27-28: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

July 28: Maxwell Street Market (Near West Side) | Map

July 31: Summer Block Party (Near North Side) | Map


August Jump to June | July | September | Recurring Events

Chicago Air and Water Show. (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Chicago Air and Water Show. (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

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

Aug. 2-4: Chicago Brewing District's Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | Map

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

Aug. 2-4: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 3: Taco & Margarita Fest (Lemont) | Map

Aug. 3-4: Wilmette Art Fair | Map

Aug. 3-4: Destination Asia Festival (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 8-18: Illinois State Fair (Springfield) | Map

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

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

Aug. 10: Joliet Blues Festival | Map

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

Aug. 10-11: Printer’s Row Art Fest | Map

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

Aug. 10-11: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 10-11: The Great American Lobster Fest (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 11: Vintage Car Show (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 14: Garlic Fest (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 16-17: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

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

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

Aug. 17: ZooBrew (Brookfield) | Map

Aug. 17: Cantigny Glow (Wheaton) | Map

Aug. 17: Noche Caribeña (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 17: Oak Park Microbrew Review | Map

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

Aug. 17-18: Wine and Art Walk (Lisle) | Map

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

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

Aug. 23-25: Corn Fest (DeKalb) | Map

Aug. 23-25: Palatine Street Fest | Map

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

Aug. 24: Galewoodstock | Map

Aug. 24: West Chicago Food Festival | Map

Aug. 24: Chalk Howard Street (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 24-25: LatiNxt (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 24-25: Bucktown Arts Fest | Map

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

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

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: ARC Music Festival (West Town) | Map

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

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: North Coast (Bridgeview) | Map

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

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

Aug. 31-Sept. 1: West Loop Art Fest | Map

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

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

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


September Jump to June | July | August | Recurring Events

Taste of Chicago. (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Taste of Chicago. (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Sept. 1: Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia | Map

Sept. 1: Maxwell Street Market (Near West Side) | Map

Sept. 4-8: Sandwich Fair | Map

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

Sept. 6-8: Taste of Chicago (Loop) | Map

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

Sept. 6-8: Winfield Good Old Days | Map

Sept. 6-8: Taste of Greektown | Map

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

Sept. 7-8: Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Sept. 7-8: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Sept. 7-8: Art on the Fox (Algonquin) | Map

Sept. 7-8: Printers Row Lit Fest | Map

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

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

Sept. 12-22: Glendale Heights Oktoberfest | Map

Sept. 13-14: Norwood Park Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 14: Decades (Highland Park) | Map

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

Sept. 14-15: El Grito Chicago | Map

Sept. 14-15: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 14-15: Deer Park Art Show | Map

Sept. 20-21: West Loop Bavarian Block Party | Map

Sept. 20-21: Naperville Irish Fest | Map

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

Sept. 20-22: Riot Fest (Douglass Park) | Map

Sept. 20-29: World Music Festival Chicago | Various locations

Sept. 21: Hispanic Heritage Fest (Brookfield) | Map

Sept. 21-22: Chicago Live! (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 21-22: Riverwalk Fine Art Fair (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 21-22: Woodstock Art Fair on the Square | Map

Sept. 27-29: Oktoberfest Chicago | Map

Sept. 28: Oktoberfest (Brookfield) | Map

Sept. 28: Oktoberfest (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 28: HOPtober Fest (Wheaton) | Map

Sept. 28-29: Randolph Street Market Festival | Map

Sept. 28-29: Celebración de los Árboles (Lisle) | Map

Sept. 28-29: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

Sept. 29: Maxwell Street Market (Near West Side) | Map


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