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2018 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Pitchfork (Photo by Matt Lief Anderson)Pitchfork (Photo by Matt Lief Anderson)

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.

Related: Free summer concerts in Millennium Park 


July Jump to: August | September

July 25-29: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 25-29: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map

July 26-29: Proud American Days (New Lenox) | Map

July 26-29: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen) | Map

July 27-29: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 28-29: Chicago Margarita Festival (Near North Side) | Map

July 28-29: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 28-29: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

July 28: South Loop Beer & Cider Fest | Map

July 29: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map

Continues through Aug. 25: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

Continues through Aug. 18: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map

Continues through Aug. 16: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

Continues through Aug. 30: Summer Concert Series (Lincoln Square) | Map

August Jump to: July | September

(Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017)(Roger Ho / Lollapalooza 2017)

Aug. 2-5: Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map

Aug. 2-5: Little Italy Fest-West (Addison) | Map

Aug. 3-5: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

Aug. 3-5: Destination Asia Festival (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 4: Rogers Pork Barbecue, Arts & Music Festival | Map

Aug. 4-5: Edge Fest (Edgewater) | Map

Aug. 4-5: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

Aug. 4-5: Chicago Brewing District's Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | Map

Aug. 8-26: Chicago Tribune FOOD BOWL | Various locations

Aug. 10-12: Chicago Hot Dog Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Ginza Holiday Festival (Lincoln Park) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Festival Cubano (Belmont Cragin) | Map

Aug. 11: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 11-12: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map

Aug. 11-12: Lincolnshire Art Festival | Map

Aug. 11-12: Near North Food Truck Social | Map

Aug. 11-12: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Aug. 11-12: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 12: Slow & Low Chicago Lowrider Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 16: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 16-18: Tastemaker Chicago (West Town) | Map

Aug. 17-19: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 17-19: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 17-19: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 18-19: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 18-19: Ukranian Days Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 18: Windy City West Indian Carnival (Hyde Park) | Map

Aug. 18: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Map

Aug. 18-19: Sangria Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 18-19: Pilsen Fest | Map

Aug. 18-19: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

Aug. 19: South Shore Summer Fest | Map

Aug. 22-26: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 24-26: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 24-26: Logan Square Food Truck Social | Map

Aug. 25-26: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 25-26: Bucktown Art Fest | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: NorthCoast Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Great American Lobster Fest (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: African Festival of the Arts (Washington Park) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map

September Jump to: July | August

World Music Festival  (Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)World Music Festival (Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Sept. 1-2: Fine Art Festival at Oakbrook Center | Map

Sept. 1-2: Deer Park Art Show | Map

Sept. 1-2: Cider & Sliders Festival (Lakeview) | Map

Sept. 1-3: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 1-3: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 7: Windy City Wine Festival (Loop) | Map

Sept. 7-9: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Sept. 7-9: Festival de La Villita (Little Village) | Map

Sept. 7-9: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 8-9: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map

Sept. 7-23: World Music Festival | Various Locations

Sept. 8-9: Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival (Roscoe Village) | Map

Sept. 8-9: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map

Sept. 13-15: Chicago Turkish Festival (Loop) | Map 

Sept. 14-16: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 14-16: Fulton Market Harvest Fest (West Town) | Map

Sept. 15: Independence Park Beer Fest (Irving Park) | Map

Sept. 15-16: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Sept. 15-16: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 15-16: Printers’ Row Art Fest | Map

Sept. 21-22: 312 Block Party (West Town) | Map

Sept. 21-23: Apple Fest (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 22: Creative Youth Festival (Loop) | Map

Sept. 28-30: Oktoberfest Chicago (Lakeview) | Map

Sept. 28-30: Chicago Gourmet (Loop) | Map

Sept. 29-30: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

Sept. 29-30: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map

Sept. 29-30: The Highwood Starving Artists Show | Map

Sept. 29-30: Chicago Japanese Matsuri (Near North Side) | 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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