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2018 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Chicago Air and Water Show 2015 (Scott L / Flickr)Chicago Air and Water Show 2015 (Scott L / Flickr)

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 | 10 weekend events


August Jump to: September

Aug. 13: The Chicago Ice Cream Social (Near North Side) | Map

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

Aug. 16-19: Little Italy Festa Taylor St. | Map

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

Aug. 17-18: 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: Ukrainian 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: Homewood’s Giant Block Party | Map

Aug. 18: Fred Fest (Port Barrington) | Map

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

Aug. 18-19: Pilsen Fest | Map

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

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

Aug. 19: South Shore Summer Fest | Map

Aug. 19: Summer Smash (Douglas Park) | Map

Continues through Aug. 25: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

Continues through Aug. 26: Chicago Tribune FOOD BOWL | Various locations

Continues through Aug. 30: Summer Concert Series (Lincoln Square) | 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: 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. 2: Slow & Low Chicago Lowrider Festival (Pilsen) | 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. 8-9: County Fair Chicago (Portage Park) | Map

Sept. 9-10: Ukrainian Village FestMap

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.