MAY 2016
Chicago NFL Draft 2016 and three-day football festival for fans in “Draft Town” (April 27, 28, 29, 30)
Baconfest Chicago, (April 30), May 1, UIC Forum
Food Truck Fest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6, 11, 27, Daley Plaza
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival, May 7, Montrose Harbor
Polish Constitution Day Parade, May 7, steps off, 11:30 a.m. on a new route , along State Street , from Lake Street to Van Buren St.
Chicago Beer Classic, May 7, Soldier Field
Flipping the Switch, turning on Buckingham Fountain for the season, 4 pm., May 7, at the Fountain
Manifest Urban Arts Festival, Columbia College, Friday May 13 2016, inside and outside
Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 19-29, various locations
Food Truck Fest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20, Willis Tower
Ferris Fest, May 20-22, celebrates 30th anniversary of ”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in and around Chicago
Mayfest, May 20 – 22, 2016, 3100 N. Ashland
Lincoln Park Zoo Food Truck Social, Saturday, May 21, 6:30–10:30 pm. 2001 N. Clark, Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Wine Fest, May 21, May 22 Jonquil Park,1023 W Wrightwood Ave.
Chicago Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 28, noon, State Street from Lake to Van Buren
Mole De Mayo, May 27- 29, 18th St. at Ashland Ave, Pilsen
Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays and Saturdays from Saturday, May 28 through Saturday, September 3: Wednesdays at 9:30 pm. & Saturdays at 10:15 pm.
Randolph Street Market Festival, MAY 28+29, 2016, first outdoor festival of the season, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, Saturday/Sunday, May 28-29, On N. Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe
Bike the Drive, Sunday Morning, May 29th, Lake Shore Drive

 

JUNE 2016
Maifest Chicago, June 2 – June 5, 2016, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
Flavors of Mexico (2nd annual), Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 3100 W. 26th Street (at the landmark Little Village “Arch”)
Chicago Gospel Music Festival, June 3, 2016 – June 4, 2016
Do Division Fest, June 3-June 5, on Hoyne between Crystal and Potomac and on Crystal between Hoyne and Damen
Wingout Chicago, June 4 and 5, St. Michael’s in Old Town
Tuesdays on the Terrace live jazz series, every Tuesday, June 7 through September 27, Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago Blues Fest, June 10-12, 2016 • Grant Park
57th Street Art Fair: June 4 and 5, Hyde Park, 69th annual fair
Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, June 11 and 12, Logan Square, Milwaukee between Fullerton and California
Pilsen Food Truck Social, June 11, 12, 18th Street at Allport
Printers Row Lit Fest, June 11and 12, S. Dearborn and Polk
Ravinia Festival, June 9-September 11, Highland Park (northern suburbs)
Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 10, 11, 12, Clark St., Andersonville (5200 North)
Ribfest Chicago, June 10, 11, 12, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
Chicago Blues Fest, June 10–12 in Grant Park
Old Town Art Fair, June 11 and 12, historic Old Town Triangle District
Wells Street Art Festival, June 11 and 12, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division
Grant Park Music Festival, June 15 – August 20, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, free
Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 16, 17, 18 (parade 2 pm) and 19, Humboldt Park, Division Street
Brew to Be Wild, wine tasting event, June 17 and 18, Lincoln Park Zoo
Spring Awakening, June 18-22, 2016, Jackson Park (new location)
Taste of Randolph, June 17-19, 2016, Randolph and Peoria St., West Loop
Windy City LakeShake, June 17-19, 2016, Country Music Fest, Northerly Island
Chicago Pride Fest, June 18 and 19, Halsted and Waveland
Oakley Festa Pasta Vino, June 18-20, 2400 S. Oakley
6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 18 and 19, Portage Park, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)
Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 18 and 19, Damen between North and Schiller
Gold Coast Art Festival, 10 am-6pm, June 18 and 19, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
Make Music Chicago, June 21, various locations
Millennium Park movies, June 21-August 30, 2016 (Tuesdays, 6:30 pm)
20th Annual Chicago SummerDance, Fridays–Sundays, June 24–September 11, 2016, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
Elkhart Jazz Festival, June 24-26, 2016, downtown Elkhart, IN.
Rachael Ray’s Feedback, June 25, Lincoln Park Zoo
47th Annual Pride Parade, Sunday June 26, North Broadway, Boystown
Gold Coast Greek Fest, June 24 – 26, 2016, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Logan Square Arts Festival, June 24 and 25, Logan Square
L.A.T.E. Ride, June 25, from Buckingham Fountain
World’s Largest Block Party, June 25, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, June 25, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th Street
Elston Avenue Sausage and Music Fest, June 25, 26, Elston at Grace
Fountain Square Art Festival (37th annual), Saturday/Sunday, June 25-26, Evanston (Sherman and Church Streets)
Randolph Street Market Festival, June 25 and 26, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
Eyes to the Skies Festival (34th annual), Friday, July 1-Sunday, July 3 (Note: Carnival rides start on Wednesday, June 29), Lisle Community Park, Lisle, IL (1825 Short St.)
Summerfest, June 29-July 3 / July 5-10th., Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays & Saturdays, all month

 

July 2016
African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 1-4, Union Park
Eyes to the Skies Festival (34th annual), Friday, July 1-Sunday, July 3 (Note: Carnival rides start on Wednesday, June 29), Lisle Community Park, Lisle, IL (1825 Short St.)
Naperville RibFest, July 1-4, Knoch Park in Naperville, western suburb
Summerfest, July 1-3/July 3 /July 5-10th.,July 6, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
Windy City RibFest, July 2 – 4, 2016, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
Chosen Few Old School Picnic and Music Festival, July 2 and 3, in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
Navy Pier 4th of July Fireworks, July 4, Navy Pier at 9:30 p.m.
Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks (10th annual) Monday, July 4, Deerpath Park, Deerpath and Hastings Rd., Lake Forest, IL
Taste of Chicago, July 6–10, 2016, Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
Millennium Art Festival, July 8-10, 2016, Lake Street at Michigan Avenue
West Fest, July 8, 9, 10, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
Square Roots Music Festival, July 8, 9, 10, Lincoln Square
Irish American Heritage Festival, July, 8, 9, 10, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 9 and 10, Belmont and Damen
RUN! To End Homelessness (6th annual), Sunday, July 10, Douglas Park, 2800 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
Bastille Day 5/8K Run & Walk (35th annual), Thursday, July 14, Cannon Drive & Fullerton
Bastille Day, July 14, Daley Plaza
Chicago Open Air, July 15-17, Toyota Park
Windy City Smokeout, July 15 – 17, 2016, at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River
BenFest 2016, July 15-17, St. Benedict’s, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd.
Pitchfork Music Festival, July 15-17, Union Park
Summer on Southport Art Festival, July 16 and 17, Southport and Waveland
Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 16 and 17, between Morse and Estes Avenue
North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, noon to 5 pm, July 17, starts Latin School, 45 W. North
Chinatown Summer Fair, July 17, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
Green City Market Chefs BBQ, July 21, Lincoln Park
Taste of River North: July 22-24 River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
Race to Mackinac and Parade of Boats, July 23, from Navy Pier
Wicker Park Fest, July 23 – 24, 2016, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street
Hot Doug’s presents Dog Dayz of Summer Hot Dog festival, July 24 and 25, 2016, Goose Island Barrel Warehouse, 603 N. Sacramento Blvd
Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 29 – 31, 2016, 4900 Milwaukee Ave. (at Higgins Rd.)
Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, (48th annual) July 23 – 24, 2016, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
Chicago Craft Beer Festival, July 23 and 24, Sheffield Ave. and Webster Ave.
Tall Ships Festival, July 27 – 31, 2016, Navy Pier
Lollapalooza, July 28 – 31, 2016 , Grant Park
Fiesta del Sol, July 28 – 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
Randolph Street Market, July 30, 31, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
Bloody Mary festival, July 31, 2016, downtown Highwood, northern suburb
On-going…Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays & Saturdays, all month
On going…Grant Park Music Festival, June 15 – August 20, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, free
On-going…Millennium Park movies, June 21-August 30, 2016 (Tuesdays, 6:30 pm) free
On-going…20th Annual Chicago SummerDance, Fridays–Sundays, June 24–September 11, 2016, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) free
On-going…Ravinia Festival, continues through September 11, Highland Park (northern suburbs)
On-going…Tuesdays on the Terrace live jazz series, every Tuesday, June 7 through September 27, Museum of Contemporary Art

 

August 2016
Millennium Park movies (6:30 pm, every Tuesday evening in August)
Chicago Hot Dog Fest, August 5-7, Lincoln Park, just north of the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue, August 6, 7, 2016, North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood,
Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 6, 7, 2016, School Street and Seminary Avenue
Edge Fest, August 6, 7, 2016, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
Bud Billiken Parade (and related activities), August 9, 35-55th & Martin Luther King Drive, 10 a.m.
Taste of Andersonville, August 10, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.), dinner crawl
Retro on Roscoe, August 12 – 14, 2016, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, August 12-14, 2016, 435 W. Menomonee St.
Festival Cubano, August 12-14 2016 Riis Park, Fullerton and Narragansett
Arlington Million, August 13, 2016 , Arlington Park Race Track
Northalsted Market Days, August 13 – 14, 2016, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park, 6:15 pm., Monday, August 15
Festa Italiana, August 18-August 21, Little Italy, Taylor St.
Clark After Dark, August 18, 2016, Hubbard St and Clark St. Hubbard Street between Clark and LaSalle, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, August 20–21, 2016, (rehearsal August 19) North Avenue Beach
Ukrainian Days Festival, August 20-21 2016 Smith Park (Grand/Campbell)
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, August 20 and 21, 2016, Glenwood and Morse Avenues
Albany Park World Fest, August 20-21, 2016, Lawrence and Kimball
Chicago Food Social, food trucks and more, August 23, 24, Kendall College parking lot
Highwood Garlic Fest, Everts Park, August 24, 4-9 p.m., northern suburb
Taste of Greektown, August 27 – 28, 2016, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van BurenMotor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest, August 27 and 28, 2016, 2100 S. Michigan Ave. (Michigan Ave. at Cermak Rd.)
Chicago Fashion Fest, August 27 and 28, Division Street from Damen to Paulina
Bucktown Arts Festival, August 27 – 28, 2016, Bucktown
Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest (2nd annual), Saturday/Sunday, August 27-28, 2100 S. Michigan Ave. (at Cermak)
Randolph Street Market Festival, August 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
Chicago Fringe Festival, August 31 – September 11, various locations in Jefferson Park
Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays 9:30pm and Saturdays 10:30 pm, all month
Great American Lobster Fest, August, date TBA, Navy Pier
On-going…Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays & Saturdays, all month
On going…Grant Park Music Festival, June 15 – August 20, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, free
On-going…Millennium Park movies, June 21-August 30, 2016 (Tuesdays, 6:30 pm)
20th Annual Chicago SummerDance, Fridays–Sundays, June 24–September 11, 2016, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
On-going…Tuesdays on the Terrace live jazz series, every Tuesday, June 7 through September 27, Museum of Contemporary Art
On-going…Ravinia Festival, continues through September 11, Highland Park (northern suburbs)

 

September 2016
Chicago Fringe Festival, August 31 – September 11, various locations in Jefferson Park
Chicago Jazz Festival, September 1-4, Grant Park
North Coast Music Festival, September 2-4, Union Park
African Festival of the Arts, September 2-5, Washington Park
Taste of Polonia, September 2-5, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Shock Top Oyster Fest (18th annual), Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2000 W. Roscoe
Windy City Wine Festival, September 9 and 10, Buckingham Fountain
German American Fest and Von Steuben Parade, September 9-11, Parade, Saturday, steps off at 2 pm., Lincoln and Leland Avenues
Throwback Music Festival (NEW EVENT),Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, 6030 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Peterson), Chicago
Festival de la Villita (aka Little Village Festival),September 9-11, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
World Music Festival Chicago *16th annual* September 9 – 25, various locations including Millennium Park
Venetian Night, September 10, boat parade and fireworks dusk, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
Ukrainian Village Fest, September 10 and 11, Superior and Oakley
Lakeview East Festival of Arts, September 10 and 11, Broadway just north of Belmont
Ravenswood ArtWalk, September 10 and 11, Ravenswood between Leland and Grace
Berghoff Oktoberfest, September 14 – 16, Adams and Dearborn
Race Judicata (22nd annual) 5K Run & Walk, Thursday, September 15, Columbus & Balbo
Riot Fest, September 16–18, Douglas Park
Lakeview Taco Fest, September 17 and18, on Southport between Addison and Roscoe
West Loop Arts Fest, September 17 and 18, 2016 Washington St., West Loop
Andersonville City Made Fest, September 17 and 18, 2016, Clark and Argyle
Randolph Street Market Festival, September 24, 25, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
Chicago Gourmet, September 23 – 25, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
Oktoberfest Chicago, September 23-25, St. Alphonsus, N. Lincoln Ave. at Southport
American Craft Exposition, September 23-25, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Edgewater Art Festival, September 24 – 25, 2016, Broadway and Granville
Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 24 – 25, 2016 , Hyde Park, various locations
Chicago Half Marathon, September 25, 2016, Jackson Park
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016, Sherman from Elgin to Davis, Church from Benson to Orrington, and Clark from Benson to Sherman
20th Annual Chicago SummerDance, Fridays–Sundays, June 24–September 11, 2016, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
On-going…Tuesdays on the Terrace live jazz series, every Tuesday, June 7 through September 27, Museum of Contemporary Art
Ravinia Festival, continues through September 11, Highland Park (northern suburbs)

 

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