Top Chicago Summer Fests and Fairs

May 22 2017


Summer is almost here, and that means festival season will soon be upon us. And it's not just Chicagoans who participate in the fun. People from around the state and even the world travel to the Windy City to attend events. From music to food to cultural happenings, there's something for everyone.

Music Festivals
Chicago has long been famous for its lively music scene, and its festivals are no exception. Lollapalooza (Aug. 3-6) has called Grant Park home since 2005. The free Chicago Blues Festival (June 9-11) highlights why some call the city the "Blues Capital of the World." Jazz is represented at the 39th annual Chicago Jazz Festival (Aug. 31-Sept. 3). Douglas Park's punk/hip-hop/indie-flavored Riot Fest closes out the season Sept. 15-17. Smaller events such as Spring Awakening, Country LakeShake and Ruido Fest round out the city's diverse music lineup.

Neighborhood and Street Fairs
Chicago is also known as a city of neighborhoods, and nearly every community is represented in this year's schedule of events. From Boystown's Northalsted Market Days to Hyde Park's 57th Street Art Fair to Roscoe Village's Retro on Roscoe, there will be nonstop entertainment through Labor Day.

Food Events
Foodies will get their day(s) in the sun at Taste of Randolph, celebrating its 21st year in the West Loop neighborhood June 16-18. The similarly named Taste of Chicago, reportedly the world's largest food festival, takes over Grant Park July 5-9 and is free to attend. Chicago Food Truck Fest, which takes place June 24-25, spotlights the popular street food trend.

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