JUST ANNOUNCED: All 2017 Chicago Summer Festivals & Events

Summertime Chi is the best thing going. The food, music, entertainment & shenanigans all move outdoors. From Lollapalooza to the Taste to all the fun street fests…they are all listed below.

Here is the month by month breakdown:

        MAY

  • James Beard Foundation Awards, May 1, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker
  • Polish Constitution Day Parade – Saturday, May 6, 11.30 am., Columbus Drive from Balbo Street to Monroe Street
  • Chicago Zine Fest (small underground publications), May 5 – 6, various locations near West side
  • Viva Cinco De Mayo Festival, May 5-7, Toyota Park
  • Chicago Beer Classic, May 6, 2017,  Soldier Field
  • Polish Constitution Day Parade, 11:30 am. May 6, S. Columbus Drive (from Balbo Street to Monroe Street)
  • Kids and Kites Festival, May 6, 2017, Montrose Park
  • Lilac Time, May 6 – 21, 2017, Lombard, IL.
  • Manifest Urban Arts Festival, Friday May 12 2017, Columbia College, inside and outside
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Food Truck Social, Saturday, May 13, 6:30–10:30 pm. 2001 N. Clark, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Cover Your Bases Pub Crawl, May 13, Wrigleyville
  • Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 18 to 25, various locations
  • Mayfest, May 19 – 21, 3100 N. Ashland Ave.
  • Long Grove Chocolate Fest, May 19 to 21, 208 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL.
  • Wright Plus Housewalk, May 20, Oak Park & River Forest, IL.
  • Lincoln Park Wine Festival, May 20 & 21, Lincoln Park
  • Bark in the Park, May 21, Soldier Field (new location)
  • Andersonville Wine Walk, May 21, Andersonville neighborhood
  • Mole de Mayo, May 26 to 28, Pilsen, Ashland and 18th Street
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Navy Pier
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade, noon, May 27, 2017, State St. from Lake to Van Buren
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, May 27-28, 2017, 1350 block W. Randolph between Ada and Ogden
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, North Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe
  • Bike the Drive, May 28, Lake Shore Drive
  • Beer Under Glass, May TBA, Garfield Park Conservatory          JUNE
  • Maifest Chicago, June 1 – June 4, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
  • 32nd Chicago Gospel Music Festival, June 2–3, 2017, Millennium Park
  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest, June 2 – 4, St. George Greek Orthodox Church
  • Harvard Milk Days, June 2 – 4, 2017, Harvard, IL.
  • Wingout Chicago, June 3 and 4, 2 to 6 pm. St. Michael’s parking lot in Old Town
  • Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico, Friday-Sunday, June 2 to 4, noon to 10 pm., 26th & Sacramento (Little Village)
  • LaGrange Pet Parade, June 3, line-up, 8:30 am., Cossitt Ave. & LaGrange Rd.
  • Hyde Park Brew Fest, June 3 & 4, 1 to 7 pm., 53rd and Harper
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, June 3–September 2, 2017, Millennium Park
  • Do Division, Friday June 2 2017 – Sunday June 4 2017, Division St. between Damen Ave and Wood St.
  • Ravinia Festival, June 3 through September 17, Highland Park (northern suburbs), Summer 2017 schedule, TBA, March 15
  • 57th Street Art Fair, June 3 – 4, Hyde Park
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 10 – 11, 2017, Damen between North and Schiller
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 9 to 11, Andersonville on Clark
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 9 to11, Lincoln Ave. north of Irving Park Rd.
  • Chicago Blues Festival, June 9 to 11, Millennium Park
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival, June 9 to 11, Addams/Medill Park
  • Naked bike ride, June 10, 2017, 6-8 pm. check in at an undisclosed location
  • Printers Row Lit Fest, June 10 & 11, S. Dearborn and Polk
  • Pilsen Food Truck Social, Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, 18th Street at Allport
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 10 & 11, Old Town Triangle District
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 10 & 11, Wells St. between North Ave. & Division
  • Movies in the Parks, June 12 – Aug. 28, 2017, over 250 movies in various Chicago locations
  • Millennium Park Summer Music Series, June 12 – Aug. 17, 2017, (Select Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30 pm.), Millennium Park
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 17, Division Street from Western Avenue to Sacramento Avenue, Humboldt Park
  • Oakley Festa Pasta Vino, June 16 to 18, 24th street & Oakley
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 10 & 11, 2017, Portage Park, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)
    Millennium Park Summer Film Series, Millennium Park movies, Tuesdays, June 13–August 29, 2017, Millennium Park
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 14 – Aug. 19, 2017, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, free
  • Taste of Randolph, June 16-18, 2017, Randolph and Peoria St., West Loop
  • Craft Brews at the Zoo (formerly Brew to Be Wild), June 16 – 17, 2017 (6 to 10:30 p.m.), Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Custer Fair, June 17 & 18, Main St. & Chicago Ave., Evanston
  • Chicago Pride Fest, June 17 & 18, North Halsted, Boystown
  • Gold Coast Art Fair, June 17 & 18, Butler Field on E Monroe Street
  • Father’s Day BBQ, June 18, 2017, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL.
  • Swedish Days, June 20 – 25, 2017, Downtown Geneva, IL.
  • Make Music Chicago, June 21, various locations
  • Chicago Ale Fest, June 23 – 24, Butler Field, Grant Park
  • Greek festival on Gold Coast, June 23 – 25, 2017, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • Country LakeShake Music Festival, June 23 – 25, Northerly Island, Huntington Bank Pavilion
  • Elkhart Jazz Festival, June 23 to 25, 2017, downtown Elkhart, IN.
  • Chicago SummerDance, June 23 – September 10, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7 pm. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Chicago Food Truck Fest, June 24 & 25, 2400 S. Dearborn Street
  • Fountain Square Art Festival (37th annual), Saturday/Sunday, June 24 & 25, Evanston (Sherman and Church Streets)
  • Highland Park Festival of Fine Arts, June 24-25, downtown Highland Park
  • Ravenswood on Tap Beer Festival, June 24 & 25, 1801 W. Foster, in front of Empirical Brewery
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 24 – 25, 1340 W. Washington
  • B96 Pepsi Summerbash, June 24, Allstate Arena
  • Mamby on the Beach, Saturday June 24 2017 – Sunday June 25 2017, Oakwood Beach, Bronzeville/Oakland
  • Pride Parade, Sunday June 25, North Broadway, Boystown
  • Color in Motion 5K, June 25, Montrose Beach
  • Eyes to the Skies Festival (35th annual), June 28-July 2, Lisle Community Park, Lisle, IL (1825 Short St.)
  • 50th annual Milwaukee Summerfest, June 28 – July 2, July 4 – July 9, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Frontier Days Festival, June 30 to July 4, Recreation Park, Arlington Heights
  • Naperville RibFest, June 30 – July 3, 2017, Knoch Park, Naperville
  • FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, June 30 to July 3, 2017, FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, IL.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, June 30 – July 2, 2017, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake-Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL.
  • Windy City RibFest, June 30 – July 2, 2017, Uptown, Broadway & Lawrence
  • Oak Fest, June 29 – July 4, 2017, 159th & Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL.
  • Worlds Largest Block party at St. Pat’s, June 2017, date, TBA
  • Dragon boat races, June 2017, date TBA, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W 19th Street
  • America’s Cup World Series, June 2017, date TBA, Navy Pier
  • L.A.T.E. Ride, cancelled for 2017
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays & Saturdays, all month

 

  • JULY

 

  • Eyes to the Skies Festival (35th annual), (started June 28), July 1 & 2, Lisle Community Park, Lisle, IL (1825 Short St.)
  • Chosen Few House Festival, July 1-2, Jackson Park
  • 50th annual Milwaukee Summerfest, (started June 28) July 1, July 2, July 4 – July 9, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Frontier Days Festival, (started June 30) July 1 to July 4, Recreation Park, Arlington Heights
  • Naperville RibFest, (started June 30) July 1 – July 3, 2017, Knoch Park, Naperville
  • FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, (started June 30), July 1 to July 3, 2017, FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, IL.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, (started June 30) July 1 & July 2, 2017, Lake-Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL.
  • Windy City RibFest, (started June 30) July 1 & July 2, 2017, Uptown, Broadway & Lawrence
  • Oak Fest, (started June 29), July 1 – July 4, 2017, 159th & Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL.
  • African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 1 to 4, Union Park
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 3, Navy Pier
  • Jazzin’ at the Shedd, July 5-26 (Wednesdays) Shedd Aquarium
  • 37th Annual Taste of Chicago, July 5–9, 2017, Grant Park
  • Square Roots Festival, Friday July 7 2017 – Sunday July 9 2017, Lincoln Square
  • Millennium Art Festival, July 7 – 9, Lake Street & Michigan Avenue
  • Ruido Fest, July 7 to July 9, Addams/Medill Park, Little Italy, UIC
  • West Fest, July 7 to July 9, Chicago Ave between Wood St and Damen Avenue
  • Irish American Heritage Festival, July 7 – 9, Irish American Heritage Center
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire, July 8 to September 4, Kenosha, WI.
  • Chicago Margarita Festival, July 8 & 9, South Shore Cultural Center
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 8 & 9, Belmont Avenue from Damen to Oakley
  • Arts & Crafts Festival, July 8 & 9, DuSable Museum
  • North Shore Festival of Arts, July 8 & 9, Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, IL.
  • Pitchfork Music Festival, July 14 to July 16, Union Park
  • Windy City Smokeout – BBQ & Country Music Festival, July 14 to 16, 560 W. Grand Ave. on the river
  • Chicago Open Air Music Festival, July 14 to July 16, Toyota Park
  • Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Parade of Boats, July 15, East End of Navy Pier
  • The Silver Room Block Party, July 15, Harper’s Court Hyde Park
  • Southport Art & Music Fest, July 15 & 16, Waveland & Southport
  • Colombian Fest, July 15 to 17, Kelvyn Park
  • Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 10K, Sunday, July 16, Grant Park, followed by an after-festival at Butler Field
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 16, South Wentworth Ave. at Cermak Rd.
  • Dearborn Garden Walk, July 16, near North side, Gold Coast
  • ulful Chicago Book Fair, July 16, 61st Street in between King Dr & Cottage Grove
  • artfest Michigan Avenue, July 21 – 23, Michigan Avenue, just north of the Chicago River
  • Taste of River North, July 21 – 23, Ward Park, Kingsbury & Erie
  • Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, July 22 & 23, North Sheffield Ave. & Webster
  • Fiesta del Sol, July 27 – 30, Morgan and Ashland
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 29 – 30, North Avenue to Paulina Street
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 29 – 30, 1340 W Washington Blvd.
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 29 & 30, 2017, along Lincoln from Fullerton to Wrightwood
  • Continuing Chicago SummerDance, June 23 – September 10, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7 p m.Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Navy Pier
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, Started June 3 continues to September 2, 2017, Millennium Park
  • Ravinia Festival, June 8-September 10, Highland Park
  • Movies in the Parks, June 12 – Aug. 28, 2017, over 250 movies in various Chicago locations

 

  • AUGUST

 

  • Lollapalooza, August 3 to 6, 2017, Grant Park
  • Millennium Park Summer Music Series, August 3 to 17, Monday & Thursday evenings, Millennium Park
  • Jeff Fest, Arts & Music Festival, August 4 to 6, Jefferson Park at 4822 N Long Ave.
  • Edge Fest, August 6 & 7, North Broadway from Thorndale to Ardmore
  • Ginza Holiday Festival, August 11 to 13, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest, August 11 – 13, Lincoln Park at Clark Street and W LaSalle Drive by the Chicago History Museum
  • Reggae Fest, August 11 – 13, Addams/Medill Park
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 11 to 13, Roscoe Village
  • Bud Billiken Parade, August 12, parade steps off south down MLK Drive from Oakwood Blvd followed by picnic in Washington Park
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 13 & 14, North Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison
  • Clark After Dark, August 17, River North
  • Festa Italiana, August 18 – 20,West Taylor Street at Ashland
  • Edison Park Fest, August 18 – 20, 6730 N Olmsted Avenue
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, August 18 – 20, Glenwood Avenue, Rogers Park
  • Windy City Carnival, August 19, Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago
  • 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, August 19 & 20 (full rehearsal, August 18), North Avenue Beach
  • Taste of Greektown, August 25 to 27, 400 South Halsted Street
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 26 & 27, 1340 W Washington Blvd.
  • Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, August 27, Grant Park to Foster Beach
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 30 – September 10, Jefferson Park
  • 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 31–September 3, 2017, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center & other venues
  • Millennium Park Summer Music & Film Series, Through August 29, Millennium Park
  • Chicago SummerDance, continuing to September 10, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7 p m., Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, Started June 3 continues to September 2, 2017, Millennium Park
  • Movies in the Parks, June 12 – Aug. 28, 2017, over 250 movies in various Chicago locations

 

SEPTEMBER

  • 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, ( started August 31), September 1 to 3, 2017, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center & other venues
  • North Coast Music Festival, September 1 to 3, 2017, Union Park
  • Great American Lobster Fest, September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd 2017, Navy Pier
  • African Festival of the Arts, September 1 – 4, 2017, Washington Park
  • Taste of Polonia, September 1 to 4, Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center, Jefferson Park
  • Fringe theater festival, September 1 – 10, 2017 (begins Aug. 30), Jefferson Park
  • Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, September 8, 7:30 pm. Millennium Park
  • Festival de La Villita, September 8 – 10, 2017, 2700 W 26th Street
  • 79th Street Renaissance Festival, September 8 – 10, 2017, Auburn Gresham, (Racine to Loomis)
  • 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago, September 8–24, 2017, various locations
  • Wings over Waukegan, September 9, 2017, Waukegan, IL. airport
  • Ukrainian Village Fest, September 9 – 10, 2017, Superior St. & Oakley
  • EXPO Art Week, September 13 – 17, Navy Pier and other locations
  • Riot Fest music festival, September 15 to 17, 2017, Douglas Park
  • 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade, September 10, noon, on 26th St. at Albany
  • American Craft Exposition, September 15 – 17, 2017, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL.
  • Lakeview Taco Fest, September 16 – 17, 2017, along Southport Avenue
  • West Loop Art Fair, September 16 & 17, 2017, North Racine & West Fulton Market
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk, September 16 & 17, 2017, Ravenswood Avenue
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16 – January 7, 2018, various locations
  • West Loop Art Fest, September 17 to 19, Washington Boulevard from Aberdeen to Halsted
  • Hamburger Hop, September 22, 2017, rooftop Harris Theater
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 22 – 24, 2017, North Lincoln Ave. at Southport
  • Edgewater Arts Festival (formerly Edgewater Fall Art Fair), September 23 & 24, 2017, Broadway to Sheridan
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 23 & 24, Millennium Park
  • AAHH! Fest by Common, September 23 – 24, Union Park
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, September 23 – 24, 1340 W. Washington
  • Chicago Half Marathon, September 24, 2017, Jackson Park & lakefront
  • Historic Berwyn’s Bungalow Tour, September 24, 2017, Berwyn, IL.
  • Fall Dinner Crawl, September 26, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.), Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods
  • Apple Fest, September 29 – Oct. 1, 2017, Lincoln Square, Lincoln & Leland Avenues
  • St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest, September 29 – Oct. 1, 2017, under the tents in St. Benedict’s Courtyard
  • Taste Talks All-Star BBQ, September 29 – Oct. 1, 2017, Palmer Square Park
  • Lisle Ale Fest, September 30, 2017, Lisle, IL.
  • City Made Fest, September (TBA), Andersonville neighborhood
  • Chicago SummerDance, continuing to September 10, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7 p m., Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, Started June 3 continues to September 2, 2017, Millennium Park

Thanks to Chicago Now for updating the list!

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