Chicago Summer 2014: Calendar of Festivals and Events

Chicago Summer 2014: Calendar of Festivals and Events

Click here for list of 2015 Chicago Summer Festivals

Show Me Chicago has put together their annual calendar of Chicago's biggest and best, oldest and newest festivals and events for the summer of 2014.  It's time to party Chicago. Put these events on your calendar and check back for more to be added as dates are announced. May 2014

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 2-4, 26th Street & Kostner (Little Village)
  • Chicago Kids and Kites Festival, May 3, Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park
  • Mayfest and Polish Fest, May 3-4, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave
  • American Beer Classic, May 10, Soldier Field.
  • Beer Under Glass, May 15, Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Chicago Craft Beer Week for May 15 - 25, various locations
  • Manifest Urban Arts Festival, May 16, South Loop, Columbia College
  • Mayfest, May 16-18, Lakeview, Ashland and Barry
  • Riverfront Mayfest, (NEW) May 16-18, banks of the Chicago River at Grand
  • Irish Fest, May 23-26, Gaelic Park
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade. May 24, noon, State Street from Lake to Van Buren
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, May 24, 25, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Bike the Drive, May 25, Lake Shore Drive
  • Festival del Taco, (NEW), May 30 - June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)
  • Maifest Chicago, May 29-June 1, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
  • Do Division, Division Street festival, May 30 - June 1, 2014
  • Chicago Veggie Pride Parade, May 31, noon, Grant Park

June 2014

  • Maifest, May 29-June 1, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
  • Festival del Taco, (NEW), May 30 - June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)
  • Do Division Street festival, May 30 - June 1, West Town
  • New Orleans festival, (NEW) May 31-June 1, West Lakeview at Lincoln Ave. and Addison
  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest, .June 6-8
  • Chicago Food Truck Fest, June 7, outside U.S. Cellular Field
  • Bacon Chase (NEW) June 7, Montrose Beach
  • Ravinia Festival, June 5 through September 14, Highland Park
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 6-8, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 6-8, Andersonville
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, June 7-8, Lakeview, Sheffield/Belmont
  • 57th Street Art Fair: June 7-8, Hyde Park
  • Printers Row Lit Fest, June 7, 8, Printers Row neighborhood, Dearborn and Polk Streets
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 11 – August 16
  • Spring Awakening, June 13-15, Soldier Field
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 14, 15, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 14, 15, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 12-15, Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Oakley Festa Pasta Vino, June 13-15, 2400 N. Oakley
  • Taste of Randolph Street, June 13-15
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 13-15, Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)
  • Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 20-22, downtown Long Grove
  • Renegade Craft Art Fair . . . June 21-22 (mini market)
  • L.A.T.E. Ride, June 21, overnight ride starts at Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)
  • Gold Coast Art Festival, June 21, 22, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
  • Pride Fest, June 21, 22, Halsted and Waveland
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 21, 22, Damen between North and Schiller
  • Milwaukee Summerfest, June 25-29 and July 1-6, Summerfest Grounds along Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest . . .June 27-29
  • World’s Largest Block Party, June 27, 28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
  • Gospel Music Festival, June 27-29,  Ellis Park in Bronzeville
  • Chive Fest (NEW) June 28, Soldier Field, Stadium Green South
  • 2014 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, June 28, Ping Tom Memorial Park,  300 W. 19th Street
  • Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 28, 29, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Pride Parade, June 29, North Broadway, Boystown

July 2014

  • International Festival of Life: July 3-6, Union Park
  • Chosen Few Picnic, July 3-6,  in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, Navy Pier, 9:30 p.m.
  • Wavefront Music Festival,  CANCELLED
  • Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland
  • Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
  • Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont
  • Taste of Chicago, July 9-13, Grant Park
  • Windy City Smokeout, July 11-13, new location for 2014–at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River
  • Michigan Avenue Art Festival, July 11-13, Pioneer Court
  • Square Roots Music Festival, July 11-13, Lincoln Square
  • Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
  • West Fest: July 12,13, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen
  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 18-20, Union Park
  • BenFest 2014, (St. Benedict’s ) July 18-20
  • Chicago Craft Beer Festival, July 19-20, Sheffield and Webster
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 20, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • Taste of River North: July 18-20, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 19, 20, between Morse and Estes Avenue
  • Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 19,-20, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
  • North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 20, starts Latin School, 45 W. North
  • Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 25-27, Jefferson Park, Lawrence and Long Avenues
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 26 – 27, N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 26, 27, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26-27, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street
  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland

August 2014

  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
  • Lollapalooza, August 1-3, Grant Park
  • Edge Fest: August 2, 3, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue
  • Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage
  • Ginza Holiday, August 8-10, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Bud Billiken Parade (and related activities), August 9, 35-55th & Martin Luther King Drive, 10 a.m.
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest™ 2014, August 9, 10, Chicago History Museum, Clark and LaSalle
  • Festa Italiana, August 14-August 17, Little Italy, Taylor St.
  • 5th Annual Festival Cubano, August 15-17, Riis Park, Fullerton and Narragansett
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 15-17, Rogers Park
  • Edison Park Fest, August 15-17, Chicago’s northwest side, Oshkosh and Olmsted
  • Chicago Westside Music Festival - August 16,  Garfield Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 16, 17 (rehearsal August 15) North Avenue Beach
  • Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball
  • Highwood Garlic Fest, Everts Park, August 20, 4-9 p.m.
  • Chicago Dancing Festival, August 20 – 23, various locations
  • Clark After Dark, Thursday, August 21, on Hubbard Street between Clark and LaSalle, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Boulevard, August 22-24, Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue
  • The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, August 21-September 1, North Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Food Social, August 23, 24, Kendall College parking lot
  • Chicago Fashion Fest, Saturday, August 23-24, Division St. from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Taste of Greektown, August 23 – 24, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Chicago New Orleans Fest (NEW) August 23 – 24, Division & Damen
  • Bash on Wabash, August 23, 24, on Wabash between 13th and 14th
  • Bucktown Arts Festival, August 23 – 24, Bucktown
  • Ukrainian Days Festival, August 23, 24, Smith Park (Grand/Campbell)
  • SausageFest Chicago, August 22, 23, 24, Old Town
  • A Taste of Highland Park (and art festival), August 23,24, Port Clinton Square, downtown Highland Park
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 28 – September 7, Jefferson Park
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28 – 31, Grant Park
  • African Festival of the Arts, August 29 – September 1
  • North Coast Music Festival, August 29 – 31, Union Park
  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, August 30 – 31,  Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and California Avenues
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 30 – 31, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, August 30, 31, Logan Square

September 2014

Click here for calendar of Oktoberfest events. (September 4-October 31)

  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 28 through September 7, Jefferson Park
  • Hideout End of Summer Block Party, September 5, 6,  outdoors at 1354 W. Wabansia
  • German American Fest, September 5-7, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest (Shock Top), September 6, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Venetian Night, September 6, dusk, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.
  • Renegade Craft Fair: September Market, September 6, 7, Wicker Park
  • Misericordia Family Fest, September 7, 6300 N. Ridge
  • World Music Festival Chicago *16th annual* September 11 – 21, various locations including Millennium Park
  • Fulton Fest, September 12,13, Fulton Avenue between Damen and Hoyne
  • Festival de la Villita, September 12-14, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • Riot Fest, September 12-14, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Avenue
  • Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 - 14, Wells and North
  • Gallery Weekend Chicago, September 18 – 21
  • Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, September 20, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 20, 21, Clark and Argyle
  • Lakeview Taco Fest, September 20 and 21, on Southport between Addison & Roscoe
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list  of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 26 - 28, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 27 - 28, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, Sherman from Elgin to Davis, Church from Benson to Orrington, and Clark from Benson to Sherman, September 27, 28
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, September 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden

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