Chicago Summer Festivals 2016: Calendar of summer festivals and events

Chicago Summer Festivals 2016: Calendar of summer festivals and events

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It's time to think summer, Chicago. Show Me Chicago's annual calendar of Chicago's biggest and best festivals and events for the summer of 2016 is up and running.  Make sure to put your favorites on your calendar and check back for more as the calendar will be updated throughout the season as more events are added and dates announced.

MAY 2016

  • Chicago NFL Draft 2016 and three-day football festival for fans in "Draft Town" (April 27, 28, 29, 30) May 1. Activities take place in Draft Town in Grant Park near Congress and Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
  • 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.
  • New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Opening Day, Friday, May 27
  • Gelato World Tour, May 27, 28, 29, Chase Promenade South, Millennium Park
  • Chicago Craft Beer Week big bash, Saturday, May 28,  Welles Park, Lincoln Square
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade,  Saturday, May 28, noon, State Street from Lake to Van Buren
  • Red, White and BBQ Festival and Competition, May 28, Ty Warner Park, 700 Blackhawk Dr., Westmont
  • 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

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

  • 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
  • Western Avenue Six Pack Almost Marathon, June 4, 23.5-mile run, Beverly to Rogers Park
  • 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)
  • CANCELED (due to poor ticket sales) Hot Doug’s Dog Dayz of Summer Festival, June 24, 25, three ticketed sessions, Goose Island Barrel Warehouse, 605 N. Sacramento
  • 20th Annual Chicago SummerDance, Fridays–Sundays, June 24–September 11, 2016, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)  Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7p m,
  • 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
  • Tacos and Tamales Fest, June 24-26,18th St. & Peoria
  • Ravenswood on Tap Beer Festival, June 25, 3 to 9 pm, new outdoor festival, 1801 W. Foster, in front of Empirical Brewery
  • 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
  • Movies in the Parks, The Lego Movie, Sunday, June 26, dusk, Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph Street.
  • 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 and Festival, July 4,  Navy Pier
  • 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
  • Teens in the Park , 2 pm., July 9, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • 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
  • V103 Summer Block Party: Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan, SWV, 6 pm. July 15, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • 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
  • 2016 Blackhawks Convention, July 15-17, Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.
  • 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
  • LAID BACK FESTIVAL featuring Gregg Allman, 4 pm., July 16, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 17, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • Sublime with Rome Summer Tour 2016, 6:35 pm., July 17, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Heart with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, 6:30 pm., July 19, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Highwood Days, July 20-24 with Taco Fest, Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Highwood
  • 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
  • Chicago Hot Sauce Fest, July 23, 24,  W. Belmont Ave. and N. Elston Ave.
  • Taste of Latin America, July 23-24, Division St. and California Ave.
  • 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.
  • Goo Goo Dolls, 7 pm., July 26, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • 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
  • Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 29 - 31, 2016, 4900 Milwaukee Ave. (at Higgins Rd.)
  • 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.  Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7pm,
  • 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)
  • 6th Annual Pig-Out for Charity, August 4, 736 N. Clark Street
  • Deschutes Brewery Street Pub Benefit, August, 6, 2 pm – 10 pm, Logan Square, 2607 N Milwaukee
  • 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.
  • Josh Groban, 7:30 pm., August 9,  FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • 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.
  • WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Seth Rollins™, Dean Ambrose™, Sasha Banks™, The Bella Twins™ and Becky Lynch.™ Wizard World Comic Con, August 18, 19 and 20, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
  • 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
  • Mad Decent Block Party, 3:30 pm., August 21, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • 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
  • Counting Crows & Rob Thomas, 6:45 pm., August 24, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Taste of Greektown, August 27 - 28, 2016, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Motor 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
  • 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.)  Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9:30pm, and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7pm,
  • 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
  • Great American Lobster Fest, September 2-3, Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
  • African Festival of the Arts, September 2-5, Washington Park
  • Taste of Polonia, September 2-5, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Renegade Craft Fair, September 10, 11, Division St., Wicker Park
  • 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
  • CANCELED Venetian Night, September 10, boat parade and fireworks dusk, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave. Venetian Night CANCELED but fireworks still scheduled
  • 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
  • Soul LOVE Fest, September 17 and 18, Arranmore Farm & Polo Club. Just West of Naperville,
  • 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
  • Fall Dinner Crawl, September 27, 6 to 9 pm., Wicker Park and Bucktown
  • 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
  • West Town Art Walk, Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Chicago Avenue between Milwaukee and Hoyne, and Ashland Avenue between Chicago and Division.
  • 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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