Chicago Summer Festival dates for 2017 city lakefront fests & events

Chicago Summer Festival dates for 2017 city lakefront fests & events
Chicagoans love their festivals.

For a comprehensive list of all Chicago neighborhood and area summer festivals for 2017, click here.

Here is the line-up of Chicago’s City Festivals and events for 2017.

Kids and Kites Festival

May 6, 2017

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The unofficial kick-off for city sponsored fests is the family friendly 19th Annual Kids and Kites Festival coming to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Dr. and Montrose Dr.) on May 6th.

Highlights include: free kite kits for children to build, face painting, balloon artists and the Big Kite Candy Drop (weather permitting).

Chicago Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2017

The City of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade–one of the nation’s largest steps off May 27 on State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren St.

32nd Chicago Gospel Music Festival

June 2–3, 2017

The annual Chicago Gospel Festival always a hit at Millennium Park.

The annual Chicago Gospel Festival always a hit at Millennium Park.

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel music performers.

Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.).

Millennium Park Summer Workouts
Wednesdays & Saturdays, June 3–September 2, 2017

Get in shape with tai chi, yoga, pilates and Zumba® classes surrounding by the one-of-a-kind Chicago skyline on Millennium Park’s Great Lawn.
Millennium Park, Great Lawn (201 E. Randolph St.)

34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

June 9–11, 2017

Buddy Guy. Photo Credit: City of Chicago

Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy. Photo Credit: City of Chicago

Three days, five stages of blues as the Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s largest free blues festival returns to Chicago for year 34 at Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.).

Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Select Mondays & Thursdays, June 12–August 17, 2017

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Tuesdays, June 13–August 29, 2017

Finding Nemo was a popular film in last summer's Millennium Park free film lineup on August 16

Finding Nemo was a popular film in last summer’s Millennium Park free film lineup on August 16

Watch free outdoor movies on a state-of-the-art giant screen in the pavilion or on the great lawn. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.).

21st Annual Chicago SummerDance

Fridays–Sundays, June 23–September 10, 2017

No matter your skill level, you can swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music at Chicago SummerDance, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States.

The fest features one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing.

Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)

37th Annual Taste of Chicago

July 5–9, 2017

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Taste of Chicago, the nation’s premier free outdoor food festival returns for its 37th year July 5 through July 9. The popular fest showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene with a wide variety of food vendors, the city’s top chefs, gourmet dinners plus concerts and family activities. Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)

4th Annual Fifth Star Awards

August 2017, day TBA

The Fifth Star Awards honor legendary Chicago artists and cultural institutions with live performances and video tributes. Free event in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.).

59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show

August 19–20, 2017airandwater2013

Expect millions to head to the city for the Chicago Air and Water Show–one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind. Visitors can view military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams. North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.)

39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

August 31–September 3, 2017

The Chicago Jazz Festival, a Labor Day Weekend tradition, returns to Chicago for year 39. The popular fest showcases free live performances by Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international jazz legends and artists.

Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and various venues around town.

19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago
September 8–24, 2017 worldmusicfestival

Enjoy from around the world from top musicians at the free, city-wide, multi-venue World Music Festival Chicago.

The fest has presented more than 750 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began. Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations.

ALERT: Show Me Chicago’s comprehensive annual calendar of all neighborhood and city festivals will be released early in March 2017.

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