Chicago Summer Festivals 2020: Calendar of summer festivals and events

Chicago Summer Festivals 2020: Calendar of summer festivals and events

COVID-19: CHANGES ARE IN THE WORKS FOR THE SUMMER FESTIVAL CALENDAR. STAY TUNED.

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 2020 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. AND let us know if we’ve missed anything.

ON-GOING SUMMER

  • Grant Park Music Fest 2020, June 10 through August 15, Most concerts take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (Note: there will be no concert on Friday, July 3.), Millennium Park. SEASON CANCELLED
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesdays and Saturdays from Saturday, May 30 through Saturday, September ?: Wednesdays at 9:30 pm. & Saturdays at 10:15 pm. EARLY SHOWS CANCELLED THROUGH JUNE 10
  • Year of Chicago Music, summer lakefront and neighborhood events/festivals. MOVED TO ONLINE WITH SOME EVENTS RESCHEDULED FOR 2021
  • Ravinia Summer Festival,  May 30 -September 15, 2020. Green Bay Rd. just north of Lake Cook Road, Highland Park 2020 SEASON CANCELLED
  • Chicago SummerDance 2020, June 25 – August 22, Grant Park.
  • Millennium Park Summer Music Series, June-August, Millennium Park

MAY 2020memorial

  • Chicago Kids and Kites Fest, Saturday, May 2, 2020, Free Admission, 10am–4pm, Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, W. Montrose Drive CANCELLED
  • Chicago Beer Fest, Saturday, May 2, Soldier Field CANCELLED
  • James Beard Foundation Awards May 4, Lyric Opera CANCELLED
  • Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW), May 10-17, throughout Chicago and Illinois POSTPONED
  • Lincoln Park Wine Fest (6th annual) Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood CANCELLED
  • Manifest Urban Arts Festival, May 15 Wabash Arts Corridor between Michigan and Clark and Congress and Roosevelt VIRTUAL EVENTS
  • Bark in the Park, May 16, Soldier Field CANCELLED
  • Wright Plus House Walk, Saturday, May 16, Oak Park and River Forest CANCELLED
  • Chicago House Music Conference & Festival, May 21-23, Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park CANCELLED
  • Mole De Mayo, May 22-24, Ashland and 18th Street, Pilsen CANCELLED
    Navy Pier Fireworks, blast off May 23 (Wednesdays and Saturdays and July 4 through September 5)THE FOLLOWING SHOWS CANCELLED:  May 23, 27 and 30 AND June 3, 6 and 10 
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade, May 23, wreath laying 11am, Parade noon, State St. from Wacker to Van Buren CANCELLED
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, May 23 – 24, 2020,  first outdoor festival of the season, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden CANCELLED UNTIL JULY 25,26
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, May 23, 24, on Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe MOVED TO AUGUST 22-23
  • Gospel Music Festival, May 26-May 30, Millennium Park & Citywide Locations CANCELLED
  • Bike the Drive, Sunday, May 24, Lake Shore Dr, post ride festival, Grant Park CANCELLED
  • Do Division Street, May 29th-May, 31st on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt (2000W-2200W Division St.) festivities and music to be held online
  • Mayfest, May 29-31, Armitage at Sheffield
  • LaGrange Pet Parade, May 30, 2020,  line-up, 8:30 am., Downtown LaGrange, Cossitt Ave. & LaGrange Rd.
  • Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest, May 30 & 31, 2500 N. Cannon Dr. Lincoln Park, Cannon Drive just north of Fullerton

JUNE 2020summerfests

  • Chicago Blues Festival, June 5–7, Millennium Park CANCELLED
  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest, June 5 – 7, 2020, Sheffield Avenue outside St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Free. 
  • Harvard Milk Days, June 5 – 7, Harvard, IL. MOVED TO OCTOBER
  • 57th Street Art Fair June, 6 and 7, Hyde Park CANCELLED
  • Printers Row Lit Fest June 6 & 7, South Loop along Dearborn POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 5TH AND 6TH, 2020
  • Wingout Chicago, June 6 and 7, 2 to 6 pm. St. Michael’s parking lot in Old Town POSTPONED DATE, TBD
    Hyde Park Brewfest. June 6 – 7 , downtown Hyde Park, 53rd and Harper Court
     West Loop Fizz FestSaturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 1000 W. Washington Blvd. (at Morgan), Chicago
  • Run for the Zoo  10K, 5K, and kids’ stampede, June 7,  Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park VIRTUAL EVENT FOR 2020
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival June 10-14, 2558 W 16th Street, Stage 18 POSTPONED
    Spring Awakening 2020, June 12-14, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph CANCELLED
  • Naked Bike Ride, June 13, departing from Fulton River Park 
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, Friday, June 12-Sunday, June 14, 5200 N. Clark MOVED TO August 21-23, 2020
  • Ribfest Chicago June 12-14, Lincoln / Irving Park / Damen CANCELLED
  • Old Town Art Fair June 13 – 14, Old Town Triangle Historic District 
  • Wells Street Art Festival June 13-14, Old Town, on Wells between North and Division POSTPONED  Tentative Dates: Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, 2020
  • Winnetka Music Festival (4th annual), Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, Elm Street and Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 
  • Festa!Pasta!Vino! Italian Street Festival, June 19 – 21, 2020, 24th & South Oakley 
  • Country LakeShake 2020, Fri, Jun 19 – Sun, Jun 21, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S Linn White Dr
  • Craft Brews At Lincoln Park Zoo June 19 & 20, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, June 20, Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • Taste of Randolph Street, June 19-21, offers three stages of music, 14 restaurant booths, and artisan vendors at Randolph Street & Peoria Street. Donation
  • Puerto Rican Parade, June 20, Division Street from Western Avenue to Sacramento Avenue, Humboldt Park
  • Chicago Vegandale, Vegan Food Festival, June 20, Butler Field in Grant Park. Free admission for children age 12 and younger 
  • Chicago Food Truck Festival, June 20 & 21, South Loop Green Space
  • Ravenswood on Tap, June 20, 21, beer & spirits from local producers, food from nearby restaurants, live local music, and more Ravenswood Avenue and Berteau Avenue. Donation. 
  • Chicago Pride Fest®, June 20-21, Halsted and Addison in Boystown POSTPONED
    Fountain Square Artisan Summerfest June 20 & 21 2020, Evanston, IL- Sherman and Church Street 
  • Make Music Day, June 21, various locations including Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Free. 
  • Dragon Boat Races, June 21, teams compete in colorful boats on the river, music,  dance, vendors, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W 19th Street. Free.
  • Father’s Day BBQ, June 21, with a cash bar, Brookfield Zoo.
  • Swedish Days, June 23 – 28, 2020, Downtown Geneva
  • Millennium Art Festival June  26, 27, 28 2020, downtown Chicago at Lake Street and Michigan 
  • Logan Square Arts Festival, June 26, 27 & 28, Milwaukee, Logan & Kedzie 
    Pride In The Park June 27 & 28 2020, Grant Park 
  • Highland Park Festival of Fine Arts, June 27 & 28, Downtown Highland Park Art Center
  • Renegade Craft Fair, June 27, 28 food trucks and craft cocktails for sale, Andersonville, Clark Street (from Edgewater Ave. to Bryn Mawr Ave.). Free
  • Chicago Pride Parade steps off at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park POSTPONED
    Hyde Park Brew Fest, June 2020 dates not confirmed
    Green Music Fest, Wicker Park, June date, TBA

JULY 2020

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

  • Windy City Ribfest in Uptown (12th annual), Friday-Sunday, July 3-5, Lawrence & Broadway (Uptown),
  • Chicago Eyes to the Skies FestivalFriday-Sunday, July 3-5, Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle, IL
  • The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 3-5, Washington Park, 55th & Cottage Grove
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, dusk, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand
  • Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks (14th annual)Saturday, July 4, Deerpath Park, Deerpath and Hastings Rd., Lake Forest, IL
  • Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade, 10am., downtown Lake Bluff CANCELLED
  • Chosen Few DJs Music Fest & Picnic, Saturday, July 4, Jackson Park (South Lake Shore Drive near 63rd Street), Chicago
  • Taste of Chicago 2020, Wed, July 8 – Sun, July 12, Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St ok
  • Irish American Heritage Festival, July 10-12, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, 
  • Windy City Smokeout, Fri, Jul 10 – Sun, July 12, United Center
  • Square Roots Festival, July 10-12, Lincoln Square on Lincoln between Montrose and Wilson
  • West Fest, July 10, 11 &12,  Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street (1800W – 2000W Chicago Ave.)
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest (14th annual), Saturday/Sunday, July 11-12, 2000 W. Belmont (at Damen), Chicago
  • Bastille Day 5/8K Run & Walk, July 13, Cannon Drive & Fullerton
  • Green City Market Chefs BBQ, July 16, Lincoln Park 
  • Pitchfork Music Festival 2020, July 17-July 19, Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St.
  • BenFest 2020, July 17-19, St. Benedict’s, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd
  • Race to Mackinac and Parade of Boats, July 18, from Navy Pier
    Silver Room Block Party, July 18, Downtown Hyde Park
  • Chalk Howard StreetSaturday, July 18, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., just east of the Howard Red Line ‘L’ stop CANCELLED
  • Chinatown Summer FairSaturday/Sunday, July 18-19, Wentworth Avenue & Cermak Rd. (aka 22nd Street), Chicago
  • Chicago Food Truck Festival at Wrigley Field, July 25, 2020
  • Chicago Margarita Festival,  July 25 – July 26, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue (37th annual), Saturday/Sunday, July 25-26, North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood, Chicago
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 25, 26 2020, outdoor festival vintage, antiques, entertainment, food, drinks 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Lollapalooza Music Festival 2020, Thu, Jul 30 – Sun, Aug 2, Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St OK
  • Jeff Fest, Friday-Sunday, July 31-August 2, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long (Lawrence and Milwaukee Avenues), Chicago
  • Wicker Park Fest, July dates TBA, on On Milwaukee Ave., from North Ave. to Ashland Ave.

AUGUST 2020

Lollapalooza. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Lollapalooza. Photo: Chicago Tribune

  • Jeff Fest, Friday-Sunday, July 31-August 2, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long (Lawrence and Milwaukee Avenues), Chicago
  • EdgeFest, August 1,2, Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore
  • Lollapalooza Music Festival 2020, July 30 – August 2, Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St 
  • Ginza Festival, August 7, 8, & 9 2020, Midwest Buddhist Temple
  • Festival Cubano, August 7-9,  Riis Park, Fullerton and Narragansett 
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 7-9th, 2020, Roscoe Village on Roscoe
  • Bud Biliken Parade, second Saturday in August, King Drive through the Bronzeville and Washington Park neighborhoods on the city’s south side
  • North Halsted Market Days,  August 8-9, 2020,  from Belmont to Addison on North Halsted St.
  • Highwood Garlic Fest, Everts Park, August 12, northern suburb
  • Edison Park Fest 2020, August 14-16, Sidewalks along Northwest Highway in Edison Park neighborhood
    Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, August 14-16, 2020, Rogers Park, Glenwood Avenue Arts District
    Chicago Caribbean Carnival, Saturday August 15 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Midway Plaisance by the University of Chicago.
  • Oak Park Micro Brew Review, August 15, 2020 3-7pm. Marion Street, Downtown Oak Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 15 & 16, 2020, North Avenue Beach
  • Sangria Festival, August 15 & 16, 2020, Humboldt Park lawn
  • Chicago’s Little Italy FestaTaylor Street and Gelato Festival, Aug 13 – 16, 2020, area of Ashland and W. Taylor St.
  • Naper Pride Fest (NEW Event), Friday-Saturday, August 21-22, Naperville, IL  (Music concert at North Central College on Friday;  fest on grounds of  Naper Settlement on Saturday)
  • NEW DATE: Andersonville Midsommarfest, Friday, August 21-23, 5200 N. Clark 
  • NEW DATE FOR 2020: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest originally scheduled for May 23, 24, has been moved to August 22-23, Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe
  • Ukrainian Days Festival, August 22-23 2020 Smith Park (Grand/Campbell)
  • Taste of Greektown Friday-Sunday, August 21-23, 300 S. Halsted, Chicago
  • Logan Square Social, Saturday, Aug 29–Sun, Aug 30, Humboldt Blvd. & Armitage  
  • TransAmerica Chicago Triathlon, August 29-30, 2020, Lake and surrounding areas
    Chicago Jazz Festival, August 29–September 6, 2020, Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Venues Across Chicago
  • TENTATIVE DATES:
  • Wells Street Art Festival AUGUST 29, 30, Old Town, on Wells between North and Division 
  • Great American Lobster Fest, August 30-31 and September 1, Navy Pier
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest, August dates TBA, Chicago History Museum
  • Clark After Dark, August dates, TBA, River North, at 420 N. Clark St on W. Hubbard Street, between N. Clark and N. Lasalle.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Chicago Gourmet Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Chicago Gourmet Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

  • African Festival of the Arts,  September (Labor Day) dates TBA, Washington Park
    Great American Lobster Fest, August 30-31 and September 1, Navy Pier
    Chicago Jazz Festival, August 29–September 6, 2020, Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Venues Across Chicago
    Milwaukee Summerfest (moved from June/July), September 3-5, 10-12 and 17–19, 2020, Lakefront
    Taste of Polonia, September 4-7, 2020, Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
    North Coast Music Festival, September 4-6, Northerly Island
    NEW DATE: Printers Row Lit Fest SEPTEMBER 5-6, South Loop along Dearborn
    ¡Súbelo! – A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture Sept. 11 – 12, 2020, Millennium Park
    Riot Fest, Sept. 11-13, Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center
    Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest, Saturday/Sunday, September 12-13, 2000 W. Roscoe (at Damen), Chicago
    Jerk, Seafood & Vegan Festival, Sat Sept 12 -Sun Sept 13th, 3117 S. Cottage Grove/ S. Rhodes in Lake Meadows.
    Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest (8th annual), Saturday/Sunday, September 19-20, Southport and Addison, Chicago
    Chicago Gourmet, September 25-27, Millennium Park
    Oktoberfest Chicago at St. AlphonsusFriday-Sunday, September 25-27, St. Alphonsus Church, Southport & Lincoln, Chicago
    Randolph Street Market Festival, September 12-13,  1340 W. Washington St.

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