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7 Jun - Chicago Summer 2016 Festivals Part 1

Chicago Chicago Local Guides

(Featured photo by Liliane Callegari)

Summer is making its way to The Windy City, just in time for festival season! Heading our way? We’ve put together a list of some of the most anticipated events of the season, and there’s something for everyone in your crew.

Stay tuned for part 2, coming soon! 


Ribfest Chicago
June 10-12

Get your wet wipes ready for some smokin’ BBQ Ribs from some of Chicago’s best pitmasters.

Spring Awakening
June 10-12

Grab your crew for this wicked three day music festival featuring Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Moby and Bassnectar. (tickets starting at $100)

Pilsen Food Truck Social
June 11-12

Head over to Pilsen to try food from 25 of the best food trucks. ($5 donation)

Wells Street Art Festival
June 11-12

Vintage is back! Grab your crew and head to Old Town and check out one of a kind artwork, local food, and live music ($54)

Remix Chicago
June 11-12

Recycle and Reuse. Browse art created entirely from found and recycled materials plus live music and food. (Free)

Taste of Randolph
June 17-19

Music, artisans, and food from top restaurants without the hassle of making a reservation.  ($10 donation)

6 Corners BBQ Fest
June 18-19

Summer is all about the B-B-Q. Head over to Milwaukee Ave for all your barbeque faves. ($5 donation)

Wicker Park’s Green Music Festival
June 18-19

Head to  Wicker Park to enjoy craft beer and live music while helping Chicago stay GREEN. ($5 donation)

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino
June 18-20

Ciao! Get a taste of Italy in the The Heart of Chicago Neighborhood for this 3 day Italian food and wine festival. (Free)

Gold Coast Art Fair
June 18-20

Let your inner artist experience demonstrations, interactive projects and live music in Grant Park. ($5 donation)

Logan Square Arts Festival
June 24-26

Celebrate art in Logan Square with tasty treats and live music. ($5 donation)

Chicago Food Truck Fest
June 25-26

Head to Cellular Field for one of the best Food Truck Festivals in America. (Free)

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest
June 25-26

Elston Avenue is putting the spotlight on sausage and great live music. ($5 donation)


Mamby On The Beach
July 2-3

Take in the summer vibes with this two-day lakeside festival featuring live performances, silent disco, yoga and more. (Prices Vary)

Windy City RibFest
July 2-4

Finger-licking Ribs from local and national grill masters plus live music for the whole family. ($5 donation)

Taste of Chicago
July 6-10

See how many of The Windy City’s delicious vendors can you hit at the largest food festival in the world! (Free)

West Fest Chicago
July 8-10

Live music and vendors create a weekend of sick sounds from Chicago local artists. (Free)

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
July 9-10

Roscoe Village is firing up the grills cooking all the mouth-watering burgers you can imagine.. ($10 donation)

Windy City Smokeout
July 15-17

Pork, BBQ, Country Music and Beer. Need we say more? ($40+)

Artfest Michigan Ave
July 15-17

Experience an eclectic mix of fine art while taking a stroll on Magnificent Mile. (Free)

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 17-19

Pitchfork is heading back to Union Park for a wicked series of concerts featuring emerging artists who are currently killin’ the game. ($65)

Taste of River North
July 22-24

Stay local in our hood and experience live music and cheap/delicious eats from restaurants in the area. ($5)

Wicker Park Fest
July 23-24

Head to Wicker Park for a dope summer block party and experience live music, art, and local vendors. (Free)

Chicago Craft Beer Festival
July 23-24

Microbrewery Explosion! Grab a pint glass and taste over 70 different craft beers. (starting at $35)

July 28-31

The biggest cultural blowout of the year heads back to Grant Park for over 115 acres of food, music, a farmer’s market and so much more. (Prices Vary)

Fiesta del Sol
July 28-31
Culture is bumpin’ in Pilsen. Experience the largest Midwest Latino Festival through music, food, and football matches.