13 Chicago Festivals that Celebrate Summer

Chicago Lollapalooza
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Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate summer? Find what you’re looking for when you visit Chicago. The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau works alongside local communities to provide a variety of great summer activities and festivals. Don’t stay home relaxing on the sofa. Find food, music, fun and entertainment at Chicago festivals and events.


Chicago Lollapalooza

The biggest names in music entertain guests at Grant Park on August 3-5. Three-day passes cost $230 and give visitors the chance to enjoy great music and food.

Ginza Festival
West Menomonee Street turns into a Japanese cultural fair from August 10 through 12. For a $6 donation, visitors hear traditional music, watch self-defense demonstrations and taste authentic cuisine.

dancer at Ginza festival

Northalsted Market Days

On Belmont Street and Halsted Avenue, Market Days presents music, food and drinks. It’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and offers something for everyone on August 11 and 12.

Velika Gospa Croatian Festival

A festival that’s been around for over 100 years, Velika Gospa is the St. Patrick’s Day for the Croatian Community. On Wednesday, August 15 at 2800 South Princeton Avenue, enjoy free food, music and dancing.

Chicago Air & Water Show

air and water show Chicago

One of Chicago’s premier events, the Air and Water Show happens August 18 and 19 at the North Avenue Beach. Event attendees observe a variety of trick aerial escapades and demonstrations all weekend.

Oak Park Micro Brew Review

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly festival, check out downtown Oak Park on August 18. For $40 to $75, sample over 100 craft beers, a variety of sustainable foods and a zero-waste environment.

Northside Summerfest

On August 18 and 19, decide which local restaurant serves the best hot dog. The event also provides live entertainment for a $5 donation at 4000 North Lincoln Avenue.

Chicago Dancing Festival

dancing at chicago festival

When you’re ready to bust a few moves, visit Millennium Park and Pritzker Pavilion. Dance troupes from around the world perform from August 20 to the 25. Guests join in the fun at the free grand finale on the 25th.

Taste of Latin America

Take a taste travel through Central and South America on August 24 through 26. With food, wine and culture, guests enjoy the free event at Armitage and Central Park Avenues.

Chicago Ice Cream & Gelato Festival

chicago gelatao

Who wants cool refreshment as summer winds down? On August 30 and 31, watch demonstrations from pastry chefs and taste the offerings from over 30 micro-creameries. For a modest fee, families can enjoy the festival located at The Peggy Notebaert Museum.

African Festival of the Arts

Washington Park offers food, music and merchandise to guests on August 31 through September 2. Buy a four-day pass or pay at the gate when you visit the festival.

Ravenswood Remix

At Ravenswood and Belle Plaine, local artists display their work made entirely from recycled materials. Learn how to make your own recycled artwork during free workshops on September 1 and 2.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

chicago jazz festival

End the summer with a two-day music festival. At locations around Hyde Park, join 25,000 other jazz enthusiasts in celebrating music on September 29 and 30.

Have these festivals and events piqued your interest to visit Chicago? Invite your friends, and join Chicagoans in celebrating summer at these festivals. You don’t want to miss the best events of the season!


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  1. Seriously amazing place. I had never visited Chicago but after reading your post I feel that I have been there. I will plan to visit Chicago in next summer vacation and try to get all these experience which you had mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing such nice information with us.

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