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Music, movies, food & more await at Chicago-area summer festivals

Jason Aldean (shown in 2015 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.), is among the headliners slated for Windy City LakeShake in July. |Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Summer in the city means it’s time to get out there and have a whole lotta fun. So whether it’s music or movies or food or arts and crafts that you crave — or all of the aforementioned and more — here’s a look at some of what’s on tap for the Chicago area in the coming months:


Long Grove Chocolate Fest, May 20-22, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove; visit

Chicago Mayfest, May 20-22, 3100 N. Ashland; visit

Gaelic Park Irish Fest, May 27-30, 147th Street, two miles west of Cicero (or one block east of Ridgeland), Oak Forest; visit

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, May 28-29, (on Sheffield, from Belmont to Roscoe); visit


Chicago Underground Film Festival, June 1-5, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee; visit

The 3rd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, June 1-5, headliners include Tracy Morgan and Sarah Silverman and more; venues include The Hideout, Thalia Hall, Lincoln Hall, Civic Opera House, Virgin Hotels Chicago; visit

Bob Dylan is among the performers heading to Ravinia this summer. | AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File
Bob Dylan is among the performers heading to Ravinia this summer. | AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File

Ravinia Festival, June 2-Sept 18, Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. The summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and headliners that include Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Seth MacFarlane, Seal, Lauryn Hill, Tony Bennett and many more. Visit

Chicago Gospel Music Festival, June 3-4, Millennium Park; headliners include Hezekiah Walker, Travis Green, Shirley Caesar, Chicago Mass Choir and more; visit

Two Brothers Summer Festival, June 3-4, RiverEdte Park, Aurora; visit

Taste of Little Village — Flavors of Mexico, June 3-5, 26th and Sacramento; visit

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale, June 3-5, 2000 W. Division; visit

Chicago SummerDance, June 4-Sept. 11, Grant Park Spirit of the Music Garden; visit

57th Street Art Fair | COURTESY 57TH STREET FAIR
57th Street Art Fair | COURTESY 57TH STREET FAIR

57th Street Art Fair, June 4-5, Hyde Park; visit

Millennium Park Summer Music Series, June 6-Aug. 25, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park; visit

Chicago Blues Festival, June 10-12, Grant Park; headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Irma Thomas, and more; visit

Spring Awakening, June 10-12, Addams/Medill Park; visit

America’s Cup, June 10-12, Navy Pier, 600 W. Grand; visit

Ribfest Chicago, June 10-12, Lincoln Avenue (between Irving Park and Berteau); visit

Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 10-12, 5200 W. Clark; visit

Wells Street Art Festival, June 11-12, 1200 N. Wells; visit

Printers Row Lit Fest, June 11-12, Dearborn and Congres; visit

Grant Park Music Festival, June 15-Aug. 20, Grant Park; visit

Puerto Rican Festival, June 16-19, Humboldt Park (Division and California), Puerto Rican Day Parade June 18; visit

Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, June 16-19, Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont; visit

Taste of Randolph, June 17-19, 900 W. Randolph; visit

Windy City LakeShake Country Music Festival, June 17-19, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, Northerly Island; headliners include Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum and more; visit

Blues on the Fox Festival, June 17-18, RiverEdge Park, Aurora; headliners include Los Lobos, the Robert Cray Band, Marcia Ball and more; visit

Chicago Pride Fest, June 18-19, 3200 N. Halsted; Chicago Pride Parade is June 26; visit

Green Music Fest, June 18-19, Wicker Park (Damen between North and Schiller); visit

6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 18-19, 4000 N. Milwaukee; visit

Millennium Park Summer Film Series, June 21-Aug. 30, Millennium Park; “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (June 21), “Soul Food” (June 28), “A League of Their Own” (July5), “Thelma & Louise” (July 12); “Moonstruck” and “Silence of the Lambs” (July 19), “Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary”(July 26), “West Side Story” (Aug. 2), “Grease” (Aug. 9), “Finding Nemo” (Aub. 16), “Purple Rain” (Aug. 3); Audience Choice TBA (Aug. 30); visit

Logan Square Arts Festival, June 24-26, Illinois Centennial Monument on Logan Square; visit

Long Grove Summer Fest (and Strawberry Fest), June 24-26, Long Grove; Route 53 and Old Route 83, Long Grove; visit

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party, June 25, UIC Pavilion Parking Lot, 1145 S. Morgan; visit

Summerfest, June 29-July 10, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.; headliners include Paul McCartney, Selena Gomez, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Ryan Adams, Hollywood Vampires, Chris Isaak, Weezer, Willie Nelson and more; visit


Naperville Ribfest, July 1-4, 700 S. West St., Naperville; headliners include Lee Brice, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Gin Blossoms, Ides of March and more; visit

The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival | FACEBOOK
The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival | FACEBOOK

Lisle Eyes to the Skies, July 1-3, 1825 Short St., Lisle; carnival June 29-July 3; visit

Windy City Ribfest Uptown, July 1-3, 4700 N. Broadway; visit

FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, July 1-3, FitGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn; headliners include James McMurtry, The Cactus Blossoms, Willie Nile, The Claudettes, The Lee Boys and more; visit

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 1-4, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph; visit

Mamby on the Beach, July 2-3, Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive; headliners include Chromeo, Lupe Fiasco, Animal Collective and more; visit

The Cactus Blossoms — Paige Burkum and Jack Torrey — are among the lineup for FitzGerald’s American Music Festival. | Photo by The Joelsons
The Cactus Blossoms — Paige Burkum and Jack Torrey — are among the lineup for FitzGerald’s American Music Festival. | Photo by The Joelsons

Fireworks at Navy Pier, July 2, 600 E. Grand; visit

Taste of Chicago, July 6-10, Grant Park; headliners include The Roots, KONGOS, Billy Idol, Sheila E. and more; visit

West Fest, July 8-10, Chicago Avenue (between Dame and Paulina); visit

Chicago Irish American Heritage Festival, July 8-10, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox; visit

Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 9-10, Belmont and Damen; visit

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 15-17, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph; visit

Chicago Open Air, July 15-17, Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave., Bridgeview; headliners include Korn, Ministry, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and more; visit

Ben Fest, July 15-17, St. Benedict Parish, 2215 W. Irving Park; visit

Windy City Smokeout, July 15-17, 560 W. Grand; headliners include Chase Rice, Phil Vassar, Big & Rich and more; visit

Laid Back Festival, July 16, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island; headliners include Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials and more; visit

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival, July 16-17, Clark Street (between Lunt and Estes); visit

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, July 23-24, 2200 N. Sheffield; visit

The annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac takes place July 23. | Sun-Times File Photo
The annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac takes place July 23. | Sun-Times File Photo

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, July 23, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand; visit

Veggie Fest (“Good Food, Healthy Living”), July 23-24, 4045 N. Naperville Road, Lisle; visit

Wicker Park Fest, July 23-24, Milwaukee Ave. (between North and Paulina); visit

Chicago Craft Beer Festival, July 23-24, (on Sheffield, between Webster and Fullerton); visit

Tall Ships Chicago, July 27-31, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand; visit

Fiesta del Sol, July 28-31, 1000 W. Cermak; visit

Lollapalooza, July 28-31, Grant Park. Visit

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival, July 29-31, (Milwaukee and Higgins); visit


Black Harvest Film Festival, Aug. 5- Sept, 1, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State; visit

Chicago Hot Dog Fest, Aug. 5-7, Chicago History Museum, Clark Street and La Salle; visit

Wrigleyville Summerfest, Aug. 6-7, (one block North of Belmont, on Seminary at School St.); visit

Taste of Lincoln Avenue, Aug. 6-7, 5900 N. Broadway; visit

Ginza Holiday Festival, Aug. 12-14, 435 W. Monomonee; visit

Retro on Roscoe, Aug. 12-14, 2248 W. Belmont; visit

Reggae Fest Chicago, Aug.13, Addams Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St.; headliners include Toots & the Maytals, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Hepcat and more; visit

Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 13-14, 3600 N. Halsted; visit

Chicago Festa Italiana, Aug. 18-21, Taylor at Ashland; visit

Chicago Air & Water Show, Aug. 20-21, lakefront at North Avenue Beach; visit

South Shore Summer Festival, Aug. 21, South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S, South Shore Dr.); visit

Chicago Dancing Festival, Aug. 23-27, Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph), Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago), Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress) and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph); visit

Taste of Greektown, Aug. 27-28, 400 S. Halsted; visit

Bucktown Arts Fest, Aug. 27-28, 2200 N. Oakley; visit

Chicago Fringe Festival, Aug. 31- Sept. 11, various venues in Jefferson Park; visit


Chicago Jazz Festival, Sept. 1-4, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington and Millennium Park; headliners include Orbert Davis, The Bad Plus, John Scofield and more; visit

African Festival of the Arts, Sept. 2-5, Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove; visit

North Coast Music Festival, Sept. 2-4, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph; visit

World Music Festival Chicago, Sept. 9-25, Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and other venues; visit

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Sept. 10-11, on Broadway (from Belmont to Hawthorne); visit

Festival de La Villita, Sept. 11-13, 26th and Kostner; visit

Riot Fest, Sept. 16-18, Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento; visit

All festivals, performance schedules subject to change without notice.

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | PHOTO BY ANTHONY ROBERT LA PENNA
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | PHOTO BY ANTHONY ROBERT LA PENNA