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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:

MAY

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

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

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

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

JUNE

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

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 www.26comedy.com

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 Ravinia.org

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

Two Brothers Summer Festival, June 3-4, RiverEdte Park, Aurora; visit riveredgeaurora.com/events/twobros

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

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

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

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 57thstreetartfair.org

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

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 chicagobluesfestival.us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, June 16-19, Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont; visit stage773.com

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

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 lakeshakefestival.com

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

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

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

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

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 choosechicago.com

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

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

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

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 summerfest.com

JULY

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 ribfest.net

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 eyestotheskies.org

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

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 fitzgeraldsnightclub.com

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

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

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 navypier.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Fest, July 15-17, St. Benedict Parish, 2215 W. Irving Park; visit parish.stbenedict.com/benfest-1

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

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 livenation.com

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

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

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 cycracetomackinac.com

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

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

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

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

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

Lollapalooza, July 28-31, Grant Park. Visit lollapalooza.com

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

AUGUST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 chicagodancingfestival.com

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER

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 chicagojazzfestival.us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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