2023 Chicago Summer Festival Guide | Chicago News

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs. To submit an event for consideration, email us at [email protected].


Recurring Events Jump to July | August | September

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Chicago Jazz Festival (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

May 27- Sept. 2: Wave Wall Wax (Near North Side) | Map

May 27-Sept. 4: Live on the Lake! (Near North Side) | Map

May 28-Aug. 31: Rockin’ in the Park (Rosemont) | Map

May 31-Aug. 23: Arbor Evenings (Lisle) | Map

May 31-Aug. 30: Summer Night Markets (Near North Side) | Map

May 31-Sept. 2: Summer Fireworks (Near North Side) | Map

June 1-Aug. 31: Thursday Night Out (Oak Park) | Map

June 1-Sept. 1: Skyline Sessions (Near North Side) | Map

June 6-Sept. 10: Ravinia Festival (Highland Park) | Map

June 7-Aug. 30: Highwood Evening Gourmet Market | Map

June 10-Sept. 2: Wave Wall Moves (Near North Side) | Map

June 14-Aug. 19: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map

June 21-Aug. 23: Concerts in the Plaza (Libertyville) | Map

June 22-Aug. 21: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

July 15-Sept. 10: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

July 5-Aug. 9: Northcenter Summer Concert Series | Map

July 16-Aug. 13: Sundays on State | Map


July Jump to: August | September

(Courtesy of John Weinstein / Square Roots Festival 2022)(Courtesy of John Weinstein / Square Roots Festival 2022)

July 7-9: Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Square) | Map

July 7-9: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map

July 7-9: West Fest Chicago (West Town) | Map

July 8: Chosen Few DJs Music Festival & Picnic (Woodlawn) | Map

July 8: Kids’ Fest (Thornton) | Map

July 8-9: Southport Art Fest (Lakeview) | Map

July 12-16: Kane County Fair (St. Charles) | Map

July 13-16: Windy City Smokeout (Near West Side) | Map

July 14-15: Concerts for Conservation (Brookfield Zoo) | Map

July 14-15: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

July 14-16: Forge Fest (Lemont) | Map

July 14-16: Millennium Art Festival (Loop) | Map

July 14-16: Colombian Fest (Humboldt Park) | Map

July 14-16: Chicago Craft Beer Fest | Map

July 15: Jazz Up Glen Ellyn | Map

July 15: World Music and Food Fest (Highland Park) | Map

July 15-16: Volleywood Electric Beach (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 15-16: Bucktown Garden Walk | Map

July 18: Naperville Ale Fest | Map

July 19: Margarita Night (Highwood) | Map

July 20: Taco Crawl (Rogers Park) | Map

July 20-23: Highwood Days & Taco Fest | Map

July 21: Horner Brew Fest (Horner Park) | Map

July 21-22: Concerts for Conservation (Brookfield Zoo) | Map

July 21-23: Pitchfork Music Festival (West Town) | Map

July 21-23: Tacos y Tamales Festival (Pilsen) | Map

July 21-23: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 22-23: Ravenswood on Tap | Map

July 22-23: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

July 26-30: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map

July 27-30: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen) | Map

July 27-30: Out Of Space (Evanston) | Map

July 28-30: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 28-30: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 29: Homegrown Arts & Music Festival (Lisle) | Map

July 29: Words of Wonder Literary Festival | Map

July 29: GhanaFest (Washington Park) | Map

July 29-30: Bantu Fest (Hyde Park) | Map

July 29-30: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

July 29-30: Geneva Arts Fair | Map

July 29-30: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

July 29-30: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

July 29-30: Chicago Food Truck Fest (South Loop) | Map


August Jump to: July | September

Chicago Air and Water Show (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Chicago Air and Water Show (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Aug. 3-6: Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map

Aug. 4-6: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

Aug. 4-6: Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | Map

Aug. 4-6: Festa Italiana (Naperville) | Map

Aug. 4-6: Destination Asia Festival (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 5: Wheaton Brew & Seltzer Fest | Map

Aug. 5-6: World of Faeries Festival (South Elgin) | Map

Aug. 5-6: Wilmette Art Fair | Map

Aug. 10-20: Illinois State Fair (Springfield) | Map

Aug. 11-13: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 11-13: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 11-13: Ginza Holiday (Old Town) | Map

Aug. 12: Joliet Blues Festival | Map

Aug. 12: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 12-13: Lincolnshire Art Festival | Map

Aug. 12-13: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map

Aug. 12-13: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 12-13: Printer’s Row Art Fest | Map

Aug. 12-13: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Aug. 16: Garlic Fest (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 17: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 18-19: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

Aug. 18-20: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 18-20: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 18-20: Ribfest Chicago (North Center) | Map

Aug. 19: Micro Brew Review (Oak Park) | Map

Aug. 19-20: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 19-20: Sangria Festival (Humboldt Park) | Map

Aug. 19-20: Eeeeeatscon | Map

Aug. 19-20: Wine and Art Walk (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 23-27: Will County Fair (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 25-27: Corn Fest (DeKalb) | Map

Aug. 25-27: Palatine Street Fest | Map

Aug. 25-27: Skokie’s Backlot Bash | Map

Aug. 25-27: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 26: West Chicago Food Festival | Map

Aug. 26: ZooBrew (Brookfield) | Map

Aug. 26: Chalk Howard Street Festival (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 26-27: LatiNxt Music Festival (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 26-27: The Forge Art Walk (Lemont) | Map

Aug. 26-27: Bucktown Art Fest | Map

Aug. 26-27: Pizza City Fest (West Loop) | Map

Aug. 26-27: Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts | Map

Aug. 26-27: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 26-27: Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map


September Jump to: July | August

Taste of Chicago (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)Taste of Chicago (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Sept. 1-3: ARC Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Sept. 1-3: Nashwood (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 1-3: North Coast Music Festival (Bridgeview) | Map

Sept. 1-4: Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling | Map

Sept. 1-4: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map

Sept. 2-3: West Loop Art Fest | Map

Sept. 2-3: WingOut Chicago (Old Town) | Map

Sept. 2-4: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 2-4: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 2-4: Schaumburg Septemberfest | Map

Sept. 6-10: Sandwich Fair | Map

Sept. 8-10: Festival of the Vine (Geneva) | Map

Sept. 8-10: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 8-10: Taste of Chicago (Loop) | Map

Sept. 8-10: Winfield Good Old Days | Map

Sept. 8-10: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Sept. 9: Vintage Car Show (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 9: World Dumpling Fest (Logan Square) | Map

Sept. 9-10: Art on the Fox (Algonquin) | Map

Sept. 9-10: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map

Sept. 9-10: Military History Weekend (Lockport) | Map

Sept. 9-10: Printers Row Lit Fest | Map

Sept. 9-10: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map

Sept. 9-10: Revolutionary War Re-enactment and Grand Encampment (Wheaton) | Map

Sept. 10: Scandinavian Day (South Elgin) | Map

Sept. 14-24: Glendale Heights Oktoberfest | Map

Sept. 15-16: Norwood Park Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 15-17: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 16-17: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map

Sept. 16-17: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 16-17: Deer Park Art Show | Map

Sept. 16-17: West Loop Bavarian Block Party | Map

Sept. 16-17: Riverwalk Fine Art Fair (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 16-17: Celebración de los Árboles (Lisle) | Map

Sept. 22-23: Naperville Irish Fest | Map

Sept. 23-24: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

Sept. 23-24: Chicago Live! (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 28: Free Family Day (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 30: Oktoberfest (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest | Map


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