2015 Chicago Summer Festivals Schedule

Depending on when you’re reading this, it’s either 35 degrees and raining or 92 and sunny (there is no in-between, folks); in either case, it’s a perfect time to catch up on the 2015 Chicago Summer Festivals calendar.

Note: Try as I might, I couldn’t get every. single. one. of the neighborhood festivals on this list; if your favorite isn’t listed, drop me a line or leave a comment below and it will be added.

May

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 2-4, 26th Street & Kostner (Little Village)
  • American Beer Classic, May 9, Soldier Field
  • Mayfest, May 15–17, Lakeview, Ashland and Barry
  • Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 14-24, various locations
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, May 23, 24
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, May 23, 24
  • Maifest Chicago, May 28-May 31, Lincoln Square
  • Millennium Art Festival, May 29–31, Lake Street at Michigan
  • Chicago Gospel Music Festival, May 29–31
  • Do Division Fest, Saturday and Sunday, May 30, 3, 12-6pm
  • Fiesta del Taco, May 29 – 31, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner

June

  • 57th Street Art Fair: June 6-7, Hyde Park
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, June 6 – 7
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 12–14, Andersonville
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 12-14, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
  • Spring Awakening, June 12-14, Soldier Field
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 12-14, Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 13, 14, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 13, 14, Wells Street, between North Ave & Division
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 17 – August 22, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, free
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 18-21, Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Taste of Randolph, June 19-21, West Loop
  • Oakley Festa Pasta Vino, June 19-21, 2400 S. Oakley
  • Millennium Park movies, June 23 – Aug. 25, 2015 (Tuesdays)
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 20-21, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 20, 21, Damen betw North and Schiller
  • Gold Coast Art Festival, June 20, 21, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
  • Chicago Pride Fest, June 20 – 21, Halsted and Waveland
  • Make Music Chicago, June 21, various locations
  • World’s Largest Block Party, June 27, 28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Pride Parade, June 28, North Broadway, Boystown

July

  • African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 3-5, Union Park
  • Windy City RibFest: July 3-5, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
  • Chosen Few Picnic, July 4 in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
  • Taste of Chicago, July 8-12, Grant Park
  • Square Roots Music Festival, July 10-12, Lincoln Square
  • Michigan Avenue Art Festival, July 10-12, Pioneer Court
  • Irish American Heritage Festival, July, 10-12 , Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
  • Taste of Lakeview, July 11, 12, Lincoln at Belmont
  • Windy City Smokeout, July 10-12, at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 11,12, Belmont and Damen
  • West Fest: July 11,12, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
  • Taste of River North: July 17-19, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
  • BenFest 2015, July 17-19, St. Benedict’s, 2215 E Irving Park Rd
  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 17-19, Union Park
  • Summer on Southport, July 18, 19, Southport and Waveland
  • Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 18,-19, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
  • Chicago Craft Beer Festival, July 18-19, Sheffield and Webster
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 18, 19, between Morse and Estes Avenue
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 19, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 19, starts Latin School, 45 W. North
  • Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 24-26, Jefferson Park, Lawrence and Long Avenues
  • Chicago Hot Sauce Fest (new) July 25, 26, Avondale neighborhood (Belmont & Elston)
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 25 – 26, N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 25, 26
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 25-26, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Ave and Paulina
  • Fiesta del Sol: July 30-August 2, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
  • Lollapalooza, July 31 – August 2, Grant Park
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Wednesdays & Saturdays, all month

August

  • Fiesta del Sol: July 30-August 2, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
  • Lollapalooza, July 31 – August 2, Grant Park
  • Taste of Latin America, August 1, 2, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage
  • Edge Fest: August 1, 2, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest, TBD, Chicago History Museum, Clark and LaSalle
  • Ginza Holiday, August 7-9, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 7- 9, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
  • Bud Billiken Parade, August 8, 35-55th & Martin Luther King Drive, 10 a.m.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 8, 9, School Street and Seminary Avenue
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 8, 9, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
  • Taste of Andersonville, August 12, dinner crawl
  • Festa Italiana, August 13-August 16, Little Italy, Taylor St.
  • Edison Park Fest, August 14-16, Chicago’s northwest side, Oshkosh and Olmsted
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 14-16, Rogers Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 15, 16 (rehearsal August 14) North Avenue Beach
  • Great American Lobster Fest, August 15–16, Navy Pier
  • Reggae Fest Chicago, August 15 – 16
  • Clark After Dark, Thursday, August 20, on Hubbard Street between Clark and LaSalle, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Albany Park World Fest, August 22, 23, Lawrence & Kimball
  • Chicago Food Social, August 22, 23, Kendall College parking lot
  • West Loop Arts Fest ,August 22, 23, Washington St., West Loop
  • Taste of Greektown, August 22, 23, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Chicago Dancing Festival, August 25 – 29, various locations
  • SausageFest Chicago, August 28-30, Old Town
  • Bucktown Arts Festival, August 29, 30, Bucktown
  • Chicago Fashion Fest, August 29-30, Division St. from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 29, 30, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Festival Cubano, Riis Park, Fullerton and Narragansett, August, TBA
  • Bash on Wabash, Wabash between 13th and 14, August, TBA

September

  • Chicago Jazz Festival, September 3-6, Grant Park
  • Englewood Jazz Festival, September 3-6, Hamilton Park Cultural Center
  • Taste of Polonia, September 4-7, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • African Festival of the Arts, September 4-7, Washington Park ¿ Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, final day, September 5
  • Riot Fest, September 11-13, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Avenue
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest (Shock Top), September 11-12, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Windy City Wine Festival, September 11, 12, Buckingham Fountain.
  • German American Fest and Von Steuben Parade, September 11-13, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Festival de la Villita, September 11-13, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • World Music Festival Chicago, September 11 – 22, various locations including Millennium Park
  • Venetian Night, September 12, dusk, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk, September 19, 20, Ravenswood between Leland and Grace
  • Lakeview Taco Fest, September 19, 20, on Southport between Addison & Roscoe
  • Renegade Craft Fair: September Market, September 19, 20, Wicker Park
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 19, 20, Clark and Argyle
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 25 – 27, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 25-27, Southport and Lincoln Avenue
  • Edgewater Fall Art Fair, September 26, 27, Broadway and Granville
  • Design Harvest, September 26, 27, Grand Ave between Wood Street and Western Ave.
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 26, 27, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Chicago Half Marathon, September 27, Jackson Park
  • Ukrainian Days Festival, Smith Park (Grand/Campbell), September, TBA
  • North Coast Music Festival, Union Park, September TBA

Shoutout to RedEye and Chicago Now for the scoop!

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