2016 Chicago Summer Festival Schedule

Let’s face it: if it weren’t for Summer, none of us would choose to live here. Thankfully, the best time of year is right around the corner—and so are well over 100 reasons to leave your couch and get some sunshine. 

New to the 2016 Chicago Summer festivals lineup is one that technically occurs in Spring, though I doubt anyone will complain. Ferris Fest, taking place from May 20-22, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of the iconic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, and will feature a reproduction of Ferris’ bedroom at the Virgin Hotel & special screenings of the film.

As we’ve mentioned before, Lollapalooza will also be celebrating an anniversary this year—it’s 25th—and is extending its typical three-day fest into four. The new Thursday night of Lolla starts around noon on July 28th in Grant Park.

For the rest of the 2016 Chicago Summer festivals schedule, check out the table below!

DateFestivalLocation
May 2-8Chicago Improv Festival(various)
May 6-7May Art MarketDaley Plaza
May 7American Beer ClassicSoldier Field
Select Wednesdays May 11 through OctoberWednesday Art Markets at Daley PlazaDaley Plaza
May 13Columbia College ManifestSouth Loop
May 14-15Handmade ChicagoWest Loop
May 19-29Chicago Craft Beer Week(various)
May 20-22MayfestLakeview
May 20-22Ferris Fest(various)
May 21-22Lincoln Park Wine FestLincoln Park
May 26-June 2Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival(various)
May 27-29Mole de MayoPilsen
May 28Memorial Day ParadeThe Loop
May 28Welles Park Craft Beer FestWelles Park
May 28-29Randolph Street Market Outdoor debutWest Loop
May 28-29Belmont-Sheffield Music FestLakeview
May 29Bike the DriveLake Shore Drive
June 2-5Maifest ChicagoLincoln Square
June 2-12Pivot Arts FestivalEdgewater, Uptown, Andersonville
Select Mondays & Thursdays June 2 through Aug. 25Millennium Park Summer Music SeriesMillennium Park
June 3-4Chicago Gospel Music FestivalMillennium Park
June 3-5Lincoln Park Greek FestLincoln Park
June 3-5Taste of Little VillageLittle Village
June 3-5Do Division Street FestWicker Park/Ukrainian Village
June 4-557th Street Art FairHyde Park
June 4-5Wingout ChicagoOld Town
June 8-10Millennium Art FestivalLoop
June 10-12MidsommarfestAndersonville
June 10-12Chicago Blues FestivalGrant Park
June 10-12Ribfest ChicagoNorth Center
June 10-12Spring Awakening Music FestivalTBD
June 11-12Old Town Art FairOld Town
June 11-12Wells Street Art FestivalOld Town
June 11-12Printers Row Lit FestSouth Loop
June 11-12Pilsen Food Truck SocialPilsen
June 11-12Remix ChicagoLogan Square
June 15-Aug. 20Grant Park Music FestivalMillennium Park
June 16-19Fiestas Puertorriquenas (Puerto Rican Festival & Parade)Humboldt Park
June 17-18Brew to Be WildLincoln Park
June 17-18Chicago Ale FestGrant Park
June 17-19Oakley Festa Pasta VinoLower West Side
June 17-19Windy City LakeShakeNortherly Island
June 17-19Taste of Randolph StreetWest Loop
June 18-196 Corners BBQ FestPortage Park
June 18-19Pride FestLakeview
June 18-19Green Music FestWicker Park
June 18-19Gold Coast Art FairGold Coast
June 21Make Music Chicagocitywide
June 24-25Dog Dayz of SummerHumboldt Park
June 24-26Logan Square Arts FestivalLogan Square
June 24-26Back Lot BashAndersonville
June 25Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block PartyUniversity Village
June 25-26Elston Avenue Sausage & Music FestIrving Park
June 25-26Renegade Chicago Pop-UpWest Town
June 26Pride ParadeLakeview
July 1-4International Festival of LifeUnion Park
July 2-3Mamby on the BeachOakwood Beach
July 2-3Chosen Few Old School Reunion PicnicJackson Park
July 1-3Windy City Ribfest in UptownUptown
July 6-10Taste of ChicagoGrant Park
July 8-10Millennium Art FestivalLoop
July 8-10Irish American Heritage FestivalMayfair
July 8-10Ruido FestPilsen
July 8-10Square Roots Craft Brew & Music FestLincoln Square
July 8-10West FestWest Town
July 9-10Roscoe Village Burger FestRoscoe Village
July 15-17Windy City SmokeoutWest Town
July 15-17Pitchfork Music FestivalUnion Park
July 15-17BenFestNorth Center
July 16-17El Gran Fest ColombianoJefferson Park
July 16-17Southport Art FestivalLakeview
July 16-17Celebrate Clark Street FestivalRogers Park
July 15-17Artfest Michigan AvenueRiver North
July 17Chinatown Summer FairChinatown
July 22-24Taste of River NorthRiver North
July 23-24Sheffield Music Festival & Garden WalkLincoln Park
July 23-24Chicago Craft Beer FestivalLincoln Park
July 23-24Wicker Park FestWicker Park
July 23-24Taste of Latin AmericaHumboldt Park
July 28-31LollapaloozaGrant Park
July 28-31Fiesta del SolPilsen
July 29-31Jeff FestJefferson Park
July 30-31Margarita FestivalSouth Shore
Aug. 5-Sept. 1Black Harvest Film FestivalGene Siskel Film Center
Aug. 5-7Chicago Hot Dog FestLincoln Park
Aug. 6South Loop Beer & Cider FestSouth Loop
Aug. 6-7Taste of Lincoln AvenueLincoln Park
Aug. 6-7EdgeFestEdgewater
Aug. 6-7Wrigleyville SummerfestLakeview
Aug. 13Bud Billiken ParadeBronzeville
Aug. 12-14Ginza Holiday FestivalLincoln Park
Aug. 12-14Festival Cubano (The Cuban Festival)Riis Park
Aug. 12-14Retro on RoscoeRoscoe Village
Aug. 13Reggae Fest ChicagoPilsen
Aug. 13-14Northalsted Market DaysLakeview
Aug. 17-19Thai Festival ChicagoLoop
Aug. 18Clark After DarkRiver North
Aug. 18-21Festa ItalianaLittle Village
Aug. 19-21Glenwood Avenue Arts FestRogers Park
Aug. 19-21Edison Park FestEdison Park
Aug. 20-21Albany Park World FestAlbany Park
Aug. 20-21Chicago Air and Water ShowNorth Avenue Beach
Aug. 21Slow & Low Community Lowrider FestivalPilsen
Aug. 23-27Chicago Dancing Festivalvarious locations
Aug. 27-28Taste of GreektownWest Loop
Aug. 27-28Bucktown Art FestBucktown
Aug. 27-28Motor Row Craft Beer FestSouth Loop
Aug. 27-28Chicago Fashion FestWicker Park
Aug. 31-Sept. 11Chicago Fringe FestivalJefferson Park
Sept. 1-4Chicago Jazz FestivalMillennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center
Sept. 2-3The Great American Lobster FestNavy Pier
Sept. 2-4North Coast Music FestivalUnion Park
Sept. 2-5African Festival of the ArtsWashington Park
Sept. 2-5Taste of Polonia FestivalJefferson Park
Sept. 3-4Cider & SlidersNorth Mayfair
Sept. 10Shock Top Oyster FestRoscoe Village
Sept. 9-11Throwback Music FestivalGladstone Park
Sept. 9-10Windy City Wine FestivalGrant Park
Sept. 9-11Festival de la VillitaLittle Village
Sept. 9-11German American FestLincoln Square
Sept. 9-25World Music Festivalvarious locations
Sept. 10-11Lakeview East Festival of the ArtsLakeview
Sept. 10-11Ravenswood ArtwalkRavenswood
Sept. 10-11Ukrainian Village FestUkrainian Village
Sept. 10-11Renegade Craft FairWicker Park
Sept. 10Venetian NightNavy Pier
Sept. 16-18Riot FestDouglas Park
Sept. 17-18Andersonville City MadeUptown
Sept. 17-18West Loop Art FestivalWest Loop
Sept. 17-18Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco FestLakeview
Sept. 23-24Goose Island 312 Urban Block PartyFulton Market
Sept. 17Englewood Jazz FestivalHamilton Park
Sept. 17Independence Park Beer FestivalIrving Park
Sept. 22-25Expo ChicagoNavy Pier
Sept. 23-25Bon Appetit’s Chicago GourmetMillennium Park 
Sept. 23-25Oktoberfest Chicago at St. AlphonsusLincoln Park
Sept. 24-25West Town Food Truck SocialWest Town
Sept. 24-25Hyde Park Jazz FestivalHyde Park
Sept. 30-Oct. 1West Town Art WalkWest Town
Sept 24-25Hyde Park Jazz FestivalHyde Park
Sept. 30-Oct. 1West Town Art WalkWest Town

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