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Post from Emma:

Summer is just around the corner — bring out your calendar and plan to eat, drink and dance your way through the season this year in Chicago! For more dates and details, please click here.


5/6-5/7: Greek & Mediterranean Wine Festival

Celebrate this inaugural festival on Van Buren and Halsted by sampling over 50 Mediterranean European wines and tastes of local Greek restaurants. Tickets start at $40 and benefit the Greektown Chamber of Commerce. Tickets available here.

 5/26-5/28: Mole de Mayo

Held in historic Pilsen at Ashland and 18th, the festival features food vendors, an open-air market for local Pilsen business owners, and a lucha libre wrestling ring. Admission is free, but suggested donations benefit the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation. 

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival: Come listen to Chicago’s best tribute bands while enjoying food and art from local vendors on N. Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe!


 6/3-6/4: 57th Street Art Fair

This year is the 70th annual summer for the 57th Street Art Fair — the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest. Come see almost 200 artists in beautiful Hyde Park!

6/9-6/11: Chicago Blues Festival

A favorite amongst Chicagoans, this summer staple boasts free admission to hear the best talents in jazz at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

 6/9-6/11: Ribfest

Take a break from the Blues Fest and stop by Ribfest, held at the intersection of Lincoln Ave., Irving Park Road and Damen Ave. Last year, Chicagoans voted this the “Best Food Fest” of the summer.

6/17-6/18: Pride Fest

Starting at the 3200 block of North Halsted, celebrate LGBTQ pride both in Chicago and around the world at the famous Pride Parade.


Chicago Ale FestLove beer? Check out the Chicago Ale Fest at Grant Park — admission runs between $19-59 and gives you access to more than 200 craft beers, as well as live music and food trucks. Tickets available here.


 7/5-7/9: Taste of Chicago

Affectionately called “The Taste”, this is one of Chicago’s most popular summer festivals. Stroll through Grant Park and enjoy a large variety of popular food vendors from around the city!

7/16: Chinatown Summer Fair

 Come celebrate Chinese culture with 40,000 fellow Chicagoans — including performances of classical dance, traditional music and martial arts demonstrations.

7/14-7/16: Pitchfork Music Festival

With some of the hippest and eclectic selections of musicians, Pitchfork is hugely popular amongst music fans. A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and LCD Soundsystem are some of the big names headlining this year. Tickets available here.


8/3-8/6: Lollapalooza

One of Chicago’s largest and most popular events of the year, “Lolla” brings the biggest names in music to Grant and Millienium Parks. General admission tickets have sold out, but can still be found through reputable, verifiable resale sites.

8/19-8/20: Chicago Air and Water Show

Bring your chairs and blankets down to your favorite area of the lakefront for a front-row seat to the air and water show. Watch dozens of different planes complete dazzling tricks of military aerobatics and a simulated water rescue.

8/11-13 62nd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival

 Come celebrate Japanese culture with food, performances and displays on W. Menomonee Street. The Midwest Buddhist Temple will be open for those who wish to learn more about the practice; Judo and Aikido schools will also be demonstrating self-defense.