5 Summer Festivals to Check Out in Chicago

The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the feel of summer has finally arrived in Chicago. Summer is when Chicago comes alive with festivities and events that cater to all sorts of tastes. There’s plenty to do both after-hours and during the weekends with friends, family–or even by yourself. In case you didn’t know, here are some great events to check out this summer!

C201307-C-Shortlist-Chicago-SummerDance1.Chicago SummerDance

When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until 9/11. Lesson schedule here.

Where: Grant Park, 601 South Michigan Avenue

Cost: FREE

SummerDance is the largest annual outdoor dance and music series in the United States. Taking place in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden, the summer-long festival features interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2016. Learn to dance in a variety of styles during free 1-hour dance lessons with experienced professionals.



2. Randolph Street Market Festival

When: Every Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm

Where: 1340 W Washington Street, Chicago

Cost: $8 General Admission Online/$10 At Door, Free for kids under 12

Randolph Street Market is one of the best places in Chicago for thrifting and discovering unique antiques. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”, offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, and more. If you are bringing along family or friends, we recommend taking advantage of the discounted package offers on their website online.



3. Chicago Craft Beer Festival

When: July 23-24, 12:00-10pm

Where: On Sheffield Ave. between Webster & Fullerton, Chicago

Cost: $35 Tasting Ticket

Calling all beer lovers! Chicago is home to over 70 craft breweries, and at this festival, you can sample from more than 80 craft brews from 40 brewers. If you are excited about taste-testing, get your tickets fast! Due to its popularity, ticket sales are capped at 2,500 per day. The festival is being held in conjunction with the Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, so beer tasters can enjoy an afternoon filled with music and also hop on over for some dessert.



4. Wrigleyville SummerFest

When: Aug. 6 from 12:00-10:00pm, Aug. 7 from 12:00-9:00pm

Where: 3300 N. Seminary, Chicago, IL

Cost: $5 Admission (Suggested)

Wrigleyville is not only home to the famous Chicago Cubs, but also hosts the annual SummerFest that provides a day of fun for the whole family. There will be a KidZone with interactive games and arts & crafts for children under the age of twelve. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy the food and shopping booths. Admission is a suggested $5 per person. All proceeds will be distributed to Resurrection Lutheran Church, RLC Preschool, Lakeview Pantry, and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.



5. Chicago Jazz Festival

When: Sept. 1-4, 12:00-9:30pm

Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park

Cost: FREE

Ending summer with a lively finale, the Chicago Jazz Festival is an important cultural showcase that brings to life the legacies that many jazz legends left behind in Chicago. Part educational and all fun, the festival is all about showing jazz as a living tradition and celebrating the men and women who lived their lives playing and singing jazz music. This year marks the Centennial of the Great Migration, during which more than 6 million African Americans moved from the rural South to urban cities in search of a brighter future. Chicago was a key destination and the city witnessed the growth of jazz from a type of vernacular music from New Orleans into the influential industry it is today.


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