Chicago Summer 2017 Festival & Event List

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Before his entrance into Kardashianism, Kanye West said it best; "It feel like N.Y., summertime Chi." One of the greatest things about summer in Chicago is the many street festivals we have. Full of food, good music, vendors, and hella fun. There's literally something to do every weekend and the great part about it is that most of the festivals are free.99. (But you gotta pay for your own food).

So without further ado, let's get straight to the point and check out all of the great festivals that will be here this summer:


May 5-6: Chicago Zine Festival

May 6: Chicago Kids & Kites Festival

May 6-7: Greektown Mediterranean Wine Festival

May 18-25: Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 20-21: Lincoln Park Wine Festival

May 26-28: Mole de Mayo

May 27: Chicago Memorial Day Parade

May 27-28: Randolph Street Market Festival

May 27-28: Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival


June 1-4: Maifest

June 2-3: Chicago Gospel Music Festival

June 2-4: Do Division

June 2-4: Lincoln Park Greek Fest

June 3-4: 57th Street Art Fair

June 5: We Real Cool: A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks' 100th Birthday

June 7: The Prince Experience

July 7-8: Star Wars Concert

June 8: Lincoln Park Zoo: Adults Night Out in June

June 9: Black Girls Hustle Harder Summer Expo

June 9: Diaspora/Dyaspora: Haiti to Chicago and Back Again (A Migration Story)

June 9: Spring Awakening Music Festival 2017

June 9-10: EmpowerHER Conference

June 9-11: Chicago Blues Festival

June 9-11: Fiesta Back of the Yards

June 10: Purple Rain Boat Party

June 10: Chicago Vegan Food & Drink Festival

June 10: Free Paddling Lessons!

June 10: Thrive Like A Butterfly Day Party

June 10-September 17: Ravinia Music Festival

June 10-11: Pilsen Food Truck Social

June 10-11: Wells Street Art Festival

June 11: Party Noire Day Party

June 11: Curvy, Curly, Conscious

June 13: The Blues Brothers

June 13-August 29: Millennium Park Summer Film Series

June 14-August 19: Grant Park Music Festival

June 15: Screening: Black Radical Imagination

June 15-18: Chicago Women's Funny Fest

June 16: After Work Set and Stepping Lessons Weekly

June 16: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

June 16-18: Taste of Randolph

June 16-19: Puerto Rican People's Parade & Festival

June 17: The "Juneteenth" Cultural Collision; Open Mic Expo

June 17: Pilsen Taco Fest 2017

June 17: The Great Gatsby Lawn Party

June 17: Harajuki Fashion Walk Chicago

June 17: Chicago Radical Used Book Fair 2nd Annual

June 17-18: Gold Coast Art Fair

June 23: Field Museum Free Admission Day

June 23-25: Country LakeShake Music Festival

June 23-September 10: Chicago SummerDance

June 24: Ankara Ball

June 24: Totally 90's w/ Kel - Chicago (Bar Crawl)

June 24: House of Burlesque

June 24-25: Randolph Street Market Festival

June 24-25: Chicago Food Truck Festival

June 25: Black Girls Dance 1st Annual Conference

June 25: Chicago Mariachi Festival

June 25: Summer Dress Boat Party

June 29: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live in Chicago, IL at Wrigley Field


July 1-2: Chosen Few Picnic: House Music Festival

July 1-4: African-Caribbean International Festival of Life

July 5-9: Taste of Chicago

July 6: Argyle Night Market - Opening Night

July 6: Lincoln Park Zoo: Adults Night Out in July

July 7: TRAP Karaoke: Chicago

July 7-9: Square Roots Festival

July 7-9: West Fest

July 7: AMFM presents The Jazz Series at Blanc

July 7: Summertime in the Chi

July 8-9: Kids Eat Chicago

July 8: IAMAfricaan DayParty

July 8: The Kickback Chicago w/eEveryday People

July 8: Beach Party 2017

July 8: Gorillaz

July 8: Demystifying Collecting Art from the African Diaspora

July 8-9: 43rd Annual DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival

July 9: Southern Roots: Revisited

July 10: Les Nubians - Up Close & Personal Tour

July 13: Chante Moore

July 14: The Comedy Get Down

July 14: Windy City Smokeout

July 14-16: Pitchfork Music Festival

July 14-16: Fiesta Colombiana

July 15: 2nd Annual House Music Booze Cruise II

July 15: Night Out in the Park with AfriCaribe!

July 15: The 14th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party

July 15-17: Natural Hair Fest

July 16: Chinatown Summer Fair

July 17: The Great Gatbsy Lawn Party

July 19: Summer Nature Festival

July 20: Alder After Dark - All Star

July 21: R&B ONLY

July 21-23: artfest Michigan Avenue

July 21-23: Taste of River North

July 22: The Art of Rap Fest Chicago, IL 2017

July 23: V103 presents Summer Block Party: Jill Scott, BBD, Nelly & Kelly, SWV

July 24: J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only Tour

July 26: Skochella 2017

July 27-30: Fiesta del Sol

July 27-30: Newberry Book Fair

July 27: Kendrick Lamar: The DAMN. Tour with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.

July 28: Meshell Ndegeocello

July 29: Bantu Fest

July 29: Igbo Feast

July 29: Ghanafest 2017

July 29: Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party

July 29: Peruvian Festival Chicago

July 29-30: Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 29-30: Wicker Park Fest

July 29-30: Randolph Street Market Festival

July 30: Party Noire Day Party

July 30: Mary J. Blige: Strength of a Woman Tour

July 30: Eli's Cheesecake Festival


August TBA: Chicago Westside Music Festival

August 3-6: Lollapalooza

August 4: Mo'Nique Comedy Show

August 5-6: Taste of Korea - Chicago

August 5-6: Edge Fest 2017

August 5: The Greatest Enterprise 7th Annual House Picnic

August 5: Queens of Kings Adult Prom

August 6: Slow and Low Community Lowrider Festival

August 6: Windy City Motorsports Festival

August 11-13: Reggae Fest Chicago

August 11-13: Chicago Hot Dog Fest

August 11: Cuban Fest 2017

August 12: The Taco Crawl

August 12: Sheridan Park Arts Festival

August 12: Bud Billiken Parade

August 12: Party Noire Day Party

August 14: Broadway in Chicago Free Summer Concert

August 16: Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

August 16-17: West Loop Art Fair

August 17: Coldplay at Soldier Field

August 18-20: Festa Italiana

August 18-20: Pilsen Fest 2017

August 19: Windy City Carnival

August 19-20: Chicago Air & Water Show

August 20: Caribbean Yacht Party

August 25: Lady Gaga LIVE in Chicago

August 25-27: Taste of Greektown

August 26: Michael Blackson Comedy Show

August 31: SZA - The CTRL Tour - Chicago, IL

August 31-September 3: Chicago Jazz Festival


September 1-3: North Coast Music Festival

September 1-4: African Festival of the Arts

September 2-4: The Labor Day Weekend 3 Day House Picnic

September 3: The Breaks ft Tech N9ne, & more at Soldier Field!

September 7: Ms. Lauryn Hill & Nas, plus special guests

September 7-10: Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour 2017

September 8-24: World Music Festival Chicago

September 8-10: Festival de La Villita (Little Village Festival)

September 9: Festival del Merengue Bachata Chicago

September 9: African Caribbean Boat Party 2017

September 15: Bryson Tiller

September 16: Distant Worlds: Chicago 30th Anniversary

September 16: 2nd Annual Love In the 90's Tour

We'll be updating this list as we find more events! (Updated 6/4/2017)

Did we miss any? Please share below! 
Which festivals and events are you looking forward to this summer?



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