From Taste of Chicago to neighborhood rib fests and burger fests, find Chicago's best food festivals with this 2016 Chicago events guide.

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When you come to Chicago, don't forget to pack an appetite! Plan your trip around the biggest foodie events like Taste of Chicago in July or Chicago Gourmet in September, or immerse yourself in the cultural delights of the city's neighborhoods, which host tasty street festivals nearly every weekend in the warm weather months. Here's where to eat your heart out this summer.


May 2016



  • May 27-29
  • 18th St. & Ashland Ave., Chicago

The 7th annual Mole de Mayo festival in Chicago's historic Pilsen neighborhood will feature mole, pitting local chefs and restaurants against one another to find out whose version of the Mexican staple is best. In addition, the outdoor festival will also feature a number of the city's finest food vendors, an open-air Mercado/Market that will be filled to the brim with local Pilsen businesses and crafters. Take a break from eating and watch a ‘professional' wrestling exhibition at their lucha libre wrestling ring.



June 2016



  • June 3-5
  • 2701 N. Sheffield, Chicago

Finding authentic Hellenic cuisine is a far travel to the Mediterranean, unless attending the Lincoln Park Greek Fest is in your itinerary! Experience live music, dance performances and authentic cuisine through a celebration of Greek culture in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Get your taste buds ready for zippy hummus, tasty gyros, and baklava galore. Opa!



  • June 3-5
  • 26th & Sacramento, Chicago

Located in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico will at last be hosting what promises to become one of the Midwest's premier culinary and cultural events. Chicago has a global reputation for its top Michelin and Zagat-rated restaurants. Perhaps because of the huge Mexican population, Mexican cuisine ranks high on the list of Zagat Chicago favorites. No matter how you slice it, the fact remains: Chicagoans are absolutely crazy for Mexican food.



  • June 4-5
  • St. Michael's Parking Lot (1633 N. Cleveland Ave.), Chicago

Wing out and celebrate the top chicken wings in town! Wingout Chicago in Old Town is the perfect festival to try out the best restaurants serving up deliciously addictive wings. Discover your favorite flavor from sweet BBQ to to spicy habanero while also enjoying adult beverages and live reggae music.



  • June 10-12
  • Lincoln Ave. at Irving Park Rd. and Damen Ave.

Ribfest attracts thousands of attendees every year to the North Center neighborhood and features pound upon pound of fall-off-the-bone, mouth-watering ribs. Throw in some awesome indie music and you're in store for three days of nonstop summer fun.



  • June 11-12
  • 18th St. & Allport St., Chicago

Rolling into Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood for a 2nd consecutive year is the Pilsen Food Truck Social. As its eponymous name suggests, food trucks are the centerpiece of this neighborhood street fest, which opened to rave reviews and big crowds in 2015. Up to 35 Illinois Food Truck Owner Association affiliated food trucks will congregate, offering mobile delicacies and treats, everything from tamales to Kobe beef, mac n' cheese to cupcakes for kiddos. Get the Sampler Ticket to try sample-sized portions from any food truck or Pilsen area restaurant onsite, and also sample sponsor Revolution beer, wine or spirits.



  • June 16-19
  • Division St. & California Ave., Chicago

Home to Chicago's proud Puerto Rican community, Humboldt Park, goes all out over this festive long weekend. Neighboring restaurants all take part in Fiestas Puertorriqueñas, offering up an all-star buffet of authentic Caribbean cuisine. Drawing crowds from all over the Midwest, this community-wide gathering celebrates a rich culture with lively music, entertainment, arts & crafts, carnival rides and much more.



  • June 17-19
  • 900 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Always a favorite among Chicagoans, Taste of Randolph brings together some of the city's best food and music for an epic weekend. Located in the hip culinary destination known as "Restaurant Row" in the West Loop, the six-block stretch features some of the city's best-known chefs and the top-rated restaurants from the area, such as Publican Quality Meats, La Sirena Clandestina, City Winery and many more. 



  • June 18-19
  • 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

This event was made for the meat lover! An assortment of backyard BBQ delights take the spotlight - from pulled pork and beef brisket, to gigantic turkey legs and huge racks of baby back ribs - at 6 Corners BBQ Fest. Come out to the 3-way intersection of the Portage Park neighborhood historically known as "Six Corners" to celebrate Father's Day weekend. Beyond barbecued treats and cool tunes, other highlights include arts & crafts, a kids' activity area, and fun wrestling shows.



  • June 24-26
  • 18th St. & Peoria, Chicago

Chow down on tacos and tamales in this Pilsen neighborhood food festival. More details coming soon for the 2016 festival.



  • June 25
  • Lincoln Park Zoo (Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Pkwy.), Chicago

Rachael Ray's Feedback in Chicago is a celebration of two of her favorite things: music and food - inspired by her beloved festival during SXSW in Austin. Taking place at Chicago's iconic Lincoln Park Zoo, Feedback will feature some of Rachael's favorite musicians as well as food creations + beer & wine pairings curated by Rachael herself. Experience Rachael's signature event and the one-of-a-kind venue that is the Lincoln Park Zoo!  



  • June 25-26
  • South Loop Green Space (2400 S. Dearborn St.), Chicago

This family-friendly food truck festival in the South Loop highlights Chicagoans' obsession with food trucks. The Chicago Food Truck Fest surpassed 50 trucks in 2015, so rest assured they'll have an assortment of trucks. In fact, they'll feature the most diverse food truck lineup in Chicago!



  • June 25-26
  • 3800 N. Elston Ave., Chicago

Don't miss out on Irving Park's food-themed festival. Encased meats will be in the spotlight at this second annual fest, so come hungry! The Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest will also feature indie music acts, arts & crafts and activities for kids.



July 2016


  • July 1-3 
  • 4700 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago

Dig into some of the best bbq from top local and national rib pros at the annual Windy City RibFest in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Chow down and compare rib nuances - sweet or smoky, tender or charred, dry rubbed or dripping in sauce - while bands take to the stage to provide a soundtrack to all the finger lickin' and lip smackin' going on in the crowd.



  • July 6-10
  • Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.), Chicago

Chicago's biggest food festival and one of the premier outdoor food events in the nation, Taste of Chicago is an epic 5-day eating extravaganza downtown in the Loop. Sprawling along the lakefront are food booths that set up daily, and on top of that are rotating Pop Up restaurants, local food trucks, and Celebrity Chef du Jour dining tents. And just as top-notch as the culinary lineup is the music lineup, which will feature headliners The Roots, KONGOS, The Decemberists, Billy Idol and The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley.  



  • July 9-10
  • 2800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago

The savory patty and a rockin' music lineup are in the spotlight for the 10th annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest. In addition to flippin' good food and music, arts and crafts and a "Kids' Zone" for children and families are on the weekend's menu in Roscoe Village. 2016 vendors include Butcher & the Burger, Hackney's, mEAT, Select Cut Steakhouse and more.



  • July 15-17
  • 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago

Expect mega country stars and a whole lotta smoked meat at Chicago's annual Windy City Smokeout. The rockin' summer event along the river does three things extremely well - bbq, country music and craft beer. Festival headliners include Chase Rice, Billy Currington and Old Dominion. Chicago pitmasters from Lillie's Q, Smoque BBQ, Bub City and more will be present, among several champions from across the states.  



  • July 22-24
  • Ward Park (630 N. Kingbury St.), Chicago

An assorted mix of dining options converge at Taste of River North. Line up along the banks of the Chicago River to enjoy a sampling at this alfresco affair in a neighborhood known for outstanding dining options, River North. Along with a long list of renowned restaurant vendors offering sizable tasting portions, ToRN 2016 features non-stop live music highlighted by electrifying party and tribute bands, kitchen demos, local artisans and plenty of fresh cold Goose Island beer.



  • July 23-24
  • W. Belmont Ave. and N. Elston Ave., Chicago

In the heat of summer, experience spicy flavors like no other at Chicago Hot Sauce Fest in Avondale. Take your taste buds on a tour of the neighborhood's fiery food scene, and don't worry, drinks will be provided! More details coming soon for the 2016 festival.



  • July 23-24
  • Division St. & California Ave., Chicago

Taste of Latin America, now in its fourth year, is a gala weekend celebration of all things Central and South American. Eclectic (and exotic) cuisine, live music, arts & crafts, cooking demonstrations and much more are part of this festival's mix that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture. Foodies will have the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. From fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains, visitors have the culinary experience of a lifetime. No passport needed, just head to Logan Square!



August 2016



  • August 5-7
  • Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.), Chicago

The fabulous frankfurter will be celebrated at this fourth annual event that is sponsored by the Chicago History Museum. Held outside on the grounds of the museum and overlooking beautiful gardens in Lincoln Park, the Chicago Hot Dog Fest also features a music stage and kids' activity area in addition to multiple vendors selling their specialty encased meats. 



  • August 6-7
  • Lincoln Ave. & Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago

One of the city's largest and most popular summer celebrations, this trailblazing fest will be celebrating its 33rd in 2016. Taste of Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park features the neighborhood's top restaurants as well more than 30 music acts on three stages, plus activities for kids.



  • August 12-14
  • Midwest Buddhist Temple (435 W. Menomonee St.), Chicago

Come to the 61st annual Ginza Holiday Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture in Old Town. Ginza visitors will enjoy delicious food including their famous Chicken Teriyaki and experience performances of cultural arts such as Japanese Folk dance as well as Taiko drumming. On Saturday evening come and enjoy live Jazz with an Asian flair. A truly special feature of Ginza is the Waza, an organization of Japanese artisans who have mastered traditional crafts handed down through generations dating back to Japan's Edo period. Be a part of Chicago's Japanese food culture.



  • August 18-21
  • Taylor St. & Ashland Ave., Chicago

The 10th annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana will fill your senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs. Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli (of course, not at the same time!), and buy Italian-themed art, Christmas ornaments and other merchandise. In the heart of Chicago's historic neighborhood Little Italy, you can have it all, served with wine and good fun of course.



  • August 20-21
  • Lawrence Ave. & Kimball Ave., Chicago

Chicago is filled with many cultural neighborhoods keeping their traditions alive. The Albany Park neighborhood is an eclectic area filled with a mix of ethnic restaurants, global food markets and retailers. Albany Park World Fest celebrates the neighborhood's unique melting pot of food. The fest features cultural cuisines, including Latin and Central American, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Eastern European food. Get transported to another country while dining and dancing the weekend away.



  • August 27-28
  • 400 S. Halsted St., Chicago

Celebrating Greek cuisine, the Taste of Greektown blends Old World traditions with modern food trends. Delectable Hellenic cuisine from the neighborhood eateries takes center stage at this acclaimed festival. Combined with an array of spirits, dancing and live music, and family-friendly games, the fun pours out onto Halsted Street, the heart of Chicago's Greek community in the West Loop.



September 2016



  • September 2-3
  • Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.), Chicago

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest's largest Seafood Festival, returning to Navy Pier for its 3rd year. Enjoy live lobster feasting - flown in fresh from the east coast, live music performances, family friendly activities, unique shopping, and cold beverages. This year's festival will take place on Friday and Saturday of Labor Day Weekend - capping off with Navy Pier's final firework show of the season Saturday night. What's not to love?!



      • September 2-5
      • Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.), Chicago

Pig out on all things Polish - polska kielbasa, pierogies, potato pancakes, cabbage rolls, blintzes, and more! The annual Labor Day weekend festival Taste of Polonia takes over the grounds of the massive civic center in Jefferson Park with not only authentic eats, but also a great selection of specialty beers, over 30 live bands, and traditional folk dancing and cultural performances. It is the oldest Polish festival in Chicago and the largest Polish festival in the US!



  • September 10
  • 200 W. Roscoe, Chicago

Fresh oysters help kick off the unofficial start of autumn at the acclaimed Shock Top Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village. Tents housing fresh seafood as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants are but one highlight of what has grown over the years to become a truly unique change-of-season happening. You'll also enjoy an eclectic music lineup, including several top Irish music acts.



  • September 17-18
  • Southport Ave. & Addison St.

Chicago's hottest new festival is back for its fourth year. The glorious taco will again get the spotlight it has long deserved when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this food and music festival that also kicks off the first official weekend of autumn. Whether one prefers theirs with a hard or soft shell and filled with a meat, chicken, guacamole, fish or other imaginative ingredients, Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest in the bustling Southport Corridor in Lakeview is a mega-hot addition to the Windy City's food fest scene. There will also be special beer and taco pairings, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, and visitors will be able to text vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."



  • September 23-25
  • Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago

This five-star, culinary fete is the definition of a fine dining festival. Chicago Gourmet celebrates great food and wine, showcasing more than 150 of the finest restaurants in the city. Right in Chicago's Loop, stunning Millennium Park and the downtown skyline set the scene while you mix and mingle among top chefs, TV food personalities, master sommeliers, and winemakers.



  • September 23-25
  • Southport Ave. & Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! One of Chicago's most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian - Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus - returns for its 15th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago's West Lakeview neighborhood. Indulge your taste buds with traditional German fare like brats, pretzels and of course, beer!



  • September 30
  • Rush St. & Hubbard St., Chicago

Shaw's Oyster Fest returns to River North in 2016, featuring shell upon shell of gloriously fresh oysters! What else is on the menu? Crowds of over 3,000 seafood lovers come for festival favorites like King Crab Bites, Lobster Rolls, Clam Chowder and Fish Tacos. The annual food festival also features live music from four local bands and Midwestern craft beer from Founder's Brewering Co. in Michigan. 



Chicago's neighborhood street festivals pack the calendar year round. Check out our guide to all the major Chicago events or browse by date.


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