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.
to eat your heart out this summer at Chicago's top food festivals.
- May 26-28
- 18th St. & Ashland Ave., Chicago
The 8th 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
PARK GREEK FEST
- June 2-4
- 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!
OF LITTLE VILLAGE: FLAVORS OF MEXICO
- June 2-4
- 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 3-4
- St. Michael's Parking Lot (1633 N. Cleveland Ave.),
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 9-11
- Lincoln Ave. at Irving Park Rd. and Damen Ave.
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.
FOOD TRUCK SOCIAL
- June 10-11
- 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 TBD
- 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.
OF RANDOLPH STREET
- June TBD
- 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.
CORNERS BBQ FEST
- June 17-18
- 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
AND TAMALES FESTIVALE
- June TBD
- 18th St. & Peoria, Chicago
Chow down on tacos and tamales in
neighborhood food festival. More details coming soon for the 2017 festival.
- June TBD
- Lincoln Park Zoo (Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Pkwy.),
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!
FOOD TRUCK FEST
- June 24-25
- 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!
AVENUE SAUSAGE & MUSIC FEST
- 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.
- June 30-July 2
- 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
- July 5-9
- 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.
VILLAGE BURGER FEST
- July 8-9
- 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.
- July 14-16
- 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
Brandon Lay, Levi Hummon, Ryan Beaver and more. Chicago pitmasters from
Lillie's Q, Smoque BBQ, Bub City and more will be present, among several
champions from across the states.
OF RIVER NORTH
- July 21-23
- 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 2017 features non-stop live music highlighted by electrifying
party and tribute bands, kitchen demos, local artisans and plenty of fresh cold
Goose Island beer.
HOT SAUCE FEST
- July TBD
- 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 2017 festival.
OF LINCOLN AVENUE
- July 29-30
- Lincoln Ave. & Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago
One of the city's largest and most
popular summer celebrations, this trailblazing fest will be celebrating its
34th in 2017. 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.
OF LATIN AMERICA
- August TBD
- 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!
HOT DOG FEST
- August TBD
- 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 11-13
- Midwest Buddhist Temple (435 W. Menomonee St.), Chicago
Come to the 62nd 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.
STREET FESTA ITALIANA
- August 18-20
- Taylor St. & Ashland Ave., Chicago
The 11th 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
PARK WORLD FEST
- August TBD
- 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 25-27
- 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.
AMERICAN LOBSTER FEST
- September TBD
- 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?!
• Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave.),
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 on 4 stages, and traditional folk dancing
and cultural performances. It is the oldest Polish festival in Chicago and the
largest Polish festival in the US!
TOP OYSTER FEST
- September TBD
- 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.
ADAMS LAKEVIEW TACO FEST
- September 16-17
- 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 22-24
- 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
- September TBD
- 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 TBD
- Rush St. & Hubbard St., Chicago
Shaw's Oyster Fest returns to River North
in 2017, 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.