Did you have fun last month? We had a sprinkling of awesome street festivals late in the month, but we know you need something every weekend. Well luckily June has arrived and, quite frankly, it's PACKED. If you're looking to get out in the streets this month and do your fest thing, then by all means read on.
If you're a festival goer who lives for feta, this is the best way to start off your month. Annunciation Cathedral is throwing a Greek-themed bash complete with authentic Greek music and dancing, games for the kiddos and delicious Greek dishes for the adults. Opa! Annunciation is located at 1027 N. La Salle in the West Loop. Bring $2 for admission!
What is it about ribs that's so worth spending an entire weekend celebrating? Oh, we don't know, everything?! Spend your weekend at Ribfest Chicago sampling Chicago's finest BBQ offerings then lick your fingers clean while listening to three days worth of live music. Just be sure not to eat the rib eating contest. There is a $5 suggested donation upon entry.
Andersonville is a beautiful, family friendly part of town northwest of the downtown area with a great summer fest to match it. Each year Midsommarfest turns out up to 50,000 neighbors ready to drink sangria, grab a bite from one of the local restaurants represented at the fest and listen to top notch local music. A $10 entrance donation is suggested at the gates but many activities within the fair are free (there's a pet parade!).
If you're a right-brainer with an affinity for fine art, you won't want to miss this festival. Find paintings, sculptures, glasswork, photography, ceramics woodwork and more from more than 250 artists at the Wells Street Art Festival. You'll want to check out the eats from nearby restaurants and live music --namely poppy folk singer and former "The Voice" contestant Todd Kessler and Beatles cover band American English -- while you're there.
Not far from the Well Street Art Fair over the same weekend is another art haven. The Old Town Art Fair, a 64-year tradition in Chicago, is packed full of art, jewelry, local eats and a live music stage with bands playing everything from blues to jazz to swing and more! There's also a gorgeous garden walk through the streets of historic Old Town. A $7 donation is suggested.
The Puerto Rican community in Chicago is one of the most spirited in the city so you'd be smart to get your party on this weekend. Authentic Puerto Rican food, , carnival rides, music and a parade that continues to grow in size every year is what you'll find if you head to Humboldt Park. The parade steps off at noon on Saturday.
Italian food and wine? Say no more. This festival is also topped off with a Florentine market, arts and crafts and a live musical tribute to the The Rat Pack. There is a suggested donation of $7.
Taste of Randolph already has an edge as Randolph Street is home to some of the city's most revered restaurants such as BellyQ and Publican Quality Meats. This year though we have to say that this street fest has really kicked things up with a musical lineup that makes us sorry for anyone who can't attend. Local funk R&B acts JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and The Heard take the stage alongside English funk act New Mastersounds, Brooklyn modern disco getup Escort and headliners Divine Fits and The Joy Formidable. Seriously, get there.
More Greek you say? Lincoln Park's got you. "Food, fun and opa!" reads this festival's website. Traditional Greek music and dancers will be on hand along with cover bands and, as promised, plenty of Greek eats. Donations of any amount will be accepted.
Does reading the word "brisket" make your mouth water? Do you love walking around munching on a big ‘ol BBQ turkey leg? Are you a fan of discovering Chicago neighborhoods off the beaten path? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these then we've got your ideal street fest right here. Grab the family and enjoy some saucy food and entertainment.
No, the name of this uber popular festival doesn't refer to the guy to gal attendance ratio. Instead, it's a homage to one of Chicago's favorite foods: the sausage. In addition to encased meaty goodness, there's live music to keep you entertained and an annual crowning of the Sausage King.
When we say things are gonna get sticky this week, we're not talking about the humidity (also, yes, it might be a little warm). No, we're talking about the delicious cuisine that comes to us from Thailand. Get a glimpse into Thai culture, dining and fashion with this centrally located street fest. Admission is free for all.
Admit it, you drink a lot of beer during the summer. It just tastes right. But by late June you're probably tired of plain old domestic drafts. Dive into this hopsy festival and discover your new craft favorite. With over 100 brews to sample, even if you don't, you'll still go home feeling pretty good. Tickets are on sale for $50 and beer samples are included.
It finally happened. Chicago's biggest GLBT celebration has grown so big that we had to break it up into two separate weekends. Starting the weekend of the 22nd, Halsted Street will be a scene of dancing, drinking, eating and who knows what else. Trust us, it gets a little wild. The following weekend, on June 30, the ever growing parade steps off at noon from the intersection of Broadway and Montrose and heads south.
When many Chicagoans hear the word "green," they typically think of the river on St. Patrick's Day. This festival is all about a different kind of green though. Drawing attention to eco-friendly crafts and practices, the Green Music Festival boasts a cool "green" marketplace while providing an impress musical lineup as well. This year Manchester Orchestra and Joe Pug top the bill.
Art, art and more art. If traditional street fests are beginning to grow old at this point in the month, then try a change of pace with Artopia. Back for a second year, this one takes place inside the Congress Theater with artist displays, DJs, live graffiti and more on the schedule. Tickets are $6.
Drawing 20,000 people every summer Old St. Pat's Block Party has a reputation as a party for singles to go and...well what else, meet other singles! Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros headline this year along with Blues Traveler, Phil Vassar and Gretchen Wilson. Tickets are $75 for both nights and $40 for one.
By now you've got the swing of this street fest thing so you should know the drill: live music, local restaurants, arts, crafts and family fun. Now get out there!
Grab your partner and swing ‘em round and round right up to Lincoln Park for a festival with a little twang to it. A collective 20 hours of live country tunes and local barbecue should keep you busy.
There's plenty of art to be found in the heart of Lincoln Park this weekend -- not to mention music! More than 80 artists will showcase their work while two full days of musical artists take the stage. We recommend catching sets from Todd Kessler & the New Folk, Fort Frances and The Super Happy Fun Club. There is a $5 suggested donation.
Have fun this month. And don't forget: while it might be tempted to skip those suggested donations, they're what keep these awesome festivals coming back summer after summer!
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