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Believe it or not, Lollapalooza is not the only thing going down in Chicago this August. Ditch the pricey weekend entertainment for some good, old fashion, block party-style fun with these awesome street fests in August.

EdgeFest at Broadway and Thorndale (August 3 - 4)

Residents of Edgewater love this neighborhood. They've got good reason, too. It's quiet, artsy and close to the lake. If you've never been, this is the perfect chance. Nosh on some of the area's favorite restaurants while downing sangria (!!) and jamming to local bands. BONUS: There's a dog costume contest on Sunday. 

Wrigleyville Summerfest at Seminary and School (August 3 - 4)

Baseball, bands, buddies and brews. That's what Wrigleyville is all about and it's perfectly encapsulated at Wrigleyville Summerfest every year. There's also mini-golf and a moon bounce for the kids. You really can't go wrong with any of that.

Ginza Festival at The Midwest Buddhist Temple (435 W. Menomonee St.) (August 9 - 11)

Chicago's Ginza Festival has been around for 58 years. It's one of the most authentic celebrations of Japanese culture in the city. Everything from the food to the entertainment to the beer is a testament to Japan. With such a deep history, you're sure to learn a thing or two at this festival. We're willing to bet you'll have a pretty good time, too. A $6 donation is collected at the gates. 

Northalsted Market Days at Halsted and Belmont (August 10 - 11)

Market Days

Chicago's LGBT neighborhood is such a proud and tight knit, it throws not just one party for itself each year but two. Following the gigantic Pride Festival, Northalsted days is a blast and all inclusive! Pop in and out of Halsted Street's amazing gay bars, get to know the neighborhood businesses and get your shimmy on in front of the stages. No joke, Aaron Carter is performing this year. An $8 donation is highly encouraged. 

Retro on Roscoe at Damen and Roscoe (August 10 - 11)

Concept wise, Retro on Roscoe is one of the coolest street fests all summer. A throwback theme dominates Roscoe Village this weekend complete with the city's best cover bands and a classic car and motorcycle show. Don't worry though -- the food is plenty modern. The festival asks for a $10 donation upon entrance. 

Clark After Dark at Clark and Hubbard (August 15)

It's a good time for a for cause. Clark After Dark benefits Illinois' USO troops and their families. Street fest's usual suspects - live music, food, drink and a raffle - come together to put on an event that can't fail to be fun. Tickets are $10.  

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest at Glenwood and Farwell (August 16 - 18)

Glenwood Arts Fest

This one's for the arts lovers, Rogers Park. Over 100 will show up to show off their work this weekend with the accompaniment of live entertainment and ample options for grabbing a bite. The most appealing part? It's free!

Chicago Fashion Fest at Division and Damen (August 17 - 18)

Fashion Fest

I don't think we have to tell you which crowd will be pleased by the fest. Fashionistas, check out over 50 of the city's local designers, boutiques and salons. A late summer, outdoor runway show in one of Chicago's best neighborhoods isn't a bad way to spend the weekend if you ask me. 

Taylor Street Festa Italiana at Taylor and Ashland (August 22 - 25)

Festa Italiana

Do you like Italian food? Good wine? Shopping? Okay, you're hooked. Get to Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood for that and much more. An homage to Chicago's earliest Italian immigrants, this is a fest with some serious culture. 

The Boulevard at Logan and Milwaukee (August 23 - 25)

In the past past of years this festival has come out of nowhere and blown us away with it's impressive music lineup this year features Boombox (featuring Zion Godchaux, a descendent of The Grateful Dead's Keith and Donna Jeans Godchaux), electronic whiz Eliot Lipp and garage rockers The Whigs. And what hipster fest would be complete without craft beer? There'll be plenty of it along with over 100 local restaurants and cafes. A $5 donation is encouraged.

Ukrainian Days at Grand and Campbell (August 24 - 25)

Despite its name, the actual Ukrainian popular of Ukrainian Village has dwindled over the last decade. So if you want to see the neighborhood's culture in its prime, this is the weekend to do so. 

Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence) (August 30 - Sept. 2)

Polania

In case you couldn't tell by this writer's name, I'm as polish as they come. Pierogis, potato pancakes, Polish beer. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Taste of Polonia stands out not just as one of Chicago's best cultural specific festivals but as one of the best in the city in general. Over 36 bands will play throughout the weekend including tributes to ABBA, The Beatles and Chicago. And, of course, there will be polka. Plenty of it.

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