Just because school's back in session, it doesn't mean Chicago's done festing for the summer. We'll day drink and binge on ethnic food in the streets as long as the weather permits us to. September's weekends are still packed with street festivals and we recommend you try to make it out to a few.
If you missed Maifest earlier this summer, there's still one more chance to indulge in bratwurst and lederhosen. Coinciding with the Steuban Parade, German Day Festival offers all things German: food, beer, dancing an more!
The perfect excuse to have wine-stained lips by the early afternoon, Windy City Winefest brings the vineyards right downtown. With more than 345 wines present from all over the world, you're sure to get your money's worth. Cooking classes, wine tasting seminars and live music are also on the program. Buy tickets for $29 now -- 21 and older only (for obvious reasons).
What European inspired festival would be complete without a beer garden? Not one that we'd want to attend. Enjoy imported beers, local artists, live music and dance troupes at this eclectic festival. Please note that there is a $5 suggested donation at the gates.
Oh boy. Oysters. Oysters as far as the eye can see. Or at least for several city blocks. Slurp Delaware bay oysters down with a nice Guinness while you jam out to awesome bands like Irish rocks The Tossers and Rusted Root, you know, of "Send Me On My Way" fame. There's a $7 suggested donation to enter the festival.
Are you an artsy type? Do you wish Etsy was a real, physical place. Let us suggest the Renegade Craft Fair. This multi-city artist outlet is a carefully curated gathering of local artists looking to decorate your homes, jewelry boxes, closets, pantries -- you get the point.
Art, food and fun in a family-friendly neighborhood. It's an excellently urban way to enjoy the fall weather that's sure to be creeping in. More than 175 painters, sculptures, photographers and jewelers will be present. If you max out on fine art, cooking demos and live music should keep you busy.
Something tells us we won't have to do much convincing to get you to check this one out. Though not technically a street festival, Logan Square's inaugural beer festival sounds so good that it had to make our list. A ticket (starting at $45) gets you access to more than 50 beers from 20 breweries. You have to be at least 21 to attend. Duh.
Lots of Chicago street fests are thrown in honor of specific cultures but City Made is unique in that it's a tribute to all things Chicago. Local musicians, artists and beer will fill two city blocks in Andersonville. We're proud people so come celebrate our city with us.
Alright, alright. One more German festival for you pretzel-loving festers. It's not quite October yet, but you're still more than welcome to grab a mug, fill ‘er up and join this party. New this year, the festival will offer a craft beer tasting on Friday night. If you're bringing the little ones don't miss out on Kinderfest on Sunday.
Just because we're in the city doesn't mean we can't do fall in style. Bring the kiddies to Willye B. White Park for free hayrides, pumpkin carving and fall inspired crafts. And what would a fall festival be without apples? Sip on cider or sink your teeth into a red delicious. This is on Saturday you'll definitely want to enjoy a day in the park.
There are a lot of street festivals in Chicago that celebrate the inner artist but what about the builders? Design Harvest welcomes local furniture and home accessory makers as well as antique dealers and interior design specialists. If you're looking to decorate your home, take a load off. There's not a better way to eliminate the stresses of domestic projects than gathering your ideas in the crisp fall air with a cool pumpkin ale in hand. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
Hot on the heels of other local music festivals, the Hyde Park Jazz Fest is expanding in both size and programming again in 2013. Local and national talent comes to this increasingly popular weekend for one final late summer outdoor celebration of music and family fun. A full schedule can be found on the festival's website and, remember, all performances are free.
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