Surprise! School's back in session but we're not done making the most of our warm weekends while we still have them. September's street festivals are fewer and farther between, but that doesn't mean they're not worth venturing out for.
If there's something to be said about Chicago's street festivals, it's that few cultural communities are left out. This celebration of Turkish heritage, held downtown, will play host to traditional performers, artists, musicians and food vendors from the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Demonstrations of classic art forms like paper marbling, calligraphy, illuminations, carpet weaving and more will also be on display for festival visitors.
So far this summer BBQ, burgers, hot dogs and beer have all had the spotlight in the streets of Chicago's festival scene, but now it's time for seafood fans to unite. Slurp down fresh oysters of all preparations and the night away with Irish gents Gaelic Storm.
Support Chicago's Ukrainian population by checking out this two-day art and food-focused street festival. Folk dance ensembles, a children's activity area and beer garden for the adults will all highlight this slice of European culture. As long as you're in the area, check out some of Ukrainian Village's nearby highlights including the beautiful St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (2245 W. Superior St.), the Ukrainian Cultural Center (2247 W. Chicago Ave.) and the Ukrainian National Museum (2249 W. Superior St.) - all within walking distance of the fest.
We're going to list a few things for you: brats, beer, bands, Bavarian soft pretzels. How does that sound? Good? Prost! One of the city's oldest and most respected bars The Berghoff's Oktoberfest celebration is one you shouldn't miss. There's free daily admission from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wind out your summer with a peaceful art walk through one of Lakeview's most popular stretches. This festival brings in 150 artists showcasing works that range in medium from sculpture to photography to jewelry. The festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, also brings in a variety of live music acts touching on every genre from classical to R&B.
Head to Rogers Park for a day of learning and celebration. The Ethiopian Community of Chicago throws this bash in honor of the city's residents that originate from this South African country. For a taste of traditional cuisine, dance, music, spices and more, this is your spot. A $5 admittance fee is requested for adults and children.
When this festival references, "crush," it's not talking about the orange-flavored soda. Crush in Old town is a wine celebration for folks who just don't want summer to end. Hearty dishes sure to pair well with a glass of red and a live music lineup with also accompany this festival.
Goose Island, Chicago's best loved local brewer, is back for a third year of exclusive and rare beer releases, great bands and a late summer celebration of urban living. This year, the party is headlined by The Breeders, a standout at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival and probably the creators of a couple of your favorite ‘90s albums. Tickets to this event are just $10.
Sam Adams beer and tacos? We admit, it's not a pairing we saw coming either but there is never a good time to turn down tacos. For the widest selection of hard and soft-shelled tastiness, this new Lakeview festival is the move. Catch 10,000 Maniacs on stage Saturday night along with other bands performing through the weekend.
Do you fancy yourself a "handy" person? Perhaps you're a fan of design? This truly unique festival returns to West Town this fall to showcase the city's best makers and collectors of design goods. Antique owners, homeowners looking to spruce up their place and crafters eager to pick up a few new tricks are all welcome here. Or just come for the good food, live music, cold drinks and great vibes. A $5 donation is suggested upon entrance.
Through the summer, we saw streets festivals honoring almost every culture, heritage and community this diverse city has to offer. Now it's time to round things out by celebrating something simple: Chicago. From the craft beers, to the bands to the artists to the food, everything at City Made is born or created right here in the greatest city in the world. A $5 donation is requested at the gate.