South Shore Summer Festival 2019
  • Chicago’s 7th Annual South Shore Summer Festival
    South Shore’s Official Summer Connection

    CHICAGO, IL (June 7, 2019) - On August 18, 2019, the 71st Street/Stony Island Special Service Area (#42) through the support of 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, will host more than 15,000 residents of the South Shore Community at its annual celebration, the South Shore Summer Festival, located at the South Shore Cultural Center!

    This will be a day to enjoy the soulful sounds of local and national musical artists, the neighborhood’s favorite foods, and opportunities to shop with small businesses from both South Shore and surrounding communities. The South Shore Summer Festival is the ideal event for residents to connect with all things “South Shore”.

    Over the years, families from all over Chicago, have participated in this one-day outdoor festival. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and former Governor Pat Quinn, are just a few of the Chicago dignitaries that have been known to attend this monumental event.

    The South Shore Summer Festival will feature some exciting new attractions to include –

    • Shopping on the Shore ~ The ideal location for festival attendees to discover local small businesses and buy must-have apparel, accessories, beauty products, health & wellness and much more!

    • Wellness by the Shore ~ Visit local and national health organizations offering complimentary screenings, fitness tips, nutritional information, and tons of healthy giveaways.

    • Festival Café ~ Eat, Drink and Discover a wide range of South Shore's mouthwatering cuisine and beverage selections in the Festival Café.

    • KIDZ Korner ~ A family, fun-filled space that will include exciting attractions and activities for our younger festivalgoers...bouncy houses, mini obstacle courses, giant games, and much more!

    • Main Stage Entertainment ~ The Main Attraction is entertainment on the main stage featuring National Musical Artists, Local Favorite Acts, Dance Teams, The Famous South Shore Drill Team & Much More.

    • South Shore Beach Activities ~ Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to indulge in exciting beach activities to include South Shore Beachfront Volleyball, Frisby, Kite Flying and more!

    • Harbor Boat Rides and Education ~ Sail the shore and learn more about Chicago’s fabulous lakefront in the Lake Michigan Water Trail at South Shore Beach.

    Local businesses in South Shore and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to showcase products and services in the, "Shopping on The Shore" Pavilion as a Merchant Vendor or sell food & beverage products in the “Festival Café” as a Concession Vendor.

    For more information on how to become a South Shore Summer Festival Vendor, please call (312) 454-6100 or visit for main stage schedules and festival announcements.

    Special Service Area #42 is the result of the effort of 5th Ward Alderman Leslie A. Hairston and the South Shore Chamber Economic Development, Inc. The SSA or Special Service Area, also known as Business Improvement Districts, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services are in addition to those currently provided by the city. Those Special Services include: Community Engagement Events, , Litter Abatement, Security Patrol, Snow Removal, Landscaping, Light Pole Banners and Holiday Decorations.

South Shore Summer Festival 2019
  • Location: South Shore Cultural Center
  • Address: 7059 S. Shore Dr.
  • August 18, 2019
  • South Shore Cultural Center