Summer in Chicago is fleeting, so don’t miss these fun events as festival season winds down in the city.


Is summer nearing its close already? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean Chicago isn’t still fired up with fun August festivals that you won’t want to miss. There’s still great music to hear, local artists to check out and ethnic fests to enjoy. Read on for the best 2017 Chicago August festivals.




FEST: Lollapalooza

WHEN: August 3­–6

WHERE: Grant Park

SCENE: A well-curated collection of emerging and established acts keeps the Lollapalooza vibe intense and interesting, with performances this year by Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, Muse and Lorde. In recent years, the fest has welcomed a second generation of music lovers with a top-notch enclosed KidzaPalooza area.


FEST: Chicago Jazz Festival

WHEN: August 31­–September 3

WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park

SCENE: As a key destination for the Great Migration that began over 100 years ago, Chicago has long been steeped in jazz tradition. The free Chicago Jazz Festival, held annually over Labor Day Weekend, is one of the country’s biggest and most respected celebrations of the genre.



FEST: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest

WHEN: August 18–20

WHERE: Rogers Park

SCENE: The charm of historic Rogers Park is the ideal setting for this inclusive celebration of the arts. More than 100 visual artists set up booths or open their studios, while three stages showcase the talents of local musicians and theater groups, with culinary and mixology artisans keeping the energy up.

Bucktown Arts Festival

FEST: Bucktown Arts Fest

WHEN: August 26–27

WHERE: Bucktown

SCENE: This annual summer jam blends nearly 200 juried painters, photographers, textile artisans, jewelers and more with two stages featuring dancers, poets and other performers. Food trucks, craft beer and sangria—along with art activities for kids—contribute to the fest’s overall sunny atmosphere.



Chicago Hot Dog Festival

FEST: Chicago Hot Dog Fest

WHEN: August 11–13

WHERE: Lincoln Park

SCENE: If we may be so frank, the humble hot dog is a critical part of Chicago’s culinary canon—so it makes sense that this sizzling summer staple has earned its own fest. Live bands, a kids’ area and all the dawg denizens that matter will be on hand to debate the best wieners, toppings and buns in the city.



Ginza Holiday Festival

FEST: Ginza Holiday

WHEN: August 11–13

WHERE: Old Town

SCENE: During the Midwest Buddhist Temple’s three-day celebration of Japanese culture, you’ll have the opportunity to sample fantastic fare (sushi, udon, kentia), dabble in the ancient arts (bonsai, ikebana, origami), practice non-attachment (Buddhist temple tours) or become very attached (shopping for artisan-made goods).

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FEST: Northalsted Market Days

WHEN: August 12–13

WHERE: Boystown

SCENE: Boystown, one of the largest LGBTQ neighborhoods in the U.S., hosts this six-block street fair featuring a wide array of arts and crafts vendors, plus national talent.

Taylor St Festa Italiana

FEST: Festa Italiana

WHEN: August 18–20

WHERE: Little Italy

SCENE: La Dolce Vita—the sweet life—descends upon Little Italy in August, when generations-old family restaurants and neighborhood newcomers unite to throw the most delicious party in the city. Learn Italian card games, dance the tarantella and (if you dare) enter a meatball- or cannoli-eating contest.

Taste of Greektown

FEST: Taste of Greektown

WHEN: August 25–27

WHERE: West Loop

SCENE: Hellenic pride takes center stage at Taste of Greektown. Immerse yourself in Greek culture and cuisine with this weekend-long celebration featuring traditional food, drink, dancing and FUN.

See a full-year roundup of Chicago festivals and events.

Images top to bottom: Lollapalooza; Chicago Jazz Festival; Bucktown Arts Fest; Chicago Hot Dog Fest; Ginza Holiday; Northalsted Market Days; Festa Italiana; Taste of Greektown

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