Happy Summer Blue Demons! It is so nice to say that the glory days of summer living has finally come upon us. Relaxing in the sun light enjoying good company all in the spirit of fun, could it be anymore ideal? For those staying in the Chicago area, the word bored will never exist in your vocabulary over the summer. There are so many things going on in the city and its neighboring towns. Besides beach activities and eating countless amounts of gelato, ice cream, and frozen yogurt, there are also so many festivals going on pretty much every weekend. Here are a few favorite festivals to note:
Chicago Pride Fest – June 21 to June 23 in Lakeview
Hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance,this crowd-pleasing gay and lesbian celebration of community pride showcases an eclectic lineup of arts and crafts, food and other vendors. It also features entertainment on two stages with one dedicated to some of Chicago’s fine performers in the gay community.
Chicago Country Fest – June 29 and 30 at Clark & Armitage
Do you love country music? How about barbecue from the top restaurants around? It’s time to saddle up and enjoy the ride. This event will feature the best of country, with music, food, line dancing and more… and don’t forget the mechanical bull!
Taste of Lakeview – July 6 and July 7 at Lincoln & Belmont
Join us as 40,000 people experience Chicago’s ultimate music and culinary fare. If you like to enjoy delicious food and listen to music, then this event is a must see! Artisans and crafts vendors, a wide variety of great food, and an array of street performers add to this incredible weekend. We are thrilled that this event provides so much for our community and we greatly appreciate your support. Make sure you taste Lakeview July 6th & 7th, 2013 at 3200 – 3400 N. Lincoln at Belmont.
Pitchfork Music Festival – July 19 to July 21 at Union Park
Three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents over 40 bands, highlighting the best in new and emerging music. Since 2006, this independently run festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced, and rewarding weekends of music around.
Bucktown Arts Fest – August 24 to August 25 in Bucktown
The Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, all volunteer-run, neighborhood celebration of the arts— with no corporate sponsorship. Admission is free. All proceeds from the Fest go to develop and support arts and education programming at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods.
Taste of Greece – August 24 to August 25 in Greektown
Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago’s happening West Loop returns for its 24th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture.
The Magnificent Milke Shopping Festival – August 23 to September 2
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival returns to North Michigan Avenue, August 22 – September 2, 2013, for THE shopping event of the year! This year’s Shopping Festival includes 12 days of fashionable festivities around The Magnificent Mile district including fashion shows, celebrity appearances, culinary celebrations, in-store events, special offers and more! Plus, stores along the Avenue are beckoning with the newest merchandise – the perfect time to shop for your favorite fall looks!
Hyde Park Jazz Festival – September 28 to September 29 in Hyde Park
The 6th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will be on Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, 2012 with two full days of FREE non-stop jazz music in the historic center of Chicago’s Jazz community – Hyde Park.
For the full summer festival list, check out Chicago Now!