June Festivals and Events in Chicago

Festivals. Chicago offers  LOTS of festivals –  something for every taste.  

In June, Chicago hosts the annual Blues Festival and if you’re visiting in late June/early July, you won’t want to miss the Taste of Chicago, held annually at Grant Park. In late August, the Chicago Latin Music Festival features the sounds of cumbias, meringue and salsa. All summer long there are a number of neighborhood festivals, art fairs and other special events.

COMING UP in June….

FREE Chicago Blues Festival, Jun 5-8
Grant Park, Jackson Blvd at Columbus Dr. 11am-9:30pm.
The Blues Fest hits the quarter-century mark and celebrates with special anniversary performances. James Cotton, Johnny Winter with Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine, and Eddy Clearwater headline.

Jeff Fest, Jun 6-8
Milwaukee Ave at Higgins Rd. Fri 5-11pm; Sat 1-11pm; Sun 1-9pm; $5.
Jefferson Park’s annual neighborhood fest features food, games, arts and crafts, and live entertainment including “Slow Ride” rockers Foghat.

Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival, Jun 7-8
1000 Lake-Cook Rd, Glencoe. Sat noon-8pm, Sun noon-6pm; $30, $25 in advance, $10 designated driver ticket.

At this classier than average fest, you can taste from several wines, nibble on cuisine from Osteria di Tramonto and Nick’s Fishmarket, and glide across the dance floor to live bands.

* FREE Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, Jun 7-8
Dearborn St between Congress Pkwy and Polk St. 10am-6pm.
Before that fair food slathers your hands in barbecue sauce, stop by Printers Row to pick up some bargain books. Author readings and signings take place in tents and surrounding buildings.

FREE 57th Street Art Fair, Jun 7-8
57th St between Kimbark and Kenwood Aves. Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm.

As art fairs go, this is one of the Midwest’s oldest (it’s been around for 60-plus years), biggest and best. Pick up jewelry, paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics and more.

Ribfest Chicago, Jun 7-8
Lincoln Ave at Irving Park Rd. Noon-10pm; $5.

Smoky, tangy ribs sizzle over the pits at this annual North Center neighborhood festival where you can sample slabs grilled by restaurants from around Chicago and feast your eyes on more than 20 bands.

FREE Chicago Festa Pasta Vino, Jun 12-15
Oakley Ave between 24th and 25th Sts. Thu, Fri 5-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-9pm.
The lost era of the Rat Pack meets all things Italian-American in the Heart of Italy neighborhood. Dozens of nostalgia-inducing crooners take the stage over four days, and fresh-cooked pasta abounds.

* Andersonville Midsommarfest, Jun 14-15
5200-5450 N Clark St. 11am-10pm; $5.
Andersonville celebrates its Swede side at this summer solstice festival. In addition to traditional family entertainment-Nordic dancers, singers and food selections-the fest shows off the hood’s lesbian hangouts.

* FREE Testicle Festival, Jun 14
Sportsman’s Club, 111 N Capitol Ave, Mount Sterling. 3pm-midnight.
Mount Sterling residents are on the ball at this fest. They’ve prepared a night of live music, games and all the pork, beef, turkey, lamb, and buffalo testicles you can eat. If you think you’re a tough nut, round out the night as a participant in the testicle eating contest.  EW!  Think I will pass on this one!

Wrigleyville SummerFest, Jun 14
Seminary Ave between School and Roscoe Sts. 11am-10pm, $5.

This fest stands out from the fray with a plethora of fun for the wee ones (pony rides, climbing wall, crafts, face painting), and games (cornhole and Guitar Hero tourneys) for the big kids.

Old Town Art Fair, Jun 14-15
Between Menomonee and Wisconsin Sts, from Lincoln Park W to Sedgwick St. 10am-6pm; $7, kids 12 and under free.
Old Town’s juried outdoor art fair rivals Hyde Park’s for endurance: This year marks its 59th incarnation.

FREE St. George Greek Festival, Jun 14-15
2701 N Sheffield St at Schubert Ave. Sat 4pm-10pm, Sun noon-11pm.


Wells Street Art Festival, Jun 14-15
Wells St between North Ave and Division St. 10am-10pm, $7-10.
More than 300 artisans convene in Old Town. Nightly entertainment includes A Flock of Seagulls.

Halsted Tastes Better, Jun 16
Halsted St between Belmont and Addison Sts. 6-9pm; $30, advance $25.

This event rounds up the tasty eats on North Halsted and serves them with live music and a waitperson’s race.

* Taste of Randolph Street, Jun 20-22
Randolph St between Peoria St and Racine Ave. Fri 5-11pm; Sat 2-11pm, Sun 2-10pm; $10.
Several posh area restaurants will sell bite-size samples of their cuisine. While you’re nibbling, tune into the band lineup-it’s always one of the summer’s freshest.

Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts, Jun 21-22
Chicago Ave and Main St, Evanston. 10am-9pm, $1. Evanston brings in 350 artists and cuisine from 30 restaurants.

Pizza Fest, Jun 21-22
Racine at Fullerton Ave. Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-8pm; $5.
Nosh on a $1 sampler, get a whole pie or watch a professionally judged contest that pins a ribbon on the area’s best pizza.

FREE Chicago Arabesque, Jun 25-28
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Sts. Wed-Fri 10am-3pm; Sat 10am-5pm.
Explore the Arab world through its art, cuisine, culture, music and dance while leaving religion and politics out of the mix.

Chicago Salsa Festival, Jun 26-29
Grant Park, Jackson Blvd at Columbus Dr, and other locations;
Fri, Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm; $10-25.

Become a dancing queen for the weekend with four days of live music and dance performances and 30 dance workshops led by some choice instructors.

* FREE Taste of Chicago, Jun 27-Jul 6
Columbus Dr between Monroe and Balbo Drs; and Jackson and Congress Drs from Michigan Ave to Lake Shore Dr. 11am-9pm; Jul 3,4 11am-9:30pm; Jul 6 11am-8pm.
Scores of restaurants from around the city offer tastes of their top dishes. A strip of tickets costs $8 at the festival. Shell out one to four tickets for snack-size “Taste portions” or a few more for an entrée. The band lineup has finally snagged some big-name performers including Chaka Kahn, Joss Stone, Fantasia and Stevie Wonder.

Chicago Pride Fest, Jun 28
Halsted St at Waveland Ave. 11am-9pm, $5.

Chicago’s biggest preparade party unfurls over ten hours. Sponsored by the Northalsted Area Merchants Association, stages will feature many flavors of queer entertainment. The Chicago Pride Parade kicks off Jun 29 at noon on Halsted St at Belmont Ave.

BAM! Belmont Arts and Music Fest, Jun 28-29
2000 W Belmont Ave at Damen Ave. Noon-10pm; $5.

Fountain Square Art Festival, Jun 28-29
Sherman Ave at Church St. Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-6pm; $5.

For more festival information visit City of Chicago online!

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