Nothing says summer quite like all the popular festivals in Chicago that pop up every weekend in different neighborhoods throughout the city. July is going to be packed with some of the best festivals and events to celebrate summer the right way. A few hours at any of the Chicago summer festivals will be well spent, and worth every penny spent and calorie consumed. Check out all the top festivals in Chicago this month!
Taste of Chicago
July 10-14, 2013
The largest food festival in the entire world? Yes, I guess this makes the cut for the best summer festivals in Chicago. For 5 days, you can head to Grant Park and taste some of the best dishes this city has to offer, enjoy music from bands that range from the best local talent to Grammy Award winning performers, and finally experience the summer sunshine in Chicago. Welcome some of the restaurants that are new to Taste this year, grab a bite at a Pop-up restaurant, and enjoy all of the family friendly entertainment happening for a few fun days in Chicago, Illinois.
Irish Fest Chicago
July 12-14, 2013
St. Patrick’s Day was big, but you have another chance to celebrate your Irish heritage (or celebrate and experience the Irish culture even if you aren’t a descendant) for a few days this July! More than 100 performances on 5 stages will entertain throughout the festival. There are craft beer tents, whiskey tastings, delicious food and family friendly activities to enjoy. And of course, last but not least, there are plenty of contests to prove your worth. Eat your way through the Mashed Potato Eating Contest, or enjoy the likes of the Men’s Kilt Contest, the Freckle Contest, the Irish Soda Bread Contest or ShamROCK Stars!
Square Roots Festival
July 12-14, 2013
This annual festival will bring the community together for a fun weekend while supporting local businesses. Enjoy live entertainment every day from a variety of local bands and world musicians performing to dance and music classes. Browse the vendors, eat your way through some of the best restaurants from around town, or grab a few brews from the best local and regional craft breweries who will be set up all weekend long. It’s a family event so bring the whole gang and have some fun in the sun at Square Roots Festival!
Windy City Smokeout
July 12 – 14, 2013
Nothing says summer like a good afternoon of BBQ, beer and country music! The first annual Windy City Smokeout gives you the chance to enjoy them all for a weekend in River North. The event is sponsored by some of the best names in beer, wine and spirits, and will feature BBQ from some of the best pitmasters in the country! All weekend long while you feast and drink, there are some great concerts happening as well, including performances by Pat Green, Jerrod Niemann and David Nail!
West Fest Chicago
July 13-14, 2013
All things West Town come together for a 2-day street fair/block party that celebrates the local flavor that makes up this Chicago neighborhood! Local bands, restaurants and businesses are getting together for a truly local experience. Bring the kids to KidFest, the dogs to PUPFest, and everyone else along to enjoy the live music, great food and summer festivities.
Taste of River North
July 19-21, 2013
Back for the 12th consecutive year, this riverfront festival in Chicago’s River North showcases some of the best live entertainment, food and family fun available this weekend in Chicago. The diverse flavors of River North never disappoint, and there’s something to satisfy every craving at the festival. There are also tons of family friendly activities, like face painting, arts and crafts, music, dancing, cooking classes, balloon art and much more!
July 27-September 15, 2013
The largest annual outdoor dancing series in the US bring couples, friends and families out to Grant Park every weekend in Chicago throughout the summer. Learn some new moves and enjoy 44 different live bands performing throughout the summer. Dance lessons are held from 6-7pm Thursdays thru Saturdays, followed by dancing 7:30-9:30pm, and on Sundays, lessons are held from 4-5pm followed by 2 hours of dancing.
Wicker Park Fest
July 27-28, 2013
The Wicker Park Fest has been names one of the “best street festival of the summer” by the Chicago Tribune, and from the great music line-up on 3 stages to the great mix of food and vendors in this trendy Chicago neighborhood, people of all ages and interests will enjoy spending a morning, afternoon or evening at this festival.
Don’t miss any of the fun things to do in Chicago this summer, from festivals and concerts to sightseeing and exploring the city. There’s always something new going on around here!