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Fan Expo Chicago 2022 @ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont

Fan Expo Chicago 2022 @ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center,  5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, Friday 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 10:00am - 7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm , All Ages WHAT: What was once Wizard World is now Fan Expo! SO WHAT: Fan Expo has taken the reigns and is celebrating 50 years of cons with their first in Chicago! It’s three days and one preview night of everything you ever wanted to know about nerd culture and geek stuff. There will be plenty of guests signing autographs, panels featuring interesting talks on the ins and outs of every creative…

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Taste of Chicago 2022 @ Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain 301 S Columbus Dr,, Chicago

Taste of Chicago 2022 @ Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Jackson & Columbus, 11:00am – 9:00pm, All Ages WHAT: The big, over-the-top mainstay food celebration of Chicago SO WHAT: It may happen every year to mixed results, but you can still find some great things at the Taste of Chicago. There is a hefty list of 30+ food vendors participating this year's return to Grant Park.  Plus there are tons of musical acts playing for free including Girl K, Local H, Drive by Truckers, and Nelly! Take a look at their map for an idea of the scope of this annual…

FREE
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Square Roots Festival 2022 @ Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson, IL

Square Roots Festival 2022 @ Lincoln Square, on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson, Friday 5:00pm -10:00pm, Saturday Noon – 10:00pm, Sunday Noon – 9:00pm, All Ages WHAT: Lincoln Square’s excellent summer party! SO WHAT:  Join this bustling neighborhood for the Square Roots Festival featuring great food and regional craft beer, as well as unique and exciting market vendors. There will also be over 50 bands and artists from around the world entertaining the crowd on four stages throughout the fest! Artists include Bob Mould, Guided By Voices, DEHD Tabcoo City, BNNY, and more! NOW WHAT: Square Roots’ suggested donation…

$5 – $20
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West Fest 2022 @ Chicago Ave. between Damen Avenue and Wood Street

West Fest 1800-2000 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

West Fest 2022 @ Chicago Ave. between Damen Avenue and Wood Street, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 10:00pm WHAT: This wonderful fest is back after virtual year in 2020! SO WHAT: Celebrate all of the best of West Town Chicago with a two day fest filled with plenty of food, vendors, fest areas specifically for kids and pets, and some of the best local and world renowned music. West Fest will feature a DJ stage and an Empty Bottle curated stage. The lineup includes Mark Farina , Derrick Carter, DeerHoof, Lala Lala, Choir Boy, Ganser, Protomartyr, and so many more.…

$10
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DZ Fest 2022: The 10th and Final DZ Fest @ DZ Records

DZ Records 8548 S 85th Ct., Hickory Hills

DZ Fest 2022: The 10th and Final DZ Fest @ DZ Records, 8548 S 85th Ct, Hickory Hills, Noon – 11:00pm, All Ages WHAT: The 10th and final DZ Fest! SO WHAT: DZ Fest is a gathering of 40 bands ripping into their instruments on two stages for two days of excellent music. The lineup is wonderfully insane as usual including the likes of Ok Cowgirl, Yadda Man, Holly, Lollygagger, Waltzer, and so many more! Check out their event page for the amazing full lineup! There will also be a merchandise tent with band merch, artists from all over selling…

$20
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Freedom Fest 2022 @ Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing Taproom 3340 N Kedzie, Chicago

Freedom Fest 2022 @ Revolution Brewing Taproom, 3340 N Kedzie, 1:00pm - 4:00pm & 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: Sour brews, delicious food, great tunes, and fun games! SO WHAT: Revolution Brewing is throwing a Freedom Party! They’ll be tapping 15 Freedom variants, 10 of which are specially crafted for this festival. Try the new Freedom Limeade, Freedom Strawberry Lemonade, and Malört Barrel-Aged Freedom Lemonade at this event first! Enjoy awesome food vendors Cafe Tola, Offset BBQ, Mac Dynamite, and Happy Lobster and then some live DJ sets from Shuga Records and Bucket O’ Blood. There will also be games…

$40
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Freedom Fest 2022 @ Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing Taproom 3340 N Kedzie, Chicago

Freedom Fest 2022 @ Revolution Brewing Taproom, 3340 N Kedzie, 1:00pm - 4:00pm & 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 21+ WHAT: Sour brews, delicious food, great tunes, and fun games! SO WHAT: Revolution Brewing is throwing a Freedom Party! They’ll be tapping 15 Freedom variants, 10 of which are specially crafted for this festival. Try the new Freedom Limeade, Freedom Strawberry Lemonade, and Malört Barrel-Aged Freedom Lemonade at this event first! Enjoy awesome food vendors Cafe Tola, Offset BBQ, Mac Dynamite, and Happy Lobster and then some live DJ sets from Shuga Records and Bucket O’ Blood. There will also be games…

$40
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Twilight Tunes @ Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield

Twilight Tunes @ Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, 6:00pm - 9:30pm WHAT: Music and animals SO WHAT: Twilight Tunes, Brookfield Zoo's summer concert series will be taking over the ground on Fridays and Saturdays in July! Enjoy 10 night of live music while having access to afterhours exhibits like the big cats, Pinniped Point and underwater viewing, Seven Seas' dolphin underwater viewing, Ice Age Giants (East Trail), and Wild Encounters (no Aviary) until 8:30pm. Each night will end with a laser light show at 9:00pm! Check out the music lineup below and more info on each act over at…

$8 – $15
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Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier

Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, 10:00pm - 10:10pm WHAT: Enjoy the spectacle of fireworks all summer long SO WHAT: Take a trip to Navy Pier and check out their dazzling display of fireworks!. Each show features dramatic and popular music soundtracks with some special occasion soundtracks sprinkled throughout the season. NOW WHAT: It's free!  Just make your way to Navy Pier, find a spot, and enjoy the show !

FREE