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Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier

Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

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

Randolph Street Market Festival @ 1341 W Randolph St.

Plumbers Hall 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL

Randolph Street Market Festival @ 1341 W Randolph St., 10:00am - 5:00pm WHAT: This fun street market is back after a few years away! SO WHAT: Celebrate the return of the Randolph Street Market Festival where you can experience over 175 vendors with a wide variety of items perfect for the summer season! Shop for vintaage and antique items while enjoying a drink and the live music playing throughout the market! NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $10, which are good for both day and go up with a nice selection of tiers including drink packages, totes, and more!

$10 – $100

The 2022 Newberry Book Fair @ The Newberry

The Newberry 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL

The 2022 Newberry Book Fair @ Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Thursday & Friday Noon – 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages WHAT: A huge book fair supporting the Newberry Library, finally back after a long hiatus! SO WHAT: There is no such thing as too many books. Newberry Library knows this and their annual book fair is a great place to add one, two, or a dozen new books to your growing library. Whether it’s cookbooks, biographies, children’s literature or heartbreaking works of staggering literary genius; with over 120,000 books for sale there’s a good…

FREE

Chinatown Summer Fair @ Chinatown

Chinatown Summer Fair S Wentworth Ave & 23rd street, Chicago, IL

Chinatown Summer Fair @ Chinatown, S Wentworth Ave & 23rd street, 11:00am, all ages WHAT: An iconic event celebrating the beauty of Chinese culture SO WHAT: Visitors to the event will be able to see the revered Dragon and Lion Dance Procession! There will be plenty of food from fantastic neighborhood restaurants, activities for families and children, and more!  It a nice mesh of ancient and modern Chinese culture. Check out the packed lineup of events happening during the fair at their event page! NOW WHAT: The event is free and a nice way to end your weekend

FREE

50th Annual Fiesta del Sol @ Pilsen

Fiesta del Sol 1400 Cermak, Chicago, IL

50th Annual Fiesta del Sol @ Pilsen, Cermak from Ashland to Morgan St., WHAT: Join the Pilsen Community for the 49th annual Fiesta del Sol! SO WHAT: Fiesta del Sol celebrates the Pilsen neighborhood’s culture with live entertainment featuring a full music lineup, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources for parents and youth, soccer games, and much more. This event spans an eight-block space down Cermak Road from Ashland to Morgan St. and can be seen from miles around thanks to the carnival’s huge Ferris Wheel! NOW WHAT: Admission is free for these…

FREE

Lollapalooza @ Grant Park & Streaming on Hulu

Grant Park Lolla 601 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Lollapalooza @ Grant Park & Streaming on Hulu, 601 South Michigan Avenue WHAT: The over the top, too many days of music, is back at Grant Park and streaming safely at home on Hulu SO WHAT:  Lollapalooza is back in Grant Park with a lineup featuring the likes of Metallica, Dua Lipa, J. Cole, Green Day and TONS more! If you don’t feel like getting into the usually massive crowds, you can sit back at home and watch selected sets over on Hulu, which is Lollapalooza’s official digital home this year! NOW WHAT: Tickets are still available. If you’re opting to…

$125 – $700

Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival aka Jeff Fest @ Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park 4822 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL

Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival aka Jeff Fest @ Jefferson Park, 4822 N Long Ave WHAT: The 21th annual Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival aka JEFF FEST! SO WHAT: Enjoy all the fun activities and ambiance of Jefferson Park in this three-day festival! You’ll get the chance to enjoy some great bands, tasty foods, and tons of family fun while enjoying the warm Chicago weather! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door for this great neighborhood fest! Children 12 and under are free with an adult!

$6 – $7

Tuesdays on the Terrace @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL

Tuesdays on the Terrace @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., 5:30PM WHAT: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden SO WHAT: This annual summer performance series, hosted by Al Carter-Bey from WDCB 90.9 FM  highlights artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. With two sets of live music every night, food and beverages available for purchase, and area for you to spread out a picnic, this is a perfect way to spend your Tuesday nights this summer. Check out the lineup below and at their event page! June…

FREE

Fleet Foxes @ The Salt Shed

The Salt Shed 1357 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

WHAT: A chance to check a new venue! SO WHAT: The Historic Morton Salt factory's initial purpose may be gone, but the building will survive as one Chicago's newest venues! The Salt Shed will be taking over and present outdoor concerts this year with an indoor element being introduced in 2023! Check out the fantastic lineup below! August 3 - Fleet Foxes August 10 - Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Julien Baker August 12 - Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine August 13 - Lake Street Drive with Madison Cunningham August 15 - Lord Huron with First Aid Kit August…

$49.50 – $125

Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier

Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, 9:00pm - 9:10pm 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
Recurring Event Out of Space @ Canal Shores

Out of Space @ Canal Shores

Canal Shores 1030 Central St, Evanston, IL

Out of Space @ Canal Shores, 1030 Central St, Evanston, 5:00pm, all ages WHAT: Evanston Space’s incredible series of outdoor concerts, Out of Space, is back! SO WHAT:  The multiple meaning, pun titled Out of Space will be welcoming an impressive lineup of musicians to  Temperance Beer Co. and Canal Shores! This is Canal Shores’ weekend to shine so check out the amazing lineup below and enjoy some excellent shows! August 4: Jenny Lewis & Trampled By Turtles – $45 (GA) | $145 (VIP) August 5: Elvis Costello The Imposters w/ Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets + Nicole Atkins –…

$45 – $149.50

Windy City Smokeout @ United Center

United Center 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL

Windy City Smokeout @ United Center, 1901 W Madison St, Various Times WHAT: BBQ, beer, and all the country music you could wish for! SO WHAT: Your favorite country music festival is back at the United Center parking lot for four(!) full days of summer fun! In addition to all the great BBQ from the world’s best pitmasters and beers from fantastic breweries that Windy City Smokeout provides, you’ll get the chance to check out headliners like Willie Nelson & Family, Turnpike Troubadours, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Kip Moot, and more! NOW WHAT: Tickets are available now but…

$44.45 – $250
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