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Printers Row Fest @ South Dearborn Street

Printers Row Fest @ South Dearborn Street, from Ida B. Wells to Polk Street, 10:00am - 6:00pm, All Ages WHAT: A two-day fest all about books! SO WHAT: The Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, will be celebrating its 37th year with even more outdoor vendors and activities as well as a return to its roots as a community-based celebration for book lovers. The fest is presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board and this year’s celebration includes more book dealers, all-free programs, a kids favorite book character costume parade, and much…

FREE

Ravenswood ArtWalk @ Ravenswood Ave between Lawrence and Irving Park

Ravenswood ArtWalk Ravenswood Ave between Lawrence and Waveland, Chicago, IL

Ravenswood ArtWalk @ Ravenswood Ave between Lawrence and Irving Park, 11:00am – 6:00pm WHAT: Celebrate the local Ravenswood creative community! SO WHAT: The Ravenswood ArtWalk will include open studios and galleries, pop-up performances, inventive activations, and an outdoor arts market featuring over 50 local artists. This a perfect way to get to know the community and take home some beautiful art for you or your friends. NOW WHAT: The art walk is free!  Check out their website for more details!

FREE
Recurring Event Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park

Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park

Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park Division Street between Damen and Paulina, Chicago, IL

Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park, Division Street between Damen and Paulina, 11:00pm – 7:00pm, all ages WHAT: A craft fair focused on independent makers. SO WHAT: Hundreds of independent crafters and makers will be at this Renegade Craft Fair celebrating DIY spirit for two amazing days celebrating years and years of this flagship hometown fair. Head over to their event page for a full vendor list and more info! NOW WHAT: The event is free and open to the public. The fair will be on Division Street between Damen and Paulina, giving you tons of space to shop and…

FREE

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts @ East Lakeview

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne, Chicago, IL

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts @  Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne, 11:00am - 7:00pm WHAT: A great art festival in East Lakeview SO WHAT: The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, on Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne, showcases over 150 juried artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. You’ll get the chance to purchase theses original pieces and appreciate the hard work that went into them. The festival also features live demonstrations, family activities, garden oasis and live music throughout the day. NOW WHAT: The festival is open to the public and a great way to spend…

FREE

Handmade Market Chicago @ Empty Bottle

Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

Handmade Market Chicago @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Noon - 4:30pm WHAT: Shopping, eating, and drinking all in one place SO WHAT: Grab some food next door at Bite Cafe, maybe a drink from the Empty Bottle Bar, and start shopping the Handmade Market Chicago! They will bring over 30 makers of beautiful and unique items to the Empty Bottle! Join in and see what all the sellers will have to offer. You can check out some of the sellers that will be featured over on their Facebook page. NOW WHAT: This event as always is free!

Throwback Music Fest @ Gladstone Park

Gladstone Park 6030 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

Throwback Music Fest @ Gladstone Park, 6030 N Milwaukee Ave, Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday 12:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday 12:00am – 8:30pm, All ages WHAT: A little trip back in time SO WHAT: Throwback Music Fest brings together some incredible live musicians playing the amazing songs of the 50s, 60s, 70, 80s, and 90s! Enjoy some great tunes as well as a pet parade (Saturday), a classic car show (all three days), Miss Throwback contest (Sunday), a Hero Tribute (Sunday), and tons of Kids activities all weekend long! Check out the full schedule of activities and performances over at their…

FREE
Recurring Event Riot Fest 2022 @ Douglass Park

Riot Fest 2022 @ Douglass Park

Douglass Park 1401 S Sacramento Dr, Chicago, IL

Riot Fest 2022 @ Douglass Park, 1401 S Sacramento Dr, 11:00am – 10:00pm, all ages WHAT: It's another edition of the three-day fest of punk, rock, hip-hip and everything in between! SO WHAT: This year’s very different festival season is coming to an end soon but not before one of the most raucous and notorious events: Riot Fest! This awesome three-day festival brings together the loudest and most fun sounds in the music world for a wild time. This year’s headliners include My Chemical Romance, The Misfits, and Nine inch Nails! However the undercard is nothing to scoff at with…

$115 – $900
Recurring Event Riot Fest 2022 @ Douglass Park

Riot Fest 2022 @ Douglass Park

Douglass Park 1401 S Sacramento Dr, Chicago, IL

Riot Fest 2022 @ Douglass Park, 1401 S Sacramento Dr, 11:00am – 10:00pm, all ages WHAT: It's another edition of the three-day fest of punk, rock, hip-hip and everything in between! SO WHAT: This year’s very different festival season is coming to an end soon but not before one of the most raucous and notorious events: Riot Fest! This awesome three-day festival brings together the loudest and most fun sounds in the music world for a wild time. This year’s headliners include My Chemical Romance, The Misfits, and Nine inch Nails! However the undercard is nothing to scoff at with…

$115 – $900

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest @ Southport between Addison and Roscoe

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest 3500 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest @ Southport between Addison and Roscoe, 11:00am – 10:00pm, WHAT: All the tacos you could ever want in one place SO WHAT: The glorious taco will get the spotlight it has long deserved at the Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest. Whether you’re looking for a hard or soft shell tortilla filled with meat, chicken, guacamole, fish, mushroom, duck or any of the other imaginative ingredients, this festival is for you. The Southport Corridor, on Southport between Addison and Roscoe, will be host to special beer and taco pairings, crowd-pleasing luchadores, plenty of music, and a…

$10

Chicago SummerDance Celebration @ Millennium Park

Millennium Park (Jay Pritzker Pavilion) 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL

Chicago SummerDance @ Millennium Park WHAT: Add a little extra pep to your step SO WHAT: Like many large events, Chicago Summerdance is back in person! This weekend is the culmination the the summer series featuring amazing performances from local dance troops. You can join in on the fun and learn a few new dances on the North Promenade, enjoys pop up performances on the Central Promenade, and so much more!  Head over to their event page for more details! NOW WHAT: Check out the full schedule here! It's all free!

FREE

Pilsen Fest 2022 @ 18th St and Blue Island Ave.

Pilsen Fest 18th St and Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL

Pilsen Fest 2022 @ 18th St and Blue Island Ave., Noon – 10:00pm, All Ages WHAT: A festival celebrating the culture of the Latino community SO WHAT: Pilsen Fest focuses its sights on the deep pool of cultural talent that exists in the Latino community of the Pilsen neighborhood and the rest of the Chicago metropolitan area. Culinary arts, musicians, mixologists, poets, muralists, painters, writers, filmmakers, m and photographers are represented in the festivities all weekend. Pilsen Fest’s mission is embrace diversity, solidarity and unity through the arts. NOW WHAT: It’s free! Keep updated with Pilsen Fest at their website

FREE

Middle Brow Beer & Wine Block & Party @ Middle Brow

Bungalow by Middle Brow 2840 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL

Middle Brow Beer & Wine Block & Party @ Middle Brow, 2840 W Armitage Ave WHAT: A fantastic block party at a great brewery SO WHAT: Middle Brow Beer & Wine welcomes local brewers like Solemn Oath, Lo Rez, Whiner, and more for a fantastic block party. You'll get the chance to purchase some great beers, interesting wines and great food from Middle Brow's great kitchen. While you're enjoying a drink, some tasty food, or a game of basketball, you'll get to catch DJ sets from Whitney and Numero Group. NOW WHAT: Entry is free, but donations!

FREE
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