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Twilight Tunes @ Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL

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

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

Taste of Chicago 2022 @ Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain

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

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

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!

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

West Fest 2022 @ Chicago Ave. between Damen Avenue and Wood Street

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

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

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

DZ Records 8548 S 85th Ct., Hickory Hills, IL

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

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

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

Millennium Art Festival @ Michigan Avenue & E Lake St.

Millennium Art Festival Michigan Avenue & E Lake St., Chicago, IL

Millennium Art Festival @ Michigan Avenue & E Lake St., 10:00am – 5:00pm WHAT: Three days of great art in the middle of downtown SO WHAT: Millennium Art Festival will have an wide range of artwork on display including paintings, ceramics, photography, and furniture from over 130 juried artists! There will also be plenty of festival food, live music by French singer, Michelet, and artist demonstrations throughout the fest! Several artists from this show are participating in Amdur Productions’ Green Ribbon Project, so if you see a green ribbon on a piece of art, 10% of the sale will be…

FREE

Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 @ Union Park

Union Park 1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, Noon – 10:00pm WHAT: A music festival focused on some of the best music you can find today SO WHAT: Pitchfork have been the taste-makers in the just-under-the-mainstream community for a while and they know how to put on a good festival. This year is no different with a stellar lineup including headliners like The National, Mitski, and the Roots! Check out the full lineup here! NOW WHAT: Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10am! Single day passes are $99 ($199 for plus) and 3-day passes for $200…

$99 – $399

Tacos y Tamales Festival @ Pilsen at S Peoria St & W 16th St.

Tacos y Tamales Festival @ Pilsen S Peoria St & W 16th St., Chicago, IL

Tacos y Tamales Festival @ Pilsen, S Peoria St & W 16th St.,Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 10:00pm, All Ages WHAT: Some Latin American staples highlighted in this fun fest SO WHAT: Discover authentic and delicious tacos and tamales from several regions of Latin America at this great looking street festival. In addition to all the great food you’ll get a chance to experience local art installations, buy some good from vendors, and enjoy some Latin music and Dance performances! And let’s not forget a nice beer garden from Modelo! NOW WHAT: Entry is free but…

FREE
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