2021 Chicago Summer Festival Guide | Chicago News

2021 Chicago Summer Festival Guide | Chicago News

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The Taste of Lincoln Avenue returns July 24-25, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Neighborhood street festivals, art shows, outdoor concerts — including Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago — are returning this summer as the Chicago area reopens.

As with most things this year, the coronavirus pandemic has put its stamp on summer events: some have been postponed until later in the season, some outright canceled for 2021; others are finalizing dates and details. We’ll keep this list updated as more information is available.

Learn more about each event from the organizers themselves by clicking the links below.


July Jump to: August | September

Lil Pump on stage at Lollapalooza on Aug. 4, 2018. Lollapalooza will return at full capacity July 29-Aug. 1, 2021.  (Scott Witt / Lollapalooza 2018)Lil Pump on stage at Lollapalooza on Aug. 4, 2018. Lollapalooza will return at full capacity July 29-Aug. 1, 2021. (Scott Witt / Lollapalooza 2018)

July 14-18: Kane County Fair (St. Charles) | Map

July 14-Aug. 25: Northcenter Summer Concert Series | Map

July 15: Taco Crawl (Rogers Park) | Map 

July 15-18: Highwood Toagie Fest | Map

July 16-17: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

July 16-18: Millennium Art Festival (Loop) | Map

July 16-18: Tacos y Tamales Festival (Pilsen) | Map

July 17: Volleywood Electric Beach (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 17-18: Bucktown Neighborhood & Garden Walk | Various locations

July 17-18: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map

July 17-18: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

July 23: Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | Map

July 23-25: Lincoln Square Greek Fest | Map

July 23-25: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 23-Oct. 29: Chalk Howard Street (virtual)

July 24-25: Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 24-25: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

July 24-25: Geneva Arts Fair | Map

July 24-25: Colombian Fest (Humboldt Park) | Map

July 25: Xperience (West Town) | Map

July 25: Gospelfest (North Chicago) | Map

July 27-31: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 29-Aug. 1 Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map

July 29-Aug. 1: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen) | Map

July 30: Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | Map

July 30-Aug. 1: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

July 30-Aug. 1: Festa Italiana (Naperville) | Map

July 30-Aug. 1: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map

July 31: Wrigleyville Art Market | Map

July 31-Aug. 1: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

Through Aug. 22: PorchJams Series | Various locations in Lakeview and Roscoe Village

Through Aug. 28: Outdoor Summer Concert Series (Jefferson Park) | Map

Through Sept. 12: Sundays on State (Loop) | Map


August Jump to: July | September 

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival returns Aug. 13-15, 2021. (Courtesy of Amdur Productions)Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival returns Aug. 13-15, 2021. (Courtesy of Amdur Productions)

Aug. 2-Sept. 16: Millennium Park Summer Music Series | Map

Aug. 6: Frida Fridays (Wheaton) | Map

Aug. 6:  Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 6-8: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map

Aug. 6-8: Chicago Michelada Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 6-8: Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets (West Town) | Map

Aug. 7: Wheaton Brew Fest | Map

Aug. 7: Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge (Irving Park) | Map

Aug. 7: Farm & Barn Fest (Mokena) | Map

Aug. 7-8: Printer’s Row Art Fest | Map

Aug. 7-8 World of Faeries Festival (South Elgin) | Map

Aug. 7-8: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

Aug. 12-15: Little Italy Festa Taylor St. | Map

Aug. 13: Bitter Jest Music Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 13-14: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

Aug. 13-15: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 13-15: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 13-15: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 14: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 14: Joliet Blues Festival | Map

Aug. 14: Highwood Pride Fest | Map

Aug. 14: Wrigleyville Art Market | Map

Aug. 14: Firefest 2021 (North Lanwdale) | Map

Aug. 14-15: Wells Street Art Festival (Old Town) | Map

Aug. 14-15: Thirsty Ears Festival (Ravenswood) | Map

Aug. 14-15: Pilsen Fest | Map

Aug. 18: Garlic Fest (Highwood) | Map

Aug. 18-Sept. 15: Chicago SummerDance | Various locations

Aug. 19: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 19-Sept. 19: Chicago In Tune | Various locations

Aug. 20-21: Taste of River North | Map

Aug. 20-22: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 20-22: Summer Smash (Douglas Park) | Map

Aug. 20-22: Ruido Fest (West Town) | Map

Aug. 21: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Map

Aug. 21-22: U.S. Navy Blue Angels (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 21-22: Sangria Festival (Humboldt Park) | Map

Aug. 21-22: Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park (Loop) | Map

Aug. 21-22: Ukranian Days Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 25-29: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 27-29: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 27-29: Corn Fest (DeKalb) | Map

Aug. 27-29: Skokie’s Backlot Bash | Map

Aug. 27-29: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Aug. 27-29: Palatine Street Fest | Map

Aug. 28-29: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map

Aug. 28-29: Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts | Map

Aug. 28-29: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 28-29: My House Music Festival (Pilsen) | Map

Aug. 29: PorchFest Roscoe Village | Map

Aug. 29: Taste of Armenia (Evanston) | Map


September Jump to: July | August

Roscoe Village Burger Fest fires up the grills Sept. 4-5, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)Roscoe Village Burger Fest fires up the grills Sept. 4-5, 2021. (Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Sept. 3: Chicago In Tune: Gospel Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 3-5: NorthCoast Music Festival (Bridgeview) | Map

Sept. 3-5: Westmont Lions Club Red, White & Bar-B-Q | Map

Sept. 3-5: Nashwood (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 3-6: Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling | Map

Sept. 4: Chicago in Tune: Jazz Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 4-5: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map

Sept. 4-5: ARC Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Sept. 4-5: Morton Grove Labor Days | Map

Sept. 4-6: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 4-6: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 5: Bike the Drive | Various locations

Sept. 5: Bitter Jest Music Festival Grand Finale Concert & Fireworks (Highland Park) | Map

Sept. 8-12: Sandwich Fair | Map

Sept. 8-12: Little Italy Fest-West (Addison) | Map

Sept. 11: Valslist Emerge Winnetka (Winnetka Music Festival) | Map

Sept. 10-12: Lincoln Park Greek Fest | Map

Sept. 10-12: Pitchfork Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Sept. 10-12: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 10-12: Festival of the Vine (Geneva) | Map

Sept. 11: Northern Illinois Airshow (Waukegan) | Map

Sept. 11: Revolutionary War Re-enactment (Wheaton) | Map

Sept. 11: Chicago In Tune: House Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 11: Chicago Vegandale Food and Drink Fest (Loop) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Printers Row Lit Fest | Map

Sept. 11-12: Military History Weekend (Lockport) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Naper Pride Fest (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Oak Brook Art Festival | Map

Sept. 11-12: Art on the Fox Algonquin | Map

Sept. 11-12: International Festival of Life and Jerk Seafood and Vegan Fest (Prairie Shores) | Map

Sept. 11-12: Hyde Park Summer Fest | Map

Sept. 12: Scandinavian Day (South Elgin) | Map

Sept. 12: DeKalb Kite Fest | Map

Sept. 17-18: Naper Nights (Naperville) | Map

Sept. 17-19: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 18: Water Lantern Festival (Aurora) | Map

Sept. 18: Chicago In Tune: Blues Music (Loop) | Map

Sept. 18-19: Artfest Michigan Avenue (Near North Side) | Map

Sept. 18-19: West Loop Art Fest Map

Sept. 18-19: Renegade Craft Fair (Wicker Park) | Map

Sept. 19: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map

Sept. 23-26: Puerto Rican Festival (Humboldt Park) Map

Sept. 24-26: Oktoberfest Chicago (Lakeview) | Map

Sept. 25-26: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

ANNUAL SEPTEMBER EVENTS NOT HAPPENING IN 2021

Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) 


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Do you know of a festival that we missed?  Send us an email.


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