July 2021 Chicago Festivals Guide & Schedule


Neighborhood street festivals, art shows, open air concerts – including Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago – return as Chicago this summer. back Area reopened. As with most things this year, the coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on summer events: some have been postponed to a later point in the season, some canceled entirely for 2021; others set dates and details. However, the improvement in coronavirus numbers has made more summer festivals possible in Chicago. And the city has given the go-ahead for festivals and “general outdoor spectator events” to welcome 15 people per 1,000 square feet. Here are the latest updates on the July 2021 Chicago Festivals Guide.

July 2nd – Aug. 21: Grant Park Music Festival

Jay Pritzker Pavilion | 201 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival is the only remaining free outdoor classical music series. Each summer, the festival is committed to bringing free classical music to all of Chicago.

July 2nd – August 27th: Watercolors

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

A live jazz series on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage.

July 7th to 11th: Taste of chicago | Different places

Grant Park | 337 E Randoplh St, Chicago, IL

The next event in our Chicago Festival Guide is the Taste of Chicago. The festival offers free entry and has been taking place for more than 35 years. The festival is considered one of the largest food festivals in the world.

July 8th to 11th: Fumigation in the Windy City

United Center | 1901 W Madison Street, Chicago, IL

Windy City Smokeout combines all of these things into one legendary Chicago weekend. The outdoor festival takes place in the shadow of the legendary United Center and features an impressive musical line-up with country superstars and emerging talent.

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10th of July: Bastille Day Chicago

Lycée Français de Chicago | 1929 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL

Chicago celebrates France’s National Day in style on Montrose Beach. The Windy City Festival, which saw the storming of the Bastille in 1789, is fun for the whole family. It starts with a picnic and music and continues with pétanque, a movie and more.

July 10th to 11th: Southport Art Fest

Wrigleyville | W. Waveland Ave. & N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL

Chicago’s iconic Southport Corridor comes to life next summer when the Southport Art Fest takes over Waveland and Southport in July 2021. The event, named one of the “Best Festivals in Town” in TimeOut Chicago, offers a mixed mix of visual arts and the setting for a picture-perfect Chicago street festival.

July 10, 28: Summer concert series outdoors

Copernicus Center | 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL

Starting Saturday, July 10th, music lovers of all ages can enjoy live bands at the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy your summer nights under the stars, head to Chicago’s Outdoor Summer Concert Festival. The festival is presented Your favorite bands and local cuisine. Doors open 5pm $ 10 general admission.

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July 11th – September 12th: Sundays on the state

Chicago Loop Alliance | 55 W Monroe Street # 2660, Chicago, IL

Chicago’s most famous street, State Street, will be closed to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer, turning into an open street full of surprises. Get together with neighbors from every community in Chicago and beyond for this free, interactive block party while you enjoy the arts, culture, active recreation, retail, bars, restaurants, and local attractions safely. Experience everyone’s neighborhood, the loop, like never before!

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15th of July: Taco Crawl (Rogers Park)

Clark Street

Local restaurants serve their signature tacos while you stroll down Clark St. and learn about the community. The crawl takes place along Clark St. between Devon Ave. and Rogers Ave. Rain or Shine instead. Buy tickets in advance for $ 20 and the day of the year for $ 30.

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16.-18. July: Millennium Arts Festival

Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL

The high-profile art and design show Millennium Art Festival, which turns up for a three-day weekend, brings the art of happiness to the heart of downtown Chicago. The Millennium Art Festival embodies Amdur Productions’ commitment to creating an art exploration experience. A range of artworks, including paintings, ceramics, photography, and furniture, showcase the talents of more than 110 judged artists participating in this city-centered festival. The Millennium Art Festival brings a creative spirit to the urban streets of Chicago.

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16.-18. July: Tacos y Tamales Festival

16. & Peoria, Pilsen, Chicago, IL

From traditional mariachis, songs and dances to the best of Latin pop rock … the entertainment elements of the Tacos y Tamales Festival are second to none. Guests can expect a full weekend line-up on the stage and in the streets, where the music is as authentic as the food, culture and the pulse of the festival itself. For more information on the Tacos y Tamales Festival, see our article more here.

17th July: Volleywood Electric Beach

North Ave. Beach | 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

Volleywood Electric Beach is Chicago’s only beach music festival with 8 hours of music and 5 artists on one stage.

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17th-18th July: Bucktown District & Garden Walk &

Stroll the neighborhood and see the city’s 98 gardens, listen to music, watch a visual artist create his art, stop at your favorite neighborhood shop for a BNGW special and find out everything what makes Bucktown so great. Here is a guide to urban gardens, Garden Happenings, our music, artist and weekend program for local businesses, public art, attractions, schools, churches, parks, gardens and other notable places for Chicago residents and visitors to enjoy their free time .

17th-18th July: Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

On Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe St. | 3200 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL

Whatever time it happens, enjoy this popular 36th annual street show on Sheffield Avenue in the heart of Lakeview (and just steps from Belmont El Train Station). Don’t miss the top local tribute bands on the main stage (near Roscoe), great food, libations (beer and wine), and artisans. Also expect an eclectic “community” entertainment venue near Belmont with fun neighborhood music acts, DJs and other artists.

17th-18th July: Chinatown summer fair

2200 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL

This iconic event is one of the most ethnically unique outdoor events in Chicago and the Midwest. The Chinatown Summer Fair attracts more than 40,000 people from across the region and is a true celebration of Far Eastern beauty and culture, including food, art and music on Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Avenue to Chicago’s 24th Place.

Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. This neighborhood street festival opens at 12:30 p.m. with a lion dance procession, a welcome at 1 p.m. on the main stage, followed by Asian performances. Kung fu demonstrations, tastings from Chinatown’s restaurants and unique souvenir shops, arts and crafts exhibitions, street vendors with a wide range of goods and a children’s area.

23-25 July: Greek Festival in Lincoln Square Square

Held in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, the Greek Festival is a celebration of Greek culture and tradition. During the festival days, visitors can enjoy live Greek music, authentic Greek food, plenty of activities for children, arts and crafts stalls, and much more.

23-25 July: Weidenparkfest

One of the most anticipated summer festivals in Chicago and named “Chicago’s Best Street Festival of the Summer” by the Chicago Tribune, Wicker Park Fest is one of the most popular festivals in Chicago, drawing visitors from all over Chicago and across the country with its fantastic line of music -above. The Wicker Park Fest reflects the district’s rich musical heritage, vibrant nightlife and renowned restaurants. Building on the unique character of the area, the weekend celebrates the neighborhood with eclectic music, great local cuisine, crafts, a kids’ area, and retail vendors.

24.-25. July: Taste of Lincoln Avenue

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago | 2727 W Winona St, Chicago, IL

In a city full of street fairs, you will hardly find anything more iconic than the 37th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue. And like a good wine, it has aged (and grown) well over the years. It offers a lot of fun things besides the many foods, handicrafts and other providers.

24.-25. July: Colombian festival

Kelvyn (William) Park | 4438 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL

Chicago’s summer festival that celebrates the love of Colombian and Latin American culture through song, dance, food, and fellowship.

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JJuly 29th – Aug. 1: Lollapalooza

Grant Park

Lolla takes over historic Grant Park in downtown Chicago, next to the beautiful Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan. Use interactive areas with freebies, merch and more! With 8 stages and over 170 bands from all over the world, every Lolla lineup has hands waving, heads nodding and the crowd screaming.

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July 29th – Aug. 1: Fiesta del Sol (Pilsen)

1000-1600 W Cermak Road, Chicago, IL

Fiesta Del Sol is a free four day family friendly Mexican festival in the heart of one of Chicago’s most attractive communities – Pilsen. This event spans eight blocks along Cermak Road and can be seen from afar due to the carnival ferris wheel and the bright lights of over 100 stalls showcasing some of the best tacos, tamales, and tostadas in town.

July 30th – Aug. 1: Jeff Fest

Jefferson Memorial Park | 4822 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL

The cozy neighborhood of Jefferson Park to the northwest hosts its annual community party of food, music, crafts and activities for children. The event is $ 5 and the times are Friday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday 2pm – 10pm, Sunday 2pm – 9pm.

July 31: Wrigleyville Art Market

Gallagher Way | 3635 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Located just outside the famous Wrigley Field on Gallagher Way, the market is lined with 50 unique artists showing DIY themed pieces, beautiful jewelry, upcycling, functional art for beer and wine lovers, and unique wearables. Unique works of art are exhibited and can be purchased at various prices. Plus, artists are available all day to share their DIY inspirations and provide insight into their artistic processes. Delicious local restaurants are within walking distance for hungry art lovers too!

Featured Image Source: Taste of Chicago on Facebook


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