2021 Chicago Summer Festival Guide – July Edition

As the City reopens fully this summer, neighborhood street festivals, art shows, and outdoor concerts — including Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago — will return to Chicago.

As has been the case with most things this year, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted summer events: some have been rescheduled for later in the season, while others have been canceled entirely until the end of 2021. Others are finalizing dates and details.

We have prepared the ultimate guide to the fun and exciting festivals happening all over the City for the year 2021. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

 

 

July 1-4: Long Play Music Fest
Thu, July 1, 2021 – 3 pm-11 pm
Fri, July 2, 2021 – 12 pm – 11 pm
Sat, July 3, 2021 – 12 pm – 11 pm
Sun, July 4, 2021 – 12 pm – 10:30 pm
Rivets Stadium – 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park, IL
https://www.starevents.com/event/long-play-music-fest
Highlights: Long Play Music Fest is a 4th of July Weekend celebration with awesome bands and the best area restaurants grilling up in the Grill Pit. Thursday will open with a baseball game and the Carnival, live music in the evening. Right before the headliners take the stage, the sky will ignite with impressive fireworks shows every night!

July 1-5: 2021 Hometown Fest
Thu, July 1, 2021 – 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri, July 2, 2021, Noon-Midnight
Sat, July 3, 2021 – Noon-Midnight
Sun, July 4, 2021 – Noon-Midnight
Mon, July 5, 2021 – Noon- 5:00 pm
Palatine Community Park – 250 E Wood St, Palatine, IL
https://palatinejaycees.org/hometown-fest/
Highlights: The Palatine Jaycees have partnered with the Village of Palatine and Palatine Park District to host Hometown Fest, Palatine’s Fourth of July Celebration. The festival includes live bands, food vendors, a carnival, a business expo and craft fair, Family Day, and many other family activities.

July 2-5: Windy City Tango Festival
Fri, July 2, 11:30 am – Mon, July 5, 1 am
Dance Center Chicago – 2nd Floor, 3868 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
https://312movement.com/windy-city-tango-festival/
Highlights: This Tango Festival, organized by the 312 Movement, aims to promote, support, organize, and teach Tango as a social dance and art form. The festival will showcase Chicago’s tango DJs to provide the best tango beats and inspire everyone to dance to their heart’s content. In addition, there will be performances by Chicago’s top Tango dancers. Advance registration and proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test result that was taken a day before or the day of the festival is mandatory.

July 2-5: Mundelein Community Days Festival
Fri, July 2 – Mon, July 5
Kracklauer Park – 116 N. Lake Street, Mundelein, IL
https://www.mundelein.org/community/community-days-2021
Highlights: The Mundelein Community Days is a family-oriented festival that offers something for everyone. Carnival, fireworks, parades, food, music, games, contests, demonstrations, displays, and lots of kids’ activities.

July 2-Aug. 21: Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Salute
Fri, July 2, 6:30 pm – Sat, July 3, 8 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion – 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
https://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/music/2021-season/independence-day-salute
Highlights: A concert featuring a medley of patriotic favorites, including the Armed Forces Salute, Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes, the 1812 Overture, and the grand finale, Stars and Stripes Forever.

July 4: 14th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks
Sun, July 4, 2021 – 5 pm – 10 pm
Deerpath Community Park – 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest, IL.
https://lfparksandrec.com
Highlights: This year’s music lineup includes headliner 16 Candles and opener Hello Weekend. After the show, enjoy the most fantastic fireworks display on the North Shore set to an amazing playlist of patriotic music. The gates open at 5:00 pm, and the fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 pm.

July 7: Taste of Chicago 2021
Wed, July 7 – Sun, July 11
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html
Highlights: Taste of Chicago To-Go will return this summer with special events around the city, including pop-up cooking demonstrations, the return of the “Community Eats” community meal program, and other special events promoting Chicago’s amazing restaurant industry. The Taste of Chicago is the nation’s largest free-admission food festival, showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s culinary culture, alongside music concerts by famous performers, art activities, and family fun.

July 8-9: Fresh Fest!
Thu, July 8 – Fri, July 9, 12 pm – 8:30 pm
Navy Pier – 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
https://navypier.org
Highlights: A two-day free, family-friendly youth performance festival that is open to the public. A pier-wide youth performance showcase features young musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists on the Wave Wall performance platform.

July 8-11: Windy City Smokeout
Thu, July 8 – Sun, July 11
United Center – 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL
https://www.windycitysmokeout.com/
Highlights: The Windy City Smokeout combines country music, barbecue, and craft beer into one legendary Chicago weekend. The outdoor fest takes place in the shadow of the iconic United Center, with an impressive musical lineup featuring country superstars and up-and-coming talent. The 2021 festival lineup includes some of the biggest names in the industry, including Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, and Jon Pardi.

July 8-11: Palos Hills Friendship Festival 2021
Thu, July 8 – 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri, July 9 – 6 pm – Midnight
Sat, July 10 – Noon-Midnight
Sun, July 11 – 1 pm – 10:30 pm
Moraine Valley Campus – 1o 7th and 88th Avenue, Palos Hills, IL.
https://www.paloshillsweb.org/index.php/departments/parks-recreation/friendship-fest/
Highlights: A festival full of exciting activities, such as a carnival, food courts, live music, a Bingo Bonanza, pony rides and petting zoo, car show, and much-anticipated fireworks display on Sunday. of entertainment to be enjoyed by both adults and children.

July 8-11: 2021 Taste of Westmont
Thu, July 8 – 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Fri, July 9 – 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Sat, July 10 – 12 Noon – 10 pm
Sun, July 11 – 1 pm – 8 pm
https://westmontevents.com/taste-of-westmont
Highlights: Taste of Westmont is one of the largest free outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area with great live music on two stages, incredible restaurant food vendors, craft shows, commercial vendors, carnival rides, and our beer tent with a variety of drinks, including margaritas and more.

July 9: Soul Yoga Fest
Fri, July 9 – 6 pm – 10 pm
Sat, July 10 – 9 am – 6 pm
Fuller Park Field House – 331 W 45th St, Chicago, IL
https://kemeticyogaskills.com/soul-yoga-fest-chicago
Highlights: Soul Yoga Fest is the annual celebration of Yoga, Fitness, Holistic Health, and Life taking place in Chicago. There will be free classes and workshops for the community in Kemetic Yoga, Meditation, dance, Martial Arts, and more for people of all ages and levels of ability, including classes for children and seniors. In addition, a variety of vendors will be featuring natural and culturally positive products and services.

July 10-11: Southport Art Fair
Sat, July 10 – Sun, July 11, 10 am – 7 pm
Wrigleyville – W. Waveland Ave. & N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL
https://www.starevents.com/event/southport-art-fest/
Highlights: One of the “Best Festivals in Town,” the street festival will feature an assorted mix of fine art by the city’s best and most diverse artists. The Southport Art Fest will put numerous art forms, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media, on the center stage all weekend long. In addition, a special kid’s area has been designed with interactive games and activities.

July 10-11: Barrio Fest 2021
Sat, July 10, 10 am – 6 pm
Sun, July 11, 11 am – 5 pm
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture – 3015 W Division St, Chicago, IL
https://nmprac.org
Highlights: This yearly summer event brings together a selection of local artists and craft makers, food vendors, dancers, and music performers, and family workshop activities for the community to enjoy. The museum will be turned into a family gathering space that extends through the museum premises, including the museum facility, keeping the galleries open. So come for a weekend of local talent in a family-friendly environment!

July 10-Aug. 28: Summer Concert Series
July 10, 17, 24 – 6 pm
August 7, 14, 21, 28 – 6 pm
Copernicus Center – 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL
https://copernicuscenter.org/
Highlights: An Outdoor Summer Concert Series that runs for eight weeks. Beginning on Saturday, July 10, music lovers of all ages can come to enjoy live bands at the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park. There is no better way to enjoy your summer nights than under the stars, with your favorite bands and the local kitchen. Rain or shine, the event will proceed. A full bar and kitchen will be ready to serve you under the lights as you bop to your favorite tunes.

July 14-18: 2021 Kane County Fair
Wed-Thu, July 14-15, 3 pm – 11 pm
Fri-Sat, July 16-17, 12 pm – 12 am
Sun, July 18, 12 pm – 10 pm
Kane County Fairgrounds – 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles, IL.
http://www.kanecountyfair.com/
Highlights: This top-rated summer event features magic shows, a petting zoo, Kiddy Land, carnival rides, pig racing, tiger encounter, car show, Top-Rated Summer Event, bull riding, an art gallery, wine tasting, carnival food, and live music.

July 15-19: 2021 Chicago Auto Show
July 15-18, 9 am – 10 pm
July 19, 9 am – 8 pm
McCormick Place – West Building, 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL
https://www.chicagoautoshow.com
Highlights: Auto show fans will now experience more outdoor test-drive opportunities, test tracks, and technology demonstrations, which will take place along Indiana Avenue and surrounding city streets. All tickets must be purchased online, and there will be no ticket booths at the venue. In addition, event favorites like the indoor test tracks for Camp Jeep and Ram Truck and Subaru’s popular pet adoption event are returning.

July 16-17: Naper Nights
July 16-17, 5 pm – 10 pm
August 13-14, 5 pm – 10 pm
September 17-18, 5 pm – 10 pm
Naper Settlement – Webster and Aurora, Naperville, IL
https://www.napersettlement.org/236/Naper-Nights
Highlights: Naper Nights explores major historical milestones and its effect on pop culture with themed musical tribute concerts. Rock out with your community as you eat, drink, dance, and hear the area’s best tribute bands perform your favorite rock, pop, country, and soul hits. The variety of entertainment at this event brings together music lovers from all genres.

July 16-18: Millennium Art Festival
July 16, 11 am – 6 pm
July 17, 10 am – 6 pm
July 18, 10 am – 5 pm
Lake Street, Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
https://amdurproductions.com/event/2021-millennium-art-festival
Highlights: Popping up for a three-day weekend, the top-ranked art and design show, the Millennium Art Festival, brings the art of happiness to the heart of downtown Chicago. The Millennium Art Festival embodies Amdur Productions’ dedication to crafting an experience of art exploration. An array of artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography, and furniture, showcases the talents of more than 110 juried artists who participated in this city-centric festival.

July 16-18: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest
Fri, July 16, 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat-Sun, July 17-18, 11 am – 10 pm
3200 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
https://chicagoevents.com/events/belmont-sheffield-music-fest/
Highlights: Held at the busy Lakeview intersection, this 36th annual event unofficially kicks off Chicago’s summer street fest season with top local tribute bands on the main stage, a second community entertainment stage at Belmont, food/libation, and artisans.

July 16-18, 2021: The Big Greek Food Festival.
Fri, July 16 – Sun, July 18 (TENTATIVE – Please visit the event website for updates)
Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church – 7373 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL
http://www.biggreekfoodfestofniles.org/
Highlights: The Greek community of Niles, Illinois, annually holds a festival focused on Greek cuisine and culture. The festival takes place in the Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church. Visitors can enjoy Greek cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dances, Greek live music, Greek films, food kiosks, Grecian taverns, and a kids’ corner.

July 17: Country & Western Music Festival 2021
Sat, July 17, 2 pm
Barney Callaghan’s Pub – 10618 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL
https://www.countryonwestern.com/
Highlights: COW offers a Country Music experience that brings together some of the very best up-and-coming artists from Chicago and beyond. With performances from great bands and restaurants serving delicious food, concert-goers will be entertained by country music of all varieties, from traditional swing to Americana; alt-country to outlaws; folk to bluegrass.

July 17: Volleywood Featuring Corona Electric Beach
Sat, July 17, 11 am – 7 pm
North Avenue Beach – 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
https://www.volleywoodchicago.com/
Highlight: Chicago’s only beachfront music fest, featuring eight hours of live music performed by five famous artists on one event stage. Avail of the full VIP experience in a Private Cabana with up to 12 guests and amenities include a beverage package with a designated server, shaded seating area, sponsor giveaways, close access to the VIP bar, restrooms, and lounge, and front stage viewing.

July 17-18: Bucktown Neighborhood & Garden Walk 2021
July 17-18, 10 am – 6 pm
Bucktown Neighborhood, Chicago, IL
https://bucktown.org/bucktown-neighborhood-garden-walk-2021/
Highlights: Join the Bucktown Neighborhood and Garden Walk on a pandemic-friendly self-guided tour and browse through the urban gardens, watch the artists create their artworks, public arts, historical sites, churches, and stop at the local store for event tokens. The Garden Walk will include live music within the gardens. About 70 gardens in this trendy neighborhood have signed up to be on display this summer, including front and back yards, garages, and rooftops.

July 18: Lithuanian World Center Summer Fest!
July 18, 9 am – 5 pm
Lithuanian World Center – 14911 127th Street, Lemont, IL
https://www.lcenter.org/events/summer-fest/
Highlights: An exciting event showcasing the Lithuanian heritage through delicious food, arts and crafts, décor, books, organic produce, essential oils, and many more.

July 23-25: Wicker Park Fest
Fri, July 23, 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat, July 24, Noon – 10 pm
Sun, July 25, Noon – 10 pm
Fallback dates October 1-3, 2021
Wicker Park – 1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com
Highlights: Wicker Park Fest is one of Chicago’s top-drawing festivals, attracting visitors from across Chicagoland and the country with its fantastic music lineup. The Wicker Park Fest reflects the neighborhood’s rich musical heritage, vibrant nightlife, and acclaimed restaurants. It offers a weekend of eclectic music, great local food, arts and crafts, and retail vendors.

July 23-24: Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 2021 Chicago Latin Jazz Festival
Fri, July 23, 11 pm – Sat, July 24, 6 pm – 8 pm
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N Humboldt Dr., Chicago, IL
https://www.jazzinchicago.org/events-1/chicago-latin-jazz-festival
Highlights: The Chicago Latin Jazz Festival returns to Humboldt Park this summer with a drive-in concert featuring a lineup of the hottest Latin Jazz ensembles. While free, pre-registration is required. Online registration will open on Friday, July 9. This festival is a free concert series by the Jazz Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago Park District to bring people together from across the city to listen to Chicago’s top jazz musicians.

July 24-25: Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Sat, July 24 – Sun, July 25, Noon – 10 pm
Lincoln Avenue and Fullerton, Chicago, IL
https://www.tasteoflincolnchicago.com/
Highlights: The Taste of Lincoln Avenue is Wrightwood’s annual fundraiser. The Taste began in 1984 as a way to help fund the WNA organization and to provide financial support for local schools and organizations through grants. The Taste of Lincoln Avenue features many talented performers and excellent food, retail, and craft vendors.

July 24-25: Colombian Fest Chicago
Sat, July 24 – Sun, July 25
Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
https://www.colombianfestchicago.com/
Highlights: El Gran Festival Colombiano is a world-class Latinx Festival that features Colombian music from international and local artists. In addition, there will be dancing, a health fair, a kids’ zone, a carnival, circus acts, arts and crafts, festival food and drinks, and a lot more.

July 24-25: Glencoe Festival of Art
July 24-25, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm
700 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe, IL
https://amdurproductions.com/event/2021-glencoe-festival-of-art/
Highlights: More than 90 juried artists from across the country will be showcasing their work in various mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood. In addition to the one-of-a-kind pieces on display for purchase, artists will be available to provide live demonstrations and booth chats. Festival-goers will enjoy live music, fun art activities for kids, and great food.

July 24-25: Glenview Art League: Summer Art Fair
Fri – Sat, July 24-25
Lake St. & Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL
https://glenviewartleague.org/home/summer-art-fair/
Highlights: The summer art fair focuses on fine art and fine craft and is held in a beautiful setting. Children’s activities include balloon sculpture, face painting, and art projects, as well as Pinot’s Palette, henna painting, musicians, and delicious food from a local food truck.

July 26-30: SPFest Chicago 2021
Mon – Fri, July 26-30, 2021
McCormick Place – 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL
https://www.sharepointfest.com/Chicago
Highlights: SPFest Chicago 2021 is an in-person event that features the world’s leading experts in SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and Azure. SharePoint Fest has content designed to fit all levels of experience and areas of interest. Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft Regional Directors, and Microsoft engineers conduct the workshops and sessions. With two optional days of workshops and a 3-day conference, you can choose from over 130 sessions in multiple tracks and 25 workshops.

July 29-Aug. 1: Lollapalooza
Fri, July 30, 6 am – 5 pm
Grant Park – 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
https://www.lollapalooza.com/
Highlights: With eight stages, and 170+ bands from all over the world, every Lolla lineup makes hands wave, heads nod, and crowds holler. Delicious festival food, drinks, and sweets from Windy City’s favorite restaurants will also be showcased. Register your mobile number to receive the latest updates on lineups, tickets, and other festival updates.

July 29-Aug. 1: Fiesta Del Sol
Thu, July 29 – Sun, August 1, 9 am – 6 pm
Cermak Road from Ashland to Morgan St., Chicago, IL
https://www.fiestadelsol.org/
Highlights: Fiesta Del Sol is a free, family-friendly Mexican festival in the heart of one of Chicago’s most attractive communities – Pilsen. There will be a carnival Ferris Wheel and over 100 booths showcasing some of the best tacos, tamales, and tostadas in town. Well-known artists, as well as up-and-coming talent, perform on the festival’s two stages.

July 30-Aug. 1: Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival
Fri, July 30, 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat, July 31, 2 pm – 10 pm
Sun, August 1, 2 pm – 9 pm
Jefferson Memorial Park – 4822 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL
https://chicagoevents.com/events/jeff-fest/
Highlights: Jeff Fest, also known as Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival, is a fun-filled event with live music, tasty foods, family fun, and more entertainment activities. Beyond music and food, the Kids’ Zone area on the park’s north side features many fantastic activities for families. It’s also where one will find the fest’s grooving “Community Stage.”

July 30-Aug. 1: Festa Italiana
Fri, July 30, 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat, July 31, 12 pm – 10 pm
Sun, August 1, 12 pm – 8 pm
Naper Settlement – Webster and Aurora, Naperville, IL
https://www.starevents.com/event/festa-italiana/
Highlights: Festa Italiana showcases authentic Italian culture, music, food, artisans, and so much more! It is a 3-day extravaganza with live Italian & rock music, family-friendly entertainment, great merchants, and authentic Italian restaurants.

July 30-Aug. 1: Lake County Fair: ‘Back To Our Roots’ Micro Fair
Fri-Sun, July 30-August 1
The Lake County Fairgrounds – 1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL
https://lcfair.com/back-to-our-roots
Highlights: ‘Back To Our Roots’ Micro Fair is a gathering place for families and friends of all ages. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motocross, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall, and so much more.

July 31: Wrigleyville Art Market
Sat, July 31, 10 am – 5 pm
Gallagher Way – 3635 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL
https://amdurproductions.com/event/2021-wrigleyville-art-market-july-31/
Highlights: The market will feature 50 select artists and artisans showing and selling their handmade arts and crafts, jewelry pieces, up-cycled items, functional art for beer and wine lovers, and unique wearables at this one-day pop-up show. Delicious local restaurants will be within walking distance for hungry art lovers as well!

July 31-Aug 1: Art at the Glen
July 31, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm
August 1, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm
The Glen Town Center – 2030 Tower Drive, Glenview, IL
https://amdurproductions.com/event/2021-art-at-the-glen/
Highlights: Art at the Glen is a weekend-long art festival featuring the work of over 140 juried artists from across the country. There will be a display and sale of unique art pieces in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, furniture, and jewelry.

July 31-Aug 1: Chinatown Summer Fair
July 31, 12 pm – 10 pm
August 1, 12 pm – 7 pm
2200 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL
https://www.ccc-foundation.org/summer-fair/
Highlights: This iconic event is one of the most ethnically unique outdoor events in Chicago and the Midwest. Attracting more than 40,000 people from throughout the region, the Chinatown Summer Fair is a true celebration of the Far East’s beauty and culture, including food, art, and music. This street festival will open with a lion dance procession at 12:30 pm, followed by Asian performances, kung-fu demonstrations, food from Chinatown’s restaurants and novelties from unique gift shops, arts and crafts exhibits, and street vendors with an array of merchandise.