Chicago events calendar for August 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in August 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Skate-ramp art show

August 1, 2015 (begins July 31)

5 miles NW

See skate ramps that are works of art at Slanted Canvas, featuring a reception, skating demonstration, music, and awards ceremony at Genesis Art Supply.

Beer festival

August 1, 2015

27 miles west

Taste 80 micro brews, sample food, and hear live music at Wheaton Brew Fest in Wheaton.

Corn festival

August 1, 2015

28 miles NW

A ticket to Corn Fest gets you a hamburger, brat, or hot dog; pop, watermelon, and all the fresh-picked corn you can eat. Includes arts & craft fair and bazaar, at Community Church in Rolling Meadows.

Comic play

August 1 - 2, 2015 (also July)

0.5 miles SW

Tony Award winner for best play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a zany farce about a dysfunctional family with themes and characters from Chekhov at Goodman Theatre. Discount tickets $23 to $45.


August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 31)

1.5 miles south

Lollapalooza is a 3-day music festival with more than 100 popular alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, and hip hop bands; comedy and dance; and craft booths in Grant Park. Affordable tickets sold out.

Anne of Green Gables

August 1 - 2, 2015)

2.8 miles SW

Based on a bestseller, Anne of Green Gables is about an adopted girl who grows up in rural Prince Edward Island, at Provision Theater.

Latino festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 30)

4 miles SW

Fiesta del Sol delivers live entertainment, local art, diverse cuisine, carnival rides, but no alcohol on W. Cermak Rd. between Morgan and Ashland. Free.

Latin American festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

6.5 miles NW

Taste of Latin America: Food, Wine, Art Festival is a neighborhood festival with cooking demonstrations, food, world music, beer & wine tents, a kids’ area, and arts & crafts on W Armitage Ave. from Central Park Ave to Avers Street. Free.

Edgewater festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

8 miles north

Edge Fest offers North Side cuisine, local bands, karaoke, costumed dogs, and art on North Broadway from Thorndale to Ardmore. Donation.

Evanston arts festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

13 miles north

Lakeshore Arts Festival showcases 100 artists, live music (jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, baroque, and indie pop), a silent art auction, a children’s craft tent, and food vendors at Dawes Park in Evanston. Free.

Into the Woods

August 1 - 2, 2015 (also July)

14 miles north

Familiar fairy-tale characters tell an epic story in Into the Woods, a Tony-winning musical in Evanston at Northwestern University.

Glencoe art festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

24 miles north

Glencoe Festival of Art offers fine works from 110 artists, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors in downtown Glencoe. Free.

Prairie festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 30)

25 miles NW

Wood Dale Prairie Fest offers live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, and fireworks (Saturday at 9:15 p.m.) at the Town Square in Wood Dale. Free.

Fairy festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

38 miles west

The World of Faeries Festival welcomes you with or without costume for dance, music, games, shopping, and tea parties at Vasa Park in South Elgin.

Broadway musical: Pippin

August 1 - 9, 2015 (begins July 29)

0.7 miles SW

Pippin is a high-flying acrobatic version of the 1972 classic about a young man seeking an extraordinary life at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Discount tickets $89.

Beaches musical

August 1 - 16, 2015 (also July)

18 miles west

Based on the emotional film, Beaches follows the friendship of two women through trials and triumphs, live at Drury Lane Theatre. Discount tickets $30.

Madcap comedy

August 1 - 16, 2015 (also July)

26 miles NW

Moon over Buffalo features mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, and slapstick comedy set in the 1950s at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Discount tickets $19.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 22, 2015 (begins June 17)

Chicago locations

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The rear seats are free, or bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Romantic comedy outdoors

August 1 - 22, 2015 (begins July 23)

12 miles west

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is Shakespeare’s comedy about first love. This version is set in the decadent 1980s and performed in the garden at Oak Park Festival Theatre. Discount tickets $14.

Family musical

August 1 - 23, 2015 (also July)

1.1 miles north

Based on a children’s book, Fancy Nancy features a girl with a big personality, great songs, and clever lyrics at Broadway Playhouse. Discount tickets $19.

Spiritual play set in India

August 1 - 23, 2015 (also July)

5 miles north

Two women in mourning take a journey to India in search of inner peace and healing in A Perfect Ganesh at Athenaeum Theatre.

Discount tickets $16.

Racy musical

August 1 - 29, 2015 (begins July 30)

3.4 miles NW

Stanley in the Name of Love is a dance pop musical with gay characters and an outrageous story line premiering at The Den Theatre. Discount tickets $10.

Late-night variety show

August 1 - 29, 2015 (Fri. & Sat. from July)

7 miles north

Kiss Kiss Cabaret is a fun mix of burlesque, off-color comedy, music, magic, and variety acts at Uptown Underground. Reviews.

Discount tickets $13.

Johnny Cash show

August 1 - 30, 2015 (also July)

7.5 miles north

Ring of Fire features the story & music of legendary Johnny Cash at Mercury Theater.

Discount tickets $23 to $40.

Movies in the Parks

August 1 - Sept. 3, 2015 (also July)

Chicago locations

See 240 Movies in the Parks, if weather allows. Free.

Tribute to the ‘80s

August 1 - Sept. 5, 2015 (also July)

4.5 miles north

Revisit the songs, movies, TV, and pop-culture of 1980s America in The Power of Prom, a new musical comedy at Annoyance Theatre.

Discount tickets $10.

Old-fashioned romance

August 1 - Sept. 6, 2015 (also July)

4.8 miles north

A man and woman meet on a train in 1940 and keep running into each other over the years in Last Train to Nibroc, a funny and touching romance at Theater Wit.

Discount tickets $15.

Medieval fair

August 1 - Sept. 7, 2015 (begins July 11)

49 miles north

Watch knights joust, shop an artisan market, mingle with costumed minstrels, play games, and attend shows at Bristol Renaissance Faire in 16th century England (i.e. Kenosha, WI).

Discount tickets $15.

Ravinia music festival

August 1 - Sept. 12, 2015 (begins in June)

23 miles north

See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Winston Churchill

August 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also July)

3 miles north

The Chicago Tribune calls Churchill, a one-man show about the prime minister who led Britain in her finest hour, “very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional” at Greenhouse Theater Center. Discount tickets $25.

Magic show

August 1 - Oct. 17, 2015 (also July)

0.7 miles south

The Magic Parlour [sound] is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Discount tickets $49.

Blue Man show

August 1 - Dec. 27, 2015 (also July)

4.5 miles north

Blue Man Group returns with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Briar Street Theatre.

Discount tickets $36.

Rock legends concert

August 1 - Dec. 31, 2015 (also July)

3.8 miles north

Million Dollar Quartet recreates the night Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins played together at Sun Records and includes 21 rock hits sung live at Apollo Theater. Discount tickets $37.

Comedy brunch

August 2 & 16, 2015 (11 a.m.)

2.3 miles north

Second City’s Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday begins with a delicious brunch including limitless Bloody Marys and mimosas, followed by an improv comedy show at UP Comedy Club. Discount tickets $30.
August 2015

Zombie escape

August 2 - 30, 2015 (schedule)

1 mile south

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie: Still Hungry on a chain. Solve clues and escape, at Fine Arts Building. Discount tickets $25.


August 2 - Sept. 11, 2015

18 miles NW

Watch the women of Chicago Sky play a game at Allstate Arena, Rosemont.

Discount tickets $8 to $38.

Gospel Brunch

August 2 - Dec. 27, 2015 (Sundays)

0.4 miles west

Enjoy a fine buffet of Southern and Creole-inspired food followed by joyful singing at the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues.

Discount tickets $38, child $24.

Comedy by kids

August 3 - Sept. 7. 2015 (8 p.m. Mondays)

8 miles north

Adults who teach creative writing perform a funny show of songs and stories based on the ideas of 3rd to 5th graders in That’s Weird, Grandma at The Neo-Futurists.

Discount tickets $11, children $6.

French fair

August 4, 2015 (12 to 9 p.m.)

11 miles west

Immerse yourself in French art, food, wine, music, activities, and films at Art dans la Rue in Oak Park.

Millennium Park movies

Aug. 4 - Sept. 1, 2015 (Tuesdays from June)

0.5 miles south

Get a seat or sit on the lawn to see films on a 40-foot screen at Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Free.

Jazz at the aquarium

August 5 - Sept. 9, 2015 (5 p.m. Wednesdays)

2 miles south

Hear musicians and vocalists, see views from the terrace, buy cocktails & food, and visit the aquarium at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at Shedd Aquarium.

Magic show

August 5 - Oct. 28, 2015 (8 p.m. Wednesdays)

3.3 miles north

The Magic Cabaret entertains with mind-boggling sleight of hand and audience participation in small Greenhouse Theater Center. Discount tickets $10.

Rubber duck race

August 6, 2015

0 miles

Send a rubber duck downstream for charity and enjoy family fun at Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby.

Thursday jazz

August 6 - 27, 2015

0.5 miles south

Hear a concert every Thursday at Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz in Millennium Park. Free.

Magic lounge

August 6 - Sept. 24, 2015 (8 p.m. Thursdays)

7 miles north

Chicago Magic Lounge is an old-school magic show with great close-up magic, bar magic, table-hopping magicians, and main stage acts in beautiful Uptown Underground for age 21+. Discount tickets $13.

Hot dog festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

2.3 miles north

Chicago Hot Dog Fest features hot dog vendors, beer, music, and entertainment in the park at Clark Street and W LaSalle Drive. Free entry. Discount deal $25.

Japanese festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

3 miles north

Ginza Holiday offers Japanese dance, martial arts, drumming, bonsai, craftsmen at work, and teriyaki chicken at Midwest Buddhist Temple. Donation.

Retro on Roscoe

August 7 - 9, 2015

7 miles NW

Watch top entertainment on 3 stages, shop 6 blocks of art and antique vendors, and see 50 classic cars at Retro on Roscoe in Roscoe Village. Donation.

Horror convention

August 7 - 9, 2015

16 miles NW

Flashback Weekend offers celebrity guests, vendors, and evening events at Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

Family football festival

August 8, 2015

2 miles south

Chicago Bears Family Fest includes activities and live music outside Soldier Field from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., plus a 10:15 a.m. youth football demonstration and an 11:35 a.m. team practice inside the stadium.

African American parade

August 8, 2015 (10 a.m.)

5 miles south

Bud Billiken Parade is billed as the oldest and largest African American parade in America. It goes south down MLK Drive from Oakwood Blvd. to a picnic with food vendors in Washington Park. Free.

Spicy food festival

August 8 - 9, 2015

2.5 miles west

Sample foods and hot sauces, and shop from dozens of vendors at The Great Chicago Fiery Foods Fest at 1340 W Washington Blvd.

Northalsted Market Days

August 8 - 9, 2015

5 miles north

Northalsted Market Days is a popular gay-friendly street fair and music festival with 300 food, art, and craft vendors plus musical acts on 4 blocks of North Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. Donation.

Wrigleyville summer festival

August 8 - 9, 2015

5 miles north

Wrigleyville Summerfest has a kids’ zone, food, drink, and music at 3300 N Seminary Ave. Donation.

Glenview art festival

August 8 - 9, 2015

22 miles NW

Art at the Glen Town Center features 185 artists, live music, food, and kids’ activities in Glenview. Free.

Kite festival

August 8 - 9, 2015

24 miles north

Make a kite in a workshop and fly it, watch stunt kites perform to music, and buy lunch at the Kite Festival in the meadow at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. See schedule of events.

Black film festival

August 8 - Sept. 3, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience with dozens of films at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Women’s western

August 8 - Sept. 19, 2015

6 miles north

Patchwork Drifter is the action-packed story of a frontier-era Wyoming family and a mysterious woman who appears at their door, live at Profiles Theatre. Discount tickets $7.

French day in the park

August 9, 2015

27 miles west

French Connection Day features a French open-air market, wine tasting, French food, music, street performers, and children’s activities at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking.

Coin collectors convention

August 11 - 15, 2015

17 mile NW

At World’s Fair of Money, collectors network, buy, sell, trade, and view rare and historical coins and paper money in Rosemont convention center.

Taste of Andersonville

August 12, 2015

9 miles north

A ticket to Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl gets you samples from 11 local restaurants.

Sex farce

August 12 - Oct. 4, 2015

8 miles NW

Three dysfunctional couples stumble over their words and partners in humorous Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Discount tickets $10 to $25.

Italian festival

August 13 - 16, 2015

3.5 miles SW

Festa Italiana [sound] features Italian food, music, folk dance, a meatball-eating contest, and a Sunday procession on W Taylor Street at Ashland. Donation.

Nerdy comedy

August 13 - 16, 2015

5 miles north

If you love comedy about nerdy subjects like the Twilight Zone, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jane Austen, and Star Trek, NerdFest will get you laughing at Stage 773.

Discount tickets $12.

Naperville Wine Festival

August 14 - 15, 2015

33 miles west

Sample fine wines, buy restaurant appetizers, and hear music at Naperville Wine Festival.

Art on Glenwood Ave.

August 14 - 16, 2015

9 miles north

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a Friday night Cobblestone Jam plus a weekend artists’ market and 3 stages of music in Rogers Park. Free.

Cuban festival

August 14 - 16, 2015

12 miles NW

Festival Cubano [sound] promises Cuban music, Latin American food, vendors, and a kids’ area in Riis Park at Narragansett Ave. & Fullerton Ave.

Edison Park festival

August 14 - 16, 2015 (opens Fri. 5:30 p.m.)

14 miles NW

Edison Park Fest offers food, beer, live music, a Saturday parade, a family stage, and a ticketed amusement area at 6730 N Olmsted Avenue. Free.

Beatles festival

August 14 - 16, 2015

16 miles NW

The Fest for Beatles Fans has a Beatles marketplace, guest speakers, a dance party, look-alike contest, games, and exhibits at Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

Urban adventure race

August 15, 2015 (noon)

Downtown Chicago

XPLORE Chicago is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city.

Oak Park beer tasting

August 15, 2015

11 miles west

Oak Park Micro Brew Review features tastings of 200 craft beers from 70 Midwest microbreweries and local restaurant food at 100 N Marion St. in Oak Park.

Farm festival

August 15, 2015

25 miles SW

Farm & Barn Fest has sheep shearing, blacksmithing, horse riding, restaurant food, music, and contests at Yunker Farm, Mokena. Schedule (scroll down).

Open-air opera

August 15, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

25 miles north

Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs The Flying Dutchman by Wagner with opera stars at Ravinia Pavilion in Highland Park. Discount tickets $15 to $25.

Arlington horse race

August 15, 2015 (12:30 p.m.)

27 miles NW

Watch jockeys compete for $1 million in prestigious Arlington Million horse race in Arlington Heights.

Air and water show

August 15 - 16, 2015

2 miles north

The Chicago Air & Water Show features daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formation, plus water-skiing and boat jumping. See it from the waterfront near North Avenue Beach. Free.

Oak Park art festival

August 15 - 16, 2015

12 miles west

Oak Park Ave. & Lake Street - Arts & Crafts Show features 125 artists in Oak Park. Free.

Holistic expo

August 15 - 16, 2015

16 miles NW

Body Mind Spirit Expo has 110 exhibitors and 72 presentations about alternative health and psychic power at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Japanese garden festival

August 15 - 16, 2015

24 miles north

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival has a tea ceremony, stories, drumming, and harp at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking.

Vegetarian festival

August 15 - 16, 2015

30 miles west

Veggie Fest features a food court, kids’ activities, demos, exhibits, speakers, and music in Lisle. Free.

Walking tour & brunch

August 15 - Oct. 21, 2015 (Sat. 9:30 a.m.)

0.4 miles SE

River Walk Brunch Tour is a one-mile guided walk along the Chicago River, which includes a buffet brunch at Houlihans. Discount tickets $25.

Star Trek with symphony

August 16, 2015 (7 p.m.)

25 miles north

Watch the 2009 remake of Star Trek while the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays the score live at beautiful Ravinia Pavilion. Discount tickets $25.

Art fair

August 16, 2015

26 miles NW

See original works from 100 juried artists at A Walk in the Park - Summer Art Fair at North School Park in Arlington Heights. Free.

Short film winners

August 18 - 20, 2015

7.2 miles NW

See the winners of Chicago 48 Hour Film Project, which local filmmakers made in only two days, at Logan Theatre.

Military block party

August 20, 2015 (5 to 10 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Celebrate America’s military service members and their families with live music, games, military vehicles, and refreshments at USO Clark After Dark in River North. Donation.

Comic book convention

August 20 - 23, 2015

17 mile NW

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is about comic books, wrestling, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the convention center in Rosemont. Discount tickets for Thursday $23, or Friday $45.

Beer at the zoo

August 21 - 22, 2015

14 miles SW

Enjoy 60 craft beers, live music, a silent auction, and animals at Zoo Brew at Brookfield Zoo for age 21+.

Scrapbook Expo

August 21 - 22, 2015

27 miles NW

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Scrapbook Expo at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Dark whodunit

August 21 - Oct. 11, 2015

6 miles north

The Jacksonian is a darkly humorous & suspenseful Southern Gothic play that’s set in a Mississippi hotel in 1964, at Profiles Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Taste of Greece

August 22 - 23, 2015

2 miles SW

Enjoy Greek restaurant food, traditional music and dance, handcrafts, and children’s games at Taste of Greektown at 400 S Halsted Street. Free.

Albany Park festival

August 22 - 23, 2015

8.7 miles NW

Albany Park World Fest offers diverse music, eclectic cuisine, global arts and crafts, and a family activity area at W. Lawrence Ave. and N. Kimball Ave.

Glen Ellyn art festival

August 22 - 23, 2015

27 miles west

Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts features 80 juried artists, 12 musical acts, children’s activities, and food at Maryknoll Park.

Light show

August 25, 2015 (8 p.m. monthly)

5 miles north

A laser performance artist draws characters & scenes on a glow-in-the-dark screen as you hear hilarious voices, sound effects, and music at The Laser Comedy Show at Stage 773.

Discount tickets $9.50.

Dance festival

August 25 - 29, 2015

Downtown Chicago

See ballet, dance, and dance films in multiple venues at Chicago Dancing Festival. Free.

German fashion & wine

August 28, 2015 (7 p.m.)

7 miles north

Mingle with German fashion designers, see an exhibit of Old World fabrics, and taste German wines and appetizers at Vintage Deutsch at Dank Haus.

Skokie festival

August 28 - 30, 2015

14 miles NW

Skokie’s Backlot Bash has 15 hours of live music, a carnival, classic car show, free classic movies, kids’ run & 5K, and food and beer vendors. Free.

Noir film festival

August 28 - Sept. 3, 2015

6 miles north

Noir City [see the right side of their web page] screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Music Box Theatre.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

August 29, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

4.7 miles north

A ticket to Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Fest gets you a BBQ lunch, 20 samples of bourbon/whiskey, and 10 samples of beer at Old Crow Smokehouse. Requires age 21 ID. Discount tickets $18.

Circus in the park

August 29 - 30, 2015 (also Sept./Oct.)

Chicago locations

Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of daytime shows at eight parks that’s perfect for families.

Fashion festival

August 29 - 30, 2015

3.7 miles NW

Chicago Fashion Fest features outdoor runway shows with live music and food vendors on W Division Street from Damen to Paulina.

Bucktown arts festival

August 29 - 30, 2015

5 miles NW

Bucktown Arts Fest is an arts celebration that showcases 200 artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and performers at N Oakley and Lyndale. Free.

Art & food festivals

August 29 - 30, 2015

27 miles north

Top-rated Port Clinton Art Festival has 260 artists, a youth division, and kids’ art activities on Sat. & Sun. Nearby Taste of Highland Park is Fri. to Sun. Free.


August 30, 2015

1.5 miles south

The Chicago Triathlon follows a picturesque course along Lake Michigan, beginning at Monroe Harbor.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.