Chicago events calendar for July 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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July 2014

Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in July 2014 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.

Classical music festival

July 1 - Aug. 16, 2014 (begins June 11)

Chicago locations

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, normally on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Free.

American music festival

July 2 - 5, 2014

10 miles west

FitzGerald’s American Music Festival brings 40 Americana/roots bands to 3 stages in Berwyn.

Frontier Days

July 2 - 6, 2014

26 miles NW

Frontier Days Festival has live music, a carnival, family activities, a parade July 4, and arts & crafts July 6-7 at Recreation Park, Arlington Heights. Free.

Oak Fest

July 2 - 6, 2014

26 miles SW

OakFest has live music, a carnival, a 5K, fireworks, food, bingo, and a car/motorcycle show Sunday at 5420 159th Street in Oak Forest. Free.

Hot-air balloon festival

July 3 - 5, 2014

28 miles west

Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival has colorful hot-air balloon launches, flights, and evening balloon glows. Add to that a carnival, food court, 100 craft booths, a kids’ area, live music, and fireworks. Cost.

Festival of Life

July 3 - 6, 2014

2 miles west

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life [website has sound] has arts, crafts, food, soccer, and 50 acts from reggae to gospel at Union Park. Cost.

Naperville RibFest

July 3 - 6, 2014

31 miles SW

Naperville RibFest has great food, plenty of music, and fireworks on the Fourth of July at Knoch Park in Naperville. Cost.

Ravinia music festival

July 3 - Sept. 14, 2014 (begins June 5)

23 miles north

Ravinia Festival is billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival, with a long series of performances at Ravinia Park in Highland Park. Cost.


July 4, 2014

Greater Chicago area

Best Fourth of July fireworks shows (other cities):

Windy City RibFest

July 4 - 6, 2014

6 miles north

Windy City RibFest in Uptown has food, beer, wine, bands, arts & crafts, and afternoon kids’ activities at W Lawrence Ave. & Broadway. Donation.

Music & dance picnic

July 5, 2014

9 miles south

Dance to soulful house music (both live and DJ) at The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic in Jackson Park. Cost.

Taste of Lakeview

July 5 - 6, 2014

5 miles NW

Taste of Lakeview has food, music, and arts & crafts on N Lincoln Ave at Belmont. Donation.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

July 5 - 6, 2014

24 miles north

Browse 100 booths of botanic-inspired art and fine craft offered by juried artists in pretty gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival in Glencoe. Members’ day is Friday. Free except parking.

The Taste

July 9 - 13, 2014

1.5 miles south

A million people get a taste of 35 restaurants and enjoy music & entertainment at Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. Free, except permanent concert seats.

French day run/walk

July 10, 2014

3 miles north

Celebrate the French with a 5K or 8K run/walk followed by an after-party at the nature museum at Bastille Day 5K & 8K Run, Walk & Block Party in Lincoln Park. Cost.

Basketball tournament

July 10 - 12, 2014

3 miles south

Watch teams compete on 40 courts at the NIKE National Invitational at McCormick Place. Cost.

Railroad Days

July 10 - 13, 2014

35 miles west

West Chicago Railroad Days includes a carnival, kids’ activities, sports events, a car show, beer garden, live music, and fireworks at Reed-Keppler Park. Free.

Downtown art festival

July 11 - 13, 2014

0 miles

Shop from 200 of the best painters, sculptors, and jewelry makers along eight blocks at the North Michigan Avenue Art Festival at Pioneer Court. Free.
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Lincoln Square music festival

July 11 - 13, 2014

8 miles NW

Square Roots offers a mix of music from local indie rockers to world music stars. Enjoy nightly dance parties, open jams, craft beer, and family activities on Lincoln Ave. from Montrose to Wilson. Donation.

Irish fest

July 11 - 13, 2014

9 miles NW

Irish American Heritage Festival has Irish music and dance on five stages, a folk tent, food vendors, beer & wine, clothing & jewelry artisans, contests, and family activities at Irish American Heritage Center.

Scavenger hunt

July 12, 2014

Downtown Chicago

Chicago Challenge is a Saturday event of teams running around the city to solve clues and win prizes. It ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest. Cost.

Fun obstacle course

July 12, 2014

5 miles south

Race through 12 giant obstacles like a water slide, moon bounce, and Tarzan swing on the 5K Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) at U.S. Cellular Field.

Bikes & beer festival

July 12, 2014

6 miles NW

Parade on bicycles through the city, hear bands, and drink beer to support charity at Tour de Fat at Palmer Square. Free entry.

West Town street fair

July 12 - 13, 2014

3 miles west

West Fest has cutting-edge music on 3 stages, a kid fest on Wolcott Ave., a dog fest, and local vendors on W Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood. Donation.

Burger festival

July 12 - 13, 2014

5 miles NW

Enjoy fine beef, veggie, and turkey burgers with toppings or BBQ, plus music, arts & crafts, and a kids’ zone at Roscoe Village Burger Fest on Belmont at Damen. Donation.

Southport street fair

July 12 - 13, 2014

6 miles north

Summer on Southport [website has sound] is a mellow event with live music, vendors, food, and a children’s festival on N Southport Ave. at Waveland. Donation.

Skokie art fair

July 12 - 13, 2014

15 miles NW

Chat with the artists at the small Skokie Art Guild’s 52nd Annual Art Fair, at 5211 Oakton St. in Skokie.

County fair

July 16 - 20, 2014

41 miles west

Kane County Fair is an old-fashioned fair with farm animals, a petting zoo, midway, live music, bull riding, truck pull, and fair food in St. Charles. Cost.

Half marathon & fitness expo

July 18 - 20, 2014

Chicago locations

The free Health and Fitness Expo is Fri. and Sat. at McCormick Place. The Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago Mini Marathon & Half Marathon begins and ends Sunday in Grant Park, with an after-festival in Butler Field.

Taste of River North

July 18 - 20, 2014

1.5 miles NW

Enjoy food from local restaurants, shop local vendors, and hear live music at Taste of River North at Ward Park (Kingsbury & Erie). Donation.

Pitchfork Music Festival

July 18 - 20, 2014

2.5 miles west

The free-spirited Pitchfork Music Festival features alternative rock, rap and hip-hop, electronica, and dance music in Union Park. Cost.

Family festival

July 18 - 20, 2015

6 miles NW

BenFest serves food, beer, music, and activities for kids on the grounds of St. Benedict’s parish, with a vendor market on the adjacent street. Donation.

Disability Pride Parade

July 19, 2014

1 mile south

The Disability Pride Parade begins at 11:00 and goes up Dearborn from Van Buren to Daley Plaza. Free.

Family art festival

July 19, 2014

1 mile south

Make art and explore special activity stations during Kaleidoscope Family Festival in the Ryan Education Center at the Art Institute of Chicago. Free.

Parade of boats

July 19, 2014

1 mile east

Watch hundreds of boats leave for the ritzy Race to Mackinac at the Ashore Thing party at the east end of Navy Pier. Free.

Pet expo

July 19, 2014

21 miles west

Windy City Pet Expo has vendors, adoptions, demos in the Odeum Expo Center. Free except parking.

Craft beer fest

July 19 - 20, 2014

3.5 miles NW

The Chicago Craft Beer Festival is a Belgian beer fest at N Sheffield Ave. & Webster.

Sheffield Avenue festival

July 19 - 20, 2014

3.5 miles NW

The Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival features live music, self-guided tours of 80 gardens, guided architectural tours, food and drink, and kids’ activities at N Sheffield Ave. & Webster. Donation.

Clark Street festival

July 19 - 20, 2014

10 miles north

Enjoy multi-cultural food, art, music, and dance at Celebrate Clark Street Festival on N Clark St. from Morse to Estes. Kids’ activities. Donation.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

July 19 - 20, 2014

12 miles north

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival offers international songs, dance, art, and food in Dawes Park. Free.

Dearborn Garden Walk

July 20, 2014

2 miles north

Dearborn Garden Walk admits you to 20 award-winning gardens (some with live jazz and classical music), a garden exhibition, and an architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn Street. Cost.

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 20, 2014

3 miles south

Chinatown Summer Fair features a dragon and lion dance procession, street vendors, live music, martial arts, and a children’s area on S. Wentworth Ave. at Cermak Rd. Free.

Thursday jazz

July 24 - Aug. 28, 2014

0.5 miles south

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

Art and music festival

July 25 - 27, 2014

10 miles NW

Jeff Park Arts & Music Festival (Jeff Fest) offers live music, art, food, craft beer, and a kids’ corner in Jefferson Memorial Park at 4822 N Long Ave. Cost.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 26 - 27, 2014

3.5 miles north

Shop 250 vendors, hear 35 music acts on 3 stages, see juried art, and take the kids to a free afternoon carnival with pony rides and a petting zoo at Taste of Lincoln Avenue from Fullerton to Wrightwood. Donation.

Wicker Park music festival

July 26 - 27, 2014

3.5 miles NW

Wicker Park Fest brings cutting-edge local and national acts to three stages on Milwaukee Ave. from North Ave. to Paulina St. Go early for the best shopping and best-behaved crowd. Donation.

North Shore art festival

July 26 - 27, 2014

17 miles north

North Shore Festival of Art has 120 artists, live music, and art projects for kids at outdoor Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. Free.

Latino festival

July 31 - Aug. 3, 2014

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.

Greek festival

July 2014 (undated)

15 miles NW

The Big Greek Food Fest of Niles features authentic Greek food, live music, and dancing in Niles. Cost.

Wavefront Music Festival

July 2014 (undated)

6 miles north

Wavefront Music Festival is an electronic music dance festival that has 100 artists on four stages capped by fireworks at Montrose Beach. Cost.
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July 2014 calendar of events in Chicago. What to do in Chicagoland today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Chicago, IL.