Chicago events calendar for June 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 June 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.

Classic Russian play

June 1 - 6, 2015 (begins April 17)

3.4 miles NW

The Three Sisters who once led a privileged life must cope with misfortune and life in a tiny Russian town in Chekhov’s play at The Den Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Mother daughter drama

June 4 - 7, 2015 (begins April 24)

3 miles north

Bittersweet memories recall a mother and daughter relationship in The Divine Order of Becoming at Greenhouse Theater Center.

Discount tickets.

Seductive drama

June 4 - 21, 2015 (begins May 21)

9 miles north

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a play about seduction and revenge that led to Oscar-winning film Dangerous Liaisons, at Raven Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Movies and beer

June 5, 2015

2.4 miles NW

See short films and buy 20 varieties of beer at Clips Beer & Film Tour in Eckhart Park. Age 21 ID. Free.

Small-town festival

June 5 - 7, 2015

70 miles NW

Harvard Milk Days has 30 events, including a 2-hour parade, milk-drinking contest, talent show, carnival, petting zoo, entertainment, and fireworks. Free.

Book fair

June 6 - 7, 2015

1 mile south

Shop from 200 booksellers and attend 100 literary events and signings on the south end of Dearborn Street at the Printers Row Lit Fest, billed as the largest free outdoor literary festival in the Midwest.

Eco art & music festival

June 6 - 7, 2015

6 miles NW

Remix Chicago is an art and music festival featuring artists who use recycled and re-purposed materials, with food trucks, green workshops, and kids’ activities on Milwaukee Ave. from Fullerton to California. Donation.

Art fair in Hyde Park

June 6 - 7, 2015

8 miles south

Chicago’s oldest juried art fair is the 57th Street Art Fair, which allows only original art and no alcohol on 57th Street between Kimbark and Kenwood. Free.

Indian pow wow

June 6 - 7, 2015

25 miles NW

The American Indian Center of Chicago Powwow features song and dance, arts and crafts vendors, native foods, and archery at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village.

Arlington Heights festival

June 6 - 7, 2015

26 miles NW

Shop from 130 artists, taste restaurant food, hear live music, and check out the activities for kids’ at Promenade of Art & Taste of Arlington Heights. Free.

Holistic living expo

June 6 - 7, 2015

28 miles SW

Body Mind Spirit Expo features speakers, workshops, and vendors for remaking your life at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Campy burlesque

June 6 - July 25, 2015 (Saturdays from April)

4.5 miles north

Burlesque is More gets high marks for its entertaining and funny combination of striptease & improvisation at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.

Discount tickets.

Get painted as you run

June 7, 2015

1 mile south

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch and glitter as you run the Color Run 5K at Butler Field in Grant Park.

Burlesque festival

June 10 - 13, 2015

5 miles north

The Windy City Burlesque Festival begins with a free opening-night party, continues with 5 stage shows, and ends with classes and workshops at Stage 773.

Jazz at the aquarium

June 10 - Aug. 26, 2015 (Wed.)

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

June 10 - Aug. 26, 2015 (also April/May)

3.3 miles north

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

Modern dance

June 11 - 14, 2015

0.5 miles south

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs 3 works by Alejandro Cerrudo (one a premiere) in Summer Series at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

Discount tickets.

Boat show

June 11 - 14, 2015

4.4 miles south

See boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and accessories, and attend workshops, at the Chicago In-Water Boat Show at 31st Street Harbor. No pets or strollers.

Science-fiction Shakespeare

June 11 - 14, 2015 (begins April 30)

7 miles north

The characters of Macbeth fight with light sabers and travel in outerspace in MacSith at Pendulum Space.

Discount tickets.

Blues festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

Chicago locations

Chicago’s biggest music festival, Chicago Blues Festival, brings top-name talent to multiple stages. After the show, music continues late into the night at city clubs. Free.

Electronic dance music festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

2 miles south

Spring Awakening Music Festival draws 75,000 to Soldier Field to hear the best in electronic dance music (EDM) by some of the world’s top DJs.

Pork ribs festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

7 miles NW

Brave crowds, heat, and smoke in the quest for Chicago’s best BBQ from 30 Chicagoland restaurants at Ribfest Chicago, which also has 20 live bands on Lincoln Avenue north of Irving Park Road. Donation.

Midsummer festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

7.5 miles north

Andersonville Midsommarfest is a street fair with music, dancing, handmade crafts, and ethnic food (like cevapi, glogg, and sangria) that kicks off Friday evening; donation. Swedish American Museum has a Maypole dance on the weekend.

African film fest

June 12 - 18, 2015

4 miles NW

See a dozen films about people of African descent at African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) at Facets Multi-Media.

Naked bike ride

June 13, 2015

Chicago location

Ride in the World Naked Bike Ride: Chicago, nude or painted, to support safe biking and the environment.
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Beer tasting at the zoo

June 13, 2015

2.5 miles north

Taste 20 samples of 75 beers, buy food, play lawn games, hear DJ music, and visit the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo during Brew to Be Wild for age 21+.

Lombard beer festival

June 13, 2015 (1 to 5 p.m.)

24 miles west

Lombard Ale Fest features 100 craft beers, food trucks, and live music in downtown Lombard.

Wells Street Art Festival

June 13 - 14, 2015

1.5 miles north

See works by 250 juried artists, hear live music, and enjoy beer and local restaurant food at Wells Street Art Festival on N. Wells St. from North Ave. to Division. Morning crowd is better behaved. Donation.

Old Town Art Fair

June 13 - 14, 2015

3 miles north

See drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and works in metal, stone, glass, and wood by 250 juried artists at Old Town Art Fair on tree-lined Lincoln Ave. at Wisconsin. Donation.

Hinsdale art festival

June 13 - 14, 2015

18 miles SW

See works by 150 juried artists in shady Burlington Park at Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival. Free.

Obstacle race

June 13 - 14, 2015

55 miles SW

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the three-mile Warrior Dash for a medal and T-shirt at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon.

Ravinia music festival

June 13 - Sept. 12, 2015

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.

Circus arts festival

June 15 - 21, 2015

5 miles north

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival has full-length circus shows in the evening, and cabaret-style shows at night, at Athenaeum Theatre and Links Hall.

Sake Tasting

June 16, 2015 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

Taste fine sake with appetizers and meet the brewers from Japan at Sake Tasting at Japonais by Morimoto.

Classical music festival

June 17 - Aug. 22, 2015

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.

Puerto Rican Festival and Parade

June 18 - 21, 2015

5 miles west

The four-day Puerto Rican Festival at Humboldt Park has carnival rides, music, and Puerto Rican foods like arepas (corn cakes with cheese). The Puerto Rican People’s Parade is Saturday on Division Street from Western to Sacramento. Both free.

Women’s comedy

June 18 - 21, 2015

5 miles north

See 400 women perform stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, and musical comedy shows at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773.

Dance at the museum

June 19, 2015 (also July 17 & Aug. 21)

9 miles south

Dance to celebrity DJs at Steppin’ Under the Stars at DuSable Museum. Bring chairs or reserve a table.

Ale festival

June 19 - 20, 2015

0.8 miles south

Chicago Ale Fest features samples of 200 beers from 100 craft breweries, plus live music and restaurant food in Grant Park.

Villa Park festival

June 19 - 20, 2015

20 miles west

Villa Park Summerfest has a car show, music, food, and drinks Friday night. On Saturday, enjoy an arts and crafts show, food fair, music, and kids’ entertainment on Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park. Free.

Tattoo expo

June 19 - 21, 2015

1 mile east

Body Art Expo brings 300 tattoo artists, music, contests, and supply vendors to Navy Pier.

Taste of Randolph

June 19 - 21, 2015

1.5 miles west

The highly acclaimed Taste of Randolph Street [sound] offers six blocks of artisan and restaurant booths plus three music stages on W Randolph Street from Peoria St. to Racine Ave. Donation.

Italian block party

June 19 - 21, 2015

5 miles SW

Festa Pasta Vino celebrates Italian culture with three stages of entertainment, Italian wine and cuisine, and a Florentine market on Father’s Day weekend at 2400 S Oakley Ave. Donation.

Barbecue festival

June 19 - 21, 2015

8 miles NW

Enjoy barbecued ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken at 6 Corners BBQ Fest on N Milwaukee Ave. from Irving Park to Belle Plaine. Donation.

Comedy festival

June 19 - 21, 2015

8.2 miles NW

See both short and long independent comedy films plus live comedians onstage at the Laugh or Die Comedy Fest at Carl Schurz High School.

Elgin festival

June 19 - 21, 2015

40 miles NW

Elgin Ribfest (formerly Elgin Brewfest) combines barbecue with live music at Festival Park.

Zombie march

June 20, 2015 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

The Chicago Zombie March begins at Millennium Park. Free, unless you want a zombie makeover.

Beer and wine festival

June 20, 2015

26 miles NW

Try samples from 10 local breweries and wineries at Solstice Hop & Vine Fest at verdant Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.

Art fair in Grant Park

June 20 - 21, 2015

1 mile SE

The Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park has 300 juried artists and an improved layout this year separating music and food. Butler Field on E Monroe St. Free.

Green festival

June 20 - 21, 2015

4 miles NW

Green Music Fest features environmentally friendly vendors, cutting-edge music, and a kids’ area on N Damen Ave. between North and Schiller. Donation.

Whiskey barbecue

June 20, 2015

6 miles north

Whiskey Wine and Swine is a hog roast plus wine and whiskey tasting at Montrose Beach. Repeats in Jan.

Discount tickets.

Zombie Prom

June 20, 2015

6 miles north

Get a zombie makeover for $10, and then join the undead for contests, a live band, and a buffet at the Chicago Zombie Prom at the Cubby Bear.

Pride festival

June 20 - 21, 2015

6 miles north

Chicago Pride Fest is a huge weekend street festival for gay and lesbian pride with dance and pop music on two stages, food, drink, arts and crafts vendors, and a pet parade at Waveland & Halsted. Donation. (See June 28 for the Chicago Pride Parade.)

Evanston arts festival

June 20 - 21, 2015

11 miles north

Custer Fair (formerly Custer’s Last Stand) is a big arts and craft fair with two stages of folk and Native American music, a children’s area, and food from 30 restaurants at Main St. and Chicago Ave. Donation.

Cantigny Park art fair

June 20 - 21, 2015

27 miles west

Cantigny Art in Bloom has 80 juried artists, live demonstrations and music, and beautiful gardens in Wheaton. Free except parking.

LEGO expo

June 20 - 21, 2015

39 miles NW

See amazing LEGO creations at Brickworld Chicago at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Free music day

June 21, 2015

Chicagoland locations

Make Music Chicago invites musicians of all ages and skill levels to play music in 40+ public places. Free.

Get painted as you run

June 21, 2015

6.1 miles north

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the Color in Motion 5K at Montrose Beach.

Father’s Day BBQ

June 21, 2015 (noon)

14 miles SW

Make a reservation for the all-you-can-eat Father’s Day BBQ buffet with cash bar at the Brookfield Zoo.

Technology festival

June 22 - 28, 2015

2.5 miles south

Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, parties, and a 2-day summit at Merchandise Mart.

Millennium Park movies

June 23 - Aug. 25, 2015 (Tuesdays)

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.

Swedish Days

June 23 - 28, 2015

42 miles west

Swedish Days features arts & crafts, Scandinavian food, a Maypole dance, and music in Geneva.

Art festival on Logan Square

June 26 - 28, 2015

6.5 miles NW

Logan Square Arts Festival (formerly Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival) offers art installations, local music, family activities, beer, and local restaurant food on Logan Square. Donation.

Motorcycle rally

June 26 - 28, 2015

16 miles SW

Throttle Fest features live music, burnout pits, a wall of death, and motorcycle-related vendors at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. Limited access Thursday.

Overnight bike ride

June 27, 2015 (pre-ride party 10 p.m.)

1 mile south

L.A.T.E. Ride is a non-competitive “Woodstock on Wheels” that begins late Saturday night at Buckingham Fountain and continues 15 or 25 miles into Sunday morning.

Dragon boat races

June 27, 2015

3 miles south

Watch teams compete in colorful boats on the river, hear music, see dance, shop vendors, and attend an awards ceremony at Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 E 18th Street. Free.

Block party at St. Pat’s

June 27, 2015

3.7 miles SW

The World’s Largest Block Party has great bands, food, and drinks served by local celebrity bartenders in the UIC parking lot at S. Morgan St. and W. Taylor St.

Cardboard boat regatta

June 27, 2015

26 miles west

Watch crazy cardboard boats float or sink at the Cardboard Regatta on Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. Buy food and beer or bring a picnic. Free.

Fountain Square Art Festival

June 27 - 28, 2015

12 miles north

Fountain Square Art Festival is a fine arts fair with 200 juried artists, live jazz, children’s art tent, and food vendors at Church & Sherman in Evanston. Donation.

Highland Park art festival

June 27 - 28, 2015

27 miles north

The Art Center of Highland Park - Festival of Fine Arts has 130 juried artists. It focuses on visual arts (glass, wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry). Donation.

Pride parade

June 28, 2015 (noon)

6 miles north

Chicago Pride Parade for gay and lesbian pride has 200 floats, decorated vehicles, performers, and marching bands that go past 800,000 spectators on N. Broadway. Free. (See June 20 to 21 for festival.)

Movies in the Parks

June 2015 (undated)

Chicago locations

Watch more than 250 Movies in the Parks. Free.
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June 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.