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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June 2015

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.

Classical music festival

June 1 - Aug. 27, 2015 (some days)

Chicago locations

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. 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 (was Ravenswood Remix) is an art and music festival featuring artists who use recycled and re-purposed materials, with food trucks, green workshops, 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.

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. Cost.

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. Cost.

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. Cost.

Pork ribs festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

7 miles NW

Brave crowds, heat, and smoke in the quest for Chicago’s best BBQ at Ribfest Chicago on Lincoln Avenue north of Irving Park Rd. 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 requested. Swedish American Museum has a Maypole dance on the weekend.

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.

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.

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. Cost.

Women’s comedy

June 15 - 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. Cost

Art show in trucks

June 16, 2015

1.8 miles west

See the work of upcoming artists, designers, and furniture makers in “temporary gallery space” in the back of 60 trucks at the evening Guerrilla Truck Show at Aberdeen Street & Fulton Market. Free.

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.

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.
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Tattoo expo

June 19 - 21, 2015

1 mile east

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

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.

Elgin festival

June 19 - 21, 2015 (uncertain)

40 miles NW

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

Art fair in Grant Park

June 20 - 21, 2015

1 mile SE

The Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park has 350 juried artists and an improved layout this year separating music and food. Butler Field on E Monroe St. Free.

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.)

Barbecue festival

June 20 - 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.

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. Cost.

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.

Father’s Day BBQ

June 21, 2015

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. Cost.

Block party at St. Pat’s

June 26 - 27, 2015 (uncertain)

1.5 miles SW

The World’s Largest Block Party has great bands, food, and drinks served by local celebrity bartenders a Madison Street & Des Plaines Street. Cost.

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 Craft has 130 juried artists. It focuses on visual arts (glass, wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry). Donation.

Pride parade

June 28, 2015

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 and beer

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Food truck festival

June 2015 (undated)

5 miles south

Chicago Food Truck Fest brings food trucks and music to U.S. Cellular Field. Admission and parking fees.

Sake Tasting

June 2015 (undated)

0.6 miles west

Taste fine sake from seven Japanese brewers with appetizers at the Sake Tasting at Roka Akor. Cost.

Fashion show

June 2015 (undated)

6 miles west

Fleurotica is an haute-couture runway show where flowers meet fashion at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Skateboarding competition

June 2015 (undated)

2.6 miles SW

Watch elite professionals compete at Street League Skateboarding in UIC Pavilion for a chance to compete in New Jersey in August for $1 million.

African film fest

June 2015 (undated)

4 miles NW

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

Burlesque festival

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Motorcycle rally

June 2015 (undated)

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. Cost.

Zombie Prom

June 2015 (undated)

2.1 mile west

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 Bottom Lounge. Cost.

Villa Park festival

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Comedy festival

June 2015 (undated)

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. Cost.

Zombie march

June 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles south

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

Beer and wine festival

June 2015 (undated)

26 miles NW

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

Overnight bike ride

June 2015 (undated)

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 25 miles into Sunday morning. Cost.

Green festival

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Get painted as you run

June 2015 (undated)

2.5 miles north

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

Ravinia music festival

June 2015 (undated)

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.

River North Challenge

June 2015 (undated)

1 mile west

Complete mental and physical challenges with teammates at River North Challenge, which includes appetizers, beverages, prizes, and after party. Cost.

Des Plaines festival

June 2015 (undated)

18 miles NW

Des Plaines Summer Fling features non-stop music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and kids’ activities in downtown Des Plaines. Free.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

June 2015 (undated)

5 miles NW

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival offers 100 artists, two music stages, family activities, beer, and food trucks on N Milwaukee Ave. from California to Kimball in Logan Square. Donation.

Dragon boat races

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Dog party

June 2015 (undated)

2.7 miles south

Bark-a-Pawlooza includes a pet fashion show, dog treats, pet photos, obedience training, dog adoptions, dog socializing, and games at DoGone Fun. Cost.

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.     steve.cook@events12.com