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.

Arts festival

June 1 - 7, 2015 (begins May 28)

8 miles north

Pivot Arts Festival features dozens of innovative performances (some for kids), plus a community parade on May 30, in Edgewater and Uptown.

Free music

June 1 - July 23, 2015 (Mondays & Thursdays)

0.7 miles SE

Downtown Sound features great music artists evenings in Millennium Park. See schedule. Free.

Irish musical

June 2 - 7, 2015

0.7 miles SW

The Tony Award winner Once is an emotionally captivating musical about love and loss, with live folk music, dance, and humor at Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Discount tickets $39.

Estefan musical

June 2 - July 5, 2015

0.5 miles SW

On Your Feet! is a musical about the Grammy winning husband and wife team of singers Emilio and Gloria Estefan at Oriental Theatre. Discount tickets $50.

Blue Man show

June 2 - Sept. 27, 2015 (also May)

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 $43.

Award-winning musical

June 3 - 7, 2015 (also May)

19 miles west

Billy Elliot features inspiring songs by Elton John and high-energy dance that earned it the title “Broadway musical of the decade” from Time Magazine at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook.

Discount tickets $30.

Zombie escape

June 3 - 21, 2015 (also May)

1 mile south

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain with only 1 hour to solve clues and escape, at Fine Arts Building. Discount tickets $25.

Rock legends concert

June 3 - Sept. 27, 2015 (also May)

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 $39.

Coffee crawl

June 4 - 5, 2015

multiple locations

Choose from a dozen walking routes that range from 2 to 6 miles and make 4 or 5 stops at local shops to taste coffee and/or tea on Caffeine Crawl Chicago.

Mother daughter drama

June 4 - 7, 2015 (also May)

3 miles north

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

Discount tickets $13.

Seductive drama

June 4 - 21, 2015 (also May)

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 $10.

Drama about parenthood

June 4 - 28, 2015 (also May)

6.5 miles north

Our New Girl refers to the Irish nanny who steps into the immaculate home of two yuppy parents, in this psychological thriller at The Main Stage.

Discount tickets $20.

Movies in the Parks

June 4 - Sept. 3, 2015

Chicago locations

Watch 240 Movies in the Parks. Free. Schedule

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.

Magic show

June 5 - July 3, 2015 (also May)

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 $45.

Superhero musical

June 5 - July 19, 2015 (begins May 29)

10 miles north

Superheroes and villains clash onstage with the fate of the world in their hands at Soon I Will Be Invincible in Lifeline Theatre. Discount tickets $12.

Tribute to the ‘80s

June 5 - July 25, 2015 (also May)

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.

Beer tasting

June 6, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

A ticket to River North Beer Fest includes 36 samples of 50 different beers.

Discount tickets $20.

Live music and art

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

2.5 miles north

A Night of Infinite Wisdom is live performance art, live music, and craft beer from Indiana at Park West.

Comedy festival

June 6, 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.

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.

Chicken wing tasting

June 6 - 7, 2015 (2 p.m.)

2.5 miles NW

A ticket to Wingout Chicago includes chicken wings from restaurants and 2 beers at St. Michael’s Church parking lot. Expect lines. Discount tickets $35.

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 in 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.

Popular musical

June 6 - 14, 2015

14 miles north

See a new expanded version of the romantic musical The Fantasticks, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. Discount tickets $26.

Musical about Andersonville

June 6 - July 11, 2015 (Saturdays from May)

9 miles north

The Andersonville Players share funny facts and fiction about Andersonville in Yes, Andersonville! at pH Comedy Theater.

Discount tickets $11.

Campy burlesque

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

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 $10.

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.


June 8 - 18, 2015

5 miles south

Watch the White Sox play at U.S. Cellular Field.

Burlesque festival

June 10 - 13, 2015

5 miles north

The Windy City Burlesque Festival begins with a free opening-night party, continues with 6 stage shows, and ends with classes and workshops at Stage 773.
June 2015

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 $25.

Science-fiction Shakespeare

June 11 - 14, 2015 (also May)

7 miles north

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

Discount tickets $10.

Blues festival

June 12 - 14, 2015

1 mile south

Chicago’s biggest music festival, Chicago Blues Festival, brings top-name talent to Grant Park. 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.

Swedish American Museum has a Maypole dance Saturday morning.

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.

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+.

Discount tickets $39.

Book fair

June 13, 2015

2.5 miles west

Browse collectible books, vintage magazines, rare maps, and autographs at the Chicago Book & Paper Fair at Plumbers Union Hall.

Discount tickets $3.

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 is quieter.

Discount tickets for two with food & drink $40.

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.

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.

Circus arts festival

June 17 - 21, 2015

5 miles north

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival has 30 shows (juggling, vaudeville, acrobatics, cirque, cabaret, burlesque) at Athenaeum Theatre & nearby venues.

Discount tickets $27.

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.

Magic show

June 17 - Aug. 26, 2015 (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.

Jazz at the aquarium

June 17 - Sept. 9, 2015 (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.

Bette Midler

June 18, 2015 (8 p.m.)

4 miles west

See Bette Midler in her new show Divine Intervention at the United Center.

Discount tickets $97.

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.

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.

Don Quixote ballet

June 18 - 21, 2015

1 mile south

The British Royal Ballet performs the classic tale Don Quixote—about a young couple, an aging knight and a dream—at Auditorium Theatre. Discount tickets $64.

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.

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 (6 to 9 p.m.)

26 miles NW

Try samples from 12 local breweries and wineries at Solstice Hop & Vine Fest, with food and live music 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, plus live music, beer, and food at Butler Field on E Monroe Street. 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 pig roast plus wine and whiskey tasting at Montrose Beach. Repeats in Jan.

Discount tickets $27.

Zombie Prom

June 20, 2015 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

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, beautiful gardens, and a Father’s Day brunch 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.

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.

Pride day at the zoo

June 25, 2015

14 miles SW

Zoo Pride features gay-friendly vendors, speakers, and entertainment until 5 p.m. at Brookfield Zoo, plus a cocktail party 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pavilions.

Sweet comedy

June 25 - July 26, 2015

20 miles NW

Never the Bridesmaid is an award-winning locally written play about a brother and sister who so far have had no luck with love, at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview. Discount tickets $18.

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

45 miles north

Throttle Fest [sound] features live music, burnout pits, a wall of death, and motorcycle-related vendors in Grayslake. Limited access Thursday.

Volunteer day

June 27, 2015 (register by June 18)

0.7 miles SW

Join 5,000 volunteers helping to make Chicago a better place during Serve-a-thon, a single day of community service starting at Daley Plaza. Lunch, transportation, and post-party provided, $10 fee.

Overnight bike ride

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

1 mile south

L.A.T.E. Ride begins late Saturday night at Buckingham Fountain and continues 15 or 25 miles into Sunday morning, followed by optional breakfast. Awards for the best “glowing” bicycle decorations.

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 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.

Food truck festival

June 27 - 28, 2015 (12 to 10 p.m.)

5 miles south

Chicago Food Truck Fest brings food trucks and music to U.S. Cellular Field. Free admission tickets.

Fountain Square Art Festival

June 27 - 28, 2015

12 miles north

Fountain Square Art Festival is a fine arts fair with 150 juried artists, live jazz, children’s art tent, and food vendors at Church & Sherman in Evanston. Donation.

Comic book convention

June 27 - 28, 2015

27 miles west

Mighty Con has guests, game tournaments, cosplay contests, and vendors at the Dupage Fairgrounds.

Discount tickets $4.

Highland Park art festival

June 27 - 28, 2015

27 miles north

The Art Center of Highland Park - Festival of Fine Arts has 120 juried artists. It focuses on visual arts (glass, wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry). Donation.

Intense Nazi drama

June 27 - July 26, 2015

5 miles north

The Nazis murdered Jews, gypsies, dissidents, and the disabled. Bent is a dramatic story of two Berliners that reveals the Nazi treatment of homosexuals, at Strawdog Theatre.

Discount tickets $13.

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.)

Scavenger hunt

June 30, 2015 (5 to 9 p.m.)

0.8 miles west

Complete mental and physical challenges with teammates at River North Challenge, which includes appetizers, beverages, prizes, and an after party.
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June 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.