Chicago events August 2019. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events August 2019

Fake wedding

August 1, 2019
(7 p.m.)
44 miles west
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Chicago at Company 251 in Aurora.


August 1 - 4, 2019
1.5 miles south
Lollapalooza is a four-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.

Tropical rock party

August 1 - 4, 2019
27.3 miles NW
Summer Chi.ill [website has sound] promises entertainment, music, food, and drink with a tropical theme at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg.

Watch football practice

August 1 - 10, 2019
(begins July 27)
59 miles south
Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Free.

Dance outdoors

August 1 - 24, 2019
(also July)
multiple locations
Dance to live bands and DJs at Chicago SummerDance in city parks, including a one-hour lesson and then a two-hour dance. Click a red month on their website to see the schedule. Free.

Music in Lincoln Square

August 1 - 29, 2019
(Thursdays 6:30 p.m.)
9.1 miles NW
Hear a wide variety of music at the Summer Concert Series in Giddings Plaza if weather permits. Free.

Movies in the Parks

August 1 - Sept. 14, 2019
(also July)
Chicago locations
Watch 130 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Ravinia music festival

August 1 - Sept. 15, 2019
(also July)
23 miles north
See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
10 miles NW
Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival offers live music, art, food, craft beer, wine, and a kids’ corner in Jefferson Park at 4822 N. Long Avenue. No pets. Admission charge in 2019 is $5.

Horror convention

August 2 - 4, 2019
16 miles NW
Flashback Weekend offers celebrity guests, vendors, and evening events at Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

Italian festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
33 miles west
Festa Italiana features Italian food, three stages of music and dancing, eating contests (cannoli, meatballs), and vendors in Naperville. Donation.

Classical music festival

August 2 - 17, 2019
(also July)
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.

Jazz on the lake

August 2 - 23, 2019
(begins July 12)
0.9 miles east
Hear “top Chicago jazz artists” play for 90 minutes at Water Colors on Fridays at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Beach party

August 3, 2019
2 miles north
A ticket to The Big Dig Beach Party gets you six drink tickets, DJ music, and beach games to play at North Avenue Beach for age 21+.

African book fair

August 3, 2019
10 miles south
Soulful Chicago Book Fair “is a celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora” with food vendors on E. 61st Street (from Cottage Grove Ave. to M.L.K. Drive). Free.

Beer festival

August 3, 2019
27 miles west
Taste 80 micro brews, sample food, and hear live music at Wheaton Brew Fest in Wheaton for age 21+.

Corn festival

August 3, 2019
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. Also see the arts & craft fair and bazaar at Community Church in Rolling Meadows.

Country music: Brad Paisley

August 3, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
31.8 miles south
Brad Paisley (Remind Me; Whiskey Lullaby) performs with Chris Lane and Riley Green at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

Ticket deal $20 to $75

Green home tour

August 3 - 4, 2019
See 15 sustainably built and energy-saving homes on the self-guided GreenBuilt Home Tour. Children under age 18 are free.

Edgewater festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
8 miles north
Edge Fest offers North Side cuisine, local bands, and art on North Broadway (from Thorndale to Ardmore). Donation.

Glenview art festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
22 miles NW
Art at the Glen features 185 artists, live music, food, and kids’ activities in Glenview. Free.

Fairy festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
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.

Black film festival

August 3 - 29, 2019
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.

Music on the lake

August 3 - Sept. 2, 2019
(Sat. & Sun.)
1 mile east
Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages.

Renaissance fair

August 3 - Sept. 2, 2019
(weekends from July 6)
49 miles north
Watch knights joust, shop in an artisan market, mingle with costumed minstrels, play games, and attend shows at Bristol Renaissance Faire in 16th century England (also known as Kenosha, WI). Open weekends and Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

Taste of Lake Zurich

August 4, 2019
(3 to 7 p.m.)
38.3 miles NW
Sample food from 25 restaurants at Taste of the Towns in Paulus Park. Each taste is $3, or you can try them all for $40 (online price).

Monday movies on the lake

August 5 & 12, 2019
(Mondays 6:30 p.m.)
0.9 miles east
Watch 10 different movies in 2019 about superheroes during Water Flicks at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Millennium Park music

August 5 - 15, 2019
(also July)
0.7 miles SE
Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Movies in Millennium Park

August 5 - Aug. 20, 2019
(6:30 p.m. 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 on Tuesdays. Free.

French fair

August 6, 2019
11 miles west
Immerse yourself in French art, food, wine, music, activities, and films at Art dans la Rue in Oak Park.

Taste of Andersonville

August 7, 2019
9 miles north
A ticket to Taste of Andersonville gets you samples from a dozen local restaurants, including dessert.

Jazz at the aquarium

August 7 - 28, 2019
(also July)
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.

Rubber duck race

August 8, 2019
0 miles
Send a rubber duck downstream to support charity and possibly win a new car at Chicago Ducky Derby [website has sound] with family entertainment downtown on the Chicago River.

Adult zoo night

August 8, 2019
(6:30 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles north
Leave the kids at home and head to Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo to experience unique animal chats and live entertainment. You must be age 18+ to attend, and age 21+ for the cash bars.

Hot dog festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
2.4 miles north
Chicago Hot Dog Fest features hot dog vendors, beer, music, and entertainment in Lincoln Park (at Stockton Drive and LaSalle Drive).

Meal deal $25

Japanese festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
3 miles north
Ginza Holiday offers Japanese dance, martial arts, drumming, bonsai, craftsmen at work, sushi, and teriyaki at Midwest Buddhist Temple. Donation.

Retro on Roscoe

August 9 - 11, 2019
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.

Cuban festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
12 miles NW
Festival Cubano [website has sound] offers Cuban music, dancers, Latin American food, vendors, and a children’s area in Riis Park at Narragansett Avenue & Fullerton Avenue.

Ticket deal $20

Beatles festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
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.

Taco bar crawl

August 10, 2019
0.7 miles west
A ticket to The Taco Crawl [sound] gets you 7 tacos and special drink prices at a dozen bars in River North.

Made in Chicago

August 10, 2019
2.3 miles west
Shop 70 vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market in Chicago Journeymen Plumbers (Plumbers Hall). Held in April, August, and December. Free admission and parking.

Run for doughnuts

August 10, 2019
2.5 miles south
Eat a doughnut while you run/walk in Stan’s Donut 5k & Kids Dash plus another doughnut afterward, beginning and ending at Soldier Field.

African American parade & festival

August 10, 2019
6.2 miles south
Heralding the new school year, Bud Billiken Parade is billed as the oldest and largest African American parade in America. It begins at Oakwood Boulevard & Martin Luther King Drive, and it ends at a festival with food vendors in Washington Park (1 to 4 p.m.). Free.

Weird film festival

August 10, 2019
7.2 miles SW
Filmmakers show their original short films and then permanently destroy them in front of the audience at Destroy Your Art, an event designed to give “artists permission to take risks that they might not otherwise take” at Inside Town, 1954 S. Troy Street.

Concert & car show

August 10, 2019
11.7 miles SW
See hundreds of hot custom cars and hear live music at the Chicago Dub Show at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero.

Arlington horse race

August 10, 2019
27 miles NW
Watch jockeys compete for $1 million in the prestigious Arlington Million horse race in Arlington Heights.

Farm festival

August 10, 2019
37 miles SW
Farm & Barn Fest has live country music, horse rides, blacksmithing, a petting zoo, restaurant food, music, kids’ games, and contests at Mokena Main Park.

House music festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
3.8 miles SW
Dance to house music and shop from food trucks and craft vendors at My House Music Festival in the streets of Pilsen at Cermak Road & Morgan Street. Free.

Northalsted Market Days

August 10 - 11, 2019
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 four blocks of North Halsted Street (from Belmont to Addison). Donation.

Classical music in the street

August 10 - 11, 2019
8.1 miles north
Thirsty Ears Festival fills Wilson Street (from Hermitage to Ravenswood) with “15 stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich” with food trucks, beer, vendors, and kids’ activities in Ravenswood. Donation.

Kite festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
24 miles north
Bring a kite to fly or make one in a workshop, 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.

Vegetarian festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
30 miles west
Veggie Fest features a food court, kids’ activities, demos, exhibits, speakers, and music in Lisle. Free.

Art fair in Lincolnshire

August 10 - 11, 2019
33 miles north
Lincolnshire Art Festival features 100 juried artists, live music, food, and children’s art activities. Free.

Bike ride

August 11, 2019
3.6 miles SW
Bike 12 to 32 miles to interesting sights with minimal traffic during Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT), beginning and ending in Lot G at University of Illinois at Chicago (S. Marshfield Avenue & W. Taylor Street). Cheaper for age 17 and younger.

French day in the park

August 11, 2019
27 miles west
French Connection Day features a French open-air market, a beer & wine garden, French food, music, street performers, and children’s activities at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking.

Coin collectors convention

August 13 - 17, 2019
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.

Foodie festival

August 14 - Sept. 1, 2019
Greater Chicago area
Sponsored by Chicago Tribune, Food Bowl promises “100+ events that highlight the creativity and innovation of our city’s restaurants, chefs, and mixologists.” It includes a night market on the lakefront (Aug. 23 to 25).

Military block party

August 15, 2019
(4 to 10 p.m.)
1 mile NW
Celebrate America’s military service members and their families with live music, games, military vehicles, and food vendors at USO Clark After Dark at 420 N. Clark Street in River North.

Italian festival

August 15 - 18, 2019
4.6 miles SW
Little Italy Festa promises “fabulous food from award-winning area restaurants, several stages of continuous family entertainment, quality merchandise from Italy, and colorful cultural attractions” on West Taylor Street.

Art on Glenwood Ave.

August 16 - 18, 2019
9 miles north
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a Friday night Cobblestone Jam plus a weekend artists’ market with 3 stages of music in Rogers Park. Free.

Art, food, and music festival

August 16 - 18, 2019
13 miles north
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival features restaurant food, live music, and an art festival, all beginning Friday evening. Free.

Edison Park festival

August 16 - 18, 2019
14 miles NW
Edison Park Fest offers food, beer, live music, a kids’ area, and a family stage at 6730 N. Olmsted Avenue. Donation.

Local music festival

August 17, 2019
(2 to 10:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles west
I Am Fest is an independent art & music festival that focuses on local artists at the House of Blues Chicago.

Oak Park beer tasting

August 17, 2019
11 miles west
Oak Park Micro Brew Review features tastings of 200 craft beers from 80 Midwest microbreweries and local restaurant food at 100 N Marion Street in Oak Park.

West Indian carnival

August 17, 2019
24.3 miles south
Windy City West Indian Carnival promises an all-day event with music and vendors plus a 1 p.m. “Parade of Bands Competition” with outrageous costumes in Harvey. Free.

Air and water show

August 17 - 18, 2019
2 miles north
Chicago Air & Water Show features daredevil pilots, parachute teams, jets flying in formation, an air/sea rescue demonstration, and military airplanes. Watch it from the waterfront near North Avenue Beach. Free.

Festival in Pilsen

August 17 - 18, 2019
(noon to 10 p.m.)
4 miles SW
“Celebrate and embrace diversity, solidarity, and unity” with Latinos at Pilsen Fest, which features a lineup of quality music acts, 40 local arts and crafts vendors, a kids corner, food trucks, and a DJ battle, centered at 18th Street & Blue Island Avenue. Free.

Sangria festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
7.4 miles NW
Sangria Festival Chicago promises multiple flavors of sangria (wine with fruit), food vendors, live music, and flamenco dancers in Humboldt Park for age 21+. Bring a chair and a blanket, but no food or pets.

Ticket deal 2 for $55

Holistic expo

August 17 - 18, 2019
16 miles NW
Body Mind Spirit Expo has 100 exhibitors and 60 presentations about alternative health and psychic powers at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Japanese children’s festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
24 miles north
Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan at Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival. Listen to taiko drum and koto harp music, hear folktales, and watch a tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking. Repeats in April.

Hunchback of Notre Dame

August 17 - 25, 2019
14 miles north
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a romantic musical combining elements of the gothic novel and the Disney film. Quasimodo is an unlikely hero who must save the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda from evil archdeacon Frollo, live with a full orchestra at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.

Ticket deal $25 to $35

Tasting event

August 22, 2019
(4:30 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Taste “signature grill recipes” from a dozen restaurants paired with unlimited summer cocktails, beer, and wine during Chefs on the Grill, with a live band outside the Park Grill.

Women’s comedy

August 22 - 25, 2019
5 miles north
Watch 100 women perform stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, and musical comedy shows at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773.

Comic book convention

August 22 - 25, 2019
17 mile NW
Wizard World Chicago is about comic books, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the convention center in Rosemont.

Taste of Greece

August 23 - 25, 2019
2 miles SW
Enjoy Greek restaurant food, traditional music and dance, handcrafts, and family games at Taste of Greektown at 400 S. Halsted Street. Donation.

Skokie festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
14 miles NW
Skokie’s Backlot Bash has live music, a carnival, a beer tent, food vendors, free classic films (Sat. & Sun. 12:30 p.m.), a Saturday 5K and kids’ run, and a classic auto show Sunday afternoon. Free.

Glen Ellyn art festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
28.7 miles west
Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts features 70 juried artists, live music, a beer and wine garden, and food at Lake Ellyn Park.

Street fair in DeKalb

August 23 - 25, 2019
65 miles west
Corn Fest has vendors, a carnival, a family-friendly beer garden and concert area ($5 for age 12+), a Saturday car show, and kids’ art activities weekend afternoons. Free.

Freaky circus

August 24, 2019
6.6 miles SW
Lagunitas Beer Circus promises “freaktacular entertainment” by 100 performers (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at Douglas Park for age 21+.

Beer at the zoo

August 24, 2019
14 miles SW
Sample 80 craft beers with live music at Zoo Brew at Brookfield Zoo for age 21+. Ticket includes admission to the zoo. Animal buildings close at 5:30 p.m.

Bucktown arts festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
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.

Oak Park art festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
9.1 miles west
The Arts & Crafts Show at Oak Park Ave. & Lake St. features 125 artists in Scoville Park. Free.

Art & food festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
27 miles north
Port Clinton Art Festival has 260 artists, a youth division, and kids’ art activities on Sat. & Sun. Free.

Circus in the park

August 24 - Oct. 20, 2019
Chicago locations
Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of shows at nine parks, which is perfect for families.


August 25, 2019
1.5 miles south
The Chicago Triathlon follows a picturesque course along Lake Michigan, beginning at Monroe Harbor.

Kids’ concert

August 25, 2019
(4 p.m.)
31.8 miles south
High-energy Kidz Bop Live performs kid-friendly versions of today’s hottest pop hits in a concert for all ages at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

Ticket deal $20

North Coast Music Festival

August 30 - 31, 2019
2.8 miles SE
North Coast Music Festival is an all-ages music fest that ranges from hip-hop to electronic to indie rock at Northerly Island on Labor Day weekend.

African festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
7.9 miles south
African Festival of the Arts celebrates African art, crafts, drumming, food, and entertainment “in a simulated African village” at Washington Park. Cost.

Polish festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
10 miles NW
Taste of Polonia has 30 bands on four stages, food (polska kielbasa, potato pancakes, pierogi, and beer), vendors, and carnival rides in Jefferson Park.

Ticket deal $7

Naperville festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
34 miles west
Naperville Last Fling is a family event with carnival rides, a children’s area, entertainment, evening concerts, food vendors, and a Labor Day parade (Monday 10 a.m.) at Naperville’s Riverwalk Park.

Schaumburg festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
33 miles NW
Septemberfest includes an arts & crafts show, a carnival, lots of live music, a beer & wine tent, the Taste of Schaumburg (Sat. & Sun.), fireworks (Sun. or if rain Mon.), and a parade (Mon. 10 a.m. on Summit Drive) at Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center. No pets. Free.

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