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Beer & BBQ tasting

August 1, 2020
8 miles NW
A $65 ticket to Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge gets you “20 BBQ samples, 40 craft beer tastings, and a commemorative glass” at St. Viator Recreation Center.

African book fair

August 1, 2020
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 1, 2020
27 miles west
Taste beer from 35 local and national breweries, sample food, and hear three bands at Wheaton Brew Fest in Wheaton for age 21+.

Corn festival

August 1, 2020
28 miles NW
A ticket to Cornfest gets you a hamburger, brat, or hot dog; pop, watermelon, and all of the fresh-picked corn you can eat. Also see the arts & craft fair and bazaar at Community Church in Rolling Meadows.

Lollapalooza

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 30)
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.

Latino festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 30)
4 miles SW
Fiesta del Sol delivers live entertainment, local art, diverse cuisine, and carnival rides at 1400 W. Cermak Road. No alcohol. Free.

Edgewater festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
8 miles north
Edge Fest offers North Side cuisine, local bands on two stages, and art on North Broadway (at Thorndale Avenue). Donation.

Horror convention

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
16 miles NW
Flashback Weekend offers celebrity guests, vendors, and evening events at Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago.

Glenview art festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
22 miles NW
Art at the Glen features 175 artists, live music, food, and kids’ activities in Glenview. Free.

Italian festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
33 miles west
Festa Italiana features Italian food, two stages of music and dancing, a family circus, and artisan vendors in Naperville.

Fairy festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
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.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 5, 2020
(begins June 10)
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.

Dance outdoors

August 1 - 22, 2020
(begins June 25)
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 month in red on their website to see the schedule. Free.

Renaissance fair

August 1 - Sept. 7, 2020
(begins July 11)
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.

Ravinia music festival

August 1 - Sept. 12, 2020
(begins June 5)
23 miles north
See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Monday movies on the lake

August 3 - 24, 2020
(begins July 6)
0.9 miles east
Watch free movies at Water Flicks in Polk Bros Park.

French fair

August 4, 2020
(2 to 9 p.m.)
11 miles west
Immerse yourself in French art, food, wine, music, activities, and films at Art dans la Rue in Oak Park. The poodle parade is 7 p.m. Free.

Jazz at the aquarium

August 5 - 26, 2020
(begins June 10)
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 6, 2020
0 miles
Send a rubber duck down the Chicago River to support charity and possibly win a new car at Chicago Ducky Derby, with family entertainment downtown on the Chicago River.

Fake wedding

August 6, 2020
(7 p.m.)
3.7 miles SW
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 Lacuna Lofts.

Rock classics by Queen

August 6, 2020
16 miles NW
Hear classic rock songs by Queen (We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more) performed with uncanny realism by One Night of Queen at Rosemont Theatre.

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Tropical rock party

August 6 - 9, 2020
27.9 miles NW
Summer Chi.ill [website has sound] promises entertainment, music, food, and drink with a tropical theme at Chicago Marriott Schaumburg.

Music in Lincoln Square

August 6 - 27, 2020
(Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m.)
9.1 miles NW
Hear a wide variety of music at the Summer Concert Series in Giddings Plaza if weather permits. Free.

Japanese festival

August 7 - 9, 2020
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 7 - 9, 2020
7 miles NW
Watch entertainment on 3 stages, browse art and antique vendors, visit the kids’ area, and see 50 classic cars at Retro on Roscoe in Roscoe Village. Donation. Limited activities on Friday (5 to 10 p.m.)

Beatles festival

August 7 - 9, 2020
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.

Audio expo

August 7 - 9, 2020
26.8 miles NW
Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) features 400 vendors of high-end audio (headphones, speakers, turntables, musical instruments, amps, and vinyl), plus 125 listening rooms, live concerts, and lectures by industry leaders at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Moved from April 17 - 19 to August 7 - 9.

Taco bar crawl

August 8, 2020
0.7 miles west
A ticket to The Taco Crawl gets you 7 tacos and special drink prices at bars in River North for age 21+.

Beach party

August 8, 2020
2 miles north
A ticket to The Big Dig Beach Party gets you six beer tickets, DJ music, beach games to play, and food vendors at North Avenue Beach.

African American parade & festival

August 8, 2020
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 goes down Martin Luther King Drive from from 39th to 55th, ending at a festival with food vendors in Washington Park until 4 p.m. Free.

Farm festival

August 8, 2020
37 miles SW
Farm & Barn Fest offers live country music, horse rides, a petting zoo, restaurant food, music, kids’ games, contests, and vendors at Mokena Main Park.

Art fair

August 8 - 9, 2020
1.5 miles south
Printer’s Row Art Fest features “100 juried artists, live music, and great food” near Printer’s Row Park, on Dearborn Street (from Polk to Harrison). Free.

Kite festival

August 8 - 9, 2020
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 8 - 9, 2020
30 miles west
Veggie Fest Chicago has a food court, kids’ activities, demos, speakers, yoga, and music in Lisle. Free.

Bike ride

August 9, 2020
2.8 miles NW
Bike 16, 23, or 37 miles to interesting sights with minimal traffic during Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT), beginning and ending at REI (905 W Eastman Street). Cheaper for age 17 and younger.

Northalsted Market Days

August 8 - 9, 2020
5 miles north
Northalsted Market Days is a popular gay-friendly street fair and music festival with 200 food, art, and craft vendors, plus musical acts on North Halsted Street (from Belmont to Addison). Donation.

French day in the park

August 9, 2020
27 miles west
French Connection Day features a French open-air market, a beer & wine tent, French food, music, street performers, and children’s activities at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking. Also consider “French Picnic Under the Stars” on Saturday evening.

Military block party

August 13, 2020
(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 + gelato

August 13 - 16, 2020
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. Buy a ticket to the Gelato Festival (Sat. & Sun.)

Art on Glenwood Ave.

August 14 - 16, 2020
9 miles north
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a Friday night Cobblestone Jam plus a weekend artists’ market with two stages of music in Rogers Park. Free.

Edison Park festival

August 14 - 16, 2020
14 miles NW
Edison Park Fest offers food, beer, live music, a kids’ area, and a family stage at 6730 N. Olmsted Avenue. Donation.

Oak Park beer tasting

August 15, 2020
(3 to 7 p.m.)
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.

Arlington horse race

August 15, 2020
27 miles NW
Watch jockeys compete for $1 million in the prestigious Arlington Million horse race in Arlington Heights.

Air and water show

August 15 - 16, 2020
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 at the waterfront near North Avenue Beach (from Fullerton to Oak Street). Free.

Sangria festival

August 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Holistic expo

August 15 - 16, 2020
16 miles NW
Body Mind Spirit Expo has presentations and vendors related to alternative health and psychic powers at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Japanese festival

August 15 - 16, 2020
24 miles north
Learn about summer celebrations in Japan at Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival. Listen to taiko drum and koto harp music, hear folktales, join kids’ activities, and watch a tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking. Repeats in May.

Gluten-free expo

August 15 - 16, 2020
28 miles NW
Sample and purchase products from 100 vendors at Nourished Festival at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Moved from May to August 15 & 16.

Art fair in Lincolnshire

August 15 - 16, 2020
33 miles north
Lincolnshire Art Festival features 100 juried artists, live music, food, and children’s art activities. Free.

Women’s comedy

August 20 - 23, 2020
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 20 - 23, 2020
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.

Scrapbook Expo

August 21 - 22, 2020
27 miles NW
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Taste of Greece

August 21 - 23, 2020
2 miles SW
Enjoy Greek restaurant food, traditional music and dance, handcrafts, and family games at Taste of Greektown at 315 S. Halsted Street. Donation.

Art, food, and music festival

August 21 - 23, 2020
13 miles north
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival features restaurant food, live music, and an art festival, all beginning Friday evening. Free.

Festival in Mount Prospect

August 21 - 23, 2020
23.2 miles NW
Hear live music all weekend in the restaurants and bars of Mount Prospect during 56 Music Fix, named after zip code 60056. A juried art market in the park is Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. Free.

Big music festival near Peoria

August 21 - 23, 2020
144 miles SW
Summer Camp Music Festival typically attracts 20,000 fans watching 125 bands on 9 stages in Chillicothe. Moved from May to August 21 - 23.

Beer at the zoo

August 22, 2020
(2 to 7:30 p.m.)
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.

Art fair in Glen Ellyn

August 22 - 23, 2020
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.

Skokie festival

August 28 - 30, 2020
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.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 28 - Sept. 6, 2020
0.5 miles south
Chicago Jazz Festival is a free event held in Millennium Park (see a list of what you can bring). Also see the list of neighborhood concerts from Aug. 23 to 29.

Triathlon

August 29 - 30, 2020
1.5 miles south
The Chicago Triathlon follows a picturesque course along Lake Michigan, beginning at Monroe Harbor.

Tacos & tequila

August 29 - 30, 2020
3.2 miles north
Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest promises “traditional and exotic ingredient-stuffed tortillas paired with tequila-infused cocktails” plus margarita flights and live bands at Lincoln Park for age 21+. Moved from May to August 29 & 30.

Bucktown arts festival

August 29 - 30, 2020
5.1 miles NW
Bucktown Arts Fest is an arts celebration that showcases 190 artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and performers at 2200 N. Oakley Avenue. Free.

Art & food festival

August 29 - 30, 2020
27 miles north
Port Clinton Art Festival has 260 artists, a youth division, kids’ art activities, a band, and food vendors. Donation.

Circus in the park

August 2020
(undated)
Chicago locations
Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of shows at nine parks, which is perfect for families.

Foodie festival

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Movies in the Parks

August 2020
(undated)
Chicago locations
Watch 130 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Black film festival

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Local music festival

August 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles west
I Am Fest is an independent art & music festival that focuses on local artists at the House of Blues Chicago.

Movies in Millennium Park

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Tasting event

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Millennium Park music

August 2020
(undated)
0.7 miles SE
Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Jazz on the lake

August 2020
(undated)
0.9 miles east
Hear “top Chicago jazz artists” playing a wide variety of music at Water Colors at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Music on the lake

August 2020
(undated)
1 mile east
Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages.

Wine tasting

August 2020
(undated)
1.9 miles west
Taste wine from “40 of the country’s best small wine producers” with hors d’oeuvres at Winestyr Fest in historic Morgan Manufacturing.

Hot dog festival

August 2020
(undated)
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).

Adult zoo night

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Doughnut run/walk

August 2020
(undated)
2.5 miles south
“Enjoy regular glazed mini donuts on the course and a glazed donut at the finish” at Stan’s Donut 5k & Kids Dash, beginning and ending at Soldier Field.

Made in Chicago

August 2020
(undated)
2.8 miles west
Shop 70 vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market at Bridge 410 in West Town. Held in April, August, and November. Free.

Sustainable living lunch

August 2020
(undated)
3.5 miles west
Join young professionals who care about improving Chicago at the $40 Sustainable Summer Fundraiser, which includes speakers, a drink ticket, and “ethically and locally sourced” food at Homestead on the Roof.

House music festival

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Festival in Pilsen

August 2020
(undated)
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, 12 authors, a kids corner, and food vendors, centered at 18th Street & Blue Island Avenue. Free.

Freaky adult circus

August 2020
(undated)
6.6 miles SW
Lagunitas Beer Circus promises “freaktacular entertainment” (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at Douglas Park for age 21+. No pets or large bags.

Pizza & beer crawl

August 2020
(undated)
7 miles north
A $20 ticket to Pizza & Pints gets you 3 drink tickets for a pint of craft beer, plus pizza samples at 8 restaurants in Wrigleyville for age 21+, followed by an after-party with a fourth drink ticket.

Weird film festival

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Classical music in the street

August 2020
(undated)
8.1 miles north
Thirsty Ears Festival fills Wilson Street (from Hermitage to Ravenswood) with “17 stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich” with food trucks, beer, vendors, and kids’ activities in Ravenswood. Donation.

Taste of Andersonville

August 2020
(undated)
9 miles north
A ticket to the Taste of Andersonville crawl gets you samples from 16 local restaurants, including dessert.

Oak Park art festival

August 2020
(undated)
9.1 miles west
The Arts & Crafts Show at Oak Park Ave. & Lake St. features juried artists in Scoville Park. Free.

Concert & car show

August 2020
(undated)
11.7 miles SW
See hundreds of hot custom cars and hear live music at the Chicago DUB Battlegrounds Show at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Cuban festival

August 2020
(undated)
12 miles NW
Festival Cubano offers Cuban music, dancers, Latin American food, vendors, and a children’s area in Riis Park at Narragansett Avenue & Fullerton Avenue.

Garden tour

August 2020
(undated)
14.4 miles west
“Visit eight private and public gardens in Oak Park and River Forest brimming with life and beauty” on the Birds, Bees, & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, which begins at Trailside Museum of Natural History.

Art fair

August 2020
(undated)
26 miles NW
See original works from 85 juried artists at Walk in the Park at North School Park in Arlington Heights. Free.

Watch football practice

August 2020
(undated)
34.9 miles north
Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Free.

Taste of Lake Zurich

August 2020
(undated)
38.3 miles NW
Buy tasting tickets to sample food from 16 restaurants at Taste of the Towns in Paulus Park.

Street fair in DeKalb

August 2020
(undated)
65 miles west
Corn Fest has vendors, a carnival, a family-friendly beer garden and concert area ($5 if age 12+), a car show (Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and kids’ art activities (Sat. & Sun. 12 to 3 p.m.). Free.

Festival of Lebanon

August 2020
(undated)
24 miles west
Enjoy Lebanese food, beer, wine, music, folk dancing, and kids’ activities at the Lebanese Festival at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Lombard. Children younger than age 5 are free.

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