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
59 miles south
Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Free.

Music in Lincoln Square

August 1 - 29, 2019
(Thurs. 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.

Ravinia music festival

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

Movies in the Parks

August 1 - Sept. 27, 2019
Chicago locations
Watch 130 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
10 miles NW
Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival offers live music on a main stage and a community stage, art, food, craft beer, wine, and a kids’ zone in Jefferson Park at 4822 N. Long Avenue.

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, two stages of music and dancing, a family circus, and artisan vendors in Naperville.

Classical music festival

August 2 - 17, 2019
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
(Fri. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
0.9 miles east
Hear “top Chicago jazz artists” playing a wide variety of music at Water Colors at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Beach party

August 3, 2019
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.

Beer & BBQ tasting

August 3, 2019
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
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 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
(12 to 4:30 p.m.)
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 3, 2019
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.

Green home tour

August 3 - 4, 2019
See 17 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 on two stages, and art on North Broadway (at Thorndale Avenue). Donation.

Glenview art festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
22 miles NW
Art at the Glen features 175 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
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.

Taste of Lake Zurich

August 4, 2019
(3 to 7 p.m.)
38.3 miles NW
Buy tasting tickets to sample food from 16 restaurants at Taste of the Towns in Paulus Park.

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
(6:30 p.m.)
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 - 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
(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.

Taste of Andersonville

August 7, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
9 miles north
A ticket to the Taste of Andersonville crawl gets you samples from 16 local restaurants, including dessert.

Dance outdoors

August 7 - 24, 2019
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.

Jazz at the aquarium

August 7 - 28, 2019
(Wed. 5 to 10 p.m.)
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 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.

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.

Pizza & beer crawl

August 8, 2019
(5 to 9:30 p.m.)
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.

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).

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 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.)

Cuban festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
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.

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 bars in River North for age 21+.

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 November. Free.

Doughnut run/walk

August 10, 2019
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.

Sustainable living lunch

August 10, 2019
(12 to 3 p.m.)
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.

African American parade & festival

August 10, 2019
(10 a.m.)
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.

Weird film festival

August 10, 2019
(doors 7, films 8 p.m.)
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
(3 to 8 p.m.)
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. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Garden tour

August 10, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
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.

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 [website has sound] offers live country music, horse rides, a petting zoo, restaurant food, music, kids’ games, contests, and vendors 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 200 food, art, and craft vendors, plus musical acts on 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 “17 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 Chicago has a food court, kids’ activities, demos, speakers, yoga, 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
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.

French day in the park

August 11, 2019
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.

Foodie festival

August 11 - 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).

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.

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 + gelato

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. Buy a ticket to the Gelato Festival (Sat. & Sun.)

Scrapbook Expo

August 16 - 17, 2019
27 miles NW
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

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 two stages of music in Rogers Park. Free.

Art, food, and music festival

August 16 - 18, 2019
(opens Fri. 4 p.m.)
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.

Caribbean festival

August 17, 2019
(10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
9.6 miles south
Chicago Caribbean Carnivale promises music, arts & crafts, food vendors, and a noon parade located at 1130 Midway Plaisance. Free.

Oak Park beer tasting

August 17, 2019
(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.

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 at the waterfront near North Avenue Beach (from Fullerton to Oak Street). 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, 12 authors, a kids corner, and food vendors, 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.

Holistic expo

August 17 - 18, 2019
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 17 - 18, 2019
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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 April.

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 315 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.

Festival in Mount Prospect

August 23 - 25, 2019
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. Music schedule. Free.

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 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.

Freaky adult circus

August 24, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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.

Beer at the zoo

August 24, 2019
(3 sessions)
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
5.1 miles NW
Bucktown Arts Fest is an arts celebration that showcases 190 artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and performers at 2200 N. Oakley Avenue. Free.

Oak Park art festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
9.1 miles west
The Arts & Crafts Show at Oak Park Ave. & Lake St. features juried 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, kids’ art activities, a band, and food vendors. Donation.

Art fair in Glen Ellyn

August 24 - 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.

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.

Wine tasting

August 25, 2019
(2 to 6 p.m.)
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.

Art fair

August 25, 2019
26 miles NW
See original works from 85 juried artists at Walk in the Park at North School Park in Arlington Heights. Free.

Free German jazz

August 29, 2019
(7 to 9 p.m.)
7 miles north
Hear German jazz pianist Dieter Köhnlein play in the 6th floor lounge at Dank Haus. Free including parking, with food and snacks for sale.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2019
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.

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.

Festival of Lebanon

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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.

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 35 bands on four stages, food (polska kielbasa, potato pancakes, pierogi, and beer), vendors, and carnival rides in Jefferson Park.

Naperville festival & parade

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
34 miles west
Naperville Last Fling is a family event with carnival rides, a children’s area, two stages of entertainment, 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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