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Chicago events July 2020

American music festival

July 1 - 4, 2020
10 miles west
FitzGerald’s American Music Festival features 60 Americana/roots bands in Berwyn, with “classic American BBQ” and New Orleans food for sale.

Frontier Days

July 1 - 5, 2020
26 miles NW
Frontier Days Festival has family activities, live music, a carnival, a food pavilion, a beer & wine garden, a parade on July 4, and a weekend craft market at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights.

Oak Fest

July 1 - 5, 2020
26 miles SW
Oak Fest offers live music, a carnival, food vendors, bingo, a Sunday car/bike show, and fireworks at 159th & Central Avenue in Oak Forest. Free except $5 parking and VIP section.

Naperville RibFest

July 2 - 5, 2020
31 miles SW
Naperville RibFest has great food, plenty of music, and fireworks at Knoch Park in Naperville. Admission to the fireworks on July 4 is free if you enter South Park from W. Martin Avenue after 5 p.m. Free shuttle bus.

Classical music festival

July 2 - Aug. 15, 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.

Northwest festival

July 3 - 4, 2020
35 miles NW
Northwest Fourth-Fest includes a parade on Illinois Boulevard, fireworks, a carnival, live music, a crafts fair, and a beer fest at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

Windy City RibFest

July 3 - 5, 2020
7.6 miles north
Windy City RibFest in Uptown has food, beer, wine, bands, arts & crafts, and afternoon kids’ activities at W. Lawrence Avenue & N. Broadway. Donation.

Japanese animation festival

July 3 - 5, 2020
16 miles NW
Anime Midwest features a costume masquerade, vendors, video games, concerts, dances, guest speakers, and panels at Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Hot-air balloon festival

July 3 - 5, 2020
28 miles west
Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival has colorful hot-air balloon launches, flights, and evening balloon glows, plus a food court, craft booths, a kids’ area, live music, and nightly fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Carnival rides begin on an earlier date. Kids age 0 to 8 free.

Fireworks shows

July 4, 2020
Chicago area (more cities)
Some of these events are all-day family festivals. Fireworks may be canceled or rescheduled if it rains.
  • July 4 - Chicago - Navy Pier 9:30 p.m. free
  • July 4 - Evanston - Clark Street Beach 9:30 p.m. free
  • July 4 - Glenview - Gallery Park about 9:15 p.m. free (some parking lots $10)
  • July 4 - Itasca - Hamilton Lakes 9:45 p.m., $25 parking
  • July 4 - Highland Park - Wolters Field 9:30 p.m. free
  • July 4 - Lake Forest - Deerpath Park 9:40 p.m. $20 (age 1 to 4 free)
  • July 4 - Skokie - Niles West High School at dusk free
  • undated - Hoffman Estates - Sears Center 9:30 p.m. free including parking
  • undated - Naperville - Part of RibFest 9:30 p.m. (free including parking after 5 p.m.)
  • undated - North Chicago - Naval Station Great Lakes 9:30 p.m. free including parking
  • undated - Lisle Community Park - 9:45 p.m. $10 (age 1 to 8 free)
  • undated - Arlington Hts. - Arlington Park Racetrack at dusk on Friday, $22 (child $6)

Music & dance picnic

July 4, 2020
9 miles south
Dance to soulful house music (both live and DJ) at the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival in Jackson Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Glen Ellyn Fourth of July

July 4, 2020
27 miles west
Fourth of July in Glen Ellyn includes a morning run, noon parade of floats and bands, afternoon carnival, bands, dancing, and fireworks at dusk. Free.

Highland Park festival

July 4, 2020
27 miles north
Fourth Fest includes a 9:30 a.m. children’s parade and a 10 a.m. parade of floats and bands, followed by carnival rides, food and music at 11 a.m., music at 4 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

July 4 - 5, 2020
(uncertain)
24 miles north
Browse 90 booths of botanic-inspired arts and fine crafts offered by juried artists in pretty gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival in Glencoe. Free except parking.

Taste of Chicago

July 8 - 12, 2020
1.5 miles south
Taste of Chicago has 40 restaurant booths, a dozen food trucks, a beer hall, a wine garden, a cocktail lounge, and first-rate concerts (free if you sit on the lawn) in Grant Park.

Railroad Days

July 9 - 12, 2020
33 miles west
Railroad Days in West Chicago has a carnival, kids’ activities, live music, and a beer garden. Free including shuttle bus.

Country BBQ

July 10 - 12, 2020
2.9 miles west
Windy City Smokeout features barbecue, country bands, and beer in the parking lot at United Center.

Basketball tournament

July 10 - 12, 2020
3 miles south
Watch teenage teams compete on 76 courts at the Tournament of Champions at McCormick Place.

Lincoln Square music festival

July 10 - 12, 2020
8 miles NW
Square Roots Festival offers a mix of music from local indie rockers to world stars. Enjoy nightly dance parties, open jams, craft beer, local food, and family activities on Lincoln Avenue (from Montrose to Wilson). Donation.

Irish fest

July 10 - 12, 2020
9 miles NW
Irish American Heritage Festival has Irish music and dance, cultural exhibits, food vendors, beer, wine, clothing, jewelry, contests, and family activities at Irish American Heritage Center.

Art fair in La Grange

July 10 - 12, 2020
16.7 miles SE
Shop from a huge number of booths at La Grange Craft Fair, which has a free shuttle bus from the parking area plus a Metra stop (Green line: La Grange Road).

Ale festival

July 11, 2020
36 miles west
Naperville Ale Fest showcases 200 craft beers with live music and restaurant food on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement.

Hamburger festival

July 11 - 12, 2020
5 miles NW
Enjoy BBQ or burgers (beef or veggie or turkey), plus music, arts & crafts, a kids’ zone, and recycled art at Roscoe Village Burger Fest at Belmont Avenue & Damen Avenue. Donation.

Southport street fair

July 11 - 12, 2020
6 miles north
Southport Art Fest is a mellow event with live music, 100 artists, food, and a kids’ area on N Southport Ave. at Waveland. Free.

Hungarian festival

July 11 - 12, 2020
15 miles NW
A ticket to Hungarian Gulyas Festival includes all-you-can-eat goulash, folk music, dance performances, vendors, and children’s crafts & games in Norridge.

Renaissance fair

July 11 - Sept. 7, 2020
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.

County fair

July 15 - 19, 2020
41 miles west
Kane County Fair is an old-fashioned fair with farm animals, a petting zoo, a midway, a demolition derby, live music, and fair food in St. Charles.

Tap dance festival

July 15 - 26, 2020
multiple locations
Watch stage performances of tap and percussive dance during Rhythm World, with classes available.

Festival of Colombia

July 17 - 19, 2020
8.2 miles NW
Colombian Fest has top musicians, DJs, arts & crafts, cultural exhibits, vendors, a kids’ zone, food, beer, and wine at Kelvyn Park. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Parade of boats

July 18, 2020
1 mile east
Watch boats leave for the ritzy Race to Mackinac during the Ashore Thing with a cash bar at the east end of Navy Pier. Free.

Party at the zoo

July 18, 2020
2.5 miles north
Check out the animals, hear DJ music, and buy beer, wine, and food during Night at the Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo for age 21+.

Dearborn Garden Walk

July 19, 2020
2 miles north
Dearborn Garden Walk admits you to 20 award-winning gardens (some with live classical or African music), a garden exhibition, and an architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn Street.

Prairie festival

July 23 - 26, 2020
26 miles NW
Wood Dale Prairie Fest offers live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, bingo, and fireworks (9:15 p.m. Sat.) at the ballfields in Wood Dale. Free.

Disability Pride Parade

July 25, 2020
1 mile south
The Disability Pride Parade begins behind at W. Van Buren Street & S. Plymouth Court. It goes about one mile up Dearborn Street to Daley Plaza, where there are “post-parade festivities” from noon to 2 p.m. Free.

Beer & cider festival

July 25, 2020
2.6 miles south
A ticket to South Loop Beer & Cider Fest includes beer and hard cider samples, with live music and food for sale at Chicago Women’s Park & Garden.

Green home tour

July 25 - 26, 2020
Chicagoland
See 17 sustainably built and energy-saving homes on the self-guided GreenBuilt Home Tour. Children under age 18 are free.

Outdoor adventure convention

July 25 - 26, 2020
3 miles south
Shop for outdoor gear, see adventure vehicles, paddle on Lake Michigan, test mountain bikes on an indoor dirt trail, and watch adventure films during Outside Experience at McCormick Place.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 25 - 26, 2020
3.5 miles north
Hear 20 music acts on 2 stages, browse juried art, buy a tasting ticket (wine, whiskey, tequila, or chocolate), and take the kids to a carnival on Montana Street with games, pony rides, and puppets at Taste of Lincoln Avenue (from Fullerton to Wrightwood). Donation.

International festival

July 25 - 26, 2020
8.7 miles south
Dance to live African music, shop from diverse vendors, visit the children’s village, and eat food from 30 countries at Bantu Fest at Midway Plaisance Park near U.C. Free.

Bloody mary festival

July 26, 2020
28 miles north
Buy samples and then vote for your favorite at Bloody Mary Fest, which has food vendors and live music at Everts Park in Highwood. You can bring children, pets, chairs, and blankets. Free admission.

Lollapalooza

July 30 - Aug. 2, 2020
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

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

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2020
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.

Italian festival

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

Art festival

July 2020
(undated)
0 miles
Shop for a wide variety of art made by 65 juried artists at the new Artfest Michigan Avenue. Free.

Dance outdoors

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Movies in the Parks

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

Movies in Millennium Park

July 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.

Millennium Park music

July 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

July 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.

Monday movies on the lake

July 2020
(undated)
0.9 miles east
Watch movies during Water Flicks at Polk Bros Park. The theme in 2019 was superheroes. Free.

Music on the lake

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

Street party at Art Institute

July 2020
(undated)
1 mile south
Art Institute Block Party promises “a full day of performances, talks, storytelling, and art making in and around the entire museum.”

Margarita tasting

July 2020
(undated)
1.1 miles east
Chicago Margarita Festival promises live music, dancing, games, food trucks, and margarita tasting on Navy Pier for age 21+.

Chicago Bears run

July 2020
(undated)
2 miles south
Join the official Chicago Bears 5K (and kids’ dash for ages 5 to 12 at 8:30 a.m.), with food, games, live music, the Bears Drumline, Monster Squad, and Staley Da Bear at Soldier Field.

Jazz at the aquarium

July 2020
(undated)
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.

R&B concert

July 2020
(undated)
2.4 miles SE
Billed as “the biggest summertime R&B and throwback event in the city,” Summer Block Party brings top acts to Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, including Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton.

Pitchfork Music Festival

July 2020
(undated)
2.5 miles west
The free-spirited Pitchfork Music Festival features alternative rock, rap and hip-hop, electronica, and dance music in Union Park, with food for sale and arts & crafts vendors.

Wine tasting at the zoo

July 2020
(undated)
2.5 miles north
Taste 35 varieties of wine with food for sale, live music, and a guided garden tour at Summer Wine Fest in the lush gardens of Lincoln Park Zoo for age 21+.

Electronic music at the beach

July 2020
(undated)
2.9 miles north
Volleywood Electric Beach is an electronic beach party with DJ music, a beer garden, and a volleyball tournament at North Avenue Beach for age 21+.

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 2020
(undated)
3 miles south
Chinatown Summer Fair features a lion dance procession, food vendors, artisans, live music, martial arts, and a children’s area on S. Wentworth Ave. at Cermak Rd. Free.

West Town street fair

July 2020
(undated)
3 miles west
West Fest features music on two stages, a weekend kid fest on Wolcott Ave., a pet fest (12 to 6 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and local vendors on W. Chicago Avenue (from Damen to Wood). Donation.

Wicker Park music festival

July 2020
(undated)
3.5 miles NW
Wicker Park Fest brings cutting-edge local and national acts to four stages on Milwaukee Ave. (from North Avenue to Paulina Street), offering “the best in music, food, arts, fashion, kids entertainment, and shopping.” Go early if you want to avoid crowds. Donation.

Mexican food festival

July 2020
(undated)
3.6 miles SW
Tacos y Tamales Festival promises authentic Latin American cuisine, a beer garden, a tequila tasting, art vendors, traditional music in the daytime, and high-energy Latin rock music in the evening at 16th Street & Peoria Street. Donation.

Sheffield Avenue festival

July 2020
(undated)
4 miles NW
Sheffield Street Festival features two stages of live music, self-guided tours of 100 gardens, guided architectural tours, kids’ activities, food and drink at 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. Sheffield Beer Festival is Saturday (12 to 4 p.m.) at Lot H, the parking lot at 2240 N. Sheffield Avenue. Donation.

Beach party

July 2020
(undated)
4.9 miles north
Taste whiskey and wine from 25 vendors, eat from food trucks, and hear live music at Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival at Belmont Harbor for age 21+.

Block party & garden walk

July 2020
(undated)
5 miles NW
Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party features live music, food trucks, beer, wine, and children’s activities at Churchill Park. Donation. The garden walk is a separate donation.

Family festival

July 2020
(undated)
6 miles NW
BenFest serves food, beer, music, and activities for kids on the grounds of St. Benedict’s parish, with a vendor market on the adjacent street. Donation.

Ice cream tasting

July 2020
(undated)
6.2 miles SE
A ticket to The Chicago Ice Cream Social includes samples from a dozen dessert vendors, with entertainment at Antique Taco on 35th Street.

Beer festival

July 2020
(undated)
7.1 miles SW
A ticket to Juicy Brews Art Gallery Craft Beer Fest gets you unlimited four-ounce pours from two dozen breweries, with music and art for sale at Marz Community Brewing Company for age 21+.

Beer festival

July 2020
(undated)
7.5 miles NW
A ticket to Horner Brew Fest includes beer from 20 Chicago breweries, with a live band and food truck fare for sale at Horner Park for age 21+.

Greek festival

July 2020
(undated)
8.2 miles north
Edgewater Greek Fest promises “Greek dishes, music, dancing, a Greek DJ and band, kids’ activities, and artisans” at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church. Donation.

Beer walk

July 2020
(undated)
8.7 miles north
Malt Row on Damen is a craft beer stroll in nine shops and restaurants along Damon Avenue in Ravenswood, featuring beer made within a few miles of the event.

Music in Lincoln Square

July 2020
(undated)
9.1 miles NW
Hear a wide variety of music at the Summer Concert Series in Giddings Plaza if weather permits. Free.

Greek festival

July 2020
(undated)
10 miles north
Lincoln Square Greekfest features Greek food, music, dancing, and family activities at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Donation.

House music tour

July 2020
(undated)
10 miles south
Your ticket to House Club Tour [website has sound] gets you into 10 clubs playing house music, with buses connecting them all in South Loop.

Chalk art festival

July 2020
(undated)
10.1 miles north
Watch artists draw masterpieces in chalk on sidewalks, hear local musicians, and shop from food & art vendors during Chalk Howard Street in Rogers Park. Free.

Korea festival

July 2020
(undated)
16.9 miles north
Taste of Korea Chicago Festival features authentic Korean food, a beer and soju (Korean vodka) garden, cultural performances, and singing and dancing contests at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie.

Ravinia music festival

July 2020
(undated)
23 miles north
See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Glencoe art festival

July 2020
(undated)
24 miles north
Glencoe Festival of Art offers fine works from 100 artists, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors in downtown Glencoe. Free.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 2020
(undated)
29.2 miles west
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over a dozen obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Danada South Park in Lisle. Parents can race for free.

Beer tasting

July 2020
(undated)
36 miles NW
A ticket to Barrington Brew Fest includes 20 samples of beer (3 ounces each), with food for sale in downtown Barrington for age 21+.

Wine tasting

July 2020
(undated)
36 miles NW
A ticket to Uncork Barrington includes 20 samples of wine (one ounce each) plus appetizers in downtown Barrington for age 21+.

Watch football practice

July 2020
(undated)
59 miles south
Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Free.

Thomas Train ride

July 2020
(undated)
67 miles NW
Day Out With Thomas includes a 20-minute train ride, stories, videos, music, and crafts for kids at Illinois Railway Museum in Union.

Cruise for a cause

July 2020
(undated)
0.7 miles east
Young professionals in their 20s and 30s set sail aboard the Anita Dee II for cocktails, dancing to a live band, and watching fireworks at Cruisin’ for a Cure, departing from DuSable Harbor and supporting cancer research.

Fireworks dinner cruise

July 2020
(undated)
1 mile east
Enjoy a dinner buffet, an open bar, and three hours of views including the fireworks show at Navy Pier aboard an Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise.

French celebration

July 2020
(undated)
8.3 miles north
Bastille Day has French music, entertainment, beer & wine for sale, a kids’ corner, a waiters’ race, and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Free.

Festival in Mount Prospect

July 2020
(undated)
24.2 miles NW
Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival is a big carnival with food vendors, a beer and wine tent, evening entertainment, and fireworks two evenings at Melas Park. Schedule.

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