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Chicago events July 2019

House music tour

July 3, 2019 (6 p.m. to midnight)
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.

Fireworks shows

July 3 - 6, 2019
Chicago area (more cities)
Some of these events are all-day family festivals. Fireworks may be canceled or rescheduled if it rains.
  • July 3 - Chicago - Navy Pier 9:30 p.m. free
  • 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 - Hoffman Estates - Sears Center 9:30 p.m. free including parking
  • July 4 - Lake Forest - Deerpath Park 9:40 p.m. $20 (age 1 to 4 free)
  • July 4 - Naperville - Part of RibFest 9:30 p.m. (free including parking after 5 p.m.)
  • July 4 - North Chicago - Naval Station Great Lakes 9:30 p.m. free including parking
  • July 4 - Skokie - Niles West High School at dusk free
  • July 4 to 6 - Lisle Community Park - 9:45 p.m. $10 (age 1 to 8 free)
  • July 5 - Arlington Hts. - Arlington Park Racetrack at dusk on Friday, $22 (child $6)

American music festival

July 3 - 6, 2019
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.

Naperville RibFest

July 3 - 6, 2019
31 miles SW
Naperville RibFest has great food, plenty of music, and fireworks (July 4 at 9:30 p.m.) 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.

Festival in Mount Prospect

July 3 - 7, 2019
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 July 4 & 7 (9:30 p.m.) at Melas Park. Schedule.

Frontier Days

July 3 - 7, 2019
26 miles NW
Frontier Days Festival has family activities, live music, a carnival, a food pavilion, a beer & wine garden, a parade (10 a.m. July 4), and a weekend craft market at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights.

Oak Fest

July 3 - 7, 2019
26 miles SW
Oak Fest offers live music, a carnival, food vendors, bingo, a Sunday car/bike show, and fireworks (9:30 p.m. July 4) at 159th & Central Avenue in Oak Forest. Free except $5 parking and VIP section.

Fireworks dinner cruise

July 4, 2019
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.

Glen Ellyn Fourth of July

July 4, 2019
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, 2019
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.

Windy City RibFest

July 4 - 6, 2019
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.

Hot-air balloon festival

July 4 - 6, 2019
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 July 3, 2019. Kids age 0 to 8 free.

Northwest festival

July 4 - 6, 2019
35 miles NW
Northwest Fourth-Fest includes a parade on Illinois Boulevard (9 a.m. July 4), fireworks (9:30 p.m. July 4), a carnival, live music, a crafts fair, and a beer fest (4 p.m. July 6) at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

West Town street fair

July 5 - 7, 2019
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.

Japanese animation festival

July 5 - 7, 2019
16 miles NW
Anime Midwest features a costume masquerade, vendors, video games, concerts, dances, guest speakers, and panels at Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

July 5 - 7, 2019
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.

Music & dance picnic

July 6, 2019
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.

Basketball tournament

July 10 - 12, 2019
3 miles south
Watch teenage teams compete on 76 courts at the Tournament of Champions at McCormick Place.

Taste of Chicago

July 10 - 14, 2019
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.

Golfing event

July 11 - 14, 2019
2.5 miles south
Two to eight players hit golf balls from the stands into targets on the outfield to score points at Topgolf Crush, with music and food for sale at Soldier Field.

Railroad Days

July 11 - 14, 2019
33 miles west
Railroad Days in West Chicago has a carnival, kids’ activities, live music, and a beer garden. Free including shuttle bus.

Rock concert

July 12, 2019 (1:30 p.m.)
31.8 miles south
Disrupt Festival features “some of the biggest names in rock, as well as the genre’s rising stars,” including The Used, Thrice, and Circa Survive at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

Wine tasting

July 12, 2019 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
36 miles NW
A ticket to Uncork Barrington includes 20 samples of wine (one ounce each) plus appetizers in downtown Barrington for age 21+.

Country BBQ

July 12 - 14, 2019
2.9 miles west
Windy City Smokeout features barbecue, country bands, and beer in the parking lot at United Center.

Lincoln Square music festival

July 12 - 14, 2019
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.

Greek festival

July 12 - 14, 2019
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.

Irish fest

July 12 - 14, 2019
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 12 - 14, 2019
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).

Chicago Bears run

July 13, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
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.

R&B concert

July 13, 2019 (6 p.m.)
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.

French celebration

July 13, 2019
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.

Ale festival

July 13, 2019 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
36 miles west
Naperville Ale Fest showcases 200 craft beers with live music and restaurant food on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement.

Beer tasting

July 13, 2019 (3 p.m., VIP 2:15 p.m.)
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+.

Outdoor adventure convention

July 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Block party & garden walk

July 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Hamburger festival

July 13 - 14, 2019
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 13 - 14, 2019
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 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Kids’ obstacle race

July 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Les Misérables

July 16 - 27, 2019
0.7 miles SW
Les Misérables is the Broadway revival of the popular musical with “glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo” at Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Ticket deal $75

Cats musical

July 16 - Aug. 4, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Winner of the “best musical” Tony Award, Cats features 20 songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including “Memories” at James M. Nederlander Theatre.

Ticket deal $23 to $70

Movies in Millennium Park

July 16 - 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.

Movies in the Parks

July 16 - Sept. 14, 2019
Chicago locations
Watch 130 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Beer walk

July 17, 2019 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
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.

County fair

July 17 - 21, 2019
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.

Classical music festival

July 17 - Aug. 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.

Emotional musical

July 17 - Aug. 17, 2019
5 miles north
Winner of the audience award at Sundance Film Festival, The Spitfire Grill is a crowd-pleaser about a woman fresh out of prison who seeks redemption as a waitress in a small town at Stage 773 for age 12+.

Ticket deal $9 to $29

Dance outdoors

July 17 - Aug. 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 red month on their website to see the schedule. Free.

Jazz at the aquarium

July 17 - Aug. 28, 2019
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.

Exhibition: Alexander Hamilton

July 17 - Sept. 6, 2019
2.8 miles SE
Featuring an audio tour narrated by the author of the famous musical, Hamilton: The Exhibition uses an interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and historical artifacts to transport you to the life and times of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers on Northerly Island. Reviews by Chicago Tribune and Yelp.

Ticket deal $25 to $40

Suspenseful drama

July 17 - Sept. 22, 2019
7.5 miles north
College roommates of vastly different wealth become best friends, but their bond is tested when one becomes a lawyer and the other breaks the law in The Recommendation, an interactive thriller with only 34 audience members allowed at Windy City Playhouse.

Ticket deal $60 to $75

Dance battle

July 18, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1.7 miles NW
See the stars of the the Lifetime dance reality show Bring It! when they perform live at The Chicago Theatre, including Miss D and her fierce Dancing Dolls.

Ticket deal $35 to $45

Adult moon-landing party

July 18, 2019 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE
Adler After Dark offers open access, science talks, planetarium shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. The theme this month is the moon landing in 1969, with period-themed cocktails and music from The Stingers.

Eerie ghost story

July 18 - 28, 2019
3.4 miles north
“Part thriller, part ghost story,” The River “is a poignant tale of love, loss, and patterns of pain acknowledged but nonetheless unbroken” at Greenhouse Theater Center.

Ticket deal $15

Emma by Jane Austen

July 18 - 28, 2019
10.2 miles north
Emma is a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker in this play based on the novel by Jane Austen at Lifeline Theatre.

Ticket deal $9 to $20

Dinner cirque show

July 18 - Aug. 1, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Love, Chaos, and Dinner is an aerial and acrobatic show performed around you by Teatro ZinZanni as you eat dinner in a giant tent on the 14th floor of Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop. Suggested for age 13+. [This photo was taken at the Seattle location.]

Ticket deal $89 plus fees

Millennium Park music

July 18 - Aug. 15, 2019
0.7 miles SE
Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Romantic comedy

July 18 - Aug. 18, 2019
5 miles north
Beyond Therapy is a satire about relationships and personal ads that features two singles and their misguided therapists at Athenaeum Theatre.

Ticket deal $8 to $18

Wizard of Oz

July 18 - Aug. 25, 2019
1.1 miles east
Dorothy and her dog Toto fly over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, wizards, and timeless songs in the musical The Wizard of Oz performed by Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.

Ticket deal $29 (child $18)

Go-Go’s musical

July 18 - Aug. 25, 2019
4.8 miles north
Featuring 18 Go-Go’s songs (We Got the Beat, Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Vacation, etc.), musical comedy Head Over Heels is a giddy “marriage of power pop and pure farce” [Variety] at Theater Wit.

Ticket deal $28

Music in Lincoln Square

July 18 - Aug. 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.

Cubs-themed musical

July 18 - Sept. 1, 2019
3.1 miles NW
Miracle is a “heartwarming” musical that depicts the history of the Cubs through the eyes of a north-side family of fans that runs a bar in Wrigleyville, at the Royal George Theatre.

Ticket deal $34 to $44

Ravinia music festival

July 18 - 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.

Beer festival

July 19, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
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+.

Burlesque show

July 19, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
7.8 miles south
The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at The Promontory for age 21+.

Ticket deal $12 to $24

Art festival

July 19 - 20, 2019
0 miles
Shop for a wide variety of art made by 65 juried artists at the new Artfest Michigan Avenue. Free.

Pitchfork Music Festival

July 19 - 21, 2019
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.

Mexican food festival

July 19 - 21, 2019
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 19 - 21, 2019
4 miles NW
Sheffield Street Festival [formerly Sheffield Music 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.

Family festival

July 19 - 21, 2019
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.

Festival of Colombia

July 19 - 21, 2019
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.

Gay drama

July 19 - 28, 2019
6.5 miles north
An open marriage gets complicated when 3 people are involved in Afterglow at The Buena Pride Arts Center.

Ticket deal $20

Blue Man show

July 19 - Aug. 31, 2019
4.5 miles north
Blue Man Group puts on a colorful show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects for all ages at Briar Street Theatre.

Ticket deal $40

Disability Pride Parade

July 20, 2019 (11 a.m.)
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.

Party at the zoo

July 20, 2019 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)
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+.

Ticket deal $25

Electronic music at the beach

July 20, 2019
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+.

Beach party

July 20, 2019
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+.

Chalk art festival

July 20, 2019
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.

Joliet prison tour

July 20, 2019 (9 to 11 a.m.)
39.1 miles SW
Visit cells first occupied by real prisoners in 1858 and later by movie-star prisoners on the Old Joliet Prison Tour, led by a history docent and a film professor.

Korea festival

July 20 - 21, 2019
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.

Thomas Train ride

July 20 - 21, 2019
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.

Magician

July 20 & 27, 2019
0.7 miles south
The Magic Parlour is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Ticket deal $49

Interactive melodrama

July 20 - Aug. 4, 2019
7.5 miles north
All 30 members of the audience get to walk around the actors during Southern Gothic [website has sound], a PG-13 retro drama about four Southern couples that takes place in a 1962 house built inside Windy City Playhouse. You also get to taste samples of the cocktails they drink, and eat party snacks. Review.

Tickets $60 to $75

All-American musical

July 20 - Aug. 18, 2019
0.5 miles SW
A con artist plans to steal the money he collects from a small Iowa town for band instruments, until he falls in love in The Music Man at Goodman Theatre.

Ticket deal $31 to $42

Drama about sibling rivalry

July 20 - Aug 25, 2019
3 miles NW
Sam Shepard’s classic play True West traces the volatile relationship of two estranged brothers holed up in their mother’s well-kept suburban house at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre.

Ticket deal $28 to $41

Music on the lake

July 20 - 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

July 20 - Sept. 2, 2019 (weekends)
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.

Artisan market

July 21, 2019
1.9 miles west
Shop from 100 independent vendors of food, fashion, art, and home goods at the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing, including a kids’ zone. Children age 11 and younger are free. Held in multiple months.

Ticket deal $3.50

Dearborn Garden Walk

July 21, 2019
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.

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 21, 2019
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.

Ice cream tasting

July 21, 2019 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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.

Tap dance festival

July 22 - 28, 2019
multiple locations
Watch stage performances of tap and percussive dance during Rhythm World, with classes available.

Monday movies on the lake

July 22 - Aug. 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.

Music + magic

July 22 - Sept. 30, 2019 (Mondays 7:30 p.m.)
8.3 miles north
The Music & Magic show “features close-up magic at your table and a live jazz band on stage” plus a magician performing on stage during band breaks at Chicago Magic Lounge for age 16+.

Ticket deal $7.50

Latino festival

July 25 - 28, 2019
4 miles SW
Fiesta del Sol delivers live entertainment, local art, diverse cuisine, and carnival rides at 1400 W. Cermak Road. No alcohol. Free.

Prairie festival

July 25 - 28, 2019
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.

Shakespeare comedy outdoors

July 25 - Aug. 31, 2019
12.3 miles west
Much Ado about Nothing is the original battle of the sexes, with passionate and humorous verbal sparing at Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.

Ticket deal $10 to $18

Wine tasting at the zoo

July 26, 2019 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
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+.

Wicker Park music festival

July 26 - 28, 2019
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.

Greek festival

July 26 - 28, 2019
10 miles north
Lincoln Square Greekfest features Greek food, music, dancing, and family activities at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Donation.

Jazz on the lake

July 26 - Aug. 23, 2019
0.9 miles east
Hear “top Chicago jazz artists” play for 90 minutes at Water Colors on Fridays at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Cruise for a cause

July 27, 2019 (boarding 7:30 p.m.)
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.

Beer & cider festival

July 27, 2019 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
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.

Margarita tasting

July 27 - 28, 2019
1.1 miles east
Chicago Margarita Festival [website has sound] promises live music, dancing, games, food trucks, and margarita tasting on Navy Pier for age 21+.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 27 - 28, 2019
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.

Whiskey, wine, or tequila tasting $17 - $21

African festival

July 27 - 28, 2019
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.

Glencoe art festival

July 27 - 28, 2019
24 miles north
Glencoe Festival of Art offers fine works from 100 artists, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors in downtown Glencoe. Free.

Watch football practice

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

Bloody Mary festival

July 28, 2019
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.

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