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Chicago events July 2019

Monday movies on the lake

July 1 - Aug. 12, 2019
(Mondays 6:30 p.m.)
0.9 miles east
Watch 10 different movies “that are sure to get you singing, clapping, and dancing along” during Water Flicks at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Millennium Park music

July 1 - Aug. 15, 2019
(begins June 13)
0.7 miles SE
Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Movies in the Parks

July 1 - Sept. 9, 2019
(begins June 7)
Chicago locations
Watch 130 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Ravinia music festival

July 1 - Sept. 15, 2019
(begins May 31)
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 Millennium Park

July 2 - Aug. 20, 2019
(begins June 4)
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.

House music tour

July 3, 2019
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 - 5, 2019
Chicago area (more cities)
Some of these events are all-day family festivals.

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 parking and 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 & 8 (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, 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.

Dance outdoors

July 3 - Aug. 24, 2019
(begins June 27)
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. See schedule. Free.

Jazz at the aquarium

July 3 - Aug. 28, 2019
(begins June 19)
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.

Music on the lake

July 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.

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 10 a.m. parade of floats and bands, followed by carnival rides, food and music at 11 a.m., and then evening fireworks.

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, a carnival, live music, fireworks, and a crafts fair at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. See schedule.

Classical music festival

July 4 - Aug. 17, 2019
(begins June 12)
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.

West Town street fair

July 5 - 7, 2019
3 miles west
West Fest has cutting-edge music on two stages, a weekend kid fest on Wolcott Ave., a weekend pet fest, 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.

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.

Hungarian festival

July 6 - 7, 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.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

July 6 - 7, 2019
(members July 5)
24 miles north
Browse 100 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.

Renaissance fair

July 6 - 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, September 2, 2019.

French Restaurant Week

July 8 - 21, 2019
multiple locations
French Restaurant Week features special deals at a dozen restaurants during the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.

Basketball tournament

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

The Taste

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.

Heart + Sheryl Crow

July 11, 2019
(7 p.m.)
31.8 miles south
The Love Alive Tour features sisters Ann & Nancy Wilson (Barracuda & Crazy On You & These Dreams) plus Sheryl Crow (Soak Up the Sun & The First Cut is the Deepest) at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $30

Railroad Days

July 11 - 14, 2019
33 miles west
Railroad Days has a carnival, kids’ activities, live music, a beer garden, and a parade (Sunday 1 p.m.) in West Chicago. Free.

Music in Lincoln Square

July 11 - 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.

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
1.5 miles NW
Windy City Smokeout features barbecue, country bands, and beer at 560 W. Grand Ave. on the river.

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.

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.

Jazz on the lake

July 12 - 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.

Parade of boats

July 13, 2019
1 mile east
Watch hundreds of boats leave for the ritzy Race to Mackinac at the Ashore Thing with a cash bar at the east end of Navy Pier. Free.

Chicago Bears run

July 13, 2019
2 miles south
Join the official Chicago Bears 5K (and kids’ dash for ages 5 to 12 at 9:30 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
(7 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, and an outdoor movie at Lycée Français de Chicago in Ravenswood. Free.

Ale festival

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

Ticket deal $39

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 Festival is a mellow event with live music, 100 artists, food, and a kids’ area on N Southport Ave. at Waveland. Free.

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.

Thomas Train ride

July 13 - 14 and 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.

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 eight shops and restaurants along Damon Avenue in Ravenswood, featuring beer made within one mile 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.

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+.

Art festival

July 19 - 20, 2019
0 miles
Shop for a wide variety of art made by 100 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 Music Festival & Garden Walk features two stages of live music, self-guided tours of 100 gardens, guided architectural tours, food and drink, and kids’ activities at N Sheffield Ave. & Webster. 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. Children younger than 8 years old are free.

Disability Pride Parade

July 20, 2019
1 mile south
The Disability Pride Parade begins behind the library and ends at Daley Plaza with an “after-parade celebration” (1 to 2:30 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+.

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+.

Beer festival

July 20 - 21, 2019
6.9 miles north
A ticket to Chicago Craft Beer Festival gets you 15 tastes of beer and live music in West Lakeview (on Lincoln Ave between Addison & Roscoe) for age 21+.

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.

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.

Tap dance festival

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

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.

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+.

Art tour by trolley

July 26, 2019
(6 to 8:30 p.m.)
5 miles NW
A ticket for the Trolley Tour includes boxed snacks and a three-hour guided tour by trolley of murals and outdoor art projects. Location varies by month: May is south side, June is north side, and July is west town.

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.

Cruise for a cause

July 27, 2019
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 pancreatic cancer research.

Beer & cider festival

July 27, 2019
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 two stages, browse juried art, buy a tasting ticket (wine, whiskey, 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.

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, a band, kids’ activities, and food vendors in downtown Glencoe. 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.

Free black films

July 2019
multiple locations
Best of Black Harvest Film Festival screens select films from last year’s festival in Chicago public libraries. Free.

Scavenger hunt

July 2019
0.8 miles west
Complete mental and physical challenges with teammates at River North Challenge, which includes appetizers, beverages, prizes, and an after party.

Music concert in the park

July 2019
3.2 miles north
Hear “jam, roots rock, reggae, and funk music” at Live on Lincoln among the trees in Lincoln Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Sustainable food festival

July 2019
8.6 miles SW
Closed Loop Forum & Fest features food trucks, beer, DJs and live bands, yoga, and workshops (beginning as early as 9 a.m.) about growing food in environmentally friendly ways at The Plant.

Puerto Rican festival & parade

July 2019
42 miles west
Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival has live music, Caribbean cuisine, and arts & crafts at RiverEdge Park, plus a parade (Sunday 11:30 a.m.) in downtown Aurora.

Watch football practice

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

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