Chicago events calendar for June 2018. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Chicago with this calendar of events.

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Gospel music festival

June 1 - 2, 2018

0.5 miles south

Hear gospel choirs and soloists at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park. Free.

Division Street festival

June 1 - 3, 2018

4 miles NW

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale has rousing live music, a sidewalk sale, a fashion show, and a family fun fest (Sat. & Sun.) on Division Street between Ashland and Leavitt. Donation.

Greek festival

June 1 - 3, 2018

5 miles north

Lincoln Park Greek Fest serves Greek food, music, and dancing on Sheffield Avenue at 2701 N Sheffield Avenue. Donation.
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Small-town festival

June 1 - 3, 2018

70 miles NW

Harvard Milk Days has 30 events, including a parade on Sat., milk-drinking contest, talent show, carnival, petting zoo, entertainment, and fireworks. Free.

Innovative theater

June 1 - 9, 2018

5 miles north

Physical Festival includes six creative theater shows that tell stories physically and visually at Stage 773.

Wine festival

June 2, 2018

11 miles west

Sample 150 wines from 15 local wineries and taste artisan foods with live music at Uncork Illinois in Oak Park.

Pet parade

June 2, 2018

17 miles SW

The LaGrange Pet Parade includes marching bands, floats, clowns, and a creative costume contest. Line up is 8:30 a.m. at Cossitt Ave. & LaGrange Rd. Free.

Chicken-wing tasting

June 2 - 3, 2018

2.5 miles NW

A ticket to Wingout Chicago includes 20 varieties of chicken wings from restaurants and a beverage (beer, wine, or soda) at St. Michael’s Church parking lot with live reggae music. Expect lines.

Hyde Park festival

June 2 - 3, 2018

7.5 miles south

It’s free to attend Hyde Park Brew Fest to hear live music and shop from craft vendors, but the beer and cider tasting requires a ticket.

Art fair in Hyde Park

June 2 - 3, 2018

8 miles south

Billed as Chicago’s oldest juried art fair, 57th Street Art Fair allows only original art and no alcohol on 57th Street (from Kenwood to Woodlawn). Free.

Underground film festival

June 6 - 10, 2018

7 miles NW

Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) shows independent, experimental, and documentary films from around the world at the Logan Theatre, followed by nearby after-parties.

Blues festival

June 8 - 10, 2018

1 mile south

World-famous Chicago Blues Festival brings top talent to Millennium Park, and music continues late into the night at city clubs. Free.

Electronic dance music festival

June 8 - 10, 2018

3.9 miles SW

Spring Awakening Music Festival draws 75,000 to Addams/Medill Park to hear the best in electronic dance music (EDM) by some of the world’s top DJs. Requires age 18+ ID.

Pork ribs festival

June 8 - 10, 2018

7 miles NW

Brave crowds, heat, and smoke in the quest for Chicago’s best BBQ from 15 Chicagoland restaurants at Ribfest Chicago, with 20 bands and a weekend kids’ area at Lincoln Avenue & Irving Park Road. Donation.

Midsummer festival

June 8 - 10, 2018

7.5 miles north

Andersonville Midsommarfest is a street fair with music, dancing, crafts, a kids’ area, and ethnic food (like cevapi, glogg, and sangria). Donation.

Naked bike ride

June 9, 2018

Location uncertain

Ride in the World Naked Bike Ride: Chicago, nude or painted, to support safe biking and the environment. Free.

Lombard beer festival

June 9, 2018

24 miles west

Lombard Ale Fest has 100 craft beers, food trucks, and live music for age 21+ at Lilacia Park in Lombard.

Beer festival in St. Charles

June 9, 2018

48 miles west

Sample 80 different craft beers and hard ciders with music and food trucks at Tri-City Craft Brew Festival at Lincoln Park in St. Charles for age 21+. No pets.

Wells Street Art Festival

June 9 - 10, 2018

1.5 miles north

See works by 225 juried artists, hear live music, and enjoy beer and local restaurant food at Wells Street Art Festival on Wells Street (from North Avenue to Division Street). Morning is quieter. Donation.

Old Town Art Fair

June 9 - 10, 2018

2.7 miles north

Shop from 250 juried artists at the highly rated Old Town Art Fair, with a garden walk, food court, live music, and children’s corner on the tree-lined streets surrounding Old Town Triangle Art Center. Donation.

Fitness expo

June 9 - 10, 2018

17 miles NW

See martial arts, power-lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 200 vendors of fitness products and services at TheFitExpo Chicago at the Rosemont convention center.

Hinsdale art festival

June 9 - 10, 2018

18 miles SW

See works by 130 juried artists in shady Burlington Park at Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival. Free.

Restaurant crawl in Lincoln Park

June 13, 2018 (uncertain)

4.6 miles north

A ticket to Cravings on Clark gets you samples from 20 restaurants and discounts at shops on Clark Street and Diversey Parkway, beginning at HopCat.

Scottish festival

June 15 - 16, 2018

29 miles west

Family-friendly Scottish Festival & Highland Games has athletic competitions, piping and drumming, highland dancing, food vendors, Scottish dogs, a children’s area, and a whisky & spirits tent in Itasca.

Taste of Randolph

June 15 - 17, 2018

1.5 miles west

Popular Taste of Randolph Street offers six blocks of artisan and restaurant booths plus three music stages on Randolph Street (from Peoria Street to Racine Avenue). Donation.

Food truck fest

June 15 - 17, 2018

3.9 miles SW

Pilsen Food Truck Social has dozens of food trucks, local restaurants, live music, craft vendors, and kids’ activities on 18th Street (from Racine to Throop). Donation.

Italian block party

June 15 - 17, 2018

5 miles SW

Festa Pasta Vino celebrates Italian culture with three stages of entertainment, Italian wine and cuisine, and a Florentine market on Father’s Day weekend at 24th Street & Oakley Avenue. Donation.

Elgin festival

June 15 - 17, 2018

40 miles NW

Elgin Ribfest combines barbecue, live music, and a Sunday car show at Festival Park.

Book fair

June 16, 2018

2.5 miles west

Browse collectible books, vintage magazines, rare maps, and autographs at the Chicago Book & Paper Fair at Plumbers Union Hall.

Puerto Rican Parade

June 16, 2018 (2 p.m.)

5 miles west

The Puerto Rican People’s Parade is on Division Street from Western Avenue to Sacramento Avenue. Free.

Pride festival

June 16 - 17, 2018

5.5 miles north

Chicago Pride Fest is a huge weekend street festival for gay and lesbian pride with dance and pop music on two stages, food, drink, and arts & crafts vendors at Halsted Street & Waveland Avenue. The pet and family pride parade is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Donation.

Barbecue festival

June 16 - 17, 2018

8 miles NW

Enjoy barbecued ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken at 6 Corners BBQ Fest on N Milwaukee Avenue (from Irving Park Rd. to Belle Plaine Ave.). Donation.

Evanston arts festival

June 16 - 17, 2018

11 miles north

Custer Fair is a big arts and craft fair with three stages of jazz music, a children’s area, and food from 30 restaurants at Main Street and Chicago Avenue. Donation.

Cantigny Park art fair

June 16 - 17, 2018

27 miles west

Art in Bloom has juried artists, live music and demos, beautiful gardens, food trucks, and a Father’s Day brunch in Wheaton. Free admission except parking.

LEGO expo

June 16 - 17, 2018

39 miles NW

See amazing LEGO creations at Brickworld Chicago, with displays and vendors at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 17, 2018

Chicago locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day dining cruise

June 17, 2018

1 mile east

Take a Father’s Day brunch or dinner cruise with views, departing from Navy Pier.

Father’s Day BBQ

June 17, 2018

14 miles SW

Make a reservation for the all-you-can-eat Father’s Day BBQ buffet with a cash bar at the Brookfield Zoo.

Swedish Days

June 19 - 24, 2018

42 miles west

Swedish Days features arts & crafts, Scandinavian food, a Maypole dance, music, and a Swedish Days Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Geneva. See schedule.

Music day

June 21, 2018

Chicago locations

Hear music at dozens of locations on Make Music Day. Free.

Country music festival

June 22 - 24, 2018

2.4 miles SE

Hear 33 country artists, including Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert, at the all-ages Country LakeShake, with food, drinks, vendors, and games at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island.

Latin music festival

June 22 - 24, 2018

3.6 miles SW

Ruido Fest “celebrates youth-oriented Latin music and culture with internationally headlining acts from all over the Spanish-speaking world” performing on four stages, plus vendors at Addams/Medill Park.

Art festival on Logan Square

June 22 - 24, 2018

6.5 miles NW

Logan Square Arts Festival offers art installations, local music, family activities, beer, and local restaurant food on Logan Square. Donation.

Beer at the arboretum

June 23, 2018

27 miles west

Bring a chair or blanket to the Craft Beer Festival to taste beers from 40 breweries, buy food, and hear a cajun band in the green surroundings of The Morton Arboretum for age 21+.

Beer and wine festival

June 23, 2018

31.8 miles NW

Try samples from 10 local breweries and wineries at Solstice Hop & Vine Fest, with food and live music at Meineke Park in Schaumburg for age 21+.

Pride parade

June 24, 2018

6 miles north

Chicago Pride Parade for gay and lesbian pride has 200 floats, decorated vehicles, performers, and marching bands that go past 800,000 spectators on N. Broadway. No alcohol. Free.

Hot-air balloons & fireworks

June 29 - July 1, 2018

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 earlier on June 28.

Windy City RibFest

June 29 - July 1, 2018

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.

Cardboard boat regatta

June 30, 2018

26 miles west

Watch crazy cardboard boats float or sink at the Cardboard Regatta on Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. Bring a picnic or shop from the food trucks. Free.

Classical music festival

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Movies in the Parks

June 2018 (undated)

Chicago locations

See 250 Movies in the Parks, if weather allows. Free.

Millennium Park movies

June 2018 (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.

Zombie march

June 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

The free Chicago Zombie March begins at the “bean” in Millennium Park. Free.

Fake wedding

June 2018 (undated)

0.6 miles west

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception as you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Chicago at 222 N. LaSalle.

Millennium Park music

June 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles SE

Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Volunteer day

June 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles SW

Join 5,000 volunteers helping to make Chicago a better place during Serve-a-thon, a single day of community service starting at Daley Plaza. You must register in advance for $10, which includes lunch, transportation, and an after-party.

Scavenger hunt

June 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles west

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

Ale festival

June 2018 (undated)

0.9 miles south

Chicago Ale Fest features samples of 200 beers from 90 craft breweries, plus live music and restaurant food at Butler Field in Grant Park.

Beer festival

June 2018 (undated)

1 mile east

Beer Camp on Tour promises “hundreds of craft beers, the city’s best food trucks, live music, and good times” at Navy Pier.

Book fair

June 2018 (undated)

1 mile south

Shop from 175 booksellers and attend 120 literary events and signings on the south end of Dearborn Street at the Printers Row Lit Fest, billed as the largest free outdoor literary festival in the Midwest.

Greek festival on Gold Coast

June 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles north

Looking for a small, friendly, free festival? Gold Coast Greek Fest offers Greek food, beverages, music, and dancing at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Free admission.

Block party at St. Pat’s

June 2018 (undated)

1.6 miles SW

The World’s Largest Block Party has bands, food, drink, and a kids’ area (Saturday 2 to 6 p.m.) on the campus of Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Chicago Bears run

June 2018 (undated)

2 miles south

Join the official Chicago Bears 5K, with food, games, live music, the Bears Drumline, Monster Squad, and Staley Da Bear at Soldier Field.

Comedy festival

June 2018 (undated)

Old Town & Lake View

Snubfest invites dozens of comedians who were rejected by other festivals to do sketch comedy, stand-up, and storytelling at Zanies and Under the Gun.

Jazz at the aquarium

June 2018 (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.

Food truck festival

June 2018 (undated)

2.1 miles south

Chicago Food Truck Fest brings 50 food trucks, music, a sangria garden, and games to 1600 S. Wabash Ave.

Beer tasting at the zoo

June 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles north

Taste 20 samples of 75 beers, buy food, play lawn games, hear DJ music, and visit the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo during Craft Brews at the Zoo for age 21+.

Run at the zoo

June 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles north

United Run for the Zoo is a popular 10K, 5K, and kids’ stampede in Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park.

Technology festival

June 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, and parties at the Merchandise Mart.

Beach party

June 2018 (undated)

2.9 miles north

A ticket to Beach Slap Volleyball Tournament & Party gets you six beer tickets, DJ music, and games to play in the sand at North Avenue Beach for age 21+.

Dragon boat races

June 2018 (undated)

3 miles south

Watch teams compete in colorful boats on the river, hear music, see dance, shop vendors, and attend an awards ceremony at Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W 19th Street. Free.

Green festival

June 2018 (undated)

4 miles NW

Green Music Fest features cutting-edge music on bicycle-powered stages, environmentally friendly vendors, food, beer, a kids’ area, and a pet area on N Damen Ave. between North and Schiller. Donation.

Beach party

June 2018 (undated)

6 miles north

Taste 40 whiskeys and wines, eat from food trucks, and hear live music at Chicago Whiskey Wine & Spirits Beach Festival [formerly Whiskey Wine and Swine] at Montrose Beach for age 21+.

German party

June 2018 (undated)

7 miles north

Schlagernacht features a band playing classic German pop hits, bratwurst and German beer for sale, and views from the terrace at Dank Haus. Free.

Beer festival

June 2018 (undated)

7.6 miles north

Ravenswood on Tap features beer & spirits from local producers, food from nearby restaurants, live local music,and handmade goods from vendors outdoors at Ravenswood Avenue and Berteau Avenue. Donation.

Arts festival

June 2018 (undated)

8 miles north

Pivot Arts Festival features dozens of innovative performances (some for kids), including a community parade in Edgewater and Uptown.

Maifest

June 2018 (undated)

8 miles NW

The German festival known as Maifest Chicago serves beer, brats, sauerkraut, and music in Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave. Free.

House music tour

June 2018 (undated)

10 miles south

Your ticket to House Club Tour [website has sound] gets you into a dozen clubs playing house music, with a bus connecting them all, and a free after party.

Evanston fair

June 2018 (undated)

12 miles north

Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest features 130 juried artists, an eco-art “remix” area, strolling musicians, a kids’ area, food vendors, and craft beer and wine tasting at Church & Sherman in Evanston. Donation.

Patriotic bicycle ride

June 2018 (undated)

13.3 miles north

Ride with wounded veterans 18, 36, or 50 miles on the non-competitive Honor Ride Chicago, starting and ending at Evanston Subaru, followed by a lunch with music.

Villa Park festival

June 2018 (undated)

20 miles west

Villa Park Summerfest has a car show, music, food, and drinks Friday night. On Saturday, enjoy an arts and crafts show, food fair, music, and kids’ entertainment on Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park. Free.

Civil War event

June 2018 (undated)

22 miles west

Hear a cannon fire (11 a.m., 12 & 1 p.m.), see a battle skirmish, hear about Sherman’s march to the sea, meet Abraham Lincoln, and buy lunch on Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Fischer Farm in Bensenville. Free.

Ravinia music festival

June 2018 (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.

Arlington Heights festival

June 2018 (undated)

26 miles NW

Shop from 100 artists, taste restaurant food, hear live music, and check out the activities for kids at Promenade of Art in Arlington Heights. Free.

Frontier Days

June 2018 (undated)

26 miles NW

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

Deerfield art festival

June 2018 (undated)

27 miles north

Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts features juried arts & crafts, live music, a food court, and a children’s art area on Park Avenue. Free.

Holistic living expo

June 2018 (undated)

28 miles SW

Body Mind Spirit Expo features speakers, workshops, and vendors for remaking your life at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Art fair in Buffalo Grove

June 2018 (undated)

33 miles NW

Buffalo Grove Art Festival features juried artists, live music, food, and children’s art activities. Free.

Aurora festival

June 2018 (undated)

43 miles west

Two Brothers Summer Festival features 7 bands on an outdoor stage, with food & beer for sale in Aurora.

Kids’ obstacle race

June 2018 (undated)

59 miles NW

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake. Parents race for free.

Art fair in Grant Park

June 2018 (undated)

1 mile SE

The Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park has 300 juried artists, plus live music, beer, and food at Butler Field on E. Monroe Street. Free.

Father’s Day dance party

June 2018 (undated)

4.6 miles NW

Father’s Day Dance Party is a family-friendly beginner dance class for 45 minutes, followed by open dancing and light refreshments at Duet Dance Studio.

Taste of Bolingbrook

June 2018 (undated)

28.5 miles SW

Taste of Bolingbrook features 25 local restaurants, wine tasting, live music, and kids’ activities.
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