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Chicago events June 2018

Gospel music festival

June 1 - 2, 2018
0.5 miles south
Hear gospel choirs and soloists at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. Free.

Ale tasting

June 1 - 2, 2018
0.9 miles south
Chicago Ale Fest features samples of 200 beers from 80 craft breweries, plus live music and restaurant food at Butler Field in Grant Park.
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Greek festival

June 1 - 3, 2018
5 miles north
Lincoln Park Greek Fest serves Greek food, music, dancing, and a craft fair on Sheffield Avenue outside St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Donation.


June 1 - 3, 2018
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. [Not to be confused with Mayfest listed under May 18.]

Taste of Mexico

June 1 - 3, 2018
9 miles SW
Taste of Mexico offers food from 20 restaurants, music, and carnival rides at 26th & California Avenue. Free.

Stamp show

June 1 - 3, 2018
17.6 miles NW
See postage stamp exhibits and shop from 50 dealers at Compex in River Grove. Free.

Small-town festival

June 1 - 3, 2018
70 miles NW
Harvard Milk Days has dozens of events, including a parade (Saturday 1 p.m.), milk-drinking contest, talent show, carnival, petting zoo, entertainment, races, and fireworks (daily 10 p.m.). See schedule. Free.

Innovative theater

June 1 - 9, 2018
5 miles north
Physical Festival includes four creative theater shows that tell stories physically and visually, workshops, and a Monday-night showcase of short theater at Stage 773.

Arts festival

June 1 - 10, 2018
8 miles north
Pivot Arts Festival features dozens of innovative performances (some for kids), including a community parade (Saturday 3:30 p.m.) in Edgewater and Uptown.

Music on the lake

June 1 - Sept. 3, 2018
1 mile east
Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Ravinia music festival

June 1 - Sept. 16, 2018
23 miles north
See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Pet parade

June 2, 2018
(9:30 a.m.)
17 miles SW
The LaGrange Pet Parade includes marching bands, floats, clowns, and a creative costume contest, beginning 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.

Science-fiction films

June 2 - 3, 2018
6 miles north
See science-fiction and fantasy short films from around the world at Juggernaut Film Festival, an annual event at the swanky, art deco Music Box Theatre.

Hyde Park festival

June 2 - 3, 2018
(12 to 9 p.m.)
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 (1 to 7 p.m.) 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.

Holistic living expo

June 2 - 3, 2018
28 miles SW
Body Mind Spirit Expo features speakers, workshops, and vendors for remaking your life at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Run at the zoo

June 3, 2018
2.5 miles north
Run for the Zoo is a popular 10K, 5K, and kids’ stampede in Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park.

Dog walk

June 3, 2018
(10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
10.1 miles north
A ticket to Walk for the Animals 2K supports charity and includes a T-shirt, dog treats, vendors to browse, and nice people to meet at Indian Boundary Park.

Movies in Millennium Park

June 5 - Aug. 21, 2018
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 plus July 9. Free.
  • June 26 - Groundhog Day (PG)

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,mostly at Logan Theatre, followed by nearby after-parties.

Adult zoo night

June 7, 2018
(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.

Music in Lincoln Square

June 7 - Aug. 30, 2018
(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.

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
(doors open 1 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Spring Awakening Music Festival draws 85,000 to Addams/Medill Park to hear the best in electronic dance music (EDM) by some of the world’s top DJs, with food trucks available. 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 13 Chicagoland restaurants at Ribfest Chicago, with 25 bands and a weekend kids’ area on Lincoln Avenue (from Irving Park Road to Berteau Avenue). Donation.

Swedish festival

June 8 - 10, 2018
7.5 miles north
Andersonville Midsommarfest is a street fair with lots of live music, dancing, crafts, a kids’ area, and ethnic food (like cevapi, glogg, and sangria). Donation.

Naked bike ride

June 9, 2018
1.2 miles west
Ride in the World Naked Bike Ride: Chicago, nude or painted, to support safe biking and the environment, departing from Fulton River Park. Free.

Lombard beer festival

June 9, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
24 miles west
Lombard Ale Fest has 80 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 at Tri-City Craft Brew Festival, which also has a hard cider & soda tent, music, and food trucks at Lincoln Park in St. Charles for age 21+. No pets.

Book fair

June 9 - 10, 2018
1 mile south
Shop from 135 booksellers and attend 100 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. Family activities are held in “Lil’ Lit Park.” Free.

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 Association. Donation.

Food truck fest

June 9 - 10, 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.

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.

Arlington Heights festival

June 9 - 10, 2018
26 miles NW
Shop from 110 artists, taste restaurant food, hear live music, and check out the activities for kids at Promenade of Art in Arlington Heights. Free.

Taste of Bolingbrook

June 9 - 10, 2018
28.5 miles SW
Burgers, Brews & Blues Festival features Midwest blues acts, food vendors, and kids’ activities. Free.

Patriotic bicycle ride

June 10, 2018
13.3 miles north
Ride with wounded veterans 18, 37, or 50 miles on the non-competitive Honor Ride Chicago, starting and ending at Evanston Subaru, followed by a lunch with music.

Movies in the Parks

June 11 - Sept. 14, 2018
Chicago locations
Watch 250 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Charity happy hour

June 12, 2018
(7 to 9 p.m.)
5 miles NW
A ticket to Brews N Shoes includes craft beer, appetizers, and DJ music at Revolution Brewing on Milwaukee Avenue for age 21+.

Restaurant crawl in Lincoln Park

June 13, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
4.6 miles north
A ticket to Cravings on Clark gets you samples from 15 restaurants and discounts at shops on Clark Street and Diversey Parkway, beginning at HopCat.

Classical music festival

June 13 - Aug. 18, 2018
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.

German party

June 15, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
7 miles north
Schlagernacht features a band playing classic German pop hits, bratwurst & German beer for sale, and views from the 6th floor terrace at Dank Haus. Donation.

Free Latin music

June 15 - 16, 2018
1 mile east
Hear 20 “local, national, and international artists who are exploring new ways of connecting traditional Latin music with modern sounds” during LatiNxt in multiple locations on Navy Pier. See schedule. Free.

Beer tasting at the zoo

June 15 - 16, 2018
2.5 miles north
Taste 20 samples from among 75 beers, buy food, play lawn games, hear DJ music, and visit animals at Lincoln Park Zoo during Craft Brews at the Zoo for age 21+.

Villa Park festival

June 15 - 16, 2018
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.

Scottish festival

June 15 - 16, 2018
29 miles west
Family-friendly Scottish Festival & Highland Games has athletic competitions, piping and drumming, bands, highland dancing, contests, food vendors, a British car show on Saturday, 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 three stages of music, 14 restaurant booths, and artisan vendors at Randolph Street & Peoria Street. Donation.

Italian block party

June 15 - 17, 2018
5 miles SW
Festa Pasta Vino celebrates Italian culture with three stages of entertainment, Italian cuisine and wine, 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, vendors, 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.

Kayak race

June 16, 2018
(noon to 10 p.m.)
3.3 miles NW
Watch kayaks race (noon to 2 p.m.) and parade around Goose Island (2 to 4 p.m.) at Urban Rivers’ Kayak Race & Parade Fundraiser at Kayak Chicago. A ticket to the 7 p.m. after-party gets you unlimited beer & music at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse.

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.

BBQ block party

June 16, 2018
(2 to 10 p.m.)
10.1 miles west
Buy food from vendors, hear live music, visit the kids’ area, and watch the 7 p.m. watermelon-eating contest at The OK Barbecue Block Party at Constitution Court in Forest Park. Donation supports charity. Kids free.

Wine festival

June 16, 2018
(1 to 9 p.m.)
11 miles west
A ticket to Uncork Illinois includes 8 tasting tickets for any of the 150 wines from 15 wineries, with live jazz in Oak Park.

Kids’ obstacle race

June 16, 2018
27.9 miles NW
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over a dozen obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Ned Brown Meadow in Rolling Meadows. Parents can race for free.

Art fair in Grant Park

June 16 - 17, 2018
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.

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 three stages, plus vendors of food, drinks, and arts & crafts at Halsted Street & Waveland Avenue. The pet parade is Sunday at noon in the stage area. Donation.

Evanston arts festival

June 16 - 17, 2018
11 miles north
Custer Fair has hundreds of arts and craft vendors, 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 features juried artists, live music, beautiful gardens, and food trucks. The optional Father’s Day brunch requires reservations and usually sells out. 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.

Craft fair

June 17, 2018
6.3 miles north
Shop from independent artisans at the pop-up Renegade Craft Fair, with craft cocktails for sale at Gallagher Way, west of Wrigley Field. Free.

Millennium Park music

June 18 - Aug. 16, 2018
(6:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SE
Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings (plus Aug. 12) in Millennium Park. Free.

Monday movies on the lake

June 18 - Aug. 20, 2018
(Mondays 7 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.
  • June 25 - Get on Up (PG-13)

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.

Jazz at the aquarium

June 20 - Oct. 10, 2018
(Wednesdays 5 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.

Music day

June 21, 2018
Chicago locations
Hear music at dozens of locations on Make Music Day, including Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Free.

Block party at St. Pat’s

June 22 - 23, 2018
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.

Greek festival on Gold Coast

June 22 - 24, 2018
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.

Country music festival

June 22 - 24, 2018
2.4 miles SE
Hear 33 country artists, including Blake Shelton, 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.

Zombie march

June 23, 2018
(2 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
The annual Chicago Zombie March begins at Millennium Park. Free.

Volunteer day

June 23, 2018
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.

Chicago Bears run

June 23, 2018
(8 a.m.)
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.

Doggie pool party

June 23, 2018
(2 to 5 p.m.)
2.4 miles west
A ticket to Pup Pool Party gets you and your dog a beer tasting, product samples, and time in the outdoor off-leash playground with a dog pool at Pet Care Plus for age 21+.

Dragon boat races

June 23, 2018
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.

Whiskey tasting

June 23, 2018
(4 p.m.)
4.1 miles NW
A ticket to Chicago Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival includes 15 tasting tickets, with food and drink specials for sale at The Flat Iron for age 21+.

Big concert

June 23, 2018
(6:20 p.m.)
18 miles NW
B96 Summer Bash features famous-name talent at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

Beer at the arboretum

June 23, 2018
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
27 miles west
Bring a chair or blanket to the Craft Beer Festival to taste beers from 45 breweries, buy food, and hear the band Euphoria in the green surroundings of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle 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+. (More than 200 admission tickets will be sold onsite at the event.)

Food truck festival

June 23 - 24, 2018
2.1 miles south
Chicago Food Truck Fest brings 45 food trucks, music, a sangria garden, and games to 1800 S. Wabash Ave.

Music festival on the beach

June 23 - 24, 2018
(noon to 10 p.m.)
6 miles south
Mamby on the Beach is “an all-inclusive patchwork of diverse performances with artists representing every genre in the music spectrum” on Oakwood Beach. Free shuttle bus. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Beer festival

June 23 - 24, 2018
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.

Evanston fair

June 23 - 24, 2018
12 miles north
Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest features 100 juried artists, an eco-art “remix” area, strolling musicians, a kids’ area, food vendors, craft beer, and wine at Church & Sherman in Evanston. Donation.

Beer at the zoo

June 23 - 24, 2018
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.

Hot sauce tasting

June 23 - 24, 2018
15.4 miles SW
The new Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo promises hot sauce tastings, competitive eating events, and 33 vendors, plus both a chihuahua beauty pageant and a cocktail competition on Sunday at Toyota Park. Schedule.

Civil War event

June 23 - 24, 2018
22 miles west
Watch a battle skirmish and see a cannon fire (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.), hear period songs, meet Abraham Lincoln, learn about Sherman’s march to the sea, and buy lunch on Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Fischer Farm in Bensenville.

Highland Park art festival

June 23 - 24, 2018
27 miles north
The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts has 100 juried artists who create ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, and sculpture. Donation.

Pride parade

June 24, 2018
6 miles north
Chicago Pride Parade for gay and lesbian pride has 150 floats, decorated vehicles, performers, and marching bands that go past 750,000 spectators on N. Broadway.

Garden tour

June 24, 2018
(noon to 5 p.m.)
6.8 miles NW
Northcenter Neighborhood Garden Walk is a “self-guided walking tour of Northcenter gardens and outdoor spaces” that begins at Alexander Graham Bell School and includes 40 homes and live music. Donation.

Free black films

June 25 - July 23, 2018
multiple locations
Best of Black Harvest Film Festival screens select films from last year’s festival in Chicago public libraries. Free.

Dance outdoors

June 28 - Aug. 25, 2018
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.

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.

Hot-air balloon festival

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 27. Kids age 0 to 8 free.

American music festival

June 29 - July 3, 2018
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

June 29 - July 4, 2018
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. (Closed on Monday July 2 except for carnival rides.)

Vegan food festival

June 30, 2018
(11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
1 mile south
Buy food, beer, wine, and spirits from 70 vendors during Chicago Vegandale at Butler Field in Grant Park. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.

Bikes & beer festival

June 30, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
5.1 miles west
Parade on bicycles through the city (11 a.m.), hear bands, dance, and drink beer during Tour de Fat [website has sound] at Humboldt Park.

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.

Alternative-rock concert

June 30, 2018
(1 p.m.)
31.8 miles south
PIQNIQ is an all-star lineup of alternative-rock bands headlined by American band AWOLNATION at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

June 30 - July 1, 2018
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.