Chicago events calendar for June 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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

Distance is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Underground film festival

June 1 - 4, 2017 (begins May 31)

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.

Maifest

June 1 - 4, 2017

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.

Arts festival

June 1 - 11, 2017

8 miles north

Pivot Arts Festival features dozens of innovative performances (some for kids), plus a community parade June 3 in Edgewater and Uptown.

Magic lounge

June 1 - 29, 2017

7 miles north

Chicago Magic Lounge is an old-school magic show with close-up magic, bar magic, table-hopping magicians, and main stage acts at Uptown Underground for age 21+. Discount tickets $12 - $14.

Attractions

June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Gospel music festival

June 2 - 3, 2017

0.5 miles south

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

Aurora festival

June 2 - 3, 2017

43 miles west

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

Division Street festival

June 2 - 4, 2017

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 2 - 4, 2017

5 miles north

Lincoln Park Greek Fest serves Greek food, music, and dancing on Sheffield Avenue at Diversey Parkway.

Taste of Mexico

June 2 - 4, 2017

9 miles SW

Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico offers food, music, and carnival rides at 26th & California Avenue.

Small-town festival

June 2 - 4, 2017

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 2 - 10, 2017

5 miles north

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

Adult variety show

June 2 - 23, 2017 (also May)

7 miles north

Kiss Kiss Cabaret is a fun mix of burlesque, off-color comedy, music, magic, and variety acts at Uptown Underground for age 21+. Discount tickets $14.

Movies in the Parks

June 2 - Sept. 7, 2017

Chicago locations

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

Dinner cruise with fireworks

June 3, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

1 mile east

Enjoy a three-course meal aboard the luxurious Odyssey, including a champagne cocktail and views of the Chicago skyline plus fireworks at 10:15 p.m., departing from Navy Pier. Discount tickets $115.

Wine festival

June 3, 2017 (1 to 9 p.m.)

11 miles west

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

Pet parade

June 3, 2017

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 3 - 4, 2017 (2 to 6 p.m.)

2.5 miles NW

A ticket to Wingout Chicago includes chicken wings from restaurants and a beverage (beer, wine, or soda) at St. Michael’s Church parking lot. Expect lines. Discount tickets $35.

Hyde Park festival

June 3 - 4, 2017

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 3 - 4, 2017

8 miles south

Chicago’s oldest juried art fair is the 57th Street Art Fair, which allows only original art and no alcohol at 57th Street & Kimbark Avenue. Free.

Deerfield art festival

June 3 - 4, 2017

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 3 - 4, 2017

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 3 - 4, 2017

33 miles NW

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

Classic musical

June 3 - 11, 2017

14 miles north

Set to superb music by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is the story of a naive hero on a madcap odyssey around the world in search of his true love at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. Discount tickets $25 to $35.

Comedy dinner show

June 3 - Sept. 9, 2017 (also May)

5.8 miles north

You’re invited to fictitious Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding at Resurrection Church, followed by a real Italian dinner at Chicago Theater Works, with plenty of comedy improv and audience interaction. Discount tickets $59 to $69.

Run at the zoo

June 4, 2017

2.5 miles north

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

Dog films

June 4, 2017 (12 and 2 p.m.)

6 miles north

The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at Music Box Theatre.

Monday & Tuesday cruise

June 5 - Aug. 28, 2017 (boarding 6 p.m.)

0.7 miles east

An evening cruise aboard the Anita Dee II offers amazing views from the open top deck, dancing, and a pricey bar, departing from 200 N Breakwater Access.

Adult zoo night

June 8, 2017 (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, age 21+ for the cash bars.

Modern dance

June 8 - 11, 2017

0.5 miles south

Summer Series performs 4 favorite works representing four decades on its 40th anniversary at Harris Theater in Millennium Park. Discount tickets $36 to $102.

Blues festival

June 9 - 11, 2017

1 mile south

Chicago’s biggest music festival, Chicago Blues Festival, brings top talent to Millennium Park. Later, the music continues into the night at city clubs. Free.

Electronic dance music festival

June 9 - 11, 2017

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 9 - 11, 2017

7 miles NW

Brave crowds, heat, and smoke in the quest for Chicago’s best BBQ from 15 Chicagoland restaurants at Ribfest Chicago, which also has 20 live bands on Lincoln Avenue north of Irving Park Road. Donation.

Midsummer festival

June 9 - 11, 2017

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).

Magic show

June 9 - July 22, 2017 (9:30 p.m.)

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. Discount tickets $49.

Naked bike ride

June 10, 2017

Chicago location

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

Beach party

June 10, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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+.

Lombard beer festival

June 10, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

24 miles west

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

Book fair

June 10 - 11, 2017

1 mile south

Shop from 200 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.

Wells Street Art Festival

June 10 - 11, 2017

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 N. Wells St. from North Ave. to Division. Morning is quieter. Donation. Discount deal for two $39.

Old Town Art Fair

June 10 - 11, 2017

2.7 miles north

Shop from 250 juried artists at the highly rated Old Town Art Fair, which includes a garden walk, food court, live music, and children’s corner on tree-lined streets near Lincoln Park. Donation.

Food truck fest

June 10 - 11, 2017

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 at Allport. Donation.

Green festival

June 10 - 11, 2017

4 miles NW

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

Barbecue festival

June 10 - 11, 2017 (12 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Hinsdale art festival

June 10 - 11, 2017

18 miles SW

See works by 150 juried artists in shady Burlington Park at Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival. Free.

Arlington Heights festival

June 10 - 11, 2017

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.

Ravinia music festival

June 10 - Sept. 17, 2017

23 miles north

See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Patriotic bicycle ride

June 11, 2017

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.

Millennium Park music

June 12 - Aug. 21, 2017

0.7 miles SE

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

Millennium Park movies

June 13 - Sept. 5, 2017

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. Free.

The King and I

June 14 - July 2, 2017

0.5 miles SW

The King and I is a “breathtaking and exquisite” [NY Times] musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein set in 19th-century Bangkok, winning Best Musical Revival, at the Oriental Theatre. Discount tickets $29 to $65.

Classical music festival

June 14 - Aug. 19, 2017

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.

Party in the planetarium

June 15, 2017 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles SE

Adler After Dark: Planetary Prom is a dance party “with hands-on programs, theater shows, and special talks on current planetary missions” at Adler Planetarium for age 21+.

Women’s comedy

June 15 - 18, 2017

5 miles north

See 400 women perform stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, and musical comedy shows at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773.

Shakespeare outdoors

June 15 - 30, 2017

12 miles west

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s tragic story about a Scottish King betrayed by his friend, set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches at Austin Gardens in Oak Park. Discount tickets $5 to $15.

Beer tasting at the zoo

June 16 - 17, 2017 (6 to 10:30 p.m.)

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 [formerly Brew to Be Wild] for age 21+.

Villa Park festival

June 16 - 17, 2017

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.

Taste of Randolph

June 16 - 18, 2017

1.5 miles west

Popular Taste of Randolph Street offers six blocks of artisan and restaurant booths plus three music stages on W Randolph Street from Peoria St. to Racine Ave. Donation.

Italian block party

June 16 - 18, 2017

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 16 - 18, 2017

40 miles NW

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

Book fair

June 17, 2017

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 17, 2017 (2 p.m.)

5 miles west

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

Beer and wine festival

June 17, 2017

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+.

Art fair in Grant Park

June 17 - 18, 2017

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 17 - 18, 2017

6 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, arts and crafts vendors, and a Sunday pet parade at Waveland & Halsted. Donation. (See June 25, 2017 for the Chicago Pride Parade.)

Evanston arts festival

June 17 - 18, 2017

11 miles north

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

Cantigny Park art fair

June 17 - 18, 2017

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 17 - 18, 2017

39 miles NW

See amazing LEGO creations at Brickworld Chicago, with displays and vendors at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Discount tickets $9.50.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 18, 2017

Chicago locations

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

Father’s Day dining cruise

June 18, 2017

1 mile east

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

Father’s Day dance party

June 18, 2017 (1 to 2:30 p.m.)

4.6 miles NW

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

Father’s Day BBQ

June 18, 2017 (12 to 2 p.m.)

14 miles SW

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

Technology festival

June 19 - 23, 2017

2.5 miles south

Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, parties, and a 2-day summit (June 23 & 24) at Merchandise Mart.

Comedy festival

June 20 - 25, 2017

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.

Swedish Days

June 20 - 25, 2017

42 miles west

Swedish Days features arts & crafts, Scandinavian food, a Maypole dance, and music in Geneva. See schedule.

Music day

June 21, 2017

Chicago locations

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

Secret lives of teachers

June 22 - Aug. 6, 2017

20.1 miles north

Find out what goes on behind the mysterious door of The Faculty Lounge in this comedy about five teachers who relax, vent their frustrations, and share their hopes and insecurities at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview. Discount tickets $18.

Ale festival

June 23 - 24, 2017

0.9 miles south

Chicago Ale Fest features samples of 200 beers from 100 craft breweries, plus live music and restaurant food at Butler Field in Grant Park.

Block party at St. Pat’s

June 23 - 24, 2017

3.7 miles SW

The World’s Largest Block Party has great bands, food, and drinks served by local celebrity bartenders in UIC parking lot at S. Morgan St. and W. Taylor St.

Greek festival on Gold Coast

June 23 - 25, 2017

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 23 - 25, 2017

2.4 miles SE

Hear 24 country artists, including Tim McGraw and Martina McBride at LakeShake at Huntington Bank Pavilion. Food, drinks, vendors, and games onsite.

Art festival on Logan Square

June 23 - 25, 2017

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 24, 2017 (3:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

The free Chicago Zombie March begins at the “bean” in Millennium Park. See their page if you want to buy a zombie makeover.

Volunteer day

June 24, 2017

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. Lunch, transportation, and an after-party included for $10.

Chicago Bears run

June 24, 2017

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.

Dragon boat races

June 24, 2017

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.

Food truck festival

June 24 - 25, 2017

2.1 miles south

Chicago Food Truck Fest brings 50 food trucks and music to 1600 S. Wabash Avenue.

Evanston fair

June 24 - 25, 2017

12 miles north

Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest [formerly Fountain Square Art Festival] features 150 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.

Discount tasting tickets $25.

Civil War event

June 24 - 25, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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.

Highland Park art festival

June 24 - 25, 2017

27 miles north

The Art Center of Highland Park - Festival of Fine Arts has 125 juried artists who create visual art (glass, wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry). Donation.

Acrobatic version of Moby Dick

June 24 - Sept. 3, 2017

0.7 miles north

See a high-flying cirque-style aerial and acrobatic version of Moby Dick, about a giant whale pursued by a sailing captain and crew at Lookingglass Theatre. Discount tickets $65.

Pride parade

June 25, 2017 (noon)

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.

Get painted as you run

June 25, 2017

6.1 miles north

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the Color in Motion 5K at Montrose Beach.

Discount tickets $20.

Scavenger hunt

June 27, 2017 (5 to 9:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles west

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

House Music Tour

June 28, 2017

10 miles south

Your ticket to House Club Tour [sound] gets you into 10 different clubs playing house music, with a bus connecting them all, and a free after party.

Fake wedding

June 29, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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 Street.

Oak Fest

June 29 - July 4, 2017

26 miles SW

OakFest offers live music, a carnival, food vendors, bingo, a Sunday car/bike show, and July 4 fireworks at 159th & Central Avenue in Oak Forest. Schedule. Free.

Windy City RibFest

June 30 - July 2, 2017

6 miles north

Windy City RibFest in Uptown has food, beer, wine, bands, arts & crafts, and afternoon kids’ activities at W Lawrence Ave. & Broadway. Donation.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

June 30 - July 2, 2017

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. Members’ day is Friday. Free except parking.

Hot-air balloons & fireworks

June 30 - July 2, 2017

28 miles west

Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival has colorful hot-air balloon launches, flights, and evening balloon glows, as well as a carnival (starts Wednesday), food court, craft booths, a kids’ area, live music, and nightly fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Admission fee.

American music festival

June 30 - July 3, 2017

10 miles west

FitzGerald’s American Music Festival features 40 Americana/roots bands and BBQ in Berwyn.

Naperville RibFest

June 30 - July 3, 2017

31 miles SW

Naperville RibFest has great food, plenty of music, and free fireworks on July 3 at Knoch Park in Naperville.

Festival in Mount Prospect

June 30 - July 4, 2017

24.2 miles NW

Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival is a big carnival with food vendors, a beer and wine tent, evening entertainment, a car show July 1, and fireworks June 30 and July 4 at Melas Park. Schedule.

Frontier Days

June 30 - July 4, 2017

26 miles NW

Frontier Days Festival has family activities, live music, a carnival, a parade, and a weekend craft market at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights.

Northwest festival

June 30 - July 4, 2017

35 miles NW

Northwest Fourth-Fest has carnival rides, music, a craft fair, fireworks, and a parade at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. See schedule.
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