Summer 2022 – NBC Chicago


Chicago is starting to look more like summer, making it perfect weather for the start of street festival season.

For the first time in two years, most street festivals in Chicago have returned to full scale and scale, with new events also scheduled.

Here’s a guide to what we know so far:

May 20-22: Mayfest

Lincoln Park

On Sheffield’s Armitage in Racine, the festival features live music, food and drink on Fridays from 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10pm. More information here.

May 21: Tequila Festival

Lincoln Park

From 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Chicagoans can sample dozens of brands of tequila and agave at Beaumont Bar & Grill on Halsted starting at $60. For tickets and more information, click here.

June 3-5: Lincoln Park Greek Festival

From St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, the popular North Side Festival serves up tasty authentic Greek cuisine, live music and dancing. More information here.

June 3-5: Do Division

wicker park

The three-day festival on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt features live music, fashion shows, local vendors, art and activities. More information here.

June 4-5: Hot Dog Party

Portage Park

Chicagoans’ favorite hot dog spots will compete for the best bite in town on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. More information here.

June 9-12: Blues Festival

The loop

With the genre’s musical roots in Chicago, the city’s festival in Millennium Park features blues-style jams while highlighting its contributions to soul, R&B, gospel, rock and hip hop. More information here.

June 9-11: Patron Saint Festivals Puertorriqueñas

Humboldt Park

Chicago’s West Side serves up authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, plus live music, art, carnival rides, a domino tournament, car shows and local vendors, along Division Street for three days in June. More information here.

June 11: Taste of Chicago

The loop

Some 30 to 40 Chicago restaurants will line up on the lakefront this summer for a bite-sized version of the classic three-day food festival. Additionally, three Chicago neighborhoods will have pop-up events on June 11, 18, and 25. More information here.

June 11: Vegandale Festival

The loop

The Chicago Vegan Festival in Grant Park returns this summer to showcase the city’s signature plant-based food options, along with live music, art and vegan vendors. More information here.

June 11-12: Old Town Art Fair

Old City

Bringing some of the world’s best artists to Chicago, the Old Town Art Fair will also include a garden walk through the neighborhood’s historic homes, live music, food and family-friendly activities. More information here.

June 17-19: Taste of Randolph Street

West loop

With over 16 restaurants along Chicago’s “Restaurant Row,” Chicagoans can try some of the city’s most popular flavors while listening to live music on Randolph Street. More information here.

June 18-19: Chicago Pride Festival


Along Rainbow Street in Halsted, Chicago’s Pride Fest returns this summer with three stages of live music, food and drink, over 150 art vendors, dancing, drag shows , a parade of animals and gifts. More information here.

Note: The Chicago Pride Parade will take place on June 26.

June 18-19: Gold Coast Art Fair

The loop

More than 200 artists from across the United States will be in Grant Park on Father’s Day weekend to display their work while people enjoy watching, shopping, eating, drinking and listening to live music. More information here.

July 8-9: western party

West Town

The annual street festival returns this summer to Chicago Avenue between Wood and Damen with food trucks, live performances, art vendors and a pet festival. More information here.

July 15-17: Roscoe Village Burger Feast

Village of Roscoe

Burgers from all over Chicago will be at Belmont and Damen in July to compete for the best fare, accompanied by two stages of live music, art and family activities. More information here.

July 15-17: Tacos and Tamales Fest


Pilsen’s Tacos and Tamales Festival lines 16th Street with a wide variety of food from multiple regions of Latin America and Mexico, which Chicagoans can enjoy with Latin music, dance performances and live art. local arts. More information here.

July 22-24: Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Lincoln Square

The three-day street festival features bites from neighborhood restaurants, live music, local vendors, and arts and crafts activities on Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood. More information here.

July 28-31: Soil Festival


The Latin festival will span an eight-block space on Cermak Road and will feature Mexican cuisine, live performances and carnival rides. More information here.

July 30-31: Chinatown Summer Fair

Chinese district

The Chinatown Summer Fair celebrates Far Eastern culture, including food, artwork from the region, K-pop performances and a dumpling-eating contest, and runs along Wentworth Avenue in the Cermak Avenue at 24th place. More information here.

August 19-21: Ribfest Chicago


For three smoky days, Chicago’s Classic Ribfest brings more than 30 vendors and 50,000 pounds of pork to the streets of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park in August. More information here.


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