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Summer Entertainment: Concerts, Outdoor Events, Activities In and Around Chicago This Week



Mexican Festival

July 20-22, 2018

Tacos & Tamales Festival promises authentic Latin American cuisine, a beer garden, art vendors, traditional music in the daytime, and high-energy Latin rock music in the evening at 16th Street & Peoria Street. Donation.

Family Festival

July 20-22, 2018

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 20-22, 2018

Colombian Fest has top musicians, DJs, arts & crafts, cultural exhibits, vendors, a kids’ zone, food, beer, and wine at Kelvyn Park. Children 12 and younger are free.

Festival in Forest Park

July 20-22, 2018

Forest Park Music Fest offers two stages of bands, arts and crafts, food vendors, beer gardens, carnival games, and Saturday family activities on Madison Street (from Des Plaines to Circle Avenues).

Disability Pride Parade

July 21, 2018

Parade of Boats

July 21, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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.

Party at the Zoo

July 21, 2018 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)

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+.

Beach Party

July 21, 2018

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+.

Gospel Music

July 21, 2018

Taste of Gospel promises 25 gospel artists on stage and 23 restaurants selling food in Washington Park.

Giant Music Concert

July 21, 2018

Hear 55 bands play alternative rock, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronica, and hardcore all day when Warped Tour comes to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Beer Festival

July 21 - 22, 2018

A ticket to Chicago Craft Beer Festival gets you 15 tastes of beer and live music at Sheffield Ave. and Webster Ave. on the same weekend as the nearby Sheffield Music

Festival & Garden Walk.

Ticket deal $25 at Goldstar

Ticket deal $25 at Groupon

Sheffield Avenue Festival

July 21 - 22, 2018

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk features two stages of live music, self-guided tours of 80 gardens, guided architectural tours, food and drink, and kids’ activities at N Sheffield Ave. & Webster. Donation.

World Arts Festival

July 21 - 22, 2018

Evanston World Arts & Music Festival (formerly Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival) offers international songs, dance, art, and food in Dawes Park. Free.

Korea Festival

July 21 - 22, 2018

Taste of Korea Chicago Festival features authentic Korean food, a beer and soju (Korean vodka) garden, cultural performances, DJs, singing and dancing contests, bounce houses, and a Korean War ceremony at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. Donation.

North Shore Art Festival

July 21 - 22, 2018

North Shore Festival of Art features juried artists, live music, art projects for kids, and wine tasting outdoors at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. Free.

Watch Football Practice

July 21 - Aug. 11, 2018

Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Free.

Artisan Market

July 22, 2018 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Shop from 100 independent vendors of food, fashion, art, and home goods at the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing, including a kids’ zone. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Save $2 buying online

Fireworks Cruise

July 25, 2018 (boarding 6:45 p.m.)

Wednesday Fireworks & Sunset Cruise features skyline views, DJ music, a cash bar, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. departing from DuSable Harbor for age 21+.

Ticket deal $20

Latino Festival

July 26 - 29, 2018

Fiesta Del Sol delivers live entertainment, local art, diverse cuisine, and carnival rides at 1400 W. Cermak Road. No alcohol. Free.

Prairie Festival

July 26 - 29, 2018

Wood Dale Prairie Fest offers live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, bingo, and fireworks (9:15 p.m. Sat.) at the ball fields in Wood Dale. Free.

Wine Tasting at the Zoo

July 27, 2018 (6 pm)

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+.

Wicker Park Music Festival

July 27 - 29, 2018

Wicker Park Fest brings cutting-edge local and national acts to three stages on Milwaukee Ave. from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Go early if you want to avoid crowds.


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