Chicago Street Festivals: July 2010

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Here we will continue with this series of articles in which we include a month-by-month guide of what’s up at this summer’s street festivals. July is here! Its hot, summer is in full bloom, and its almost fourth of July! And even better? There are more festivals.

Taste of Chicago
When: June 25-July 4
Where: 100 E. Congress Parkway, Grant Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: The big daddy of them all. Check out our full article on the Taste of Chicago here for detailed info. The quintessential Chicago 4th of July celebration.

Chicago Summer Dance Festival
When: June 17-August 29
Where: 601 S. Michigan Avenue, Grant Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Events all designed to get you to get up and dance! Each event includes an hour of professional dance instruction. Check out their website for more information.

Randolph Street Market Festival
When: July 24-25, August 28-29, September 25-26
Where: 1350 W. Randolph, West Loop.
Price: $10, $5 for students.
Basic Info: This is a more serious festival, more for the buying crowd and less for the drinking, eating, and listening crowd. This indoor/outdoor market features antiques, indie designer apparel, fancy foods, and vintage collectibles.

African-Caribbean International Festival of Life

When: July 2-5
Where: 5500 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Washington Park.
Price: TBA
Basic Info: A celebration of African-Caribbean heritage. Live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, and kids activities.

Bastille Day Block Party
When: July 8
Where: 200 W. Fullerton, Cannon Drive and Fullerton, Lincoln Park.
Price: $5
Basic Info: Food and beer vendors and live music to celebrate this French Holiday.

Benfest
When: July 9-10
Where: 2215 W. Irving Park
Price:$5-10
Basic Info: Hosted by St. Benedict’s Church, come out for live music, food and drink vendors, and kids activities.

Old St. Pat’s Worlds Largest Block Party
When: July 9-10
Where:650 W. Madison, Madison and Des Plaines Avenue, West Loop.
Price: $40-45
Basic Info: I don’t know if it is actually the world’s largest block party, but it does boast over 18,000 people in yearly attendance, and that is a lot. Admission includes five drink tickets. Food vendors and two stages of live music.

Boulevard Bash – The Logan Square Music Festival
When: June 9-11
Where: 3100 W. Logan Blvd. Logan Blvd & Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Square.
Price: TBA
Basic Info: Proceeds go to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Irish American Heritage Festival

When: July 9-11
Where: 4626 N. Knox Avenue, North Park.
Price: $14
Basic Info: Lots of Irish music on five different stages. Food and drink vendors, kids activities, and other vendors and displays featuring Irish American heritage. There is also a mashed potato eating contest. Awesome.

Chicago Folk and Roots Festival
When: July 10-11
Where: 2333 W. Sunnyside Avenue, Welles Park, Lincoln Square.
Price: $10 donation
Basic Info: Live music on four different stages from international artists. Food and drink vendors, kids activities, craft vendors.

Rock Around the Block
When: July 10-11
Where: 3200 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincoln & Belmont, Lakeview.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Food and craft vendors. Local bands perform live music.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
When: July 10-11
Where: 2000 W. Belmont Avenue, Belmont and Damen. Roscoe Village.
Price: $5-7
Basic Info: Labeling itself a burger fest, this festival has a pretty big focus on live music as well. Two different stages feature live bands rotating every couple hours. Food vendors will cook up their best burger. Drink vendors and kids activities available.

Taste of Little Village

When: July 10-11
Where: 2600 S. Kostner Avenue, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue, Little Village/Pilsen.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Food vendors, crafts, and kids activities.

West Fest
When: July 10-11
Where: 800 N. Damen Avenue, Little Village Ukrainian Village.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Food and drink vendors, live music and DJs on two stages, and arts and crafts vendors, all with an emphasis on all things local. A Kids Fest and Pet Fest also on site on Chicago Avenue.

Windy City Ribfest
When: July 16-18
Where: 4810 N. Broadway, Lawrence Avenue and Broadway, Uptown.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Battle of the ribs! A rib cook-off, other food vendors, arts and craft vendors, and live music.

South Side Neighborhood Gospel Festival
When: July 17
Where: 6500 S. Racine, Englewood.
Price: Free
Basic Info: All the Gospel performances you can handle. Food vendors and kids activities.

Edgewater Arts Festival
When: July 17-18
Where: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Edgewater.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Arts and crafts displays as well as performances by local theater groups.

Sheffield Garden Walk

When: July 17-18
Where: 2200 N. Sheffield Avenue, Webster and Sheffield, Lincoln Park.
Price: $7-10
Basic Info: Explore Lincoln Park’s gardens in this historic part of the neighborhood. Lots of food and drink vendors, live music, and kids activities.

Streeterville Venetian Night Festival

When: July 17-18
Where: 420 N. McClurg, McClurg and North Water Street, Streeterville.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: New this year, an alternative to the old Venetian Night Festival. A boat parade on the Chicago River, food vendors, art displays, and live music.

Taste of River North

When: July 17-18
Where: 630 N. Kingsbury Street, River North.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Local food and drink vendors, live music, and retail. Kids and pet activities. Also features the Jesse White Tumblers and ComedySportz improv group.

Chinatown Summer Fair
When: July 18
Where: 2200 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chinatown.
Price: Free
Basic Info:Chinatown Parage accompanied by live music and local food and drink vendors. Arts and crafts vendors and kids activities.

Milwaukee Avenue Summer Arts Festival
When: July 23-25
Where: 2300 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Milwaukee and California, Logan Square.
Price: $5
Basic Info: Local food and drink vendors, lots of arts and crafts, and live music. By lots of art, we mean a whole 1.5 miles of galleries featuring local art! The Logan Square Farmers Market will also be on site. Magic Hat brewing company will provide craft beers.

The Silver Room’s Sound System Block Party
When: July 24
Where: Evergreen and Milwaukee Avenue, Bucktown/Wicker Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Two outdoor stages and food vendors. Mural artists and fashion shows.

Celebrate Clark Street Festival
When: July 24-25
Where: 6900 N. Clark Street, Rogers Park.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Two stages of live music, food and arts vendors, and kids activities.

Randolph Street Market Festival

When: July 24-25, August 28-29, September 25-26
Where: 1350 W. Randolph, West Loop.
Price: $10, $5 for students.
Basic Info: This is a more serious festival, more for the buying crowd and less for the drinking, eating, and listening crowd (aka me). This indoor/outdoor market features antiques, indie designer apparel, fancy foods, and vintage collectibles.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
When: July 24-25
Where: 2400 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Park.
Price: $7-10
Basic Info: Six blocks of Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park filled with food and drink vendors and live music. Arts vendors and kids activities included. An UPchicago personal favorite.

Fiesta del Sol
When: July 29-Aug 1
Where: 1400 W. Cermak Rd., Pilsen.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Alcohol free, this festival has enough food and live music to make up for it.

Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival
When: July 31 – Aug 1
Where: 2200 N. Racine, Lincoln Park
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Live music, food and drinks from local establishments and art displays and vendors.

Summer on Southport
When: July 31 – Aug 1
Where: 3700 N. Southport, Southport and Waveland, Lakeview.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Live music, food vendors, and art displays in the Southport Corridor.

Wicker Park Fest
When: July 31 – Aug 1
Where: 1500 N. Milwaukee, Bucktown/Wicker Park.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Live music and local food and drink vendors. Includes a Kids Fest.

Tessa McLean

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There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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