Chicago Street Festivals: June 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. June is finally here, that wonderful month were it actually starts to get warm. Bring on the festivals!


Chicago Mayfest

When: June 3-6
Where: 4700 N. Lincoln. Lincoln and Leland, Lincoln Square neighborhood.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Mayfest in June? Oh, those silly Germans with their giant steins and delicious German food. You can get all that at Lincoln Square’s Mayfest complete with maypole dancing and a Mayfest queen.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival
When: June 5-6
Where: 201 E. Randolph, Museum Campus
Price: Free
Basic Info: It’s exactly what it sounds like. Catch more than 50 live performances.

Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale
When: June 5-6
Where: 2000 W. Division, Ukrainian Village
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Ten blocks of beer, food, and shopping with live music. New bands and DJs perform almost every hour.

June Jam
When: June 5-6
Where: 3500 N. Hoyne. Hoyne and Cornelia, Roscoe Village.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Food and drink vendors, kids activities, and live bands.

Chicago Blues Festival
When: June 11-13
Where: 300 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: The largest free outdoor blues event in the world! Six different stages throughout Grant Park with great blues music all weekend long.

Ribfest Chicago
When: June 11-13
Where: 4000 N. Lincoln, Lincoln and Irving Park Road.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Ribs, ribs, ribs! Including a rib eating contest, other local food vendors, and live music.

Party at St. Mikes
When: June 11-13
Where: 1711 N. Cleveland, Old Town.
Price: $5-10
Basic Info: Food and drink vendors, live music, and activities all on the grounds of St. Michael’s Church.

Humboldt Park Art Fair
When: June 12
Where: 1359 N. Sacramento Ave, Humboldt Park
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Music, visual arts and film as well as food vendors.

Andersonville Midsummer Fest
When: June 12-13
Where: 5200 N. Clark, Andersonville.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Food and drink vendors and live music.

Metronome Celebration
When: June 12-13
Where: 2000 N. Milwaukee, Logan Square.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: More than 20 bands play on two different stages. Food and art vendors also on site.

Old Town Art Fair
When: June 12-13
Where: 1763 N. North Park Avenue, Old Town/Lincoln Park.
Price: $7 donation
Basic Info: Art displays and artwork for sale. Food and drink vendors, a garden walk, live music, and kids activities all also available.

Wells Street Art Festival
When: June 12-13
Where: 1300 N. Wells Street, Old Town.
Price: $7-10 donation
Basic Info: Live bands, a silent auction, food and drink vendors, and tons and tons of art.

Fiesta Puertorriquenas
When: June 16-20
Where: 1400 N. Sacramento, Humboldt Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: This fest is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture in a heavily Puerto Rican neighborhood. Food and drink vendors, craft vendors, and live music on site.

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.

Chicago Peace Fest
When: June 18-20
Where: 1700 N. Stockton Drive, Lincoln Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Food and craft vendors, speakers, and live music.

Festa Pasta Vino
When: June 18-20
Where: 2400 S. Oakley Avenue, Little Tuscany.
Price: $3-7 donation
Basic Info: Like Italian food? This fest is for you. Authentic food, live entertainment, and kids activities.

Midsummer Festival
When: June 18-20
Where: 2500 W. Bryn Mawr, West Rogers Park.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Food and drink vendors, craft vendors, live music, and kids activities.

Taste of Randolph
When: June 18-20
Where: 900 W. Randolph, West Loop.
Price: $10 donation
Basic Info: Lots of food vendors and live music.

The Raven
When: June 18-20
Where: 4701 N. Ashland, Chase Park, Ravenswood.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: Live music, food and drink vendors, other vendors.

Randolph Street Market Festival
When: June 19-20, 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.

Chicago Arabesque
When: June 24-26
Where: 50 W. Washington, Daley Plaza, The Loop.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Learn about traditional Arab culture with Arab cuisine and daily Arab entertainment. Clothing and craft vendors.

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 Pride Fest
When: June 25-26
Where: 3700 N. Halsted, Halsted and Waveland, Boystown.
Price: $7 donation
Basic Info: This weekend festival culminates in the Gay Pride Parade Sunday that celebrates the GLBT community. Live music and performances, food vendors, arts and craft vendors. The parade is a must-see and the whole fest is a great time!

St. Josaphat Summerfest
When: June 25-27
Where: 2311 N. Southport, Southport and Belden, Lincoln Park.
Price: $5-10 donation
Basic Info: Come benefit St. Josaphat Parish and grammar school with live music, food and beer vendors, a sports corner, raffle prizes and kids’ activities.

Tour de Fat
When: June 26
Where: 3100 W. Palmer Blvd, Logan Square
Price: Free
Basic Info: This event is put on by Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery, the makers of Fat Tire, Skinny Dip, and all those other delicious brews. New Belgium reps ride their bikes from Colorado to other cities to promote bike use and environmental awareness. There is also live music, a bike parade, advice on bike safety, and a car/bike swap. New Belgium beer and merchandise will be for sale.

Chicago Summerfest
When: June 26-27
Where: 2000 N. Clark, Lincoln Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Food vendors, live music, and art.

Green Music Fest
When: June 26-27
Where: 1600 W. Ashland Avenue, Chicago and Ashland, Ukranian Village.
Price: Free
Basic Info: This festival celebrates and promotes all things green. Live music and eco-friendly demos.

Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

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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