Festivals in #SummerTimeChi 

Kick off your #SummerTimeChi early this year with these outings

Chicagoans from all over the city are shedding the cold weather gear and holiday pounds in preparation for the most exciting time of the year: Summertime Chi. It’s a time to come out of a long hibernation and experience Chicago and all it has to offer for everyone; from free-spirited to cautious adventurers, Chicago has a special way of catering to all our whims in the warm summer months.

We know this glorious time in the city doesn’t last long. Memorial Day just zipped by and before you know it, Labor Day is around the corner and we’re trying to soak up the last weeks of summer before hibernation begins again. Don’t let this summer zip by unnoticed, get started the right way this year on your Summertime Chi escapades with these outings:

Mayfest (May 31-June 3)

We can’t talk about a great start to summer without mentioning Mayfest. Chicago’s Mayfest (or Maifest in German) is a festival to celebrate German heritage right in Chicago’s German community, Lincoln Square. Like many of the Summertime Chi festivals, this fest features music and entertainment, food, decor, and good company.

It’s free of charge and a great way to experience and enjoy the best of German culture in the city, which has had a huge influence on Chicago’s own history and culture to this day.


Ribfest Chicago (June 8 – 10)

Voted the best food fest in the city. You probably thought that honor would be bestowed upon The Taste of Chicago, but you’d be wrong. Chicago has been celebrating their BBQ heritage for over 20 years with Ribfest, and all that practice shows. Ribfest features some of the most famous BBQ chefs from around the country for three days on the north side.

Ribfest is also nationally recognized for its music.  Fest goers can enjoy 25 hours of original music, from honky tonk to indie and rock, performed by premier touring bands from across the US and abroad. Don’t miss out on one of the best festivals Chicago has to offer.


Spring Awakening (June 8 – 10)

Spring Awakening is a music festival held in Addams/Medill Park in Chicago. Do you love EDM…then you want to be here. It’s one of the biggest music festivals of the year and consistently blows away everyone that attends. Three days of music from some of the biggest names in the industry. Multiple stages means the music never stops and there is always something else to check out. Food, alcohol and good times will be available for all. This is an 18+ festival, so leave the kids at home.

The festival ended and you still want to have fun? Good thing for you, and us, there are official after parties. Check them out on the Spring Awakening website.


Taste of River North (July 20th – 22nd)

17 years is a long time, and all we can hope for is another 17 from Taste of River North. Holding a signature event in Chicago’s most entertaining neighborhood can never go wrong! Located in Ward Park along the Chicago River this festival has it all. The foodies and music lovers will be in heaven, have a dog…man’s best friend couldn’t be more welcome here! This year is expected to bring in more than 35,000 people to taste, hear, drink, and consume the best around. Some of River North’s most iconic restaurants will line the streets while the beer and wine flow. And if you find that you had a little “too” much fun last night, stop by early and join in the morning workouts. They’ve got the fix for what ails you.

Come out and enjoy 3 fun-filled days with the family.


Lollapalooza (August 2nd – 5th)

Is there anything that needs to be said about Lollapalooza. It’s the biggest music festival around…by far. Multiple stages, multiple days and every genre you could imagine. From Kanye West to The Weekend. From Bruno Mars to Travis Scott. The best have either played here, or are planning too. Starting in 1991 Lollapalooza has grown into something that no one back then could have imagined. Lolla is global. Get your experience.


Retro on Roscoe (August 10th – 12th)

Retro on Roscoe feels like a return to the good ol’ days. Music from the 90’s and early 2000’s fill the air as multiple stages host live acts. Amazing vendors, artists, and local business people will be there to provide a great shopping experience. Local restaurants make sure you won’t go hungry while you’re there. They provide a limited menu…but no limit on the taste! All this and more liven up this tree-lined street for an enjoyable three-day festival that brings back great memories while providing excellent entertainment for the entire family.

Retro’s Antique Car Show will showcase over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars throughout the weekend at the festival.