June 2015 events calendar for Chicago

Plan out your June in Chicago with our calendar of the best events and things to do, including picks from theater, art and music

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Summer is finally here, the beaches are open and snow-covered streets seem like a distant memory. There are many reasons we love Chicago, and June is one of the months that reinforces our civic pride. We're ready to enjoy the beautiful weather and eat outside in patios and gardens. Music festival season is in full swing with Blues Fest and Spring Awakening. Street festivals take over the city every weekend, including Taste of Randolph and Ribfest Chicago. Plus, it's Pride Month, which means Pride Fest is just around the corner, followed by the colorful Pride Parade. Start off summer with the help of our June events calendar for Chicago.

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Featured events in June 2015

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

Critics' pick

Get your lit fix as the city's historic former bookmaking hub hosts the Midwest's biggest free outdoor ode to literature. Publishers, booksellers, literacy and cultural organizations advocate books and related merchandise in different lanuages and genres, while authors participate in panels and discussion. The kiddies can enjoy special activities at the Lil' Lit Park.

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Printers Row Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015 Free

Ribfest Chicago

Critics' pick

Head to Northcenter to dig into over 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ and don't forget to grab some napkins. The annual celebration of saucy pork will also play host to RibMania, the Midwest's only sanctioned rib-eating contest, which invites amateur and professional competitive eaters to chow down for a cash prize.

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Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015 Free

Spring Awakening Festival

Critics' pick

Local promoter React Presents keeps making its mammoth EDM festival so more mammother, with bigger stages, acts and bass drops. This year, heavyweights like Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Jack Ü headline. If you're looking for mellow, run away. This is an orgy of neon, skin and low end frequencies. A couple of c-notes might seem steep for a concert, but that's VIP bottle service to see just one of these A-listers.

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Soldier Field Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

Chicago Blues Fest

Critics' pick

In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition brings in living legends and local 12-bar grinders. The theme this year is a tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, with Billy Branch, Mud Morgenfield and more leading the charge. Those with a looser definition of the blues might want take note of hunky, bruised crooner Hozier, who hits Pritzker Pavilion on June 10.

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Grant Park Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015 Free

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Critics' pick

Get ready to dance around the Maypole at Andersonville's annual celebration of its Swedish heritage. The LGBT-friendly event showcases international performers, Nordic cuisine and an array of family activities. Skål!

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Clark Street and Foster Avenue Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

World Naked Bike Ride

Critics' pick

The annual clothing-optional bike ride takes over the streets of Chicago, attracting hundreds of scantily clad riders who help raise awareness about cyclists and positive body image. The route and start time won't be revealed until the day of the event, so make sure to check ChicagoNakedRide.org if you're interested in participating in or observing the ride. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park Saturday June 13 2015 Free

Taste of Randolph

Critics' pick

In the heart of restaurant row, on the same streets as some of Chicago's (and America's) best-known restaurants, this West Loop fest boasts six blocks of food, drink and music. The bookings at this sleeper festival are always solid.

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Randolph St Friday June 19 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

LakeShake Festival

Critics' pick

Chicago gets another three-day summer music festival, though this new LiveNation endeavor fills a empty niche: country music. Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line headline a Nashville-rich bill. Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope and more have been announced for the hoedown on Northerly Island. (Note: Single day passes are not available.

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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Friday June 19 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

Green Music Fest

Critics' pick

This environmentally conscious Wicker Park festival takes over Damen Ave, bringing green vendors, food and biodiesel- and bicycle-powered (you can electrify a stage by pedaling a stationary bike) live music to the neighborhood for two nights. If you're not digging the music, just head over to Big Star and order a couple tacos.

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Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St Saturday June 20 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

Chicago Pride Parade

Critics' pick

Chicago's LGBT community comes out to celebrate with a parade that attracts over one million attendees. You'll want to head to the parade route early to grab a spot before the procession starts rolling down from Montrose to Diversey.

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Pride Parade Route Sunday June 28 2015

Concerts in June 2015

Will Butler

Critics' pick

Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and former Northwestern poetry major Will Butler pops back into Chicago for a dirt cheap gig promoting his first solo album of uptight new-wave Policy.

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Hideout Thursday June 4 2015 - Friday June 5 2015

Purity Ring

Critics' pick

The glitchy, dubby and atmospheric boy-girl duo is fronted by Megan James whose vocals give Purity Ring a pop edge. Beatmaker Corin Roddick drums on a cool custom light-up electronic rig that is as much art instalation as percussion instrument. The Canadians take a big step up in venue size on the heels of sophomore album, Another Eternity.

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Riviera Theatre Monday June 8 2015

My Morning Jacket

Critics' pick

The epic, kinda weird Americana rock act returns to Chicago for a three night stand. The Kentucky beardos have a new record to promote, The Waterfall, and if one song is any indication (it's not), then "Big Decisions" signals a return to a more straightforward rootsy sound, something less proggy. Then again, there's a new tune called "Compound Fracture (Miami Jungle Version)," so they're probably keeping blissfully a little strange. Those Grateful Dead tickets are impossible to come by, so why not settle for a kind of modern analogue?

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Chicago Theatre Tuesday June 9 2015 - Thursday June 11 2015

Hozier

With vocals to die for and an inborn nack for soul, this scruffy Irish musician got his start singing with Celtic choral group Anúna. He treaded into bluesier waters in 2013 with the release of his EP Take Me to Church, whose title track shot to ubiquity. The contemporary bluesman hits Millennium Park just before Blues Fest to play from his '14 release, From Eden.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion Wednesday June 10 2015
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Festivals in June 2015

Lagunitas Beer Circus

Critics' pick

After a successful first year, Lagunitas is bringing its Beer Circus back to its gigantic Douglas Park brewing facility. The event will assemble circus performers, live music, food trucks, carnival rides and plenty of beer for an afternoon of drunken fun that could make you reconsider your irrational fear of clowns.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company Saturday June 6 2015

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

Critics' pick

Get your lit fix as the city's historic former bookmaking hub hosts the Midwest's biggest free outdoor ode to literature. Publishers, booksellers, literacy and cultural organizations advocate books and related merchandise in different lanuages and genres, while authors participate in panels and discussion. The kiddies can enjoy special activities at the Lil' Lit Park.

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Printers Row Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015 Free

57th Street Art Fair

Critics' pick

The oldest juried craft fair in Hyde Park features paintings, sculptures, jewelry and ceramics from more than 200 artists. This year's event will feature pop-up artist talks as well as an artist-at-work area, where attendees can observe the process of creation.

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57th St between Kenwood and Kimbark Aves Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015 Free

Remix Chicago

Remix Chicago takes over a strip of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square for a weekend of repurposed crafts, workshops, music and food. Enjoy music, eco-friendly workshops, sustainable food options and cold berverages as you learn more about recycled art.

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Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton Ave and California Ave Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Pilsen Food Truck Fest

Critics' pick

More than 40 trucks will show up to sling sample portions of tasty grub on the street outside of Thalia Hall at the very first Pilsen Food Truck Fest, which will benefit the Illinois Food Truck Association. Empty Bottle will be booking the musical entertainment, so you'll have some great tunes to listen to while you chow down.

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Thalia Hall Saturday June 6 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015 Free

Wire presents Drill: Chicago

Critics' pick

Venerable veteran post-punk band Wire puts together an interesting three-day art-rock festival spread over three venues. On Thurday, local jazz-skronk man Ken Vandermark performs and also stretches out with Wire on “Map Ref. 41°N 93°W” (21+), the best song from the group's 1979 album, 154. On Friday, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and White Lung kick out the jams (17+), while St. Vincent pops in to improvise with Wire on a longform version of "Drill," an industrial epic around which they once based an entire album. Finally, on Saturday, Wire performs its perfect debut Pink Flag in full (18+).

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Hideout Thursday June 11 2015 - Saturday June 13 2015

Spring Awakening Festival

Critics' pick

Local promoter React Presents keeps making its mammoth EDM festival so more mammother, with bigger stages, acts and bass drops. This year, heavyweights like Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Jack Ü headline. If you're looking for mellow, run away. This is an orgy of neon, skin and low end frequencies. A couple of c-notes might seem steep for a concert, but that's VIP bottle service to see just one of these A-listers.

Read more
Soldier Field Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

Chicago Blues Fest

Critics' pick

In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition brings in living legends and local 12-bar grinders. The theme this year is a tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, with Billy Branch, Mud Morgenfield and more leading the charge. Those with a looser definition of the blues might want take note of hunky, bruised crooner Hozier, who hits Pritzker Pavilion on June 10.

Read more
Grant Park Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015 Free

Ribfest Chicago

Critics' pick

Head to Northcenter to dig into over 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ and don't forget to grab some napkins. The annual celebration of saucy pork will also play host to RibMania, the Midwest's only sanctioned rib-eating contest, which invites amateur and professional competitive eaters to chow down for a cash prize.

Read more
Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015 Free

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Critics' pick

Get ready to dance around the Maypole at Andersonville's annual celebration of its Swedish heritage. The LGBT-friendly event showcases international performers, Nordic cuisine and an array of family activities. Skål!

Read more
Clark Street and Foster Avenue Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

Official Star Trek Convention

Creation Entertainment sets its phasers to stun and brings its Official Star Trek Convention comes to Chicago, welcoming actors from every generation of the long-running franchise. Guests at this year's event include George Takei, Karl Urban, Walter Koening and Colin Meany, in addition several other actors who have appeared on series like Deep Space 9 and The Next Generation. Attendees can also look forward to additional programing and more merch than you can shake a Tribble at.

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Westin O'Hare Friday June 12 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

World Naked Bike Ride

Critics' pick

The annual clothing-optional bike ride takes over the streets of Chicago, attracting hundreds of scantily clad riders who help raise awareness about cyclists and positive body image. The route and start time won't be revealed until the day of the event, so make sure to check ChicagoNakedRide.org if you're interested in participating in or observing the ride. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park Saturday June 13 2015 Free

Lombard Ale Fest

Critics' pick

Lombard's second annual craft beer festival showcases more than 100 seasonal beers from breweries across the country, including Central Waters, Lakefront Brewing and Stone Brewing Co. Thirsty attendees will gather in the downtown Lombard Metra station to sample brews and wash down savory dishes from Chicagoland food trucks.

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Lombard Metra Station Saturday June 13 2015

Brew to Be Wild

Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for a night of craft beer, music and lawn games amid a menagerie of wild animals. The inaugural event will have more than 75 specialty brews to sample from more than 35 local and regional breweries. General admission is $49 and includes up to 20 three-ounce samples and a souvenir glass.

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Lincoln Park Zoo Saturday June 13 2015

Old Town Art Fair

Old Town hosts its 66th go-round this year, featuring the work of 250 juried artists. Other highlights of the festival include a self-guided tour through 60 urban gardens, plenty of vendors, food from local eateries and a stage featuring live music.

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Old Town Triangle Park Saturday June 13 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas

Critics' pick

When summer starts, the party in Humboldt Park never seems to end. The neighborhood’s fiesta season begins with a four-day festival that culminates with the Puerto Rican People's Parade on Division Street (Saturday at 2pm). Originating in 1964, this Puerto Rican heritage celebration includes performances by Latin entertainers, carnival rides and food vendors.

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Humboldt Park Thursday June 18 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015 Free

Chicago Ale Fest

Critics' pick

Head to Buckingham Fountain for two sessions of beer tastings, featuring more than 200 different craft brews. Take in the skyline whicle knocking back drafts from 4 Hands Brewing, Southern Tier, Marz Brewing, Rogue and more. Each ticket includes 20 3oz samples.

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Buckingham Fountain Friday June 19 2015 - Saturday June 20 2015

Taste of Randolph

Critics' pick

In the heart of restaurant row, on the same streets as some of Chicago's (and America's) best-known restaurants, this West Loop fest boasts six blocks of food, drink and music. The bookings at this sleeper festival are always solid.

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Randolph St Friday June 19 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

6 Corners BBQ Fest

Celebrate Father's Day weekend by pigging out with your dad at 6 Corners BBQ Fest. Amateur grill masters should take note of the Meat on Milwaukee Cook-off on Sunday, where contestants will compete to be named the block's best backyard chef. We need a wet nap just thinking about it.

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Six Corners Friday June 19 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino

Critics' pick

If all you know about Italian culture comes from The Godfather, head to Little Tuscany for an education. Sip vino and feast on offerings from area favorites like La Fontanella, Ignotz and Bacchanalia, shop Italian merchandise or watch some live music on one of three stages.

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Oakley Ave and 24th St Friday June 19 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015
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