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.

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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. In 2014, Tiësto, Pretty Lights and Kaskade headlined. Who will top the bill in Soldier Field in 2015? Stay tuned. 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

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

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

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

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 Monday March 23 2015 - Thursday June 4 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

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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