July Chicago festival calendar

Summer is in full swing at these top Chicago festivals, with lots of food, music and fun for the whole family

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Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013.

Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013. Photograph: cousindaniel.com

July is a time for summer indulgence, when a delicious burger can be followed by a set by your favorite band, an evening of fireworks, or a party in the streets at a Chicago festival. Whether you're hanging with the hipsters at Pitchfork Music Festival or quaffing brews with the beer nerds at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, you'll find a summer festival that matches your tastes. Before you head to the beach, take a look at our list of the best music, food and art festivals that are happening this month.


Taste of Lombard

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Madison Meadow Park Madison St, at Ahrens Ave
  2. Until Sat Jul 5
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Eyes to the Skies Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lisle Community Park 1825 Short St
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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African Caribbean International Festival of Life

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Union Park 1501 W Randolph St, between Ogden Ave and Justine St
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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Naperville Ribfest

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Knoch Park 724 S West St
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, at Streeter Dr
  2. Until Fri Jul 4
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  1. Lake Ellyn Park 645 Lenox Rd
  2. Until Fri Jul 4
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Fireworks, Racing and Music

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Arlington Park Racetrack 2200 W Euclid Ave
  2. Until Fri Jul 4
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Windy City Ribfest Uptown

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lawrence Ave at Broadway Lawrence Ave at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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Bristol Renaissance Faire

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Bristol Renaissance Faire 12550 120th Ave
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Mon Sep 1
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  1. 63rd St and Hayes 63rd St and Hayes Dr
  2. Until Sat Jul 5
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Taste of Lakeview

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Lincoln Ave at Belmont Ave Lincoln Ave at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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Taste of Chicago

  • Critics choice
  1. Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, at Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sun Jul 13
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Square Roots Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lincoln Square 4700 N Lincoln Ave at Leland Ave
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sun Jul 13
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The Comedy Exposition

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Township 2202 N California St, at Palmer St
  2. Until Sun Jul 13
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Irish Fest

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Irish American Heritage Center 4626 N Knox Ave, at Wilson Ave
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sun Jul 13
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Windy City Smokeout

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Grand Ave and Chicago River 560 W Grand Ave
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sun Jul 13
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Tour de Fat

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Palmer Square Park 3100 W Palmer Blvd, between Humboldt Blvd and Kedzie Ave
  2. Sat Jul 12
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West Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Chicago Ave between Damen Ave and Wood St Chicago Ave, between Damen Ave and Wood St
  2. Until Sun Jul 13
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Summer on Southport

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Southport and Waveland Avenues
  2. Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13
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Roscoe Village Burger Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Belmont and Damen Aves Belmont and Damen Aves
  2. Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13
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Pitchfork Music Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Union Park 1501 W Randolph St, between Ogden Ave and Justine St
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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Sole Expo

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Lacuna Artist Lofts 2150 S Canalport Ave, between 21st St and Cermak Rd
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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BenFest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. St. Benedict's Parish 2215 W Irving Park Rd, at Leavitt St
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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Naperville Ale Fest

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Naper Settlement 523 S Webster St, at Port Ave
  2. Until Sat Jul 19
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Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Webster St and Sheffield Ave Webster St and Sheffield Ave
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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Chinatown Summer Fair

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Wentworth Ave and Cermak Rd Wentworth Ave and Cermak Rd
  2. Sun Jul 20
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DuPage County Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 Manchester Rd
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Newberry Library Book Fair

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Newberry Library 60 W Walton St, between Dearborn and Clark Sts
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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  1. Arlington Heights Historical Museum Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W Fremont St
  2. Until Sat Jul 26
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Jeff Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Jefferson Memorial Park 4822 N Long Ave
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Wicker Park Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Milwaukee Ave Milwaukee Ave at Higgins Rd
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Taste of Lincoln Avenue

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lincoln Ave between Fullerton and Wrightwood Aves Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton and Wrightwood Aves
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, at Streeter Dr
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Bloody Mary Fest

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Everts Park 130 Highwood Ave
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Randolph Street Market Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Randolph Street Market 1340 W Washington Blvd
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Oct 26
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Wittman Regional Airport 525 W 20th Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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  1. Cermak Rd and Loomis St 1400 W. Cermak Rd, Loomis St
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Aug 3
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