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Hit the streets with the family for ribs, music, culture and more at these top Chicago summer festivals

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Do Division - June 2, 2013

Do Division - June 2, 2013 Photograph: Maddie Blecha

Traditionally, May marks the arrival of summer in Chicago, bringing sun and outdoor events to the city's streets. If you're not outside enjoying a meal at a patio or garden, you're watching some bands play at a music festival or persuing some local art at a craft fair. May is one of those months that makes us truly glad that we live in Chicago. If you're still looking for an excuse to get out of the house, you should check out our list of the best Chicago festivals that are happening this month.

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, at Racine Ave
  2. Until Sun May 4
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ACTIVATE

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Sullivan Center alley 6 E Monroe St, between State St and Wabash Ave
  2. Until Fri Aug 1
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Found Footage Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Music Box 3733 N Southport Ave, between Grace St and Waveland Ave
  2. Until Thu May 1
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Kids and Kites Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Lincoln Park Cricket Hill Montrose Dr, Simonds Dr
  2. Sat May 3
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  1. Joe's Bar 940 W Weed St, between Fremont St and Sheffield Ave
  2. Sat May 3
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  1. Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, at Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sat May 3
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Revolution Craft Show

  • Critics choice
  1. Salvage One 1840 W Hubbard St, between Wood St and Wolcott Ave
  2. Sun May 4
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  1. Cermak Rd and Wood St 1800 W Cermak Rd, Wood St
  2. Until Sun May 4
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  1. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts University of Chicago, 915 E 60th St, at University Ave
  2. Until Sun May 11
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  1. Soldier Field 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Until Sat May 10
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Chicago Craft Beer Week

  • Critics choice
  1. Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, at Fulton Blvd
  2. Until Sun May 25
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HoZac Blackout Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Until Sat May 17
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Manifest Urban Arts Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Columbia College Chicago 618 S Wabash Ave, between Harrison St and Balbo Ave
  2. Until Fri May 16
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Mayfest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 3100 N Ashland Ave 3100 N Ashland Ave
  2. Until Sun May 18
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Riverfront Mayfest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Grand Ave and Chicago River 560 W Grand Ave
  2. Until Sun May 18
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Lagunitas Beer Circus

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lagunitas Brewing Company 1843 S Washtenaw Ave, W 18th Dr
  2. Until Sun May 18
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  1. Oakton Park 4800 W Oakton St, at Skokie Blvd
  2. Until Sun May 18
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Vintage Garage

  • Critics choice
  1. 5051 N Broadway 5051 N Broadway, between Foster and Argyle
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Summer Camp Music Festival

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Three Sisters Park 17189 N Rte 29
  2. Until Sun May 25
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Gaelic Park Irish Fest

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Gaelic Park 6119 W 147th St, between Ridgeland Ave and Menard Ave
  2. Until Mon May 26
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  1. The Castle 632 N Dearborn St, between Erie and Ontario Sts
  2. Until Tue May 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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Third Rail Music Festival

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Chicago Tribune Festival Lot 560 W Grand Ave, 60654
  2. Until Sun May 25
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  1. Daley Plaza Washington and Dearborn Sts
  2. Until Sat May 24
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  1. Lincoln Square 4700 N Lincoln Ave at Leland Ave
  2. Sun Jun 1
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  1. 2600 S Kostner Ave at 26th St
  2. Until Sun Jun 1
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  1. Michigan Ave and Lake St Michigan Ave and Lake St
  2. Sun Jun 1
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Do Division Street Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Division St between Damen Ave and Leavitt St Division St, between Damen Ave and Leavitt St
  2. Sun Jun 1
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