The oldest music festival in North America plays host to more than 100 shows throughout summer, featuring big-name headliners like Lauryn Hill, Santana, John Legend and Carrie Underwood. Check out the full schedule of artists coming to Highland Park this year and don't forget to pack a picnic.
Summer in Chicago hits its peak during July, when some of the city's biggest festivals and events return to town with enough live music, incredible food and general outdoor merry-making to fill every weekend (and probably a good amount of weekdays, too). Kick off the month with Fourth of July celebrations, highlighted by sparkling fireworks shows across the city and suburbs. From there, take a deep dive into the heart of summer festival season at events like Wicker Park Fest, Fiesta del Sol, the Silver Room Sound System Block Party and Chinatown Summer Fair. One of the biggest summer music festivals, Pitchfork Music Festival, also returns this month. For even more ways to keep busy on long summer days and nights, check out our guide to the best things to do in Chicago this July.
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