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July 2019 events calendar for Chicago

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

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016, Sunday
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
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The smell of barbecue is in the air, the beaches are packed, and festivals have taken over the streets and parks. Yes, summer is in full swing in Chicago and we're trying to enjoy everything that our fine city has to offer. The month kicks off with some explosive Fourth of July fireworks, leading into the city's annual culinary celebration at Taste of Chicago. If you're looking for some musical fun in the sun, you'll want to head out to Pitchfork Music Festival. Start enjoying summer with the help of our July events calendar for Chicago. 

RECOMMENDED: Events calendar for Chicago in 2019

Featured events in July 2019

Things to do, Festivals

Fourth of July Fireworks

The city of Chicago ditched its official fireworks show a few years back, but Navy Pier picks up the slack with its explosive Independence Day celebration. Revelers can head down to the pier or Millennium Park for an up-close view, but if you're not a fan of crowds you'll want to hit the lakefront or find a friend with a rooftop by the shore.

Radiohead
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Rock and indie

Radiohead

After Radiohead headlined Lollapalooza in 2016, we didn't expect to see the band in Chicago again anytime soon—at least not until it got around to recording another album. Thankfully, Thom Yorke and company are full of surprises, the latest of which is another North American tour in support of A Moon Shaped Pool that kicks off at the United Center. Radiohead's larger-than-life experimental rock is fit for an arena, but we're just as excited about the mind-blowing light show.

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Things to do, Festivals

West Fest

icon-location-pin Chicago Ave between Damen Ave and Wood St,
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Befitting its location on the hip Chicago Avenue corridor, West Fest can be counted on for a great sleeper of a summer street fest bill. Folk-rocker Kevin Morby and local hip-hop emcee Joey Purp top this year's music lineup, joined by Chicago acts like Ohmme, Varsity and oddCouple. The event also features a Pet Fest and a Kids Fest, stocked with activities for your little ones and four-legged friends.

Chosen Few DJs Music Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Chosen Few DJs
Music, Music festivals

Chosen Few DJs Music Festival

icon-location-pin 63rd St and Hayes, Woodlawn
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In 1990, a group of Chicago house DJs and a small group of friends gathered in Jackson Park for an impromptu concert. Today, the Chosen Few DJs spin tracks for thousands of fans each summer, joined by a selection of guests, including production collective Basement Boys, remix artist Ralphi Rosario and local singer Sheree Hicks. Attendees can bring a picnic basket, set up a tent or hit the dance floor to groove along to a day of slick house beats.

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Taste of Chicago
Photograph: Martha Williams
Things to do, Festivals

Taste of Chicago

icon-location-pin Grant Park | Chicago, IL, Millennium Park
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Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago's street fare. Hopefully what you gain in weight, you'll lose from your wallet. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, Eli's Cheesecake or deep dish pizza.

ACTIVATE
Photograph: Courtesy Chicago Loop Alliance
Things to do, Quirky events

ACTIVATE

icon-location-pin Various locations throughout Chicago,
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Each month, Chicago Loop Alliance throws a party in an unexpected location downtown with the help of local artists and DJs. Guests can RSVP to receive a free drink when they arrive and enjoy an evening of music, art and entertainment. In July, the party takes place in the Sullivan Center alley on Monroe between State and Wabash. The theme of the event is TunnelVision, featuring projection-mapped art, a virtual reality lounge, light sculptures and music from Bit x Bit and DreamBait.

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Attendees sip craft beers and enjoy an eclectic music lineup at Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square, July 13, 2014.
Photograph: Kristine Kuczora
Things to do, Festivals

Square Roots Festival

icon-location-pin Lincoln Square, Lincoln Square
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Alt-country, folk and Americana music take the spotlight at Square Roots, a street festival that takes over the main drag of Lincoln Square. Alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks, Americana explorer Pokey LaFarge, and Appalachian folk duo the Handsome Family are among the headlining acts on the diverse music lineup. The event also features multiple craft beer gardens, food from local restaurants and a market stocked with goods from area businesses.

Brothers Osborne
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Music Group Nashville
Music, Folk, country and blues

Windy City Smokeout

icon-location-pin United Center | Chicago, IL, United Center
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Spend a weekend eating barbecue and listening to country music at the Windy City Smokeout, which fills a parking lot with some of the country's best pitmasters and musicians. Sample smoked meats cooked by BBQ masters from Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennesee while you listen to twangy tunes from the likes of Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde and Aaron Lewis. Dust off your cowboy hat, tie a bib around your neck and dig into this weekend of delicious meat and music.

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The Flaming Lips
Photograph: J. Michelle Martin
Music, Rock and indie

The Flaming Lips + La Butcherettes + Half Gringa

Oklahoma weirdos the Flaming Lips have been mining various strains of psychedelia for the past 35 years, but the group's confetti-covered live performances backed by costumed dancers are where it has always shined brightest. Touring behind a new collection of the band's greatest hits, Wayne Coyne and his band will bring their falsetto philosophizing and outrageous (not always family-friendly) stage show to the Taste of Chicago. Mexican garage rockers Le Butcherettes and local singer-songwriter Half Gringa support.

George Clinton
Photograph: William Thoren
Music, Funk, soul and disco

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic + BJ the Chicago Kid + The Boy Illinois

icon-location-pin Aragon, Uptown
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George Clinton (a.k.a. the Godfather of Funk) recently announced that he'll hang up his hat and retire from touring with Parliament Funkadelic in 2019. Before that happens, you'll get at least one more chance to see him fronting the modern incarnation of P-Funk, which incorporates hip-hop arrangements and dancing contortionists amid renditions of classic tracks like "One Nation Under a Groove" and "Give Up the Funk." Local singer-songwriters BJ the Chicago Kid and the Boy Illinois open the show.

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Photograph: Matt Lief Anderson
Music, Music festivals

Pitchfork Music Festival

icon-location-pin Union Park, West Loop
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If you're searching for a fest that showcases rising bands, underground legends and mainstream performers with strong independent roots, look no further than the Pitchfork Music Festival. This Union Park fest is best described as a laid-back weekend of musical discovery. Headlining acts include Aussie psych outfit Tame Impala, folk-rockers Fleet Foxes and R&B singer Ms. Lauryn Hill (performing her 1998 debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill). You'll want to show up early to catch sets from funk legend Chaka Khan, electronic duo Mount Kimbie, experimental collective This is Not This Heat and host of other compelling performers.

Things to do, Festivals

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

icon-location-pin Lincoln Ave at Addison St., North Center
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Foamy, flat macrobrewed suds in a plastic cup not exactly your idea of a good time? Unleash your inner sophisticate at this Lincoln Park fest, which serves up more than 70 local, regional and national craft beers from 35 brewers. Purchase tickets before making your way to the tasting session each day from 11:30am–4pm—each ticket is good for one 3 ounce sample of beer. Once you've got a buzz going, admire some lawns or catch a band at the nearby Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk.

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Foo Fighters
Photograph: Brantley Gutierrez
Music, Rock and indie

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl saw his very first punk rock show at the Cubby Bear in 1983, so the Foo Fighters’ return to Wrigleyville is a homecoming of sorts. During the band’s last visit to Wrigley Field (in 2015) Grohl had a giant cast on his leg and had to play the show from atop an ornate throne, adorned with guitar necks. This time around, he’ll have the run of the Friendly Confines—we’re imaging a rendition of “Best of You” performed while rounding the bases or a version of “Learn to Fly” sung from atop the Wrigley scoreboard.

Wicker Park Fest
Photograph: Max Herman
Things to do, Festivals

Wicker Park Fest

icon-location-pin Milwaukee Ave between North Ave and Paulina St, Suburbs
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Wicker Park may be overrun with chain restaurants and gigantic shoe stores, but the neighborhood still clears out Milwaukee Avenue for a street celebration each summer. The main attraction of the annual fest is the Pitchfork-quality music lineup, which features synth-pop act Porches, punk rockers Against Me!, stoner metal act Red Fang and singer-songwriter Ezra Furman. You'll also find plenty of delicious food, sales at local shops and twentysomethings watching the festivities from rooftops and balconies.

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Fiesta del Sol
Photograph: Max Herman
Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta del Sol

icon-location-pin Cermak Rd and Loomis St, Lower West Side
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One of the largest Latino fests in the Midwest returns to the heart of Pilsen, hosting a carnival, delicious food from local vendors and a lineup of traditional music. Unlike many other street fests, Fiesta del Sol is a proudly booze and tobacco-free event, making it ideal for families. 

Festivals in July 2019

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Photograph: Sara Mays
Things to do, Festivals

Eyes to the Skies Festival

icon-location-pin Lisle Community Park, Suburbs
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In Lisle, the Fourth of July features plenty of airborne eye candy, including fireworks and hot air balloons. Balloons launch every morning and evening, filling the sky with colorful inflatables of all shapes and sizes (for an additional fee, you can even go for a ride on one of them). When the sun sets, the balloons come down and the fireworks begin. Attendees can also check out the festival's carnival, kids area, live music and craft fair. As always, admission to the morning balloon launches (which typically begin at 5:30am) is free.

Chosen Few DJs Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Chosen Few DJs
Music, Music festivals

Chosen Few DJs Picnic and Festival

icon-location-pin 63rd St and Hayes, Woodlawn
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In 1990, a group of Chicago house DJs and a small group of friends gathered in Jackson Park for an impromptu concert. Today, the Chosen Few DJs (Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hachett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn) spin tracks for thousands of fans each summer, joined by special guest performers like producer David Morales, Motown star Thelma Houston, disco singer Taana Gardner and house music vocalist Lady Alma. Attendees can rent a spot for a tent on the lawn or grab general admission tickets and spend the entire day grooving on the dance floor.

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Photograph: Max Herman
Things to do, Festivals

African Caribbean International Festival of Life

icon-location-pin Washington Park, Washington Park
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Fourth of July weekend in Washington Park means reggae, soccer, dancing and delicious Afro-Caribbean food. The African Caribbean International Festival of Life promotes cultural awareness by bringing together more than 200 vendors selling handmade goods and traditional dishes.

West Fest
Photograph: Courtesy West Fest
Things to do, Festivals

West Fest

icon-location-pin Chicago Ave between Damen Ave and Wood St,
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Taking place on the weekend after the Fourth of July, you can count on West Fest to continue the celebration with delicious food, cold beverages and a music lineup stacked with exciting local bands and intriguing touring acts. This year, the street fest boasts sets from Welsh indie-rockers Los Campesinos!, experimental pop artist John Maus, dark electronic duo Boy Harsher and psychedelic Columbian outfit Combo Chimbita. The event also features a Pet Fest and a Kids Fest, stocked with activities for your little ones and four-legged friends.

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Photograph: Ben Macri
Things to do, Festivals

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

icon-location-pin Belmont and Damen Aves, North Center
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It's no secret that we unabashedly love burgers, so you can imagine how much we're anticipating Roscoe Village's annual celebration of succulent, beef patty cuisine. Loosen your belt and prepare to taste grilled creations from more than 12 local restaurants while enjoying live music and ample libations. Don't forget to vote for your favorite—the most popular burger of the weekend earns the visitors' choice award.

Southport Art Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Star Events
Things to do, Festivals

Southport Art Festival

icon-location-pin Southport and Waveland Avenues,
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The Southport Corridor hosts its annual two-day art festival, bringing together a variety of artists and local vendors near neighborhood landmarks like the Music Box Theatre. Guests can peruse pieces, shop at Southport Avenue stores or sit down on a patio to enjoy food and drink specials throughout the weekend.

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Attendees sip craft beers and enjoy an eclectic music lineup at Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square, July 13, 2014.
Photograph: Kristine Kuczora
Things to do, Festivals

Square Roots Festival

icon-location-pin Lincoln Square, Lincoln Square
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Alt-country, folk and Americana music take the spotlight at Square Roots, a street festival that takes over the main drag of Lincoln Square. When you're not parked in front of a stage, you'll find open jam sessions, dance parties and family-friendly activities that make this fest feel like a gigantic neighborhood block party. The event also features multiple craft beer gardens, food from local restaurants and a market stocked with goods from area businesses.

Taste of Chicago
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Things to do, Festivals

Taste of Chicago

icon-location-pin Grant Park | Chicago, IL, Millennium Park
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Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago's street fare from some of the city's most beloved eateries. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, Eli's Cheesecake or deep dish pizza.

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Old Dominion
Photograph: Courtesy RCA Nashville
Music, Folk, country and blues

Windy City Smokeout

icon-location-pin United Center | Chicago, IL, United Center
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Spend a weekend eating barbecue and listening to country music at the Windy City Smokeout, which fills a parking lot with some of the country's best pitmasters and a stacked lineup of twangy musicians. Sample smoked meats cooked by barbecue masters from Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee (as well as local favorites like Smoque and Bub City) while you listen to tunes from the likes of Chris Young, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and Ashley McBryde. Dust off your cowboy hat, fill your pocket with moist towelettes and dig into a weekend of delicious meat and music.

Things to do, Festivals

BenFest

icon-location-pin St. Benedict's Parish, North Center
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If you're really lucky, you'll walk away from BenFest with $10,000 in your pocket. Even if you don't win the cash raffle, there's still plenty to see and do at this annual benefit for the St. Benedict Parish in North Center, including live music and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the kids.

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Things to do, Festivals

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

icon-location-pin Lincoln Ave at Addison St., North Center
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If the foamy, flat macrobrewed suds served in a plastic cup that most street festivals serve aren't your idea of a good time, head to Lakeview's celebration of craft beer. You'll find more than 70 local, regional and national craft beers from 35 brewers on offer at this event. Purchase tickets before making your way to the tasting area each day from 1–8pm—each ticket is good for one 3 ounce sample of beer.

pitchfork 2018
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Music, Music festivals

Pitchfork Music Festival

icon-location-pin Union Park, West Loop
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Curated by tastemaking music publication Pitchfork, this summer music festival typically boasts performances from the most of-the-moment acts. Taking place in Union Park, this year's lineup features headlining sets from pop-rock trio HAIM, Swedish electro-pop star Robyn and Motown R&B legends the Isley Brothers. The rest of the bill is equally exciting, featuring acts like Stereolab, Charli XCX, Pusha-T, Mavis Staples and Kurt Vile. With only three stages set amid a small park, it's easy to move around the fest and see all of your favorites while discovering some new music along the way. While you're there, don't forget to snag a souvenir from the record fair and sample some of the Chicago cuisine being cooked by local restaurants.

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Silver Room Block Party
Photograph: Christopher Dylan Andrew
Things to do, Festivals

Silver Room Block Party

icon-location-pin Silver Room, Hyde Park
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Don't want to deal with the crowds in Union Park? Head to Hyde Park where cultural storefront the Silver Room is organizes an expansive block party, complete with three outdoor stages in addition to performances at businesses and venues throughout the neighborhood. In addition to live music, local food and plenty of libations, this year's block party also features a roller skating rink (soundtracked by a lineup of DJs) and basketball tournaments.

Photograph: Kaitlin Hetterscheidt
Things to do, Festivals

Chinatown Summer Fair

icon-location-pin Wentworth Ave and Cermak Rd, Armour Square
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Chinatown celebrates the arrival of summer at this annual event, featuring food, art and music. The festival opens with a traditional lion dance procession and continues with performances, kung fu demonstrations and cuisine from Chinatown restaurants.

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Taste of River North

icon-location-pin Ward Park at N. Kingsbury and W. Erie,
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River North may not have as many culinary institutions as neighborhoods like the West Loop, but there are some good eats to be found in the area—and you'll be able to try a lot of it at this tasty gathering of local eateries. While you're digesting, you'll enjoy tunes from local cover bands and plenty of beverages.

Photograph: Courtesy South Loop Beer & Cider Fest
Things to do, Festivals

South Loop Beer & Cider Fest

icon-location-pin Chicago Women's Park and Gardens, Near South Side
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Head to the South Loop for an afternoon of beer and cider samples served in Chicago Women's Park. featuring more than 100 beverages provided by some of the region's most popular breweries and cideries. The outdoor festival also welcomes a lineup of Chicago food trucks and live performances from local musicians. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Chicago Women's Park and Gardens.

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Fiesta del Sol
Photograph: Max Herman
Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta del Sol

icon-location-pin Cermak Rd and Loomis St, Lower West Side
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One of the largest Latino fests in the Midwest returns to the heart of Pilsen, brings a carnival, delicious food from local vendors and a lineup of traditional music to the neighborhood's streets. Unlike many other summer festivals, Fiesta del Sol is a proudly booze and tobacco-free event, making it ideal for families.

Wicker Park Fest 2017
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan
Things to do, Festivals

Wicker Park Fest

icon-location-pin Milwaukee Ave between North Ave and Paulina St, Suburbs
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Wicker Park may be overrun with big-time restaurants, boutiques and shoe stores, but the neighborhood still clears out Milwaukee Avenue for a street celebration each summer. The main attraction of the annual fest is the music lineup, which typically features some notable touring acts and a long list of local performers. You'll also find plenty of delicious food, sales at local shops, daily fashion shows and twentysomethings watching the festivities from rooftops and balconies.

Concerts in July 2019

Built to Spill
Photograph: Stephen Gere
Music, Rock and indie

Built to Spill + Oruã + Wetface

icon-location-pin Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL, Lower West Side
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Famously crafted from hours of heady jam sessions, Built to Spill's 1999 release Keep it Like a Secret distilled the band's twisting guitar solos and jangling melodies into a concise collection of songs that have remained an indie rock touchstone. 20 years later, Doug Martsch and the current lineup of Built to Spill are marking the album's anniversary with a special tour, where you're likely to hear tracks like the knotty ballad "Carry the Zero" and the classic rock cliché-ridden anthem "You Were Right." Brazillian rockers Oruã and Montreal synth-pop act Wetface open the show.

Chosen Few DJs Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Chosen Few DJs
Music, Music festivals

Chosen Few DJs Picnic and Festival

icon-location-pin 63rd St and Hayes, Woodlawn
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In 1990, a group of Chicago house DJs and a small group of friends gathered in Jackson Park for an impromptu concert. Today, the Chosen Few DJs (Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hachett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn) spin tracks for thousands of fans each summer, joined by special guest performers like producer David Morales, Motown star Thelma Houston, disco singer Taana Gardner and house music vocalist Lady Alma. Attendees can rent a spot for a tent on the lawn or grab general admission tickets and spend the entire day grooving on the dance floor.

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Old Dominion
Photograph: Courtesy RCA Nashville
Music, Folk, country and blues

Windy City Smokeout

icon-location-pin United Center | Chicago, IL, United Center
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Spend a weekend eating barbecue and listening to country music at the Windy City Smokeout, which fills a parking lot with some of the country's best pitmasters and a stacked lineup of twangy musicians. Sample smoked meats cooked by barbecue masters from Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee (as well as local favorites like Smoque and Bub City) while you listen to tunes from the likes of Chris Young, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and Ashley McBryde. Dust off your cowboy hat, fill your pocket with moist towelettes and dig into a weekend of delicious meat and music.

pitchfork 2018
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Music, Music festivals

Pitchfork Music Festival

icon-location-pin Union Park, West Loop
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Curated by tastemaking music publication Pitchfork, this summer music festival typically boasts performances from the most of-the-moment acts. Taking place in Union Park, this year's lineup features headlining sets from pop-rock trio HAIM, Swedish electro-pop star Robyn and Motown R&B legends the Isley Brothers. The rest of the bill is equally exciting, featuring acts like Stereolab, Charli XCX, Pusha-T, Mavis Staples and Kurt Vile. With only three stages set amid a small park, it's easy to move around the fest and see all of your favorites while discovering some new music along the way. While you're there, don't forget to snag a souveneir from the record fair and sample some of the Chicago cuisine being cooked by local restaurants.

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Weird Al Yankovic
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Music, Rock and indie

“Weird Al” Yankovic + Ravinia Festival Orchestra

icon-location-pin Ravinia Pavilion, Suburbs
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After last year's stripped-down, costume-less tour, parody-master “Weird Al” Yankovic returns with his most over-the-top production to date. The Strings Attached tour finds Yankovic fronting a show filled with costume changes, video montages and general tomfoolery—all with the support of a full symphony orchestra (in this case, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra). We're envisioning epic versions of tracks like "Amish Paradise," "Like a Surgeon" and "The Saga Begins" backed by lush string arrangements while Yankovic prances around the stage in a tailcoat—it promises to be a monumentally hilarious evening.

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Free events July 2019

A fireworks display dazzles onlookers during Navy Pier’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
Photograph: Anthony Soave
Things to do, Festivals

Fourth of July Fireworks

The city of Chicago ditched its official fireworks show a few years back, but Navy Pier picks up the slack with its explosive Independence Day celebration. Revelers can head down to the pier or Millennium Park for an up-close view, but if you're not a fan of crowds, you'll want to hit the lakefront or find a friend with a rooftop by the shore.

Things to do, Festivals

Chicago SummerDance

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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All ages and skill levels are welcome at this annual event series that will allow you to practice your jives, twirls and jumps. The dancing breaks out Thursday through Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, where a professional instructor gives dance lessons (with genres ranging from Swing to Argentine Tango) for the first hour before allowing participants to cut a rug with the accompaniment of a live band. You'll also find SummerDance lessons at Buckingham Fountain during Taste of Chicago and one-off events in parks throughout the city. The series culminates with a day of dancing and performances in Millennium Park on August 25. See the complete details of the SummerDance series here.

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Water Flicks Navy Pier
Photograph: James Richards IV Photography
Movies, Action and adventure

Navy Pier Water Flicks Summer Film Series

icon-location-pin Polk Bros Park, Streeterville
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Head to Polk Bros Park and take in a movie set against Lake Michigan at Navy Pier's Water Flicks summer film series. Presented with the help of the Chicago International Film Festival and Broadway in Chicago, this year's lineup features classic and modern musicals—from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Frozen. Admission is free and so is the popcorn (provided by Navy Pier IMAX at AMC). This month, you can catch Sing (July 2), Pitch Perfect (July 9) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (July 16) Selena (July 23) or Viva Las Vegas (July 30).

Roof on theWit
Photograph: ROOF on theWit
Movies

ROOF on theWit’s Movie Monday

Evey Monday, ROOF on theWit scratches your rooftop movies itch with free screenings of recent box-office hits as well as ’80s and ’90s favorites. Show up early to snag a table (and grab some complimentary popcorn). Check out the complete movie lineup below. This month's movies include Molly's Game (July 2), Dirty Dancing (July 23) and Ready Player One (July 30). 

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Millennium Park
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Movies

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

icon-location-pin Millennium Park | Chicago, IL, Millennium Park
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Bring your blanket and your favorite movie snacks and sprawl out on the Millennium Park lawn. Things will kick off on June 5 with a screening of the classic 1988 dance comedy Hairspray. The series will close on August 21 with Slumdog Millionaire, the 2008 box-office hit about an 18-year-old who's accused of cheating when he's just one question away from winning 20 million rupees on an Indian game show. Catch them all for free as they're broadcast on the park’s 40-foot-wide LED screen. High Fidelity, Iron Giant, Man on Wire, Get Out, WALL-E and Crash will be screened in July.

Tuesdays on the Terrace at the MCA
Photograph: Ashlee Benes
Music, Jazz

Tuesdays on the Terrace

Each Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free concert in its Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden—admission to the museum is also free for Illinois residents. The lineup is stacked with notable performers from the Chicago jazz community, including Katie Ernst, Greg Ward and Tomeka Reid. Attendees can order food à la carte from the outdoor grill, which features tacos, beef tenderloin, lobster rolls and BBQ chicken. In July, you can see Dee Alexander, Thaddeus Tukes's Viibez, Fred Anderson, Katie Ernst and more great acts.

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Dark Matter Coffee Block party
Photograph: Tori Fried
Things to do, Festivals

Dark Matter Coffee Block Party

The crew behind Dark Matter Coffee comes together every summer to throw an old-fashioned Chicago block party, complete with free refreshments, food and music from the likes of Dos Santos, the Hood Internet and Black Bear Combo. Of course, if you're feeling charitable, you should donate some dollars in return for all the gratis goodies—all money raised at this year's two-day event benefits Hope For The Day, a local organization that raises awareness about mental health. 

Taste of Chicago
Photograph: Martha Williams
Things to do, Festivals

Taste of Chicago

icon-location-pin Grant Park | Chicago, IL, Millennium Park
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Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago's street fare. Hopefully what you gain in weight, you'll lose from your wallet. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, Eli's Cheesecake or deep dish pizza.

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Brandi Carlile
Photograph: David McClister
Music, Folk, country and blues

Brandi Carlile + Martha Redbone Roots Project

Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile belts out impactful anthems about empathy and motherhood on her latest album, By the Way, I Forgive You. A skilled lyricist (who has been covered by the likes of Adele, Dolly Parton and Pearl Jam), Carlile's folk, country and rock ballads betray a contemplative outlook on the world that still seems wise beyond her years. Blues and soul singer Martha Redbone and her Roots Project band open the show.    

Juanes
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Music, Latin and world

Juanes + La Santa Cecilia

Latin pop star Juanes headlines an evening of rock and pop en español at the Taste of Chicago. Formerly a member of Columbian rock group Ekhymosis, Juanes combines traditional musical styles with pop songcraft and has collaborated with the likes of Nelly Furtado and Kali Uchis. He's joined by La Santa Cecilia, a Mexican-American band that provides a contemporary, rock-influenced take on cumbia and bossa nova.

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Photograph: Max Herman
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Black Star + Madame Gandhi

Two decades ago, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Talib Kweli—two of hip-hop's most conscientious emcees—joined forces as Black Star. Now the pair has a new record produced by Madlib on the way and is taking the stage in anticipation of its release. Nevermind that Yasiin Bey announced his retirement from the music industry back in 2016—we're just happy that Black Star is rising, once more. L.A. musician and activist Madame Gandhi opens this Taste of Chicago concert. 

The Flaming Lips
Photograph: J. Michelle Martin
Music, Rock and indie

The Flaming Lips + La Butcherettes + Half Gringa

Oklahoma weirdos the Flaming Lips have been mining various strains of psychedelia for the past 35 years, but the group's confetti-covered live performances backed by costumed dancers are where it has always shined brightest. Touring behind a new collection of the band's greatest hits, Wayne Coyne and his band will bring their falsetto philosophizing and outrageous (not always family-friendly) stage show to the Taste of Chicago. Mexican garage rockers Le Butcherettes and local singer-songwriter Half Gringa support.

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