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The best Chicago summer festivals

Start making weekend plans filled with food, music and art with our guide to Chicago summer festivals and street parties

Written by Zach Long in association with Good News

The city's streets and Chicago parks are about to come alive again this summer, as Chicago summer festivals return to the city, including annual heavyweights like Lollapalooza and Riot Fest. While many events (even the free ones) are requiring advance registration this year, you'll still be able to see your favorite bands at a summer music festivals, sample the latest creations from Chicago breweries at beer festivals or swing by a neighborhood street festival to mingle with locals. Not sure where to start? We've gathered a list of all the Chicago summer festivals taking place this year, and what you can expect to find at each of them.

Keep in mind that some events may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination (by flashing your CDC card or verifying your status on an app) or a negative test result obtained within 24-72 hours of your arrival. Check out each event's website for the latest details.

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