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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

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Do you feel that newfound warmth in the air? It's summer in Chicago—and all of a sudden, the city's streets and parks are full every weekend, thanks to the city's stacked lineup of festivals. After hosting a somewhat abbreviated season in 2021, Chicago's festival season is roaring back to life in full-fledged form this year, with everything from heavy-hitting summer music festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork to beloved neighborhood fests on the calendar from June through September. We'll continue to update this list throughout the season as more fests announce lineups and additional details—in the meantime, take a look through some of the best summer festivals in Chicago this year.

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