FGR’s Guide to Festivals in July

With the madness and celebration of July comes plenty of opportunities to eat delicious food, spend time in the outdoors, and hang out with friends and family. These festivals are a wonderful way to do all three, and maybe sneak a few craft beers or refreshing cocktails in there, too.

Windy City Ribfest in Uptown, June 29 – July 1
The month of July and ribs seem to go hand-in-hand, and Windy City Ribfest is the right spot for both! Hang out in Uptown, sample local and regional businesses’ best barbecue, and enjoy the weekend! 4700 N. Broadway, $5 Suggested Donation

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Live in Lincoln Park, July 6 – 8
Bringing together some of the best names in indie rock, jam band, and funk music, jam out while browsing local vendors. Brought to you by the same people who brought Taste of Randolph Street Festival to Chicago. 1701 Stockton Dr (Stockton and LaSalle), $10


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African Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 6 – 8
In its 26th year, this year’s celebration is dedicated to fifty years of reggae since it was established in 1968. This fest showcases a very diverse culture and music from many nations such as the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, and the US. You don’t want to miss it! Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, $10 – $25

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Taste of Chicago, July 11 – 15
The fest everyone talks about and every non-Chicagoan you know is excited about. There’s Thai, barbecue, Italian, donuts, tamales, the Original Rainbow Cone and SO MUCH MORE. Pro tip: drop by on a weeknight. It’s a lot quieter and easier to navigate. Grant Park, Free to enter, tickets towards food and drink for purchase

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Square Roots Festival, July 13 – 15
In adorable Lincoln Square (sponsored by the chamber of commerce and Old Town School of Folk Music) lies Square Roots! Local food and regional craft beer are featured here, and over 70 bands and artists from everywhere you can think of entertain the community on four stages. Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson, Suggested donations: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/kids, $20 for families


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Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 14 – 15
Who does’t love a burger? From Bareburger to Reggie’s, there’s a burger for everyone! Wander about Roscoe Village for the 12th year in a row for awesome music, mouth-watering patties, and plenty of vendors selling their best goods. Belmont Ave & Damen Ave, $10 Donation


Chinatown Summer Fair, July 15
Arrive at 12:30 to experience the lion dance procession, followed by a welcome, Asian performances, kung fu demonstrations, samplings from local Chinatown restaurants and vendors from unique gift shops and other businesses! 220 S. Wentworth Ave, Free Admission


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Taste of River North, July 20 – 22
Prepared to feed all appetites, this awesome fest is right along the Chicago river and provides food from dynamic restaurants, refreshing beverages of every kind, and exciting entertainment for all. Ward Park, 630 N Kingsbury St, $5 Suggested Donation

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BenFest, July 20 – 22
Named one of the “Best Family Fests” by the Chicago Tribune, this fest is three days of fun for everyone. Great bands, yummy cuisine from local restaurants, and plenty of children’s activities make this a great option for your weekend! Northcenter Leavitt St from Irving to Byron, $5 Donation

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Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk, July 21 – 22
Fawn over the homes and gardens of many and take a self-guided tour of more than 80 gardens, or a guided architectural tour. With live entertainment from epic bands and performers, food and beverages from local vendors, and activities for kids, there’s something for everyone! 2200 N Sheffield Ave, $7 – $10 Tour Donations


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Chicago Craft Beer Festival, July 21 – 22
You know you were hooked as soon as you saw “craft beer”. Illinois is home to more than 300 of the nation’s 4,000 plus microbreweries, and you can taste brews from several of those breweries at this fest. 2200 N Sheffield Ave, $35 – $45


Fiesta del Sol, July 26 – 29
In the heart of Pilsen, this fest is the largest Latino festival in the midwest! Featuring some of the best tacos, tamales, and tostadas in town, this four-day family friendly event draws over one million people per year and fuels local businesses. 1000-1600 W Cermak, Free Admission


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Wicker Park Fest, July 27 – 29
Excellent music, food, and culture can be found here! Grab a group of friends and enjoy your weekend at this fun festival. Since it’s sponsored by Goose Island, you know it’ll be a good time.  Milwaukee Ave between Ashland & North, $10 Donation


Bantu Fest, July 28
In its 4th year, this fest brings together over 30 countries and culture in celebration of diversity, unity, and love. Enjoy a large variety of foods, arts, music, dancing, and plenty more. An inexpensive and exciting way to spend a Saturday! Midway Plaisance, 60th St and Ellis Ave, Free Admission

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Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 28 – 29
Easier to navigate than a festival by a similar name in the Loop, you can sample foods, desserts, and beverages of all kinds while jamming out to great music. Children can enjoy the Kids’ Carnival inside the fest, too! Lincoln Park, Lincoln Ave and Fullerton Ave, Free Admission, suggested $10 donation 


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