Summer in Chicago means bike rides down the Lake Shore path, day trips to Oak Street Beach and loads of free festivals to attend throughout the whole city. Rain or shine, Chicago has a lot to offer residents and visitors. Here’s a list of upcoming free events that will make this summer a whole lot better here in Chicago:
Chicago Blues Festival: June 10-12, 2016
Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, Chicago Blues Festival is free admission and open to all ages. This festival is a great opportunity to kick back and relax in the grass at Grant Park. With a number of different food and beverage vendors, Chicago Blues Festival is the perfect event for a day in the park. Visit their website here for more information on the festival, and the recently released line-up.
Ribfest Chicago: June 10-12, 2016
Nothing says summertime like a rack of ribs and a cold beer. Ribfest Chicago will be going on it’s 18th summer and is definitely a Chicago festival you do not want to miss. Covering a five-block radius, Ribfest Chicago will provide all foodies with tastes from over 30 different vendors. Lasting from early afternoon to 10 pm all weekend long, Ribfest Chicago is another free festival that cannot be missed. For a look at what is to come at Ribfest visit Ribfest Chicago’s website here.
Randolph Street Market Festival: June 25-26 2016
For all the antique lovers out there, this is the place for you. Randolph Street Market Festival is a popular event here in Chicago and is definitely one to visit this summer. Randolph Street Market provides over 300 different vendors at this indoor and outdoor festival. Though this list is mostly free fests, Randolph Street Market does cost $8 for general admission and $3 for students. For a small fee Chicagoans gain access to some of the best urban antique shopping in the city. Do not miss out on the “Red, White And Cool” Randolph Street Market Festival this summer. To get the some of the specifics on the different vendors check out Randolph Street Market Festival’s website here.
Taste of Chicago: July 6-10, 2016
Calling all foodies this is the festival for you! Taste of Chicago is a longstanding event held every summer in Chicago’s Grant Park. For free admission, Chicagoans and visitors can explore the different foods offered from Chicago’s diverse food community. This event is the perfect place for a meal where you can literally taste it all. For more information on the vendors and experience at Taste of Chicago visit their website here.
Wicker Park Fest: July 23-24, 2016
Wicker Park Fest only comes once a year, but it is a great time to take advantage of the all that this neighborhood has to offer. This free festival provides you with two stages for musical performances, food and art vendors, along with all of the restaurants and bars that are home to Wicker Park. Beginning in the early afternoon and lasting until sunset, make sure to visit Wicker Park Fest this summer. Interested in exactly who and what will be at the fest? Visit Wicker Park Fest’s website here.