Windy City Smokeout

United Center 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago's greatest country music festival! Kids 10 and under are free.

$75

West Fest

West Town 1800-2000 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

West Fest Chicago reflects the eclectic West Town community, and is also renowned for cutting edge live music programmed by Empty Bottle Presents, plus the ever popular Bass By The Pound DJ Stage. ​West Fest Chicago is unique due to its presentation of neighborhood retailers and restaurants, local fine artists and makers, as well as Kid Fest and...

Free

Square Roots in Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square 4700 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Live music, family fun, local restaurants and vendors, and the best craft beer showcase of any Chicago street fest, a Kids Zone & interactive workshops in the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Free

Jeff Fest

Jefferson Park 4822 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

A street festival in Jefferson Park with food, music, fun and more! Beyond music and food, the Kids’ Zone area on the north side of the park features a ton of cool activities for families. It’s also where one will find the fest’s groovin’ “Community Stage.”

Free

Field Family Night: Field Games

Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States

"Score your tickets for a night at the Field Museum! At this after hours event, star players and benchwarmers alike will gear up to compete with the best animal athletes and try their hand at games throughout history. Our all-star team of scientists will take the field - Stanley Field Hall, that is - to...

$27 – $100

Roaring Nights: Barenaked Ladies

Brookfield Zoo 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL, United States

Join us for an unforgettable nights of music, fun, and celebration as Brookfield Zoo Chicago marks its 90th anniversary with Roaring Nights. Set against the backdrop of the Zoo's landscapes and diverse wildlife Barenaked Ladies brings infectious energy and genre-defying sound to the stage along with playful lyrics and catchy melodies. Concert-goers will be on their...

$45

Forge Fest

The Forge Lemont Quarries 1001 Main Street, Lemont, IL, United States

Enjoy a vendor village offering a diverse array of goods to engaging activities and workshops for all ages, Rock out to the electrifying sounds of The Neon Night as they take the stage to deliver all your favorite 80s classics. The day ends with fireworks!  

Free

Kids’ Fest 2023

Wampum Lake 598 Thornton Lansing Road, Thornton, IL, United States

Highlights of Kids' Fest 2024: - A Day of Outdoor Delights: Bask in the warmth of the summer sun and revel in a day filled with outdoor activities that will keep kids of all ages entertained. - Nature Exploration: Discover the wonders of the natural world through interactive exhibits, wildlife encounters, and educational workshops. - Creative Crafts: Unleash your...

Free

Southport Art Fest

Wrigleyville W. Waveland Ave. & N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL, United States

"Just steps away from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, the two-day festival will showcase some of the city’s best and most diverse artists. Southport Art Fest will highlight a wide range art mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media at center stage all weekend long."-From the Southport...

Free
Event Series Budding Botanists

Budding Botanists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Nature Educators will provide activities for kids of all ages at our Budding Botanists station. These programs are drop in and no preregistration is required. You can stop by and interact with the materials at the station for as long as you want to. Budding Botanists station will...

Free, but must register to come to enter the Conservatory
Event Series Corduroy

Corduroy

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

This summer, join Corduroy on an uplifting journey! When his button goes missing, he must find it to go home with Lisa. Follow Corduroy through the department store as he searches everywhere, from escalators to towering store displays, in a fun and adventurous quest. This 60-minute tale of friendship and belonging had its world premiere...

$26 – $42

EEEEEATSCON

The Salt Shed 1357 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

EEEEEATSCON is a two-day food experience built in the spirit of a music festival, but with restaurants as the headliners. Created and produced by the popular restaurant discovery platform The Infatuation, EEEEEATSCON is designed for people who want more from a food festival than just tasting-sized portions and cooking demonstrations. The event features a highly...

$25

Jazz Up Glen Ellyn

Downtown Glen Ellyn North Maine Street and Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL, United States

Coming back stronger than ever is The Downtown Glen Ellyn Jazz Up Music Festival. This is the premiere jazz festival of DuPage County bringing an afternoon line-up of the best jazz in the Midwest by collaborating with local partners such as Fareed Haque, Bellas Artes School of Music and 90.9fm WDCB Home of Chicago Jazz. 10:00...

Free

Live on the Lake

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Navy Pier's live outdoor music series is returning this summer in the Bier Garden! Enjoy some rides on the pier, some live music, and some delicious food. 2-4:30PM The Last Waltz (The Band) 5:30-8PM Pino Farina (Rock) 9-11:10PM Dr. Bombay (Cover – Variety)  

Free

Bastille Day

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

The Committee of French Speaking Societies invite the French Community and all the friends of France to celebrate the French national holiday of Bastille Day in Polk Bros Park on July 13.  Join us for an evening of free family-friendly entertainment, live music, and some tasty French treats.

Free
Event Series Budding Botanists

Budding Botanists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Nature Educators will provide activities for kids of all ages at our Budding Botanists station. These programs are drop in and no preregistration is required. You can stop by and interact with the materials at the station for as long as you want to. Budding Botanists station will...

Free, but must register to come to enter the Conservatory
Event Series Corduroy

Corduroy

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

This summer, join Corduroy on an uplifting journey! When his button goes missing, he must find it to go home with Lisa. Follow Corduroy through the department store as he searches everywhere, from escalators to towering store displays, in a fun and adventurous quest. This 60-minute tale of friendship and belonging had its world premiere...

$26 – $42

Sundays on State

State Street State Street from Lake St. to Van Buren St., Chicago, IL, United States

The internationally acclaimed, award-winning event series, Sundays on State, transforms Chicago's most iconic street, State Street, when it closes to vehicular traffic from Lake to Adams on select dates each summer. Neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond unite for a free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, food, drinks, shopping,...

Free

Live on the Lake

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Navy Pier's live outdoor music series is returning this summer in the Bier Garden! Enjoy some rides on the pier, some live music, and some delicious food. 2-4:30PM Sol Dial 44:30PM & 6:30PM DJ Papa G 5:30PM & 7:00PM Kofi & New Roots (Reggae)  

Free

Water Flicks: Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Navy Pier's popular "Water Flicks" is returning this year with FREE outdoor movie showings. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and enjoy! Movies are shown at Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, just before the pier. All films are presented in English with closed captioning.  

Free