Lakeview: You’ve gotta stop by the Music Box Theatre during the Southport Arts Festival! This Saturday, July 14 and Sunday July 15 there will be complimentary beer, wine, and spirits tastings, a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, frozen cocktails, food trucks, live music, and much more! Featured vendors include Pipeworks Brewing, Cheesie’s, Bell’s Brewery, Goose Island Brewery, and more. Find the full lineup here.
Bucktown and Wicker Park: Every Wednesday during the summer, join The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) for family friendly Veggie Bingo! From 5:30 to 8 pm, you can compete for farm-focused prizes including farm fresh vegetables and a Grand Prize of a giant bag of organic produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks! All proceeds benefit Chicago Community Gardens. Find more information on their Facebook page.
Lincoln Park: The Green City Market’s Chef BBQ is one of Chicago’s most anticipated food events for the summer! Over 100 of Chicago’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors provide tasting dishes and craft beverages featuring local, sustainable produce from Green City Market farmers. Both vegetarian and meat dishes will be featured. The event is on Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 to 8 pm at the South End of Lincoln Park (approximately 1817 N Clark). Vendors include Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, Nico Osteria, The Publican, Longman & Eagle, Goose Island Brewhouse, Moody Tongue Brewing Company, and much more. General admission tickets are still available for $125 here.
Chicago Loop: It’s that time of year again! The Chicago Jazz Festival returns for its 40th year for an extended run- August 24 to September 2. This is a Labor Day tradition for many Chicagoans as it celebrates all forms of jazz through free, quality live music performances. Since 1979, the festival’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages. Find the full lineup of artists here.
Logan Square: Mark your calendars now for Kultura Festival! This is the Midwest’s premier Filipino American food and arts festival, held on Sunday, August 19 from 11 am to 6 pm. Kultura Festival marks its 4th year and is at Emporium Logan Square (2363 N Milwaukee Ave). The festival is carefully curated to appeal to both those who personally identify with Filipino culture as well as uninitiated, curious attendees. General admission tickets are $15, senior tickets are $10, student tickets are $5, tickets for children 6-11 years old are $5, and children under 6 are admitted free. Buy your tickets in advance here.
Evanston: On Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village for the World Arts & Music Festival! The festival is from 12 pm to 7 pm each day. This free two-day celebration of global diversity features art from a variety of countries, family activities and crafts, international cuisine, live music, and dance performances. There will be continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues- the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in Dawes Park and Centennial Park. This festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and the Illinois Arts Council. Find the performance schedule and list of food and art vendors here.
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