Chicago Summer Festivals in September 2014

There are plenty of 2014 September Summer Festivals in Chicago to keep you busy:


Street Food Artistry

Street Food Artistry


Taste of Polonia Festival

Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1, 2014

Copernicus Center (Jefferson Park)

5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

Friday, Aug. 29: 5-11 pm; Saturday, Aug. 30: 12 Noon-11 pm; Sunday, Aug. 31: 12 Noon-11 pm; Monday, Sept. 1: 12 Noon-10 pm

Admission: $7; $5 for seniors (65 & over); kids under 12 are FREE

The Taste of Polonia is the annual major fundraiser for the Copernicus Center… sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation. It enables continued support of community and performing arts events and other non-profit causes sponsored by Copernicus on an annual basis.

In addition to Polish and non-Polish food, the festival sees over 35,000 annually. Between 30 to 40 bands and musical performances entertain all music tastes; from Rock, to Classical, Jazz or Polka.

For more information, Visit

 Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar


Tray of OystersGuinness Oyster Fest

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2000 W. Roscoe (at Damen)

Chicago, IL 60618

11 am-10 pm

FREE Admission; $7 donation benefits Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce

Street Food Kettle Corn

Street Food Kettle Corn

Bring out the oysters. And beer. And great music. Chicago’s popular post-Labor Day happening returns for its 16th “shell-icious” year! In addition to food and music there’s arts & crafts and activities for kids and families.

Visit or call 773.868.3010 for more information.

Chicago  Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village

Chicago Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village


9th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival9th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2014

79th Street (between Racine and Loomis)

Chicago, IL 60620

10 am-7 pm

FREE Admission; Donations accepted

The 79th Street Renaissance Festival is a free community festival. Treat your family to a wonderful, culturally diverse events this summer by attending the “79th St Ren Fest.” Enjoy local acts on the main stage, a kids corner with a Feris Wheel and petting zoo, and free lunch for seniors 55+ in a special pavilion in the Seniors Corner. Shop Local and buy jewelry and other items at very reasonable prices. Welcome to Auburn Gresham – one of Chicago’s official 77 neighborhoods and definitely one of its best kept secrets!

Visit or call 773.483.3696 for more information.


Band performing at Festival de La VillitaFestival de La Villita (Little Village Festival)

Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14, 2014

26th Street & Kostner

Chicago, IL 60623

Friday, September 12: 6-11 pm; Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14: 12 Noon-11 pm

FREE Admission

Chicago’s Hispanic community will again celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain as well as South-of-the Border culture at the 25th annual Festival de La Villita (Little Village Festival). Attracting tens of thousands, Festival de La Villita is the Midwest’s premier outdoor gala of Mexican heritage. Features food, non-stop music, arts/crafts and carnival rides. And on Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade, one of Chicago’s largest parades.

Visit or call 773.868.3010 for more information.


City Made Fest

Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 2014

5000 N. Clark Street (from Argyle to Carmen)

Chicago, IL 60640

12 Noon-9 pm

FREE Admission; $5 suggested gate donation

The Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) presents the 2nd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest, the only all-local street festival that highlights Chicago-made beer, music and products in the historic Andersonville neighborhood. Fans will enjoy the best that Chicago has to offer: local craft brews, cuisine and music. So, if it isn’t from Chicago, it won’t be found at City Made.

Visit or call 773.728.2995 for more information.

Design Harvest  in Chicago on Grand at Damen

Design Harvest in Chicago on Grand at Damen


Design HarvestDesign Harvest

Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 2014

Grand Ave. btwn. Damen & Wood

Chicago, IL 60622

11 am-6 pm

FREE Admission; $5 suggested gate donation

Contemporary and sustainable design thrives in Grand Avenue’s Design District, where on one weekend the best local makers and collectors of design objects pop-up shop in an aesthetic marketplace. At its core, the annual Design Harvest is a creative celebration of design – a showcase of the wide spectrum of home & garden disciplines. It’s here where vintage and antique objects find their afterlife amongst environmentally-friendly and modern goods handcrafted by top Chicago designers.

Visit or call 312.850.9390 for more information.

Smoked Meat Appetizer @ One Sixty Blue in CHicago


Street Food in Chicago

Festival Street Food in Chicago


Man eating a taco at the Lakeview Taco FestLakeview Taco Fest

Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southport and Addison

Chicago, IL 60657

Saturday, September 20: 11 am-10 pm; Sunday, September 21: 11 am-9 pm

FREE Admission; $5 gate donation benefits the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

The glorious taco will again be celebrated (along with fall brews from Sam Adams) at this crowd-pleasing second annual fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. Also features beer and taco pairings, music, Mexican wrestlers, a kids’ activity area and arts/crafts.

Visit or call 773.868.3010 for more information.

Art in Chicago

Art in Chicago


Festival-goers looking at artwork at the Edgewater Fall Art Fair2nd Annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 2014

Granville Ave. btwn. Broadway and Kenmore

Chicago, IL 60660

11 am-6 pm

$5 suggested donation; kid-friendly, pet-friendly

The 2nd Annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair brings together a multi-cultural and multi-generational lineup of 100+ artists and performers from all over Chicago, showcasing original works in visual arts, music, performing arts, and fashion to weave a stimulating creative tapestry through two street blocks.

Organized by Edgewater Artists in Motion, the Fair is a labor of love by artists, art lovers, and Edgewater residents for all those who appreciate the arts, enjoy community life, and like to discover the hidden treasures Chicago can offer.

Visit for more information.

Orbert Davis at the Chcago Jazz Festival

Orbert Davis at the Chcago Jazz Festival

Jazz in Chicago

Jazz in Chicago

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival


Hyde Park Jazz FestivalHyde Park Jazz Festival

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 2014

1130 Midway Plaisance

Chicago, IL 60615

12 Noon-10 pm

FREE Admission; $5 gate donation requested

Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene will be prominently featured for two days during the 7th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. From September 27-28, 2014, festival goers will get the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the legendary Chicago neighborhood while enjoying the music that made the city famous. The Hyde Park Jazz Festival will feature a lineup of some of Chicago’s most critically acclaimed artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized jazz talents.

Visit or call 773.665.4682 for more information.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

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