Summer Festivals in Magnificent Vino con Vista Chicago 2018

Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker ...

Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illi...

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA (with Randolph Street skyscrapers in background) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago north from John Hancock 2004-11 img 2618

Chicago north from John Hancock 2004-11 img 2618 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium P...

English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cloud Gate Chicago (Explore)

Cloud Gate Chicago (Explore) (Photo credit: Bert Kaufmann)

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago...

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago as seen from the Chicago river (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you follow my posts, you know that

I LOVE CHICAGO!!!

In this post, you will find a list of my favorite Chicago Summer Festivals and some pictures of my favorite Chicago Landmarks.

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Art Institute of Chicago - Pae White's &qu...

The Art Institute of Chicago – Pae White’s “Restless Rainbow” overlooking The Lurie Garden and Millennium Park (Photo credit: UGArdener)

Sears Tower through the Pritzker Pavillion

Sears Tower through the Pritzker Pavillion (Photo credit: fidothe)

English: Buckingham Fountain

English: Chicago Lakefront Trail near Gold Coast

English: Chicago Lakefront Trail near Gold Coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lovingly called “The Third Coast”, Chicago is a magnificent Vino con Vista destination. In the summer, there are plenty of summer festivals to keep you busy. Take some time to visit and admire some of my favorite landmarks: John Hancock Center, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Grant Park, the Palmolive Building, Sears Tower (now Willis) and AON Center. Ride along the bike path on Lake Michigan. When you’re in town, try to score some tickets for Ravinia, an ourdoor concert venue in Highland Park. You take the train from downtown Chicago.

 

Jay Pritzker Pavillion

Jay Pritzker Pavillion (Photo credit: David Cornwell)

Soak up the incredible architecture for a  fun-filled summer in 2018!

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Buildi...

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Building can be clearly seen at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark your calendars for art fairs and street festivals.

 

A photograph taken of the buildings lining the...

A photograph taken of the buildings lining the Chicago River. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground...

English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground with one of the Prudential Buildings at the far left and the AON Center (the tallest building) in the background. The top of the John Hancock Center is also visible (the one with two antennae at the top). I took this photo 11 Jul 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking north from Chicago 'L' station Adams a...

Looking north from Chicago ‘L’ station Adams and Wabash Français : Vue depuis la station Adams and Wabash du métro aérien de Chicago vers le nord. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The riverfront pavilion in Ping Tom M...

English: The riverfront pavilion in Ping Tom Memorial Park. Français : Le Ping Tom Memorial Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago Sanctuary

Chicago Sanctuary (Photo credit: Chris Smith/Out of Chicago)

English: Trump International Hotel and Tower (...

English: Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago) Category:Images of Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Fountain and garden in Grant Park Chicago

English: Fountain and garden in Grant Park Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wherever you go, there you are.

Wherever you go, there you are. (Photo credit: jellybeanjill13)

English: General John A. Logan statue at Grant...

English: General John A. Logan statue at Grant Park in Chicago, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Downtown Chicago, Illinois at night. ...

English: Downtown Chicago, Illinois at night. The small building on the left was demolished for Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uno

Uno (Photo credit: WillyFeng)

Cover of "Chicago Gourmet (A Fireside Boo...

Cover of Chicago Gourmet (A Fireside Book)

English: in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

English: in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrig...

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrigley Building, left; Tribune Tower, right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

chicago

chicago (Photo credit: MPBecker)

The Hancock Tower, at Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

The Hancock Tower, at Michigan Avenue, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago River at night

Chicago River at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a 2018 annual calendar of Chicago’s Festivals:

May 2018

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 2-4, 26th Street & Kostner (Little Village)
  • Chicago Kids and Kites Festival, May 5, 2018, Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park
  • Mayfest and Polish Fest, May 3-4, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave
  • Chicago Kids and Kites, May 5, 2018, Cricket Hill at Lincoln Park, West Montrose Drive, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Chicago Beer Classic, May 5, 2018, Soldier Field.
  • James Beard Foundation Awards, May 7, 2018
  • Chicago Science Fest, May 8-16, 2018
  • Beer Under Glass, Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Illinois Craft Beer Week for May 18 – 25, 2018, various locations www.illinoisbeer.com
  • Manifest Urban Arts Festival, May 11, 2018 South Loop, Columbia College
  • Mayfest, May 31, 2018, Lakeview, Ashland and Barry
  • Riverfront Mayfest, (NEW) May 16-18, banks of the Chicago River at Grand
  • Chicago Zine Fest, May 18-19, 2018
  • Lincoln Park Wine Festival, May 18-20, 2018
  • Mole de Mayo, May 25-27, 2018,
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade. May 26, 2018, noon, State Street from Lake to Van Buren
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, May 26-27, 2018, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Bike the Drive, May 27, 2018, Lake Shore Drive
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, May 26-27, 2018
  • Chicago House Music Festival, May 26, 2018, 2-9 p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, May 26, 2018May 27, 2018, Lakeview, Sheffield/Belmont
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Presents Wright Plus Housework, May 29, 2018
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018

June 2018

  • Millennium Park Music Series, Select Mondays and Thursdays, June-August, 2018
  • Chicago Gospel Music Fest, June 1-2, 2018
  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest, June 1-3, 2018
  • Taste of Mexico, June 1-3, 2018,  Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)
  • Do Division Street festival, June 1-3, 2018,  West Town
  • Pilsen Fest, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Halsted and 18th Street, 11 am-7 pm
  • New Orleans North Festival, June 8, 2018, Downtown Joliet
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, June 6-10, 2018
  • Chicago Food Truck Fest, June 23-24, 2018, South Loop, 1600 South Wabash
  • Bacon Chase (NEW) Race, Montrose Beach
  • Ravinia Festival, June 5 through September 14, 2018, Highland Park
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 8-10, 2018, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 8-10, 2018, Andersonville
  • 57th Street Art Fair: June 2-3, 2018, Hyde Park
  • Hyde Park Brew Fest, June 2-3, 2018
  • Printers Row Lit Fest, June 9-10, 2018,  Printers Row neighborhood, Dearborn and Polk Streets
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 8-10, 2018
  • Bolingbrook Burgers, Beer and Blues Fest 2018, June 9-10
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 13 – August 18, 2018
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival, June 8-10, 2018, Addams-Medill Park 1-10 p.m.
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 9-10, 2018, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 9-10, 2018, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, Saturday, June 16, 2018. The fest will be the epicenter of merriment following that day’s Puerto Rican People’s Parade in Downtown Chicago which steps off at 12:00 p.m., Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Taste of Randolph Street, June 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2018, 900 West Randolph
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 8-10, 2018, 11;00 a.m. -9:30 p.m. Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • Cinepocalypse, June 21-28, 2018
  • Ruido Fest, June 22-24, 2018
  • Craft Beer Festival, Morton Arboretum, June 23, 2018
  • Ravenswood on Tap, June 23-24, 2018
  • Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 20-22, downtown Long Grove
  • L.A.T.E. Ride, June 21, overnight ride starts at Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)
  • Gold Coast Art Festival, June 16-17, 2018, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
  • Chicago Pride Fest, June 16-17, 2018 11:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m. Halsted and Waveland; Parade, June 24,2018 at noon
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Sunday, June 10, 2018, Damen between North and Schiller
  • Milwaukee Summerfest, June 25-29 and July 1-6, Summerfest Grounds along Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Old Saint Pat’s B2018lock Party, June 22 & 23, 2018, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
  • Gospel Music Festival, June 1-2, 2018,  Millennium Park
  • Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Ping Tom Memorial Park,  300 W. 19th Street
  • Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 28, 29, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Windy City Ribfest in Uptown, June 29-July 1, 2018
  • Chicago Summerdance Thursdays-Sundays, June 28-August 25, 2018

July 2018

  • International Festival of Life: July 3-6, Union Park
  • Chosen Few Picnic, July 3-6,  in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, 2018, Navy Pier, 9:30 p.m.
  • Wavefront Music Festival, July 4-6, Montrose Beach
  • Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland
  • Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
  • Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont
  • Rock Around the Block, July 5, 6, Belmont and Lincoln Avenue
  • Taste of Chicago, July 11-15, 2018 Grant Park
  • Windy City Smokeout, July 13-15, 2018, 560 Grand Avenue along the Chicago River
  • Michigan Avenue Art Festival, July 11-13, Pioneer Court
  • Square Roots Music Festival, July 11-13, Lincoln Square
  • Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
  • West Fest: July 12,13, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen
  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 20-22, 2018
  • BenFest 2014, (St. Benedict’s ) July 18-20
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 15, 2018,  Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • Taste of River North: July 20-22, 2018,  River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 19, 20, between Morse and Estes Avenue
  • Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 21-22, 2018,  Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
  • North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 15, 2018, starts at Latin School, 45 W. North Ave.
  • Newberry Library Book Sale, July 26-29, 2018
  • Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 25-27, Jefferson Park, Lawrence and Long Avenues
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 28 – 29,  2018 on N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 26, 27, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Lincoln Square GreekFest, July 27-29, 2018, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2727 West Winona Street
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26-27, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue: July 28-29, 2018,  Lincoln Park, Fullerton and Wrightwood
  • Chicago Margarita Festival, July 28-29, 2018, Navy Pier
  • Fiesta del Sol: July 26-28, 2018, Pilsen at 1400 West Cermak between Morgan and Ashland

August 2018

  • Lollapalooza, August 2-5, 2018, Grant Park
  • Jeff Fest, August 3-5, 2018, 4822 N. Long
  • Edge Fest: August 4-5, 2018, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue
  • Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage
  • Ginza Holiday, August 8-10, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
  • Chicago Hot Dog Fest, August 10-12, 2018, Stockton and LaSalle Drive
  • Festa Italiana, August 16-19, 2018, , Little Italy, Taylor St.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 15-17, Rogers Park
  • Edison Park Fest, August 15-17, Chicago’s northwest side, Oshkosh and Olmsted
  • Chicago Westside Music Festival – August 16,  Garfield Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 18-19, 2018 (rehearsal August 17) North Avenue Beach
  • Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball
  • Sangria Festival, August 19, 2018, Humboldt Park, noon-10 pm
  • Chicago Dancing Festival, August 20 – 23, various locations
  • Clark After Dark, August 16, 2018, River North, 420 N. Clark
  • The Boulevard, August 22-24, Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue
  • The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, August 21-September 1, North Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Fashion Fest, Saturday, August 23-24, Division St. from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Taste of Greektown, August 24 – 26, 2018,  400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Chicago New Orleans Fest (NEW) August 23 – 24, Sheffield and Wellington
  • Bucktown Arts Festival, August 23 – 24, Bucktown
  • Logan Square Food Truck Social, August 24-26, 2018, Humboldt Blvd. between Armitage and Bloomingdale, The 606 Trail
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 30– September 3, 2018,  Jefferson Park
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30 – September 2, 2018, Grant Park, Washington Park
  • African Festival of the Arts, August 31 – September 3, 2018, aihusa.org
  • North Coast Music Festival, August  31-September 2, 2018, Union Park
  • Taste of Polonia, August 31 to September 3, 2018, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Great American Lobster Fest, August 31-September 2, 2018, Navy Pier
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, August 30 – 31,  Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and California Avenues
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 30 – 31, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden

September 2018

  • German American Fest, September 5-7, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest, September 6, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Fulton Fest, September 12,13, Fulton Avenue between Damen and Hoyne
  • Festival de la Villita, September 12-14, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • Riot Fest, September 12-14, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Avenue
  • Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 – 14, Wells and North
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 20, 21, Clark and Argyle
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list  of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 28-30, 2018, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 27 – 28, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, September 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden

Here’s a list of Chicago Landmarks for your Bucket List:

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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