official opinions: let the festival season begin!

The warmer weather is finally upon us, which means one thing for Chicagoans staying in the city this summer…going to festivals! This list covers some of the biggest festivals happening this June, all of which include some sort of live music entertainment. If you didn’t get your 3-day Lollapalooza ticket on time, check out this huge variety of musical events happening all over the city.

June 2012
Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale: June 1-3, West Town

With two stages and three days of live music, Wicker Park’s Do Division Fest is the best for a variety of great bands, fantastic food, retailers and shopping. $5 Donation.

Wells Street Art Festival: June 9-10, Old Town

The 38th annual art extravaganza features the works of more than 250 artists as well as the tasty cuisine of Old Town restaurants, the always-hoppin’ music stage, and a silent auction. Donation benefits the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.

Andersonville Midsommarfest: June 9-10, Andersonville

Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, now entering its 47th year. Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge bands keep the party going.

Taste of Randolph Street: June 15-17, West Loop

Located in the city’s most famous restaurant row, the 15th annual Taste of Randolph Street takes place on Chicago’s Randolph Street corridor.  The Taste of Randolph Street is a food-centric festival in the West Loop, a neighborhood that boasts some of the best cuisine in the city. Along with two unique stages of incredible live entertainment, the festival features something new, a hidden DJ dance stage!

Chicago Pride Fest: June 22-23, Lakeview

Pride Fest showcases an eclectic lineup of arts & crafts, food and other vendors. It also features entertainment on two stages including one dedicated to some of Chicago’s finest GLBT performers.

Chicago Summerfest: June 23-24, Lincoln Park

This amazing festival is located just off of Lake Michigan in the heart of Lincoln Park. This two-day summer festival features live music, an upscale art show, great food and drink and a family area for the kids. $5 for adults.

Chicago Green Music Fest: June 23-24, Wicker Park

This innovative green event will reflect the hip and environmentally-conscious Wicker Park-Bucktown community by fusing original live music on two huge stages with green vendors, services and local retail, art, craft and food vendors. $5 donation.

Gay Pride Parade: June 24, Lakeview

Though much of the information for this year’s pride parade has not been released yet, each year is always a blast! Art meets politics in a fleet of floats, vehicles, and marchers along the parade route in Boystown.

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party: June 29-30, West Loop

Oprah Winfrey dubbed this festival as “the place to meet your match” because of its claims that over 100 couples have met at the block party and later married. This “huge singles party” is attended by over 25,000 people and features great music and food. Admission is $40, weekend package, $75. Buying tickets in advance is recommended, as it always sells out. Admission includes 5 beverages (beer, wine, soda, or water). Must be 21 and over to attend.

Stay tuned: We will release an updated schedule for the months of July and August soon!


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