Chicago’s 2011 Summer Neighborhood Festival List

by Amanda on June 10, 2011

It seems as if things are finally heating up in Chicago… both the weather and the real estate market! I hope that you took advantage of the new “Chicago Home Partner Market Snapshot” discussed last month.  If you didn’t and are interested in taking a closer look at your local neighborhood market – simply visit our Market Snapshot to register.

Speaking of neighborhoods…. One of the best ways to get out and experience many of them in Chicago is to head out to the local festivals held May through October.  Spanning from Hyde Park to Irving Park (and everywhere in between), these street festivals have something for everyone including live music, local vendors and amazing cuisine.

There are major events in Grant Park like “Taste of Chicago” and “Blues Fest” and smaller local celebrations like “Windy City Ribfest” and “Retro on Roscoe” happening every weekend during the summer.  Many are free or request a small donation that often times benefits the local neighborhood association.

The below list showcases some of my favorites selected from years and years of diligent “research”.  In addition, below are a couple of quick suggestions for attending:

  • Take your bike or public transportation – parking is crazy and enforced.
  • Bring a backpack with some water from – $4.00 for a bottle of H20 is insane anywhere.
  • Many are dog friendly, so why not bring your best friend along?  (And EXTRA water for Fido!)
  • Email me if you are going, so we can meet up!

2011 Chicago Street Festival List – Chicago Home Partner Approved!

Month Festival Address Dates
June Chicago Blues Festival Grant Park – (Jackson & Columbus) June 10 – 12
June Wells Street Art Fairs Wells St. from Division to North Ave. June 11 & 12
June Taste of Randolph Street Randolph & Peoria June 17-19
June Chicago Pride Fest Halsted & Waveland June 24 & 25
June Taste of Chicago Grant Park – (Jackson & Columbus) June 24 – July 3
July Old St. Pat’s Block Party Madison & Des Plaines July 15 & 16
July Rock Around the Block Lincoln & Belmont July 9 & 10
July Windy City Ribfest Lawrence & Broadway July 15-17
July Lincoln Park Art & Music Fest Racine from Fullerton to Webster July 16 & 17
July Pitchfork Music Festival Randolph & Lake Ave. July 15 – 17
July Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival Webster & Sheffield July 23 & 24
July Taste of Lincoln Avenue Lincoln Ave. from Fullerton to Wrightwood July 30 & 31
July Summer on Southport Southport & Waveland July 30 & 31
July Wicker Park Fest Milwaukee between North & Wood July 23 & 24
August NortHalstead Market Days Halsted between Belmont & Addison August 13 & 14
August Retro on Roscoe Roscoe from Damen to Oakley August 6 & 7
August Wrigleyville Summerfest Seminary from Roscoe to School August 13 & 14
August Ukranian Days Festival Smith Park – 2526 W. Grand Ave. August 20 & 21
August Logan Boulevard Bash 3000 W. Logan Square Blvd. August 26-28
August Bucktown Arts Fest Senior Citizens Memorial Park August 27 & 28

Here’s to a fun filled summer of exploring the city.  Remember, these months disappear quickly – so get out and enjoy!

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