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July Summer Festival Guide in Chicago

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

Prepare to have a good time with this guide to neighborhood street festivals, art shows, outdoor concerts, and cultural celebrations of various sizes throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

Check out a few of the events below and make a plan for your July activities in Chicago.

Date: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022

August 3 &10, 2022

Location: Northcenter Town Square, 4100 N Damen Ave

The North Center Town Square Summer Concert Series has returned. Bring a blanket or chair, invite your friends, meet some new people and watch local bands and musicians perform their hits.

Date: July 9-10, 2022

Location: W Washington Blvd & N Sangamon St

This annual festival in the West Loop features yacht-rock and tropical-inspired tribute bands, as well as delicious food and beverages.

West Loop Fest began as an annual birthday celebration for their founder, Monsignor Ignatius McDermott, as a way to bring the community together and promote goodwill among neighbors.

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022

Location: Horner Park, 2741 W Montrose Ave

Imagine a nice summer night in picturesque Horner Park with four hours of cold craft beer from twenty of Chicago's top neighborhood breweries and cider houses. Local food trucks will line the park, offering a variety of culinary treats.

Tickets are $45 per person and include admission to the event, a tasting glass, and samples from each participating brewery. Participants must be at least 21 years old. They also have a $10 discount for non-drinking designated drivers.

Date: July 15,16, 17, 2022

Location: Michigan Avenue & E Lake St

Located just a few blocks north of Millennium Park, guests will find an array of original artwork at all price points, including paintings, ceramics, photography, furniture, and more. Festival food, live music by Michelet, and artist demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere of the show. The admission is free.

The Millennium Art Festival showcases the abilities of 130 juried artists. Interaction with the artists is encouraged through live art demonstrations and booth chats. Admission is free.

Date: July 15,22,29 2022

August 5, 12, 19, 26 2022

Location: Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, 600 E Grand Avenue

Chicago is known for its colorful influence on jazz music, which takes center stage at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park in this waterfront series of singers and musicians specializing in "America's classical music."

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022

Location: BaseCamp 5750 Lakeside Dr. Lisle IL

Homegrown is on its tenth year on Saturday, bringing together bands from all over Chicagoland for an annual celebration of local, original music and art.

Music fans will be able to sample many different genres, including pop, jams, alternative, Americana, indie, and some good old-fashioned rock, with 20 bands and 12 solo acoustic acts playing with staggered set times across the indoor Homegrown Stage and the outdoor Harvest Stage. While there are a few favorite alums, there are also plenty of festival newcomers to check out.

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