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It’s summertime and Chicagoland’s fairs and festivals are under way! Enjoy local community celebrations with a variety of entertainment, food, live music, games and crafts. Be sure to check back in the July/August and September/October issue for more of the season’s best fairs and festivals.

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MAY

  • Art Festivals – Weekends thru Summer. Amdur Productions presents summer juried art festivals at various venues throughout the Chicagoland area. amdurproductions.com.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fest – 5/5-6. Mexican traditional food and family fun. Rodeo area,  and family activities.Cicero Fairgrounds 34th & Laramie Ave. cicerofestivals.com
  • Art in the Park – 5/5-6. A juried show of art, craft and design with kids’ activities. 10 AM-5 PM Wilder Park, Elmhurst. rglmarketingforthearts.com.
  • Wine on the Fox – 5/5. Entertainment, food and premier wine tasting. Sat 11-8PM. Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego. gooswego.org.
  • Lilac Time Fair – 5/6. Arts, crafts, tours, food, entertainment, Kids Zone, events. Sun 10 AM-4 PM. Lilacia Park, Lombard. lombardlilactime.com.
  • Taste of Glen Ellyn – 5/17-20. Live entertainment, rides, craft show. Main Street, Glen Ellyn. glenellynchamber.com.
  • Chocolate Festival – 5/18-20. All things chocolate, demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, carnival and roaming performers.  Fri 3 -11 AM-11 PM; Sat 10 AM-11 PM; Sun 10 AM-6 PM. 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL. longgrove.org.
  • Blooming Fest – 5/19. Garden festival including plant sale, music, and children’s activities. 9 AM-3 PM. West Chicago. 630-293-2200.
  • Civil War Days – 5/19-20. Naper Settlement becomes a Civil War encampment and battle with cannons and infantry. Features famous figures of the past. Food, fun and period reproduction items for sale. 10 AM-4 PM.  Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org/civilwardays.
  • Riverside Arts Weekend – 5/19-20. Juried artists, fashion show, live entertainment, kids’ activities. Sat 10 AM-5 PM Sun 10 AM-4 PM. Riverside. riversideartsweekend@yahoo.com.
  • Skokie Festival of Cultures – 5/19-20. Diverse ethnic festival featuring music, dance, food, bazaar, games, arts and crafts. 11 AM-7 PM. Oakton Park, Skokie. skokieculturalfest.org.
  • Vets Week – 5/19-28. Wreath laying ceremony, picnic, concert, 5K/Dog Walk/Roll,  car show, concert, parade, Veterans Name additions to monument, flag art reception.  Aurora. vetsweekaurora.org/events.
  • Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest – 5/25-28. Carnival, free parking, featured entertainers. Chicago Gaelic Park. chicagogaelicparkirishfest.org.
  • Red, White and BBQ Fest – 5/25-27. BBQ competition, chili tasting, beer tent, carnival and free music. Fri 4-10:30 PM; Sat Noon-10:30 PM; Sun Noon-9 PM. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. Westmontbbq.com.
  • Barrington Art Festival – 5/26-27. More than 130 artists, kid-friendly activities, live music & food. 10 AM-5 PM. Downtown Barrington. everfest.com.
  • Prairie Arts Festival – 5/26-27. Fine art show and sale with food, entertainment and kids’ activities. 10 AM-5 PM. Schaumburg. 847-895-3600.
  • Niles Family Fun Fair ad Bluegrass Festival – 5/31-6/3. Rides, games, food, bingo, hand-crafted items and Bluegrass/American/Folk Music. 9 AM-6 PM, Downtown Niles. nilesfamilyfestivals@gmail.com.
  • Taste of Wheaton – 5/31-6/3 Carnival, beer and wine garden, and entertainment. Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com.

JUNE

  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest – 6/1-3. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine, music, dance troupe performances and Hellenic pride. Fri 5-11 PM; Sat Noon-11 PM; Sun Noon-10 PM.  2701 N. Sheffield Avenue outside of St. George Greek Orthodox  Church, Chicago. lincolnparkgreekfest.com.

Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest – June 1 – 3. Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries PLUS Craft Beer from Tangled Roots Brewing Company! Fresh Lobster, Live Jazz. Outdoor Vendor Market and more! In the Heart of Starved Rock Country! Downtown Ottawa. 815-434-2737. www.ottawa2riversWinefest.com.
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  • Taste of Mexico in Little Village – 6/1-3. Fans of Mexican street foods Enjoy lively cultural event featuring music, entertainment, carnival rides,. Fri 3-10 PM; Sat-Sun Noon-10 PM. 2800-3100 W 26th St, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
  • Strawberry Jazz Festival – 6/3. Artists in all mediums, music, kids activites. Kankakee. (815) 933-ARTS.
  • Franklin Park Fest – 6/7-10. Railroad Day, music and food. Franklin Park. villageoffranklinpark.com.
  • Bolingbrook Burgers, Brews and Blues Fest – 6/9-10. Shopping center showcases Blues acts, kids’ activities and ticketed craft beer tastings. Sat Noon-10 PM; Sun Noon-6 PM. Beer tastings Noon-4 PM each day. The Bolingbrook Promenade. chicagoevents.com
  • Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – 6/9-10. More than 125 juried artists, food and kids’ activities. 10 AM-5 PM. Hinsdale. hinsdalechamber.com
  • Old Town Art Fair – 6/9-10. More than 250 nationally acclaimed artists, urban garden walk, food and music. Sat 10 AM-7 PM; Sun 10 AM- 6 PM. Chicago. info@oldtownartfair.org
  • Wells Street Art Festival – 6/9-10.  Six-block art fair with music, local food & more. 10 AM-10 PM Chicago. oldtownchicago.org
  • Woodridge Jubilee – 6/13-17. Family fest with carnival, food, entertainment & fireworks. Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org
  • Taste of Des Plaines – 6/15 & 16. Food, live entertainment, family area, Classic Car show & more! Downtown Des Plaines. 847-827-4406.
  • Blues on the Fox – 6/16-17. Renowned popular blues artists perform at this annual event. Aurora. 630-896-7676.
  • Daisy Days – 6/16-17.  Carnival rides, live music, and more. Fri. 6-10 PM, Sat. 10 AM-10 PM Clarendon Hills. clarendonhillschamber.com
  • Libertyville Days Festival – 6/14-17. Carnival, arts and crafts, music, beer garden and food. Downtown Libertyville. visitlakecounty.org

PrairieFest – June 14 – 17. Children’s activities, concerts, carnival rides, pony rides, business expo, and food vendors. Free admission & free parking. As seen on Food Network! Oswego 630.554.1010 www.prairiefest.com.

  • Old Canal Days – 6/16-17. Over 100 booths of handmade crafts, parade, carnival, entertainment, food truck, and hay wagon tours along the I & M canal. Lockport. oldcanaldays.com. 815-838-0549.
  • Scottish Festival and Highland Games – 6/16-17. Traditional Scottish games, exhibits, music and fare. Itasca. info@chicagoscots.org.
  • Uncork Illinois – 6/16. Artisan food & wine sampling from 15 local wineries. 1-9 PM. Oak Park. downtownoakpark.net.
  • Swedish Days Festival – 6/19-24. Entertainment, carnival, parade. Geneva. genevachamber.com.

“Art in Bloom” Cantigny Fine Art Festival  – June 16-17. Sat 10 AM-4PM, Sun 10 AM – 4PM. Juried art show and exhibition. More than 70 artists, demonstrations, craft for kids, live music, food. FREE with paid parking. www.cantigny.org.

  • Homer Community Festival – 6/21-24. Carnival, live music, beer tent & fireworks. Homer Glen. 708-301-0632.

Rotary GroveFest – Downtown Downers Grove. June 21 -24. 4 Day Community Festival. Carnival and Midway with $25 UNLIMITED RIDE TIMES each day, Food and Business Expo Area, Huge Beer Garden with Great Variety of Live Music. www.RotaryGroveFest.com.
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  • Wauconda Fest – 6/21-24. Carnival rides, Taste of Wauconda, car show, talent show & more. Wauconda. waucondaparks.org. 847-526-3610.
  • Strawberry Fest – 6/22-24. An annual homage to the strawberry season. Classic carnival, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Fri 3-11 PM; Sat 10 AM-11PM; Sun 10 AM-6PM. 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL. longgrove.org.
  • Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest – 6/23-24. North Shore art event with juried artists. Afternoon craft beer and wine tastings, strolling musicians, food and kids’ activities. Sherman and Church Streets, downtown Evanston. Sat-Sun 11 AM-6 PM. chicagoevents.com.
  • Global Arts Festival – 6/23-24. Multicultural and multi-community music, art, crafts, dance, food, and more. 11 AM-5 PM. Bartlett. artsinbartlett.org.
  • Solstice Hop & Vine Fest – 6/23. Entertainment, food, wine and beer. 6-9 PM Schaumburg. Tickets schaumburgparkfoundation.org.
  • Taste of Joliet – 6/23-25. Food, carnival, kids’ zone & headline entertainment. Tasteofjoliet.com. Joliet. 815-741-7275.

Music by the Lake – June 24 – August 11. Entertaining events, family programming, open-air lakeside setting. Williams Bay, Wisconsin (seven miles from Lake Geneva). 262-245-8501. www.musicbythelake.com.

  • Inferno Fest – 6/27. Hot & spicy foods to try, plus competition for spiciest inferno food. 4:30-9:30 PM. Everts Park, Highwood, IL. celebrate highwood.org. 847-432-6000.

Town of Cicero, American Fest – June 28 – July 1, Live music, food + drinks. Fireworks on Sunday at 10 PM. Cicero Fairgrounds 34th & Laramie. 630-656-3600 x288. www.thetownofcicero.com.
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Eyes to the Skies Festival – June 29 – July 1st. Daily morning & evening launches of hot air balloons, Carnival, children’s area, craft fair, live music on two stages, over 40 unique food vendors, nightly balloon glows and fireworks, plus much more! Lisle Community Park. 630-541-6095. www.eyestotheskies.org.
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Arlington Heights’ Frontier Days Festival – June 29th – July 4th. FREE ADMISSION, FREE Music Entertainment, Carnival Rides, 4th of July Parade, Food, Beer, Wine, Bingo, Family Activities, Pony Rides, 3v3 Soccer, Stampede Run 5K/10K, Arts & Crafts Marketplace and so much more! www.FrontierDays.org.
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  • Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 6/29-7/4. Carnival, entertainment, food, arts & crafts & more. Community Park, Palatine. palatinejaycees.org. 847-604-0288.

SAVE THE DATE

Mt. Prospect Lions Club Festival – July 4 – July 8: 1:00 – 11:00 PM; July 4, 7 & 8: 6:00 – 11:00 PM July 5 & 6; FIREWORKS on July 4 and 8. Fun Rides, Good Food, Live Music, Cash Raffle, Games for the Kids. Pancake Breakfast July 4, 7-10 am. Melas Park – 1500 W. Central Road. www.mplions.org

14th Annual Uncork Barrington – July 6th from 6 – 10 PM. Tasting of over 50 fine wines, incredible hors d’oeurves. Fundraiser for Local Charities. Summer Festival Tent. Barrington Metra Station Parking Lot. www.uncorkbarrington.com.

15th Annual Barrington Brew Fest – July 7th from 3 – 7 PM. Craft & Premium Beer Tastings, Local food vendors and live music. Fundraiser for Barrington Area Council on Aging. Summer Festival Tent. Barrington Metra Station Parking Lot. www.Barringtonbrewfest.com.

 

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