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July Festivals in Chicago!

July Festivals in Chicago!


As the summer sun shines bright, Chicago comes alive with a vibrant array of events and festivities. From music to art, food, and family fun, there's something for everyone to enjoy in the bustling heart of the city. Let's take a look at some of the upcoming events in July that you won't want to miss, right in the heart of Chicago.


Sheffield Garden Walk in Lincoln Park (July 20-21)

One of the most anticipated events in Lincoln Park in July is the Sheffield Garden Walk. This delightful event showcases the beauty of urban gardens and offers a perfect opportunity to revel in nature's splendor right in the heart of our city. Visitors can stroll through the picturesque gardens, gaining inspiration for their own green spaces, and revel in the beauty of blooming flowers and lush foliage. And on July 20th the Family Fest part of the garden walk will be held in Trebes Park, directly across from the Gillman Group office! From 10 AM - 1 PM, children can join for some wholesome fun. This year, the Gillman Group will be at the Family Fest providing airbrush temporary paint tattoos. Visitors can look forward to a delightful array of crafts, games, face painting, and Tunes with Tim, promising a day of joy and laughter for children.


Other Exciting July Events in Chicago:


Millennium Park Summer Music Series (July 1 - August 8) - This summer music series offers a vibrant and diverse lineup of live performances from all over during the summer months. The series provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a wide range of musical genres in a beautiful outdoor setting, creating a lively and memorable experience for attendees.


Independence Day Salute (July 4) - Prepare for an extraordinary experience at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Join us for a mesmerizing Classical event that promises to redefine your expectations. From captivating presentations to interactive showcases, this concert is designed to leave you inspired and amazed.


African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (July 4 - 7) - This dynamic festival brings together people from diverse backgrounds to experience the rhythms, flavors, and traditions of Africa and the Caribbean, creating a truly immersive and unforgettable celebration of culture and community.


Chicago Craft Beer Festival (July 5 - 7) - The Craft Beer Festival is a celebration of locally brewed and international craft beers, featuring a diverse selection and lively entertainment. It's the perfect opportunity to savor unique flavors and immerse in the art of craft beer in the heart of our city.


NASCAR Street Race Weekend (July 6 - 7) - NASCAR Chicago is bringing the heat with performances by Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, and The Black Keys. This event combines the thrill of racing with the excitement of live music for an unforgettable experience.

Windy City Smokeout (July 11 - 14) - Country music fans and barbecue aficionados can savor award-winning barbecue from some of the nation's best pitmasters while enjoying live country music performances.


Chosen Few Picnic & Festival (July 13) - This festival is a beloved local tradition, bringing together the community for a day of soulful music, dancing, and togetherness. This iconic event as founded by a group of friends, has grown into a must-attend celebration of house music, where locals and visitors alike can groove to the beats of renowned DJs in a vibrant outdoor setting.


Bucktown Garden Walk (July 13 - 14) - This garden walk is a beloved event, inviting residents and visitors to explore the neighborhood's beautiful gardens and connect with fellow gardening enthusiasts. It's a must-see showcase of urban green spaces in Bucktown.


Southport Art Fest (July 13 - 14) - This festival is a vibrant celebration of creativity, showcasing a diverse array of artistic expressions, live music, and family-friendly activities. This annual event offers a captivating and immersive experience for art enthusiasts and visitors, capturing the dynamic spirit of the neighborhood.


Miche Fest (July 13 - 14) - The annual Latin American music festival is back this summer. Held at Oakwood Beach, this music festival blends latin music and culture for a weekend of fun in the sun. 


Millennium Park Summer Film Series (July 16 - August 20) - Bring the family to the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays from July 16 through August 20. Films start at 6:30pm (with the exception of the double feature starting at 6pm).


Millennium Park 20th Anniversary Celebration (July 18 - 21) - The Millennium Park 20th Anniversary Celebration is a momentous event honoring two decades of cultural vibrancy, featuring live performances, art installations, and family-friendly activities. This commemorative occasion will showcase the park's impact on the city's cultural landscape.


Roscoe Village Burger Fest (July 19 - 21) - This neighborhood burger fest is a sizzling celebration of all things burger-related, featuring delicious creations from local restaurants, live music, and family-friendly entertainment. This event offers a fun and flavorful experience for burger enthusiasts and families alike, capturing the lively spirit of Roscoe Village.


Taste of River North (July 19 - 21) - Taste of River North is a vibrant celebration of the neighborhood's culinary scene, featuring a diverse array of food, live music, and family-friendly activities. This annual event offers a delightful experience for all attendees, highlighting the flavors and culture of River North.


Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 - 21) - Enjoy a fun music festival showcasing a diverse lineup of live music, along with local food, art, and a welcoming atmosphere. The festival provides a dynamic and inclusive experience for music enthusiasts, capturing the spirit of the independent music scene.


Tacos y Tamales (July 19 - 21) - Sample some of the best tacos and tamales with live music and family-friendly activities in celebration of Latin American cuisine. This event offers a rich and flavorful experience, highlighting the culinary traditions of the community.


Fiesta del Sol (July 25 - 28) - Fiesta del Sol is a vibrant celebration of culture and community, featuring live music, delicious food, and a wide range of family-friendly activities. This annual event captures the spirit of the Pilsen neighborhood, offering a diverse and engaging experience for all attendees.


Wicker Park Fest (July 26 - 28) - Enjoy a family-friendly summer festival that combines live music with a vibrant atmosphere, offering a diverse array of activities for all ages to enjoy. This annual event captures the energetic and artistic essence of the neighborhood, providing a memorable experience for families and music enthusiasts alike.


Taste of Lincoln Avenue (July 26 - 28) - This lively summer festival showcases a variety of culinary delights, live music, and local artisans. This annual event offers a fun and engaging experience for all attendees, celebrating the vibrant spirit of the neighborhood.


Chinatown Summer Fair (July 27 - 28) - Celebrate Chinese culture with a vibrant celebration of culture, community, and tradition, featuring performances, culinary delights, and artisanal crafts. This annual event offers a captivating and immersive experience for all who attend.


Faces of Fitness Chicago (July 27 - 28) - Partake in the 3rd annual local Chicago fitness event for a day of classes led by the top instructors in the city and enjoy healthy food from top local vendors with plenty of giveaways!


Maxwell Street Market (July 28) - The Maxwell Street Market is a historic and lively open-air market and beckons visitors with its rich tapestry of vendors offering an array of goods. From fresh produce and unique crafts to mouth watering street food, the market buzzes with a vibrant atmosphere that has been a cultural hub for generations. 


Millennium Art Festival (July 28 - 30) - Art enthusiasts can explore and purchase unique works of art, including paintings, ceramics, photography, and jewelry, while enjoying live performances and interactive art demonstrations for an inspiring experience. 


As July unfolds, Chicago stands ready to welcome you with open arms and a calendar full of exciting events. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to make unforgettable memories in the heart of our vibrant city. 


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