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June Street Fest Round-up

Get outside and in the streets this June


JUNE 2017 – Arguably, one of the best things about Chicago in the summer is you can hit a different street fest — sometimes four — every weekend. No matter what neighborhood you’re in, you can find something going on with a variety of themes, culture, music, food and drink. You can look for photography or other pieces of art for your home; gorge yourself on ribs; seek out classic novels; and march to show solidarity with the LGBT community. And that’s all just in June!

Below are our picks for some of the best festivals this June and if you want a comprehensive guide, check out the city’s official festivals page for the month.

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale
Where: Division Street at Damen Ave.
When: June 2-4
What: Live music, lots of vendors and plenty of food and drinks
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation)

Chicago Blues Festival
Where: Millenium Park
When: June 9-11
What: The largest free blues festival in the world and the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.”
Cost: Free admission

Andersonville Midsommarfest
Where: Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa
When: June 9-11
What: In its 52nd year, what started as a celebration of Swedish culture has grown to include everything from art to music to a celebration of the LGBT community.
Cost: Free ($10 suggested donation)

Fiesta Back of the Yards
Where: 1600-2000 W. 47th St.
When: June 9-11
What: With more than 20 carnival rides and 100-plus vendors, this street fair is a celebration of Latino culture with music, dancing and food.
Cost: Free admission

Rib Fest
Where: Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park and Berteau
When: June 9-11
What: If you love ribs and beer and more ribs – oh and live music – this is one you can’t miss.
Cost: Free admission

Wells Street Art Festival/Old Town Art Fair
Where: Wells Street between North and Division and the Old Town Triangle
When: June 10-11
What: Two distinct art fairs within blocks of each other. Wells Street is more open and a little more of a party atmosphere with live music. Old Town is charming as you meander through tree-lined streets with a glass of wine.
Cost: Free admission (Wells Street has $7 suggested donation; Old Town is $10 suggested donation)

Printers Row Lit Fest
Where: Printers Row around Dearborn Street between Harrison and Polk
When: June 10-11
What: Now in its 33rd year, this is considered the largest outdoor literary fest with booksellers and separate ticketed events featuring speakers like Sen. Al Franken, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Scott Turow, Amy Dickinson, Michael Eric Dyson and Cory Doctorow.
Cost: Fest Pass that includes admission to ticketed events is $50; some events are fre as is general festival admission.

Pride Fest
Where: Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison
When: June 17-18
What: A lead up to the annual Pride parade on June 25, Pride Fest celebrates the LGBTQ community with vendors and live music from the likes of Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston, 16 Candles and Kristine W.
Cost: Free ($10 suggested donation)

Taste of Randolph Street
Where: Randolph west from Halsted
When: June 16-18
What: A gathering of some of the city’s best Fulton Market restaurants like Cruz Blanca, Formento’s Publican Quality Meats, BellyQ and De Cero with live music from bands including Dawes, !!!, Robert Delong and Emancipator Ensemble.
Cost: Admission is free, but you can pay extra for VIP (3-day pass is $100).

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