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Chicago Street Fairs in July

What street fairs to check out in July


With summer in full swing, so are the city’s street festivals. July sees a wide variety of things to do all over the city. Here are a few of our picks for what to check out on the weekends.

Millennium Art Festival
What: An art show just steps from Millennium Park featuring paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, fabric and furniture from more than 100 artists.
Where: Lake Street and Michigan Avenue
When: July 8-10
Admission: Free

Square Roots Festival
What: A family-friendly music festival with more than 50 acts on two outdoor and two indoor stages that also features food vendors and 30 craft beers.
Where: Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson in Lincoln Square
When: July 8-10
Admission: suggested donation: $10 for adults; $5 for kids and seniors

Ruido Fest
What: Three day Latin alt-rock music fest with artists like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Aterciopelados and Malta Vecindad.
Where: Addams/Medill Park (1301 W. 14th)
When: July 8-10
Admission: Tickets range from $55 to nearly $300 for VIP three-day passes

Chinatown Summer Fair
What: A celebration of Far East culture, food, art and music
Where: Wentworth Avenue from Cermak to 24th Place (Chinatown)
When: July 17
Admission: Free

Sheffield Garden Walk
What: Self-guided tours of about 80 gardens and additional guided architectural tours as well as live music and food and drink vendors.
Where: Sheffield & Webster (Lincoln Park)
When: July 23-24
Admission: Suggested donation $7 ($10 after 3 p.m.)

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