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13 Things to Do in Chicago This June

Make big plans this June in Chicago


JUNE 2018 – We made it! Summer is here and by the looks of how many people are outside, it’s as if the city’s population has tripled. People are out riding bikes, running on the lakefront path, dining with friends on patios and rooftops all over the city. What are you doing? If you’re not sure, we’ve pulled together quite a list of street festival, live music and more for June. Let’s go!

Do Division
What: This eclectic street festival celebrates the independent restaurants, cafes, vendors, bars and more while Empty Bottle and Subterranean book the live music stages with great indie music from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deerhoof, Antibalas and more.
Where:
Wicker Park on Division between Damen and Leavitt
When:
June 1-3
Cost:
Suggested donation

57th Street Art Fair
What:
Kick off the summer art fair scene in Hyde Park at Chicago’s oldest juried art fair featuring the work of more than 200 artists working in ceramics, leather, paper, wood, jewelry and more.
Where:
Hyde Park along 57
th Street and Kimbark Avenue
When:
June 2-3
Cost:
Free

Chicago Ale Fest
What:
Stroll, cavort and enjoy sips of more than 200 craft brews, including five hard-to-get beers and a variety of ciders, bites from an array of food trucks and live music. 
Where:
Butler Field in Grant Park
When:
June 1-2
Cost:
Early entry:$59; general admission: $49

Break Out Comedy Fest
What:
Celebrate diversity in stand-up comedy at this annual three-day event hosted by Godfrey, David Pompeii and Azhar Usman
Where:
Up Comedy Club at The Second City
When: June 7-9
Cost:
$10-$25

Activate: Evo’s Bazaar
What:
Watch at the Activate crew transform the Chicago Riverwalk into vibrant bazaar inspired by DuSable’s historic trading post.
Where:
Chicago Riverwalk at Wabash and Upper Wacker
When:
June 7 @ 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free (RSVP to get a free drink ticket).

Ribfest Chicago
What:
Celebrate Ribfest’s 20
th anniversary with 28 of the top barbecue spots (and other vendors) while jamming out to live music from 25 bands like Ra Ra Riot, The Weeks and the Waco Brothers.
Where:
North Center (intersection of Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen)
When:
June 8-10
Cost:
$10 suggested donation for entry; $50 to $500 for VIP passes

Printers Row Lit Fest
What:
The 34
th annual free literary lovers’ fest returns with five blocks of books and other literary ephemera, live talks and more.
Where:
Printers Row
When:
June 9-10
Cost:
Free to browse; some events require paid tickets

Chicago Blues Fest
What:
One of the world’s largest blues music festivals returns to Millennium Park with headliner Mavis Staples and a tribute to Little Walter.
Where:
Millennium Park
When:
June 8-10
Cost:
free

Midsommarfest
What:
One of the North Side’s most festive street fairs brings three nights and two days of vendors and live music with the likes of 16 Candles and Mucca Pazza
Where:
Andersonville between Clark and Catalpa
When:
June 8-10
Cost: S
uggested donation

Old Town Art Fair
What:
Stroll the beautiful tree-lined streets of Old Town as you peruse offerings from more than 250 artists, sculptors, photographers and other fine art creators.
Where:
Old Town Triangle
When:
June 9-10
Cost:
Suggested donation

Mamby on the Beach
What: Hit the beach to check out an array of indie rock, hip hop and dance music acts including Cold War Kids, Common, Gorgon City, Spoon, Moon Boots and Duke Dumont. It’ll also have a silent disco, group yoga, a water balloon fight, beach volleyball, fantastic food options and more fun beachy things.
Where:
Oakwood Beach @ 41
st Street
When:
June 23-24
Cost:
$69-$189

Ruido Fest
What:
Chicago’s only Latin alt-rock festival returns to Addams/Medill Park near Pilsen with headliners Caifanes, Panteon Rococo and Los Angeles Azules.
Where:
Addams/Medill Park
When:
June 22-24
Cost:
Tickets range between $60 and $600.

2018 Chicago Pride Parade
What:
The 49
th annual Pride Parade, which celebrates the city’s LGBTQ community, will see upwards of one million people lining up along the parade route. It kicks off at Broadway and Montrose and wends its way down through Boystown with a huge party along the way.
Where:
Broadway throughout Boystown and ends near Diversey and Sheridan.
When:
Sunday June 24, kicking off at noon
Cost:
Free

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