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Nothing Says Summer in Chicago Like Street Fairs

From mid May through September, Chicago celebrates summer with dozens of neighborhood street fairs. So lather on sun block, get your beer koozie and get ready to have fun.


Nothing says summer in Chicago more than street fairs. Starting in late May, you can pretty much hit a street fair nearly every weekend at neighborhoods all over. Sure, some like Do Division, Taste of Randolph, Andersonville Midsommarfest and Old Town Art Fair, attract massive crowds, but others are a little more manageable. But you haven’t lived until you’ve had a brat, an elephant ear, a boneless rib sandwich and taking your photo riding the wave.

Mayfest (Ashland and Barry), May 15th-17th, usually kicks off the summer fest circuit, but if you miss it, there’s plenty where that came from. Memorial Day Weekend sees a bunch – Lincoln Square’s Welles Park Craft Beer Fest, Pilsen’s Mole de Mayo, Lakeview’s Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest — and then they keep rolling through September. And this doesn’t even count things like Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, Taste of Chicago, Pitchfork, Lolla. The city has a full schedule of festivals here. Start marking up your calendar.

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