Best Summer Festivals in Chicago

Chances are, if you travel to Chicago during the summer months, your trip will coincide with a spectacular summer festival. You won’t be at a loss for fun things to do here any time of the year, but between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the city has a special sizzle. Since this top Illinois town is also among the biggest urban metro centers of the country, it’s not surprising that these wide-ranging summer festivals serve as world-class events. Here’s a smattering of the hottest things happening this summer.

Grant Park is a great place to experience Chicago’s vibrant scene for arts, entertainment, dining, and music. From July 10 through 14, visitors can sink their teeth into A Taste of Chicago, a showcase of the city’s eclectic cuisines presented by top chefs and accompanied by musical performances from bands like the Grammy award-winning pop-rockers, Fun. The music keeps coming, as Grant Park will also host the three-day party at Lollapalooza, the ultimate music festival attracting fans annually. Come on out, bring a blanket, and enjoy the Lake Michigan breeze as you sing along with Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, and the Killers at Lolla 2013. See the full lineup here:

Get more of an ethnic twist and try exotic cuisines at the Chinatown Summer Fair on July 21, or find your way to Fiesta Del Sol, which starts on July 25 and lasts for three days in Pilsen.  There’s Windy City RibFest, Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Edge Fest, Serb Fest, and even Festa Italiana. Make the most of your visit by exploring the sights, scenes, tastes, and sounds of these savory summertime celebrations. To see the full list of fun Chicago events from the Magnificent Mile to the Wicker Park Fest and the Lakefront Carnival, click here:

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