Now that Memorial Day is over, we can finally say SUMMER IS HERE!!! And not a moment too soon. Of course, the start of summer in Chicago can only mean one thing: Chicago Festivals! This year, all the favorites make their return. Kicking it off is the Gospel Music Fest June 5th and 6th, followed by the Blues Music Fest June 11th- 13th. Markings its 30th anniversary is the one and only Taste of Chicago from June 25th to July 4th; the worldâ€™s largest outdoor food festival. With more than 50 Chicago restaurants, dozens of music performances each day, and loads of childrenâ€™s activities itâ€™s sure to keep the whole family busy. If all the Maxwell Street Polish Sausages and slices of Eliâ€™s Cheesecake leave you feeling a little weighed down, stop by Millenium Park on Saturday mornings for workouts on the Great Lawn or head to Grant Park Thursday through Sunday for the Summer Dance festival.
If you really want to make the most of the Chicagoâ€™s beautiful summer weather, be sure to take in a baseball game or two at either Wrigley Field or U.S. Cellular Field. Or save yourself time and head to one of the always exciting Cross-Town Classics June 11th – 13th and 25th -27th. In August donâ€™t forget to look up as Chicagoâ€™s Air and Water show takes to the beaches of Lake Michigan. But the quintessential Chicago summer experience is ending your fun-filled day by catching Navy Pierâ€™s bi-weekly fireworks over one of the greatest skylines in the world. With all the things going on this summer, thereâ€™s no better place to be than downtown Chicago!