June Festival and Party Guide

Start your summer off with some of Chicago's hottest events and festivals.

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Navy Pier welcomes the summer months in with a bang as its summer fireworks series kicks off this month. Head to the waterfront every Wednesday and Saturday through August for one of the city's biggest fireworks displays.
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Even Mondays are a fun time during the summer. Grab and blanket and head to Millennium Park Monday evenings through June for the Downtown Sounds music series featuring acts like Low and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.
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Round up your amigos and head to Fiesta Back of the Yards for a Latin American take on the traditional street festival June 10-12. Enjoy a carnival, Latino musical performers and, of course, tons of tacos.
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Don't miss an entire weekend of free blues tunes at the annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, June 10-12.
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Break out the bibs. Chicago Ribfest is back June 10-12 with live music and more than 50,000 pounds of barbequed goodness.
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Head to The Cubby Bear for its new "Reggae In Wrigleyville" series every Thursday night. It'll be a blast, mon.
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The warm weather has finally returned and so have the free flicks. The Chicago Park District's "Movies in the Park" series kicks off June 14 and runs through September.
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The Just For Laughs comedy festival is back June 14-19 with a hilarious lineup including Steve Martin, George Lopez and tons of other local and national talent.
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Chicago's Windy City Rollers championship match rolls into UIC Pavilion on June 18. The women's roller derby league teams will brawl for the title of best in the city.
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6 Corners BBQ Fest serves up loads of lip-smacking dishes June 18 and 19. Head over to Portage Park for BBQ, beer and live music.
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Chicago Magazine and The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital host the hottest singles event of the summer. Summer Lovin' will be held on June 17 with enough food, cocktails and entertainment to keep the more than 1,000 Chicagoans expected to attend at bay.
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Farmers market season is back in full swing this month. Check out a map of Chicago's farmers markets and find out where you can get the freshest produce in the city.
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Taste of Randolph Street returns June 17-19 as one of Chicago's most delicious street festivals. Get a taste of some of West Loop's best restaurants.
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Chicago's beloved mobile restaurants unite at the corner of North Ave. and Halsted St. for "Food Truck Tuesdays" in June. At least four of the city's food trucks will be present every week.
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Make Music Chicago invades Chicagoans' eardrums on June 21. The festival celebrates the ability to create music and will feature free spontaneous concerts throughout the city all day.
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Taste of Chicago takes over Grant Park once again as one of the nation's largest outdoor food festivals and the best spot for Chicagoans to sample local eateries. This year's fest runs June 24 through July 3.
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Wicker Park hosts the environmentally-savvy Green Music Fest on June 25 and 26.
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Chicago's LGBT community is sure to turn out in style for this year's Pride Fest on June 24 and 25.
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Chicago Summerfest hits Lincoln Park June 25 and 26 with live music, an arts fair and guided architectural tours of the city's Mid-North area.
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