2019 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

From music to food, Chicago has some of the most diverse offerings of summer festivals. Take a look through to see when your favorites are coming and make plans to try new festivals, too.

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NBC Boston
When: June 13-16
nWhere: 1301 N. Humboldt Blvd.
nHours: 2-10 p.m.
nWhy Go: Celebrate Puerto Rican culture in Humboldt Park with this festival and parade. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. Saturday near Division and Western.
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Choose Chicago/Abel Arciniega
When: Various days June 12 through August 17
nWhere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
nHours: Vary by performance. View the full schedule here.
nAdmission: Prices vary
nWhy Go: Enjoy free music from the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. There is free seating in the Seating Bowl and on the lawn. If you want to sit extra close to the stage, tickets and membership are available.
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Millennium Park Summer Music Series
When: Mondays and Thursdays June 13-August 15
nWhere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
nHours: Check here <a href="https://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/parks-and-outdoors/millennium-park/summer-music-series/" for schedule details
n Why Go: Enjoy a variety of music in Millennium Park for free during the summer. Genres include soul jazz, indie and African electronic.
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When: June 14-15
nWhere: Lincoln Park Zoo
nHours: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. daily
nAdmission: General admission $20-$79
nWhy Go: Beer tasting stations, entertainment and lawn games are scattered around the Lincoln Park Zoo.
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Taste of Randolph Facebook
When: June 14-16
nWhere: 900 W. Randolph St
nHours : Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation. VIP tickets are $40-$100
n Why Go: This is the street festival’s 23rd anniversary and will feature food from 16 different restaurants along with a number of performers.
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North Halsted Business Alliance
When: June 22-23
nWhere:Boystown, Chicago, IL
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
nWhy Go: Enjoy live performances from artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Betty Who, Pabllo Vittar, Ultra Nate and others. Celebrate 50 years since Stonewall and the birth of the Pride movement.
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Cinepocalypse
When: June 13-20
nWhere: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
nHours: Various screening times
nAdmission:Passes are available for $100-$175.nWhy Go: This is a weeklong horror film festival showing more than 60 films, hosting Q&As with creators and panels featuring special guests.
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When: June 21-23
nWhere: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
nHours: 2 p.m.-11 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $80-$649.50
nWhy Go: The lineup includes Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and more.
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Matt Stroshane
When: June 21-22
nWhere: Old St. Pat’s Church campus in Chicago’s West Loop
nHours: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Saturday
nAdmission:General admission $10 and $55 for VIP passes
nWhy Go: The lineup includes Hello Weekend, 7th Heaven and 16 Candles. There will also be a bags tournament beginning at 6 p.m. each day.
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Ruido Fest
When: June 21-23
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: Friday 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $79.99-$279.99 Purchase here
nWhy Go: Ruido Fest is Chicago's only three-day Latin music festival. This year's headliners include Enanitos Verdes, Los Tigres del Norte, Malafacha, Los Gold Fires, and many more.
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When: June 22-23
Where: Ravenswood and Berteau avenues
nHours: Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go: Ravenswood on Tap returns for its third year. The outdoor festival will feature beer and spirits from local breweries, KOVAL Distillery cocktails, food trucks, live music and more.
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When: June 29-30
nWhere: Event: Grant Park; Parade: from Broadway and Montrose to Halsted St.
nHours: 12 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The 50th annual Pride Parade is one of the country’s largest parades. This year’s theme is “Stonewall 50: Millions of Moments of Pride.” This year, a first-of-its-kind event will take place the day before the parade in downtown's Grant Park. "Pride in the Park" will feature headliners like Iggy Azalea and Steve Aoki.
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When: Thursdays-Sundays, June 27-Aug. 24
nWhere: The Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park and various other locations
nHours: TBD. Check back at the City of Chicago website, which currently has last year's dates and times posted.
nAdmission: Free
Why Go: This summer-long event features 48 different live bands and DJs and free dance lessons in different locations around the city.
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Amdur Productions
When: June 28-30
nWhere: Lake Street east of Michigan Avenue
nHours: Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: This is the festival's 11th year. People can interact with over 100 artists through demos and booth chats. There will also be live music and food.
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JforPay
When: June 28 Where: 5238 N. Clark St. Behind the Cheetah Gym
nHours: 4 p.m. Admission: $25nWhy Go: Join the first ever outdoor drag festival in Chicago. As indicated by the CIADF the lineup will represent drag from different generations, neighborhoods and performances.
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City of Chicago
When: July 4-6
nWhere: Lawrence Avenue and Broadway Street
nHours: 12: p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation suggested
nWhy Go: Windy City Ribfest in Uptown is returning for its 11th anniversary. The event always has live music, arts and crafts and—of course—ribs.
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When: July 4-7
nWhere: Washington Park
nHours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission:$9-300 Children under 12 are enter for free. For more information on tickets click here.
nWhy Go: The IFOL is a self-proclaimed "carnival of nations" dedicated to creating change for all. There will be two stages featuring Reggae, Calypso, Soca, African, Jazz, and more.
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WestFestChicago.com
When: July 5-7
nWhere: Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation requested
nWhy Go: The festival is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, meaning that all the food and talent are local. There are also two specialty festivals inside West Fest: Kid Fest and Pet Fest.
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When: July 6
nWhere: Jackson Park
Hours: 8 a.m.
nAdmission: $40-$175. Buy here.
nWhy Go: Celebrate house music with Grammy winners such as Def Mix Productions co-founder David Morales and Thelma Houston, house music vocalist and viral sensation Lady Alma and disco maven Taana Gardner.
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Choose Chicago
When: July 10-14
nWhere: Grant Park
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Taste the variety of food Chicago has to offer, all without having to leave Grant Park. Taste of Chicago has taken place annually since 1980 and is now the world's largest food festival, according to the City of Chicago website.
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IAHC
When: July 12-14
nWhere: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
nHours:Friday 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 if purchased by July 11, and $15 after. Children 12 and under are free.
nWhy Go: Celebrate Irish American culture with a weekend of music, food, dance, exhibits, vendors and children's activities.
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Jeff Marini
When: July 12-14
nWhere:1901 W. Madison St.
nHours: Friday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $40+nWhy Go: Ribs, music and beer. What more could you ask for? Twenty pitmasters, brewers from across the country and a host of musicians including Jordan Davis, Cole Swindell and many more.
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When: July 12-14
nWhere: Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson avenues
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.
nAdmission: Suggested donation $10 for adults, $5 for seniors or kids and $20 for families
nWhy Go: Anyone from local indie rockers to Old Town School of Folk Music students will take the stage at this music and craft beer festival. Donations help fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce farmers market and concerts.
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Special Events Management Roscoe Village Burger Fest
When: July 13-14
nWhere: 2159 West Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
Why Go: Chow down on some of the finest burgers Chicago has to offer. More than a dozen local restaurants will be there.
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Amdur Productions
When: July 13-14
nWhere: West Waveland Avenue and North Southport Avenue, Wrigleyville
nHours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Admission: Free
nWhy Go: This acclaimed festival has art of all mediums. TimeOut Chicago rated the festival as one of the city's best.
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When: July 21
nWhere: 2200 S. Wentworth Ave. from Cermak Avenue to 24th Place
nHours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The 41st annual festival will celebrate Far East beauty and culture with Chinese classical dance, music and martial arts. Some of the highlights include the lion dance procession and more.
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When: July 10-20
Where: 435 N. Michigan Ave.
nHours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The festival takes place at the base of the Chicago Tribune building overlooking the river. The festival will feature more than 65 artists.
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City of Chicago
When: Aug. 3
nWhere: 61st Street between Cottage Grove and King Drive
nHours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Why Go: The outdoor book fair celebrates reading and literary arts in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Last year there were more than 4,500 attendees, 85 exhibitors and more than 100 books from black authors showcased at the fair.
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When: July 19-21
nWhere: Ward A. Montgomery Park
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday noon – 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Admission: $5 suggested donationnWhy Go: Come taste the restaurants of the River North neighborhood. Some of last year’s restaurants included True Food Kitchen, Barcargo, Pink taco, and many more.
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City of Chicago
When: July 19-21
nWhere: Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
nHours: Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10, $15 and $25
nWhy Go:The festival celebrates Colombian history, culture and independence. Live music from Grupo Niche, Johnny Ventura, Khriz y Angel and other artists.
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Green Curtain Events
When: Jul. 19-21 Where: 16 th St. & Peoria, Pilsen
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $5 Suggested donation Why Go: Enjoy a variety of tacos and tamales from different regions while dancing Latin music or watching dance performances.
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Nate Baranowski
When: Jul. 20 Where: Rogers Park neighborhood on Howard St.
nHours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free Why Go: It’ll feature amazing chalk art pieces from renowned 3D street and local 2D artists.
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When: July 19-21
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $75-$400. Purchase here.
nWhy Go: The 14th annual Pitchfork Music Festival has a lineup full of current indie darlings such as HAIM, Pusha-T, The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian and more.
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Fiesta del Sol
When: July 25-28n Where: 1400 W. Cermak RoadnHours: Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday :11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Why Go: Dubbed the largest Latino festival in the Midwest, Fiesta del Sol is the Pilsen Neighbor Community Council’s annual fundraising event. The proceeds help provide scholarships to Latino youth, help create jobs and allow local organizations and schools to raise money.
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When: July 26-28
nWhere: Wicker Park Chamber Commerce
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation
nWhy Go: This iconic festival is running for three days, bringing fashion shows, music from more than 40 bands, art, food and more.
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Chicago Margarita Festival
When: July 27-28
Where: Navy Pier
nHours: Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7 p.m.-11:59 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
nAdmission: $8-$38. Purchase tickets here. Drink tickets must be purchased in advance.
nWhy Go: Drink margaritas until your heart's content at Navy Pier.
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City of Chicago
When: July 27n Where: Midway Plaisance, 60th & Ellisn Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.n Admission: $5-$10n Why Go: Bantu Fest promotes cultural exchange and diversity among nations. There will be food, art and music from more than 30 different countries around the world.
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Southloop Beer & Cider Fest
When: July 27nWhere: Women's Park and Gardens
nHours: 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission: $15-$65nWhy Go: Enjoy a variety of beers and ciders from Illinois. This year’s participants will be 2 Fools Cider, 3 sheeps Brewing Company, Virtue Cider and many more.
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When: August 1-4
Where: Grant Park
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
n Admission: $120-$4,200
n Why Go: This year’s lineup includes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, J Balvin, Twenty One Pilots and many more.
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Special Events Management
When: August 2-4
nWhere: Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: $5
Why Go: Jeff Fest brings local and national acts for a jam-packed music-filled weekend. Proceeds go to the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.
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Raney Images
When: Aug. 3-4
nWhere: Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore avenues
nHours: Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 suggested donation
nWhy Go: Edge Fest is a fundraiser for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. All donations go to pay for the festival, and any money left over is invested in the community. Plus, your donation gets you the Edge Card community discount card. There's also a pet parade set to step off Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ardmore and Broadway.
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Ecuadorian Festival/Senovia Photography
When: Aug. 11
nWhere: Montrose and California to Kimball Avenue
nHours: Festival is starts at 12 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Celebrate Ecuadorian culture and independence in Albany Park with floats, folklore and Andean music and dancing.
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City of Chicago
When: August 9-11
nWhere: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.
nHours: Friday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go: This festival celebrates Japanese culture and will have stage performances, cultural displays and food. The temple will also be open for visitors who are interested in observing and learning about Buddhism.
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Raney Images
When: Aug. 9-11
nWhere: 2000 W. Roscoe St.
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
nWhy Go: Return to the past with Retro on Roscoe through retro music, vendors, food and a car show with more than 50 classic cars. The proceeds from the festival go to local projects and schools.
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Casey Mitchell
When: Aug. 9-11
nWhere: RIIS Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
nHours: Friday 3 p.m-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $20-$150. Kids 12 and under are free.
nWhy Go: Grammy-winning artists, 30 restaurants, 75 vendors and carnival festivities guarantee a great time at the 10th annual Festival Cubano.
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When:Aug. 10-11
nWhere: Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
nWhy Go: Billed as the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days draws a crowd of around 100,000 fairgoers and spans six blocks with music on five stages.
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City of Chicago
When: Aug. 16-18
nWhere: Glenwood & Morse Avenues
nHours: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
nWhy Go: The free fest kicks off with the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam before the artists' market begins Aug. 18. It features more than 100 artists, open studios and live entertainment on three outdoor stages.
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Facebook
When: Aug. 2-4
nWhere: Naper Settlement, Naperville.
nHours:Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m., Sunday 12-9 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 per person
Why Go: The fest celebrates Italian heritage with lots of food and awesome shows like Zoppè Family Circus and Tony and Tina's Wedding.
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Clark After Dark
When:Aug. 15
nWhere: Clark Hubbard Llc, Chicago
nHours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.nAdmission: $10 Why Go: Join military families as they celebrate those who fight for our country.
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Davdgreat Photography
When: Aug. 16-18
nWhere: Edison Park
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go:Edison Park Fest first started in 1972 as a sidewalk sale on Northwest Highway. The annual community fundraiser draws about 20,000 people, and proceeds help free community programs and beautification projects.
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When: Aug. 17
nWhere: Nationwide
nWhy Go: Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption event hosted by NBCUniversal TV studios that aims to get animals into the loving homes they need. More than 100,000 pets were adopted for last year's event.
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ferdinand vargas
When: Aug. 17-18
nWhere: North Avenue Beach
nHours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: This is the largest free show of its kind in the United States, according to the city of Chicago website. The show can be seen along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street and from Ohio Street Beach. Food vendors will be stationed along the lakefront selling food like hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.
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Lauren
When: Aug. 23-25
nWhere: On Halsted Street between Van Buren and Jackson
nHours: Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12-11 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The acclaimed culinary festival returns for its 30th year, bringing "Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness."
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Mamby on the Beach
When: Aug. 23-24
nWhere: Montrose Beach
nHours : 1 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $79.99-$109
nWhy Go: Enjoy the summer sun and everything Chicago beaches have to offer while listening to some of your favorite bands. Headliners for this year's fest include Bockhampton, Troye Sivan, Zhu Sylvan Esso and more.
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Green Curtain Events
When: Aug.30-Sept. 1 Where: Navy Pier
nHours: 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $34-$99nWhy Go: This is a family friendly event where you can enjoy live music, cold beverages and of course, different dishes made with lobster.
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Joshua Timmermans/North Coast
When: Aug. 30-31
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: 2:30-11 p.m.
nAdmission:Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now and go for $75-$4,204
n Why Go: Enjoy everything from electronic to hip hop to jam bands to indie rock music at "summer's last stand."
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When: Sept. 8
nWhere: 26th Street from Albany Avenue to Kostner Avenue
nHours: Parade steps off at 12 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Celebrate Mexico’s liberation from Spain in one of the city’s largest and most colorful parades. Tens of thousands of people show up annually to see Mexican floats, mariachi bands and dancing.
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When:Sept. 13-15
nWhere: Douglas Park
nHours : 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $129.98-$1,499.98
nWhy Go: The punk rock fest is celebrating its 15th anniversary with big-name headliners like Blink-182, Slayer, Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs and more.
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