June 22-24: Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

This weekend marks a major weekend for festivals in Chicago -- and there's no shortage of things to check out.

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When: June 22-28
nWhere: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
nHours: Various screening times
nAdmission: Early bird multi-day passes are available now for $100-$175. Check back here for general tickets.
nWhy Go: This weeklong horror film festival shows more than 60 films and hosts Q&As with creators as well special guest panels.
Ruido Fest
When: June 22-24
nWhere: Addams/Medill Park
nHours: Friday 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $64.99-$249.99. Purchase here
nWhy Go: Ruido Fest is Chicago's only three-day Latin music festival. This year's headliners are rock favorites like Caifanes, Plastilina Mosh, and Kinky the Band. For classic sounds, Los Ángeles Azules will also be playing.
When: June 23-24
nWhere: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
nHours: 2 p.m.-11 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $75.50-$599.50. Ticket prices will increase as more are sold.
nWhy Go: The lineup for this weekend includes Delta Rae on Saturday and Florida Georgia Line (pictured) on Sunday.
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When: June 23
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: $10 tickets at the gate
nWhy Go: Saturday will feature family activities like bounce houses, face painters, games, as well as things for the adults like various microbrews. The enormous block party aims to benefit social justice and outreach programs while providing annual fun.
When: June 23-24
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: Speaking of brews, Ravenswood on Tap returns for a second year. The outdoor festival will feature beer and spirits from local breweries. People won't be left without food as there will also be a variety of food trucks there.
Mamby on the Beach
When: June 23-24
nWhere: Oakwood Beach
nHours : 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $69-149. Kids under 10 are free with a parent or guardian.
nWhy Go: Enjoy the views of Chicago beaches while listening this year's lineup including Common, Cold War Kids, and Towkio.
When: June 24th
nWhere: 201 E. Randolph St., Millennium Park
nHours: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
nWhy Go:Get a taste of Mexican culture with The Mariachi Heritage Foundation's fourth annual festival, which features the sounds of Mexican mariachi that has attracted more than 22,000 patrons to Millennium Park in the past.
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When: June 24
nWhere: Uptown to Lakeview
nHours: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: One of the largest in the U.S., Chicago’s Pride Parade will bring hundreds of thousands together on the city's North Side this weekend.
See more Chicago festivals happening this summer, below.
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When: Thursdays-Sundays, June 28-Aug. 25
nWhere: The Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park and various other locations
nHours: Check varying hours at the City of Chicago website.
nAdmission: Free
Why Go: A party that lasts most of summer, this dance event features 48 different bands and DJs and free dance lessons in different locations around the city.
City of Chicago
When: June 29- July 1
nWhere: Lawrence Avenue and Broadway Street
nHours: Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation suggested
nWhy Go: Windy City Ribfest is returning for its 10th anniversary and will be happening in Uptown. The event consists of live music, arts, crafts and—of course—ribs, including from far away! Last year saw ribs from Australia.
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $25-400. Early birds get a discount, bringing the price range down to $15-$139 for the remainder of the early special. Buy tickets here.
nWhy Go: The IFOL is a self-proclaimed "carnival of nations" dedicated to creating change for all. In past years, the festival has brought in about 50,000 attendees, 200 vendors and 70 performing acts.
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
nHours: 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday; 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday; 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
nAdmission: $10 if purchased by July 3, and $15 after
nWhy Go: Celebrate Irish American culture with a weekend of music, food, dance, exhibits, vendors and children's activities. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Amdur Productions
When: July 6-8
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 10th year. People can interact with artists through demos and booth chats. There will also be live music and food.
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Chicago Avenue between Damen Ave. and Wood St.
nHours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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. The music stage is booked by the Empty Bottle, which offers diverse and original music. There are also two specialty festivals inside West Fest: Kid Fest and Pet Fest.
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When: July 7
nWhere: Jackson Park
Hours: Starts at 8 a.m. Check here for full details.
nAdmission: $40-$175. Buy here.
nWhy Go: Start the picnic early and go into the night, grooving to house music with world-famous DJs like Basement Boys, Ralphi Rosario and Sheree Hicks.
Choose Chicago
When: July 11-15
nWhere: Grant Park
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: 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.Try the variety of food Chicago has to offer, all without having to leave Grant Park.
When: July 12, August 16, September 13
nWhere: Chicago Loop
nHours: Vary
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The Chicago Loop Alliance collaborates with artistic curators for ACTIVATE 2018 in a series of summer nights meant to celebrate the city's new renaissance. People can interact with various artistic installations, listen to live music, and go on unexpected adventures in the Chicago Loop area.
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When: July 13-15
nWhere: 560 W. Grand Ave.
nHours: 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: $40+. Purchase here
nWhy Go: Ribs, music and beer: Twenty pit masters, brewers from across the country and a host of musicians including Brothers Osborne and Brett Eldredge round out the lineup for this year.
When: July 13-15
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.
Special Events Management Roscoe Village Burger Fest
When: July 14-15
nWhere: Intersection of Belmont and Damen avenues
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. Already confirmed for this year are Bareburger, Billy Goat Tavern, VPT, Select Cut Steakhouse, Reggies Chicago and Mrs. Murphy & Sons.
Amdur Productions
When: July 14-15
nWhere: Southport Avenue from Waveland Avenue to Grace Street
nHours: Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
nWhy Go: This acclaimed festival has art in all mediums. TimeOut Chicago has rated the festival as one of the city's best.
City of Chicago
When: July 15
nWhere: 45 W. North Boulevard
nHours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
nAdmission: $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Check here to buy.
nWhy Go: Tickets for the 60th annual Dearborn Garden Walk include access to more than 20 private gardens, a narrated architectural walking tour of Dearborn Street and live classical music.
City of Chicago
When: July 15
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, 72 exhibitors and more than 100 books from black authors showcased at the fair.
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When: July 20-22
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 120 artists.
When: July 20-22
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: Go taste the restaurants of the River North neighborhood. Vendors present include the popular Fogo de Chao, Pink Taco, and Maggiano's. Meanwhile, the band line up kicks off with Chick Norris among others on Friday, features the return of Sixteen Candles on Saturday, and AM Taxi, Family Groove Company, Masked Intruder, with others on Sunday.
City of Chicago
When: July 20-22
nWhere: Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
nHours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: $10 daily for adults, kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult
nWhy Go: The festival celebrates Colombian history, culture and independence. The festival director and founder Jorge L. Ortega was born in Colombia and lives in Chicago.
When: July 20-22
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $75-$375. Purchase here.
nWhy Go: The 13th annual Pitchfork Music Festival has a lineup full of current indie darlings such as Tame Impala, Julien Baker, Fleet Foxes and Chaka Khan.
When: July 27-29
nWhere: Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street
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 for the first time this year and is expanding its space past Paulina Street. It is also adding fashion shows every evening in addition to more than 40 bands on three stages.
Fiesta del Sol
When: July 27-30n Where: 1400 W. Cermak Roadn Admission: Free Why Go: 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.
Chicago Margarita Festival
When: July 28-29
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: $20-$70. Purchase tickets here. Drink tickets must be purchased in advance.
nWhy Go: Drink margaritas to your heart's content at Navy Pier. A huge addition this year is a firework show over the lake Saturday evening.
City of Chicago
When: July 29 Where: Midway Plaisance, 60th & Ellisn Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.n Admission: Free Why Go: Bantu Fest promotes cultural exchange and diversity among nations. There will be food, art and music from more than 20 different countries around the world.
When: August 2-4
Where: Grant Park
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
n Admission: $120-$4,200
n Why Go: This year’s lineup includes megastars like The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Post Malone and Tyler, The Creator.
Special Events Management
When: August 3-5
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: Free
Why Go: This year the annual arts and music festival will have wine tastings Saturday and Sunday evening for $20 per person. Jeff Fest proceeds go to the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.
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When: Aug. 4-5
nWhere: Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore avenues
nHours: Saturday 12 p.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.
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When: Aug. 4-5
nWhere: Festival location TBA. Check back here. The parade is at the intersection of Montrose and California avenues to Kimball Avenue
nHours: Festival is 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 4. Parade starts 12 p.m. Aug. 5.
nAdmission: TBA
nWhy Go: Celebrate Ecuadorian culture and independence with floats, folklore and Andean music and dancing.
City of Chicago
When: August 10-12
nWhere: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.
nHours: Friday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-8:30 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. Four master craftsmen, or Waza, from Tokyo, are scheduled to give some demonstrations on their crafts. The temple will also be open for visitors who are interested in observing and learning about Buddhism.
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When: Aug. 10-12
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.
When: Aug. 10-12
nWhere: RIIS Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $15-$90
nWhy Go: The 9th annual Festival Cubano promises a great time with Grammy-winning artists, a line up of 30 restaurants to choose from, and 75 vendors and at the festivities.
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When:Aug. 11-12
nWhere: Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation
nWhy Go: Billed as the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days draws a crowd of around 200,000 fairgoers and spans six blocks with music on five stages.
City of Chicago
When: Aug. 17-19
nWhere: Glenwood & Morse Avenues
nHours: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
nWhy Go: The free fest kicks off with the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam before the main event begins Aug. 18. It features more than 150 artists and live entertainment on three outdoor stages.
When: Aug. 17-19
nWhere: Taylor Street at Ashland Avenue
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation
Why Go: The fest celebrates Italian heritage with lots of food like authentic pizza, eggplant sandwiches and cannolis. And don't forget the meatball eating contest.
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When: Aug. 17-19
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 projects to improve the aesthetic of the city.
When: Aug. 18
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 80,000 pets were adopted for last year's event.
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When: Aug. 18-19
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.
When: Aug. 24-26
nWhere: 400 S. Halsted St.
nHours: Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The restaurant lineup for Taste of Greektown’s 29th year brings back grub from The Ambassador Public House, Artopolis, and Athena Restaurant among others.
When: Aug. 30- Sept. 3
nWhere: Various locations throughout Jefferson Park
nHours: Shows run 1 p.m.-9:30 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $10 for each performance
nWhy Go: The Chicago Fringe Festival selects its performance groups by lottery, and performers get 100 percent of their box office revenue. The festival is put on by an all-volunteer group, and allows new artists from all over the country to break into the theater scene.
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When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2
nWhere: Union Park
nHours:Check here for varying schedule.
nAdmission:Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now and go for $75-$149
n Why Go: Enjoy everything from electronic to hip-hop to jam band to indie rock music at "summer's last stand." This year includes British act Jamiroquai, which will be one of the group’s only U.S. dates, and other popular artists like Miguel, DJ Snake, and Cashmere Cat.
When: Sept. 9
nWhere: 26th Street from Albany Avenue to Kostner Avenue
nHours: Parade starts at 12 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Celebrate Mexico’s liberation from Spain since 1810 in one of the city’s largest parades. Among mariachi bands and dancing, there will also floats at this annual, Mexican celebration.
When: Sept. 14-16
nWhere: Douglas Park
nHours: Vary
nAdmission: Three Day Tickets start at $190
nWhy Go: Riot Fest returns to Chicago in 2018 and is headlined by fan-favorites of varying genres like Blink-182, Beck, Incubus, Atmosphere, and Cypress Hill.
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