Chicagoland Summer Festivals 2017

Here’s a list of the biggest and best summer festivals in the Chicago area. With all these options, you’re bound to make some memories this summer!

June 30-July 4
Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival
Mount Prospect: mplions.org/festival.html
Melas Park, Busse and Central Rds. Live entertainment, carnival rides, food and raffle prizes daily.

June 30-July 4
Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival
Arlington Heights: 847-577-8572, www.frontierdays.org
Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner. Festival features Free Music Entertainment; Carnival Rides, 4th of July Parade, food, bingo, family activities, petting zoo, pony rides, 3v3 soccer, stampede run 5K/10K, Citizens with Disabilities Day, raffle, arts & crafts marketplace and so much more! Free admission. Free entertainment, parade, family activities and petting zoo. Paid items include carnival rides, food, bingo, soccer tournament, stampede event, raffle, Arts & Crafts Marketplace.

July 1-4
Palatine Jaycees 60th Hometown Fest
Palatine: palatinejaycees.org/events/hometown-fest
Community Park, 262 E. Palatine Rd. Weekend full of festivities including fireworks, entertainment, food vendors, parade, carnival, expo and many other family activities. Every year, proceeds benefit many different organizations in the community as well as provide high school scholarships and support to our community’s needy.

June 30-July 2, noon-11pm
Eyes to the Skies Festival
Lisle: 630-541-6095, www.eyestotheskies.org
Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St. Daily launches of hot air balloons, balloon glows, carnival, huge children’s area, craft fair, live music on two stages, nightly fireworks, unique food vendors plus much more! $8, children 6 and under are Free.

June 30-July 2, Friday & Saturday – Noon to 10pm; Sunday – Noon to 9pm
Windy City RibFest in Uptown
Chicago: 773-878-1184, www.chicagoevents.com
Lawrence and Broadway. Three days of tasty ribs and a big name headliner. Kids activities and booths.

July 5-9
Taste of Chicago
Chicago: 312-744-3315, www.explorechicago.org
Grant Park. Chicago’s tremendous array of culinary delights is in one place at this annual festival. Free admission. Food and beverage tickets are $8.50 for a strip of 12 tickets. E&J Gallo Winery Wine Garden open 2:30-7:30 daily; listen to live jazz provided by Chicago Jazz Magazine while you enjoy the wine.

July 20 – 23
Antioch’s Taste of Summer Festival 2017
Antioch: 847-395-2233, www.antiochchamber.org
Downtown Antioch. Four days of fun, music, rides, food and sales. Enjoy delectable specialties, dine in the relaxing sunshine or under the Big Top while listening to top entertainment. Carnival rides, games, sidewalk sales and free kids activities.

July 14-15, Fri. 5-11pm, Sat. 4-11pm
Irish Fest –Arlington Heights
Arlington Heights: 847-255-1225, www.ahpd.org
Museum Grounds, Euclid & Vail. The Annual Celebration of Celtic Pride in Arlington Heights with two days of Irish Dancing, Heritage, Fun and Food!

July 14 – 16, noon-7pm
BenFest 2017
Chicago: 847-677-8273, www.BenFest.com
St. Benedict’s Church, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd. Live entertainment, craft beer, a mouthwatering menu and fabulous family fun for every age group! Great music, fabulous fare, tons of activities for the kids. $5 donation requested at the gate.

July 21-22, Fri. 4-11pm, Sat. 11am-11pm
Downtown Block Party
Mount Prospect: 847-398-6616, mpblockparty.com
Downtown, Emerson St. & Busse Ave. Top local bands and great food options from local restaurants. Free kids’ rides on Saturday from noon-6pm. Witness the unearthing of the 1992 time capsule on Saturday at 10am at the Police & Fire Headquarters, 112 E. Northwest Hwy. Sponsored by the Village of Mount Prospect and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce.

July 30, 10am-3pm
Pregnancy, Baby & Toddler Expo Chicago
Chicago: www.babyexpochicago.com
Marriott Chicago O’Hare, 8535 W Higgins Rd. Baby Expo Chicago is a leading consumer expo for new and expecting parents and families with demos, discounts and freebies, entertainment and educational seminars.

Aug. 5, 11am-7pm
61st Annual Cornfest & Craft Fair 2017
Rolling Meadows: 847-255-5510, communitychurchrm.com
Community Church of Rolling Meadows, 2720 Kirchoff Rd. Meal includes a brat, hot dog, or hamburger and watermelon, beverage, and fresh all you can eat sweet corn! Huge craft fair! Expanded kid’s activities! Bounce house, bungee jump!! Face painter, balloon artist. Raffle! Live Entertainment!

Aug. 5, 1-4:30pm
Wheaton Brew Fest
Wheaton: wheatonparkdistrict.com/brewfest
Wheaton Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave. Event features over 80 brews, entertainment, food vendors, and a lot of summer fun! Admission: $45/person, $20/designated driver.

Aug. 5-6, Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-5pm
13th Anniversary The World of Faeries Festival
South Elgin, IL: 815-788-1630, www.theworldoffaeries.com
Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31. The weekend includes music and family fun. Shopping in our vendor village. Check the website for more details. General Admission $11, $8 seniors 65 and up, Children 12 and under are free and Free Parking all weekend. Discounts at the gate for weekend pass, 5 adults to a car and shopping cart online.

Aug. 17-20
Riverfest
South Elgin: 847-774-1151, www.southelgin.com
Panton Mill Park, 10 N Water St. Yearly carnival with live music, a car show on Aug. 13, a craft show & business expo, and much more! There will be fireworks on Aug. 19! Wed.

Aug. 12, 10am-4pm
Green Fair on the Fox
Batavia: www.facebook.com/GreenFaironTheFox
Batavia RiverWalk and Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave. Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, organizations and individuals who raise awareness on sustainable living, physical fitness and healthy living. Enjoy great food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities. Free

Aug. 12-13, 10am-3pm
Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Fest
Glencoe: www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/kite_festival
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. In the meadow west of Evening Island, enjoy professional stunt-kite performances set to music. Kite-making workshops, parade, public fly time and more. Ice cream, beverages and many lunch options available.

Aug. 19-20, 10am-3pm
Chicago Air & Water Show
Chicago: www.explorechicago.org
North Avenue Beach. The largest spectator event in the U.S. and longest ongoing show of its kind in North America.

Aug. 19-20, 10am-2pm
Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival
Glencoe: www.chicagobotanic.org
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. A celebration of Japanese gardening and cultural traditions with demos, craft projects and bonsai exhibition. Free. Parking fee.

Sept. 1-4
Naperville Last Fling
Naperville: 630-961-4143, www.lastfling.org
Jackson Ave. and Eagle St. This annual Jaycees fundraiser lasts four days and offers fun events for the whole family. Music, food, expo and a family fun land along with pie and ice cream eating contests, skaters picnic, rib cook-off, bed races, and tons more.

 

 

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