Here’s our curated list of what we think are some of the most rockin’ events and festivals going on this summer in Chicago! If you’re planning to take a trip to the windy city this summer, or are a Chicagoan looking to book a mini staycation, this list is for you. From a John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) themed film festival to craft beer week, Hard Rock has you covered.
10+ Things to Do Near Millennium Park & the Loop During Your Trip to Chicago
By Katie Sagal | SmartDestinations.com
Millennium Park is the green heart of urban Chicago. From vast open spaces for walking, relaxing, or playing to an eclectic variety of ever-changing special events, festivals, and performances, there’s something for everyone at this famous park.
Whether you want to scope out iconic works of art, explore renowned museums, or embark on fascinating tours, Millennium Park’s got you covered.
So, if you’re looking for things to do in Millennium Park and the Loop during your trip to Chicago, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…
- SkyDeck Chicago
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Chicago Architecture Tours
- Bus tours
- And more!
Visit the famed Willis Tower and ascend to the popular SkyDeck Chicago, located on the 103rd floor.
In addition to phenomenal panoramic views of the city’s skyline, the waterfront, and lands far beyond, you’ll also enjoy informative exhibits and historical photographs.
They’ll help you explore SkyDeck Chicago and learn all about this popular attraction’s history and legacy.
Be sure to check out our guide and tips for vising SkyDeck Chicago before your visit.
Getting In: SkyDeck Chicago tickets are included on the Go Chicago® Card.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago is famed far and wide for its diverse architecture. As a city that literally rose from the ashes after a terrible fire in 1871, much of the architecture hails from an array of twentieth-century architectural and artistic movements.
Choose from over 80 different guided walking tours and explore new facets of the city on each and every tour.
Art Institute of Chicago
Visit the museum recently voted #1 Museum in the World by a TripAdvisor poll, and see what all the fuss is about.
This fantastic institution features extensive collections of paintings, photographs, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts, and much more.
They’ve even got a series of beautiful stained glass windows! Art lovers cannot miss this inspiring attraction.
Chicago Theatre Tour
Chicago is a very artsy city, with plenty of museums, music, and tons of great theatrical performances.
Take a spin through the city’s theatre district for a view of some of the most historic and striking marquees, then enjoy an in-depth tour of the Chicago Theatre, one of the most famed theatres in all of American artistic history.
See the celebrity-signed walls backstage, walk across the stage itself, and enjoy a variety of historical photographs.
Chicago Bus Tours
Choose from two different guided bus tours of Chicago – North Side and South Side tours.
Both feature informative narration of all the sights and sounds you’ll see, including featured attractions like the Art Institute, Grant Park, & Museum Campus (on the South Shore tour) and Wrigley Field, the Botanical Gardens, and Lincoln Park (on the North Side tour) Of course, you could also take both tours!
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10 Free (and Cheap!) Things to Do in Chicago this May
By Maddy Osman | ChooseChicago.com
It’s time to get off your couch and head to the city because there are so many free Chicago events and happenings this month. Take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer, without stretching your budget — from festivals and parades, to a food truck social and outdoor House party.
Here are the best free and cheap Chicago events in May.
Chicago Riverwalk Celebration: May 20
On Saturday, May 20, 9am-9pm, the newly-completed Chicago Riverwalk will host a free celebration for all ages that hits up all the senses. See and hear a traveling music cruise/concert, a marching band, and parades with puppets. Try your hand at fishing at the Jetty led by the Chicago Park District. Watch in wonder as the Chicago River bridges perform their “Dance of the Bridges.” And the grand finale? A pyrotechnic display! All free!
Visit chicagoriverwalk.us for the entire summer schedule.
Memorial Day Parade: May 27
Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade is a longstanding tradition since 1870 to honor those who served our country. It’s free for all to attend and takes place on State Street at noon, beginning at 11am with the Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Explore more Memorial Day weekend picks all across Chicago.
Chicago House Party: May 27
Attend the city’s free dance party on May 27 in Millennium Park featuring live performances by House Legacy Project, Peven Everett, and more. Find more details about the Chicago House party here. The complete schedule will be announced soon.
See the full list at http://www.choosechicago.com
2017 Chicago Summer Festival Guide
This one could easily be our favorite! Want to know about any and all festivals going down in Chicago this summer? Then this is the page for you! Interactive search features, complete lists, and ticket options all available in one place. If there’s a festival going on in Chicago, it is more than likely featured here.
Chicago festival season is here, but are you ready? Music festivals, film series, street fests, beer bashes — it’s a summerlong party. So pull out your calendar, reference our guide and start blocking off weekends. (Hint: Look for the RedEye stamp of approval.)
Your schedule just got a lot more packed.
Another great feature we love about this tool is it lets you explore the various events going on in an organized card format. We found that helpful for finding new festivals and events that even we hadn’t heard of. Did you know, new for 2017, that there will be a Greek & Mediterranean Wine Fest May 27-28? Count me in!
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An immersive John Hughes-themed film festival is coming to Chicago this summer
By Leah Pickett | ChicagoReader.com
Say what!?!? A John Hughes Themed Film Fest? Count us in! We couldn’t resist adding this nostalgia inducing gem to our lineup of rock’n things to do this summer in Chicago. Here are the details!
The team behind last year’s Ferris Fest, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, will return June 22-25 with an even bigger follow-up event. The Shermer Club: A John Hughes Fest will honor writer-director’s John Hughes’s 1980s teen movies with exclusive film screenings, a luxury bus tour to filming locations in and around Chicago, and expansive re-creations of classic scenes from those films—culminating in a full reenactment of the wedding scene from Sixteen Candles.
Centered at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest, the festival will revolve around six film screenings (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Weird Science) and cast member Q&A’s for each one. Special guests will include Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), Lea Thompson (Some Kind of Wonderful), director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful), Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Weird Science), Craig Sheffer (Some Kind of Wonderful), Cindy Pickett (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles), with more cast members to be added soon.
We’re interested! If you are too head over to http://www.chicagoreader.com for all the details.
Top 50 Chicago Summer Festivals of 2017
By: Mark Grossi | AtProperties.com
Sometimes just a straight up, simple list, gets the job done. That’s we’ve added this article to the mix, if you want a quick rundown of 50 headline festivals going on this summer, this list is for you.
2-4: Do-Division Street Fest – Division St.; Ashland to Leavitt
2-4: Lincoln Park Greek Fest – Sheffield Ave.; between Diversey & Schubert
3-4: 57th Street Art Fair – 57th St.; Kenwood & Woodlawn
9-11: Andersonville Midsommarfest – Clark St.; Foster to Catalpa
9-11: Ribfest Chicago – Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park
9-11: Chicago Blues Festival – Millennium Park
9-11: Spring Awakening Music Festival – Addams/Medill Park
10-11: Old Town Art Fair – Old Town Triangle Historic District
10-11: Wells Street Art Festival – Wells St.; North to Division
16-17: Craft Brews at the Zoo – Lincoln Park Zoo
17-18: Chicago Pride Fest – Boystown
17-18: Gold Coast Art Fair – Grant Park
23-24: Chicago Ale Fest – Butler Field @ Grant Park
23-25: Country LakeShake Music Festival – Northerly Island
24-25: Ravenswood on Tap – Ravenswood & Berteau
25: Pride Parade – Broadway/Halsted/Belmont
30-July 2: Windy City Ribfest Uptown – Lawrence & Broadway
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10 Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring & Summer in Chicago
By Shelby Livingston | MichiganAveMag.com
The Windy City comes alive in the warmer months, with fun music, food, and crafts festivals flooding the streets and parks nearly every weekend. Look forward to these 10 cant-miss events.
There’s a reason the Windy City is known as the global blues capital. Catch Gary Clark Jr., William Bell, and Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues at the largest free blues festival in the world. The fest, which is usually held in Grant Park, will make its Millennium Park debut this year. June 9-11, Millennium Park
Windy City Smokeout
Booze, barbecue, and country music—what could be better? Witness the likes of country music stars Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, and the Eli Young Band as you snack on pulled pork and ribs from 13 pitmasters from around the country. July 14-16, 560 W. Grand Ave.
Put on your dancing shoes and head to Millennium Park for the 39th annual jazz fest. This go-round, the city will pay tribute to 100 years of jazz icons Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonius Monk. August 31-September 3, Millennium Park
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