June is the dawn of summer, and summer in Chicago is when we all come out to play. If you’re ready to ditch the indoors and hit the streets to make the most out of this month, make sure to head to these top events.
May 31 – June 2 @ Little Village
This annual neighborhood celebration highlights the vibrant Mexican community in Chicago with cultural flavors, live music, carnival rides, and arts and crafts from 3pm – 10pm on Friday and from 12pm – 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
May 31 – June 2 @ West Town
Spanning 10 city blocks and featuring live music, delicious food and drink vendors, and local retailers, this is arguably the most popular outdoor street festival in the city. The festival asks for a $10 donation.
June 1 @ Grant Park
Chicago Ale Fest returns for its summer edition to Butler Field in Grant Park, serving more than 200 American craft beers, also featuring live music and food trucks. General admission starts at $49, and we already found you a top-notch parking spot.
June 2 @ Lincoln Park Zoo
The 41st annual race that helps keep Lincoln Park Zoo admission free returns with 5k and 10k race options, a kids’ obstacle course, themed shirts, and an after-party at the zoo. The race sells out fast, so register now! Prices start at $25 for kids and $39 for adults.
June 7 – 9 @ Millennium Park
The world’s largest free blues festival returns with local, national, and international artists performing for a weekend at Millennium Park. Admission is free.
June 8 @ TBD
Strip down to your skivvies and traverse the streets of Chicago with a group of other nude bicyclists for a liberating nighttime event. The secret meeting location is disclosed in the days leading up to the event.
June 8 – 9 @ Pilsen
Head to 18th and Allport to feast on mobile eats, sip Revolution beers, and listen to local music on an outdoor stage. A $20 sampler tickets gets you six food truck samples. Food truck lineup is TBD.
June 14 – 16 @ West Loop
The 23rd anniversary of this highly-attended festival on Restaurant Row returns with eats from over 16 restaurants, along with music by up-and-coming artists. The community suggests a $10 donation.
June 15 @ Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre
Rock out at this one-day music festival at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre presented by Chicago’s WKQX, featuring bands like The Lumineers, Young the Giant, Blue October, AJR, Catfish and the Bottleman, and more. Presale tickets are going for $20.
June 21 – 23 @ Northerly Island
Chicago’s premier country music festival on the lake reprises at Northerly Island, with Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Maren Morris headlining this year. Prices start at $80.00.
June 22 – 23 @ Boystown
The annual two-day parade and street festival in Boystown celebrates the accomplishments of the LGBT community with live performances, a Pride Pageant, and more.
June 30 @ Broadway & Montrose
Get your Pride on at the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s iconic LGBTQ+ celebratory parade.