Chicago Spring Summer Festivals - Our 2014 Guide

Posted by Leila Zammatta on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 6:24am.

Like nearly every one else in Chicago, our real estate team loves all the festivals that occur in the spring and summer - they make dealing with the winters worth it!

Here are some of our favorites, all conveniently located only a short walk or cab ride away from downtown Chicago and Lakeshore East.


Enjoying summer in Chicago.

Do-Division is one of the city's best places to discover new local artists, fashion designers, musicians, and more. Local shopping and great tunes - what could be better? Plus plenty of the Near West side's best restaurants set up booths and special tasting menus for the occasion. Later in the summer, the Chicago Fashion Fest and Fashion Chicago in Millennium Park give local fashionistas something to look forward to as the weather continues to warm up.

The Old Town Art Fair also provides a showcase for a variety of Chicago and the Midwest's best artists - and there are a variety of juried and more informal art fairs all over Chicago and the surrounding suburbs throughout the spring and summer.

While there are many nationally recognized music festivals that occur in Chicago every year (Lollapalooza and Pitchfork anyone?), residents know that North Halsted's Market days and Wicker Park Fest both have some of the best indie bands - as well as a wonderful atmosphere, excellent food, and all sorts of other vendors selling local crafts. The Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park is one of the best times to hear live blues in the city (and really, the whole country) as well.

Also located in Grant Park/Millennium Park is Chicago's SummerDance series with live music and instructors teaching various styles of dance ranging from classics like the waltz and fox trot to swing and salsa. The multi-venue World Music Festival and the Millennium Park based Chicago Jazz Festival also happen every summer in the same area.

For gearheads and anyone who enjoys a day along the lake, the annual Air and Water show is an amazing way to see the skills of some of world's most amazing air and water craft (and the talented pilots who make it all happen) right along Chicago's lakefront.

Ribfest is a Chicago classic - and anyone who considers themselves to be a bona fide carnivore will enjoy it. All of Chicago's best rib joints in one place competing to create the most delicious ribs? Fantastic. What's more, the Taste of Randolph also allows for a variety of delicious food from local restauranteurs, along with plenty of live entertainment. And the Taste of River North is equally delightful for foodies. The Chicago Craft Beer festival is another great choice for foodies - especially those who are beer aficionados, with plenty of great food and drinks (naturally) for everyone. Last but not least, we have to mention the Taste of Chicago - one of the premier food festivals in the world!

And we can't forget all of the amazing celebrations of the diverse culture in Chicago. For instance, the Chinatown Summer Festival celebrates Asian culture in the Windy City with music, performances, food, and more, while the Taste of Latin America honors Central and South American culture in Chicago in a similar way.

And least but not least, we can't forget the annual Spring Half Marathon that starts and ends with a post-race picnic at the Park at Lakeshore East.

Want to experience the best of Chicago's spring and summer right from the comfort of your own condo or townhome? Check out our latest listings today.

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