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8 Chicago Festivals to Attend This Summer

#1 World’s Largest Block Party

June 22–23, Old St. Pat’s Church Campus in Chicago’s West Loop

$10 at the gate, with free entrance from 5–6 p.m. on Friday. You can enjoy live music from Tripping Billie’s, Maggie Speaks, Mike & Joe, 7th Heaven and more.

#2 Chicago SummerDance

Thursday through Sunday, June 28–August 25, The Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park

This summer-long event features 48 different bands and DJs, and free dance lessons in different locations around the city!

#3 African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

July 6–8, Union ParkAfrican/Caribbean International Festival of Life

Admission is $25 but the early bird special is $15. Enjoy the carnival of nations dedicated to create change for all, with more than 200 vendors and 70 performances this year!

#4 West Fest

July 6–8, Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood

Chicago West Fest

A $5 donation gets you entrance to this music and food festival, which includes local grub and some great performers.

#5 Chinatown Summer Fair

July 15, 2200 S. Wentworth Ave.

Chinatown Summer Fair

Free admission to the 39th annual Chinatown Summer Fair will celebrate Far East beauty and culture with dance performances, music, martial arts and food.

#6 Taste of River North

July 20–22, Ward A. Montgomery Park

$5 admission to come out and taste the restaurants of River North and watch live band performances.

#7 Fiesta del Sol

July 27–30, 1400 W. Cermak Rd.

Join the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council for their free annual event — the largest Latino festival in the Midwest — with food and performances. Proceeds help provide scholarships to Latinx youths.

#8 Retro on Roscoe

August 10–12, 200 W. Roscoe St.

Retro on Roscoe

With a $10 admission you get entry to take a blast to the past! Enjoy the retro music, vendors, food and car show!

• June 18, 2018

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