Chicago Food Festivals You HAVE to Attend Before Summer Ends

Bikini season? More like chow season.

Music, food, and the best city in the world. The perfect combination for an epic Chicago summer, and don’t we know it! Here’s our favorite food festivals for you to check out.

Taste of Chicago
Wednesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 14
Grant Park

You know the Taste. You know it’s great, which is why it’s one of the most popular annual food fests in Chicago since 1980. Sample a morsel of each of Chicago’s best foods, and leave VERY full.


Credit: Lou Malnati’s

Windy City Smokeout
Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14
United Center Parking Lot

Country music and incredible barbecue fill one weekend. Be sure to taste tests those incredible dishes from Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Yum, indeed.


Credit: Chicago Food Magazine

Tacos y Tamales Festival
Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21
16th & Peoria (west of Halsted), Pilsen

Sample endless tacos and tamales from delicious local restaurants. Grab a drink and enjoy the live music while you take some breaks to breathe. 


Credit: eMeals

Wicker Park Fest
Friday, July 26 2019 – Sunday, July 28 2019
Milwaukee, from North to Paulina

Wander up and down Milwaukee Ave for yummy food, excellent music, and vendors from local shops AND sales at those shops themselves.


Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11
Chicago History Museum

Chicago is famous for hot dogs, and it’s no secret why: they’re the actual BEST. Hosted by the Chicago History Museum, enjoy different hot dogs, live music, and even some lectures on the history of The Chicago Dog.


Credit: Martha Stewart

Lagunitas Beer Circus
Saturday, August 24
Douglas Park

Enjoy Beer Circus in Douglas Park (where Riot Fest is each year), with live music, over 100 performers, plenty of food trucks, and more!


Credit: Lagunitas

See you there.

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