What to do in Chicago this July

Summer is at its peak this month! Chicago is hopping with events, including the 4th of July celebrations across the city. Here are some of the events we’re most excited about. Don’t forget to pack the water and SPF– you’re going to need them!


July 8-10: Taste of Chicago

July 8-10: Square Roots Festival

July 9: Naperville Ale Fest

July 9-10: West Loop Summer Fest

July 9-10: Southport Art Fest

July 15: Horner Brew Fest

July 15-17: Roscoe Village Burger Fest

July 15-17: Pitchfork Music Festival

July 15-17: Millennium Art Festival

July 15-17: Tacos y Tamales Festival

July 17: Chicago Artisan Market

July 22-24: Wicker Park Pest

July 22-24: Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 23-24: Pizza City Fest

July 23-24: Chicago Margarita Fest

July 28-31: Lollapalooza

July 30-31: Chinatown Summer Fair



The Grant Park Music Festival has performances almost every night this month. 


Millennium Park Summer Music Series

  • July 14: Ric Wilson, Mario Abney & the Abney Effect Brass Band, and Tasha
  • July 18: DakhaBrakha and Chicago Immigrant Orchestra
  • July 21: Jeff Tweedy and The People’s Music School
  • July 25: Hop Hop, A Child of Blues and Roy Kinsey


July 2: Dwight Yoakam at Ravinia Pavilion

July 3-4: Halsey at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago

July 7: Big Time Rush at Huntington Bank Pavilion

July 7-8: Sheryl Crow at Ravinia Pavilion

July 9: Zac Brown Band at Wrigley Field

July 15-16: Shawn Mendes at AllState Arena

July 15-16: Benise at Center East Theatre

July 16: Lynyrd Skynyrd at Tax Slayer Center 

July 17-18: The Black Keys at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago

July 20-21: Little Big Town at Ravinia Pavilion

July 23-24: Stephen Marley at Thalia Hall

July 29-30: Backstreet Boys at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago


Other Events

The Chicago Cubs play at home–

  • July 1, 2, and 3 against the Red Sox
  • July 12 and 13 against the Orioles
  • July 14, 15, 16, and 17 against the Mets
  • July 25 and 16 against the Pirates

The White Sox play at home– 

  • July 4, 5, and 6 against the Twins
  • July 7, 8, 9, and 10 against the Tigers
  • July 22, 23, and 24 against the Guardians
  • July 29, 30, and 31 against the Athletics 

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden for FREE July 12 and 14.

Twilight Tunes are happening every Friday and Saturday in July at the Brookfield Zoo.

Bastille Day is July 13 at Navy Pier.

Movie night in the park is at Sunnyside Park on July 7. 



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