With an abundance of concerts, neighborhood festivals, parades, and events taking place in Chicago this spring and summer, we thought we’d get the fun started by highlighting a few of the upcoming events. Ready, set… go!
You have probably heard of the Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza, but the lesser known neighborhood festivals are a chance for each neighborhood to show off its unique character and a true opportunity to get to know the city. May 17-19 Mayfest kicks of the city’s festival season in Lakeview. Following up Mayfest is another North Side tradition, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest on May 25-26, or for another neighborhood vibe head to Wicker Park for Do-Division Street Fest May 31-June 2.
If you didn’t get your fill of parades over St. Patrick’s Day, your next opportunity is the annual Memorial Day Parade taking place on May 25th. The parade, one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation, will start at 12 noon at State and Lake and head south to Van Buren on State (not far from Lou Malnati’s South Loop or River North).
If it’s music you’re after, the options (many free!) are abundant. The local festivals often feature local bands, and are awesome opportunities to see some of Chicago’s most talented yet unknown bands. Millennium Park offers a concert series throughout the summer. Lawn seats are free, so bring a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy! In Highland Park, a northern suburb of Chicago, sits Ravinia. Known as Chicago's "sound of summer" since 1904, Ravinia offers nightly concerts and a schedule packed with variety. Tickets are available to sit in the pavilion, but the true Ravinia experience is found on the lawn with a blanket, a picnic, candles, and friends. An added bonus: if you are coming from the city, the Union Pacific North Line that goes from Chicago to Kenosha stops right at the front gate of Ravinia!
If it’s food you’re after, well…just click here.
Contributed by Meggie L.