The people of Chicago can’t wait until the cold weather changes and the temperatures are bearable again. It’s also when festivals of all kinds begin to emerge. From music to food to art, locals and tourists can find tons of outdoor venues to dive into this summer and fall. Review the details on these popular Chicago festivals and break out your sunscreen and lawn chairs.
Taste of Chicago
One of the top outdoor food festivals in the country. This annual summer fest provides the best food that Chicago has to offer. From street food to celebrity chef demonstration booths, it has it all in one place. Food trucks became a staple last year. To round things out, there is a slew of bands to give attendees great live entertainment. Family Village provides popular activities for kids.
Admission is free, but food and drink tickets are sold in strips of twelve. Most items will cost between two and twelve tickets each. Concert seating tickets for evening performances at the Petrillo Music Shell will cost you, but there is no charge for camping out on the expansive lawn. A large screen displays the show happening on the stage.
July 5, 2017 to July 9, 2017
Grant Park at 337 East Randolph Street
Buy several ticket strips at once. Jump in the cash booth lines; they move quicker than the credit card ones.
This music extravaganza will be celebrating its 26th year. Known to frequent other areas, Lollapalooza will call Chicago home until 2018. This year’s musical acts include Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Arcade Fire, and more. Admission is free for kids ten and younger. You will also find booths for food, eco-friendly programs, and artistry. Several local venues host after-parties if you are seeking additional entertainment when the event ends.
Aug. 3, 2017 to Aug. 6, 2017
Grant Park at 337 East Randolph Street. Two entrances will be available. The main gate will be at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. The second one will be at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive.
Approximately 100,000 people attend Lollapalooza each day, so parking is scarce. Take public transportation if possible. If taking a CTA train, travel on the Brown, Pink, Orange, or Purple Lines to Harold Washington Library or travel on the Blue and Red Line to Jackson. You can also ride the Metra Electric line to Millennium Station.
Riot Fest marks the end of summer music festivals and the beginning of fall. Go and enjoy listening to genres such as rock, punk, and metal. This year will feature Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order, Wu-Tang Clan, and the reunion of 90s punk band Jawbreaker.
Sept. 15, 2017 to Sept. 17, 2017
Douglas Park on Chicago’s West Side
The easiest way to get there is by taking the Pink Line train to California, which is a quick walk from the entrance.
With so many exciting outdoor festivals to attend, remember to be prepared. Grab a poncho in case of rain. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. And don’t forget to have fun.
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