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35th Anniversary Chicago Music Awards (CMA)

July 1, 201635th Anniversary Chicago Music Awards (CMA)

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

5 pm VIP’s red carpet arrival/reception; 7 pm Awards showcase

Free for all children under 12 years old; advance adults $15, VIP advance $50

The annual Chicago Music Awards honors and feature the best of Chicago land entertainers: Pop, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Rock, R &B, Gospel, Jazz, Latin, African, Classical, EDM, Hip Hop, House Stepping, Polka and other music genres; while giving special Awards to those who have made extra-ordinary contributions to Chicago music.


Windy City Ribfest in UptownWindy City Ribfest in Uptown

July 1-3, 2016

Uptown, 4700 N. Broadway

Chicago, IL 60640

Friday & Saturday: 12 Noon-10 pm; Sunday, 12 Noon-9 pm

FREE Admission; $5 gate donation benefits Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown

Saucy fun is what this 8th annual fest is all about! Features tasty slabs from top Chicago and national ribbers, an eclectic music lineup, arts/crafts and a kids' activity area.


African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL)

July 1-4, 2016African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL)

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

12 Noon-10 pm

Free for all children under 12 years old; advance adults $15, advance 4-day season pass $45, VIP advance $50, advance VIP season $190.

The International Festival of Life is a complete family festival of music, foods, arts, crafts, games. talent contests, scholastic bowl and more. The festival, primarily, celebrates the music, culture and lifestyle of peoples of the Caribbean, Africa, the rest of the Americas and other cultures; while celebrating July 4th weekend Independence.


West Fest

July 8-10, 2016West Fest

West Town, Chicago Ave. btwn. Damen and Paulina

Chicago, IL 60622

Friday, 5-10 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 Noon-10 pm

$5 donation

The summer festival that’s been hailed as one of the best in the city and suburbs by the Chicago Tribune and others returns to the “hottest neighborhood” in the country (per Redfin report) for a 12th consecutive season.


Roscoe Village Burger FestRoscoe Village Burger Fest

July 9 & 10, 2016

Clybourn Ave. and Diversey (2800-3000 N. Clybourn)

Chicago, IL 60618

11 am-10 pm

FREE Admission; $10 gate donation benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce

Flippin' hot burgers and a rockin' music lineup are in the spotlight for Roscoe Village's 10th annual food extravaganza.


Soulful Chicago Book FairSoulful Chicago Book Fair

July 16, 2016

Woodlawn, 501 E. 61st St. (61st St. btwn. Cottage Grove and King Dr.)

Chicago, IL 60649

10 am-8 pm


The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is the largest "author-centric" book fair in the city of Chicago, priding itself with over 100 Black authors, spoken word, storytelling, workshops and live entertainment.


Celebrate Clark Street World Music FestivalCelebrate Clark Street World Music Festival

July 16 & 17, 2016

Rogers Park, Clark St. at Morse Ave.

Chicago, IL 60626

Saturday, 1-11 pm; Sunday, 1-10 pm

FREE; $5 per person, $10 family at gate, suggested donation

Celebrate Clark Street is acclaimed by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic lineup of world music, curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts. Celebrate Clark Street Festival has grown from a community celebration into one of Chicago’s most renowned street festivals. The festival presents world music and dance acts from around the globe on two stages.


Colombian Fest /El Gran Festival ColombianoColombian Fest /El Gran Festival Colombiano

July 16 & 17, 2016

Jefferson Park (Copernicus Center), 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

12 Noon-10:30 pm

$10, Kids 12 under free with paid adult admission

Colombian Fest / El Gran Festival Colombiano is an annual two-day family event which showcases amazing aspects of Colombian culture, including live entertainment, delicious food offerings, family activities, and creative arts and crafts.


58th Dearborn Garden Walk

July 17, 201658th Dearborn Garden Walk

Near North, 45 W. North Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60610

12 Noon-5 pm

$30 advance / $35 gate

Join the North Dearborn Association for a glimpse of nearly 20 rear private gardens, an architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn street along with live music and garden vignettes throughout select gardens.


Chinatown Summer FairChinatown Summer Fair

July 17, 2016

2200 S. Wentworth (at Cermak Rd.)

Chicago, IL 60616

10 am-8 pm

FREE Admission

This iconic and popular annual celebration of Far East culture returns for its 38th festive year. Highlights include the Dragon & Lion Dance Procession, artisans, plenty of great cuisine, activities for families and children, and more.


Taste of River NorthTaste of River North

July 22-24, 2016

River North (Ward Park), Kingsbury St. and Erie St.

Chicago, IL 60654

Friday, 5-10 pm; Saturday, 12 Noon-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-8 pm

$5 donation

In celebration of its big 15th anniversary, over 50,000 are expected to attend the three-day food and music bash, which encompasses the picturesque riverfront green setting of Ward Park in the heart of River North.


Legends Concert & Bantu FestLegends Concert & Bantu Fest

July 23, 2016

Kleo Center, 119 E. Garfield Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60637

12 Noon-9 pm

FREE Admission

A free family festival promoting cultural exchange among nations through arts, crafts, music, food and more. Over 10 different countries will be represented.


Chicago Craft Beer FestivalChicago Craft Beer Festival

July 23 & 24, 2016

2200 N. Sheffield Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

12 Noon-10 pm

Daily tasting passes from $35-45

More than 70 specialty microbrews from Chicago and far beyond will be showcased at this fifth annual beer lover's paradise in the Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhood.


Sheffield Music Festival & Garden WalkSheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

July 23 & 24, 2016

2200 N. Sheffield (at Webster)

Chicago, IL 60614

12 Noon-10 pm

FREE Admission; $7-10 tour donations benefit the Sheffield Neighborhood Association

More than 80 of the neighborhood's lush residential gardens will be open for the public to explore at this iconic event that is celebrating its 48th year in 2016.


Taste of Latin AmericaTaste of Latin America

July 23 & 24, 2016

Humboldt Park, 2800 W. Division St. (Division St. and California Ave.)

Chicago, IL 60622

12 Noon-10 pm

FREE Admission

This fourth annual culinary happening, this year in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, showcases the unique foods of nearly a dozen Latin American countries.


Wicker Park FestWicker Park Fest

July 23 & 24, 2016

Milwaukee Ave. btwn. North Ave. and Paulina St.

Chicago, IL 60647

12 Noon-10 pm

$10 donation

This year’s colossal street party presents three stages of live music of the highest quality, a dedicated children’s fun area, an arts section with installation and performance acts, dozens of the most popular local boutiques and restaurants, and environmentally-friendly production efforts.


Fiesta del SolFiesta del Sol

July 28-31, 2016

Pilsen, 1000-1600 W. Cermak Rd.

Chicago, IL 60608

Thursday, 5-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday,11am-10pm


Fiesta del Sol is the largest festival in the Midwest, bringing: live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources for parents and youth, soccer games and much more.


Jeff FestJeff Fest

July 29-31, 2016

Jefferson Park, 4900 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-9pm

FREE Admission; $5 gate donation benefits the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce

The northwest side's cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its 16th annual community party with plenty of food, music, arts/crafts and activities for kids.