9 Chicago summer food festivals

 
 
There's more to Chicago food than deep-dish pizza and ketchup-less hot dogs. Hit up these summer festivals for a whirlwind culinary tour of the region. They offer a day's worth of activities, and get you off the hook for cooking dinner. Plus, studies show kids complain less when their mouths are full.

Browse our full calendar of family-friendly summer fairs and fests
 
 

Taste of Chicago

The Taste returns for five days in Grant Park for a massive foodie fair complete with live music and activities for the entire family. Popular features include a three-course fine dining experience prepared by a notable Chicago Chef at Celebrity Chef du Jour, Pop-up Restaurants, food trucks and more.

 
 

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Take your standard (read: awesome) Chicago summerfest, add some serious burger business, and subtract, or at least dial down, the swarming crowds of twenty-somethings that can take over some of Lakeview's streetfests, and you've got Roscoe Village's summer crown jewel. It's a bit lower-key and friendlier for small feet and strollers.

 
 

Pierogi Fest

Festival features food, entertainment, kids' play area, polka parade and pierogi eating contest.

 
 

Long Grove Strawberry Festival

This one is worth the drive. You'll be rewarded by fun facts (strawberries are the only fruit with its seeds on the outside!), games and, of course, more strawberries than you'll know what to do with.

 
 

Taste of Joliet

Three day festival featuring live music, carnival, food vendors and kid zone.  This year's headliners are Sammy Hagar, Thompson Square, Brett Eldredge, Eric Paslay and Dan + Shay.

 
 

Taste of Wheaton

Includes Cosley Run for the Animals 5k/10k, arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival rides, children's games, live entertainment, beer garden and market place business expo.

 
 

Taste of Chicago

The Taste returns for five days in Grant Park for a massive foodie fair complete with live music and activities for the entire family. Popular features include a three-course fine dining experience prepared by a notable Chicago Chef at Celebrity Chef du Jour, Pop-up Restaurants, food trucks and more.

 
 

Naperville Ribfest

Fest features a BBQ contest with several rib vendors, food ranging from ribs and hot dogs to salads, snacks, desserts and drinks, two live music stages, special events, and fireworks.  Family area features carnival rides, inflatables, circus tricks, magic show, face painting, petting zoo and live performances.

 
 

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Features 250-plus vendors, food and nearly 40 acts on five music stages. Every music genre is represented: from blues and country to rock and folk. Afternoons feature a stand-alone (free) "kids' carnival" on Altgeld (with art activities, pony rides and more), and the "Lill Street Craft Fair" showcasing handmade and DIY art.

 
 

Taste of River North

Enjoy cuisine from River North restaurants, merchants, artists, music and a Kids' Zone with family entertainment, a newly renovated playground, dancing, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and various demos from local schools and organizations.   This year there will also be a new educational element under a large big top tent with interactive games provided by Lurie and Kohl's.

 
 
 







 
 
 
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