Explore Chicagoland’s Best Summer Festivals for Families

Fill out your calendar with these kid-friendly festivals featuring arts, food and more fun.

With kids out of school and summer heating up, it’s time to fill up your family summer fun list. Take the family out to some of the dozens of festivals Chicagoland is known for.

You’ll find the perfect fit, whether you have a family of art lovers, music devotees or foodies, you’re sure to find something you all will love. Looking for more fairs and fests? Check out the latest events on our calendar

Looking for more kid-friendly activities? Check out our summer fun family guide!

Summer Festivals Near Me in Chicago

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago/Special Events Management Photo Courtesy of Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Find even more summer festivals in Chicago on our calendar.

Switch on Summer at Buckingham Fountain

May 11, 2024

Celebrate the start of summer in Grant Park at Buckingham Fountain for ComEd’s 10th annual Switch on Summer. This event will feature family-friendly activities, entertainment, local food vendors, fun giveaways and special guest appearances.

Lincoln Roscoe Spring Art & Craft Fair

May 18-19, 2024

  • Address: Lincoln Avenue from Roscoe Street to School Street, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

Come shop original art and handmade crafts from 75 juried artists. Also, live music, art activities for kids, festival food and more.

Do Division Street Fest

May 31-June 2, 2024

  • Address: Division St. between Damen and Leavitt, Chicago
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

The event features two live music stages, local designer runway shows and a children’s area with family activities. This kid’s activities include a petting zoo, mega slide and kid-friendly musical performances.

Lincoln Park Greek Fest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church

May 31-June 2, 2024

Authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance performances and Greek culture and Hellenic pride are celebrated at this festival outside of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. There will also be a craft fair all weekend.

The 77th Annual 57th Street Art Fair

June 1-2, 2024

  • Address: 57th Street, Between Woodlawn and Kenwood Avenues, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

The 57th Street Art Fair, the Midwest’s oldest juried art fair, will mark its 77th anniversary with a celebration featuring nearly 200 artists, live music presented by Buddy Guy’s Legends, kids activities and more.

Wells Street Art Festival

June 8-9, 2024

  • Address: Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street, Chicago
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

There will be 200 juried artists from both the region and across the nation. Other weekend highlights include the tasty cuisine from local restaurants, music stage acts and kids’ art activities.

Ribfest Chicago

June 14-16, 2024

Enjoy ribs and other food and listen to bands while the kids hang out at “Kids Square” featuring entertainment, inflatables and games.

Chicago Pride Fest

June 22-23, 2024

  • Address: Halsted from Addison to Grace, Chicago
  • Cost: $15/suggested donation

The festival features live music on three stages, a Youth Pride Space for teens, more than 150 vendors, drag shows, pet parade, dance exhibitions and more.

Logan Square Arts Festival at Logan Square Monument Park

June 28-30, 2024

The Logan Square Arts Festival features art installations across the neighborhood, great local music, craft beer, food from neighborhood restaurants and family fun.

Millennium Art Festival

June 28-30, 2024

  • Address: Lake Street at Michigan Avenue, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

The three-day festival showcases more than 110 juried artists with an array of original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography and furniture.

Navy Pier Pride

June 29, 2024

Families with kids of all ages can enjoy this family-friendly event that spreads pier-wide. There will be a variety of performances all day long. Experience music, dance, storytelling and other activities.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

July 19-21, 2024

Come out to this festival to try and vote for Chicago’s Best Burger. In addition to food, there will be music, arts/crafts and a “Kids’ Zone” for children and families to enjoy.

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 27-28, 2024

  • Address: Chinatown, Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

Families can enjoy Asian performances, arts & crafts, street vendors, children’s area, breakdancing competition, Kung Fu demos and more.

Retro on Roscoe at Roscoe Village

Aug. 9-11, 2024

There will be live music on three stages, antique vendors and merchants and a family area. The family area features inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, rides, crafts and more. 

Northalsted Market Days

Aug. 10-11, 2024

There will be music on five stages, food, drinks, dance exhibitions, a drag performances and over 250 vendors at this annual. 

Taste of Polonia Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2024

Features live music, authentic Polish food, carnival rides and games, inflatables, casino, vendors, face painting, a climbing wall and more.

West Loop Art Fest

Aug, 31-Sept. 1, 2024

  • Address: Fulton St. and N. Sangamon St., Chicago
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy four blocks of art in all different mediums as talented artists showcase and sell creative work. Plus, enjoy interactive art, live music, children’s crafts and more.

Taste of Greektown

Sept. 6-8, 2024

This annual event returns for its 34th year. It features Greek food, music and entertainment, including Greek bands, artisans and games for both kids and families.

Summer Festivals Near Me in the North/Northwest Suburbs

Long Grove Chocolate Festival
Photo credit: The historic downtown Long Grove business Association

Find even more summer festivals in the North/Northwestern Suburbs on our calendar.

Art in the Park at Northbrook Village Green Park

May 11-12, 2024

Come out to Northbrook Village Green Park to see more than 80 artists showing paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more. The event features live music in the gazebo, youth art activities and festival food.

Long Grove Chocolate Festival at Historic Downtown Long Grove

May 17-19, 2024

The fest is known for its chocolate-dipped treats like strawberries, donuts, cupcakes, cake pops, truffles, croissants, eclairs, funnel cakes and more. There will also be tons of live entertainment, family activities, chocolate vendors and chocolate experiences.

Barrington Art Festival

May 25-26, 2024

This fest features 125 artists in all media including paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more. Live music and youth art activities, too.

Long Grove Strawberry Fest in Historic Downtown Long Grove

June 21-23, 2024 

Attendees of the annual festival will experience everything from strawberry-infused food and drinks, live music and family entertainment. 

Lincolnshire Art Festival

July 6-7, 2024

This festival showcases the work of more than 80 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums. There’s also live music, a selection of beers, festival food, a kids art zone and more. 

Glencoe Festival of Art

July 20-21, 2024

110 juried artists from across the country will showcase their work in a variety of different mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wood. There will also be live music, food and activities for kids.

Lincolnwood Fest at Henry A. Proesel Park

July 25-28, 2024

This fest features live music, carnival rides, games, bingo, classic car show, arts and crafts and more. 

Art at the Glen at The Glen Town Center

July 27-28, 2024

See the art of 130 juried artists from across the country. Artists will be available at their booths to give demonstrations and one-on-one conversations about their artistic processes.

DOGwood Day at Lambs Farm

Aug. 4, 2024

Enjoy one day of puppy love at this annual event for you and your doggie at Lambs Farm.

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival

Aug. 16-18, 2024

Shop the works of art from 150 juried artists from around the country at their annual art fest. There will also be selfie stations, face painting, a kids art zone, live music, food trucks and more.

Port Clinton Art Festival

Aug. 24-25, 2024

This annual festival is celebrating its 41st year. It offers fine art from more than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists.

Summer Festivals Near Me in the South Suburbs

Pierogi Fest
Photo Credit: Claire Faberbock

Find even more summer festivals in the South Suburbs on our calendar.

Kite Festival at Heritage Park

May 11, 2024

Families can enjoy a day in the park and watch a giant kite demonstration. Personal kite flying is encouraged. There will be food trucks available for purchase.

Burr Ridge Art Fair

June 8-9, 2024

Artisans and makers will be showing and selling items from art to food, clothing to lotions, stationary to furniture, and candles to home decor. Also enjoy food vendors and live music.

Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival

June 15, 2024

The HF Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of Black culture as expressed through food, music, dance and arts.

Pierogi Fest

July 26-28, 2024

Only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, this fest features food, entertainment, kids’ play area, polka parade and pierogi eating contest.

Summer Festivals Near Me in the Western Suburbs

Naperville's Last Fling
Photo credit: Naperville’s Last Fling

Find even more summer festivals in the Western Suburbs on our calendar.

Aurora Pride Parade

June 9, 2024

  • Address: Benton Street and S. Broadway, Aurora
  • Cost: Free

This annual parade is celebrating its fourth year. It begins at E. Benton Street and Broadway and travels northeast to Downer, then left on Downer to end at N. Middle Avenue.

Highland Games & Scottish Festival at DuPage County Fairgrounds

June 14-15, 2024

  • Address: 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton
  • Cost: $20-plus/adults on Friday only, $30-plus/adults on Saturday only, $45-plus/adults on Saturday and Sunday, free/kids 12 and under; free parking

This annual festival is celebrating its 38th year and will feature an extravaganza of activities and attractions – from the Celtic rock stage to Highland Dancing to the Dogs of Scotland.

Festa Italiana

Aug. 2-4, 2024

Families can enjoy live Italian and rock music, pasta making class, shopping, meatball eating contest, Italian food and kid’s activities and rides.

Naperville Last Fling

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2024

Celebrate the end of summer at this Labor Day festival. It includes an entertainment stage, food vendors, business expo vendors, family activities, parade and carnival. 

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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