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Three great Chicago summer festivals for kids

In the summer, Chicago is taken over by festivals. But not all of them are good for strollers or picky eaters. Here are three of our favorite fests for families:

In the summer, Chicago is taken over by festivals. But not all of them are good for strollers or picky eaters.

Get ready to get messy with the best local and national saucyribs like Famous Dave’s, Texas Thunder BBQ, Big Boned BBQ andAussom Aussie Australian BBQ. Parents will love the musicalentertainment while children keep busy with arts and crafts and theplay area

Windy City Ribfest

Fest features live music, lots of ribs, arts & crafts and kids’ area (on Saturday and Sunday afternoons).


Held in conjunction with West Fest, Kid Fest features ajam-packed two-day family fun event with games, rides and crafts,plus musical workshops and student bands from the Suzuki-OrffSchool of Music.

Kid Fest

West Fest

Features live music on three stages, plus Kid Fest, Pup Fest, and an array of vendor booths from neighborhood retailers, restaurants, and artists.


Burger-loving families should not miss this event featuringabout 15 burger vendors such as Hamburger Mary’s, Rockit Burger Barand Butcher & The Burger. Once bellies are full, enjoy music,arts and crafts at the Kids’ Zone for the little ones.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The savory patty and a rockin’ music lineup are in the spotlight for Roscoe Village’s 6 burger bash. In addition to food and music, arts/crafts and a “Kids’ Zone” for children and families are on the weekend’s menu.


15 Can’t-Miss Summertime Festivals

Ah, summer in Chicago. If it seems like there’s a fair or festival every week somewhere in the city and suburbs, that’s because there is. But you can’t be everywhere, and little feet are good for only so many steps, so we’ve picked our fifteen not-to-miss summer fests.


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