1. Introduce yourself
More than 40 bands perform on a trio of stages at Wicker Park Festival, including Local H and Y La Bamba (Friday); The Happy Fits and Armand Hammer (Saturday); and Cherry Glazerr and NNAMDI (Sunday). Interactive art installations, family activities, and arts, crafts, and food vendors complete the package.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Milwaukee Avenue, from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Suggested donation of $10 / MAP
Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022
Bantu festival features food, music and culture from over 30 different countries, including Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, Ghana and the Dominican Republic.
Details: 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday at Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance. $20; $10 for children 11 and under / MAP
Organized by young people from Chicago, From ‘Go Fest celebrates young creatives and features DJ performances, a vendor fair, interactive activities and more.
Details: 1-7 p.m. Saturday at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, 5700 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free / MAP
El Gran Festival Colombiano – aka Chicago Colombian Festival – seeks to present the best of Colombian culture, with live music, festive carnival costumes and family activities.
Details: 3-10 p.m. Friday; 12-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Humboldt Park, 2800 W. Division St. Free – $25/ MAP
Neighborhood restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, live music and whiskey tasting sessions are on the menu for the Taste of Lincoln Avenue. Hosted by Delilah’s Bar, Whiskeys on Lincoln will feature 16 varieties from the Midwest ($35-$40 for a two-hour tasting session. Tickets are limited).
Details: 3-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood Avenue. Suggested donation of $10 / MAP
Deep dishes, tavern and artisanal pies are on the menu of the Pizza City Festival Chicago. Forty pizza makers, selected by Steve Dolinsky, author of “The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide,” serve their best pies, including Forno Rosso, Bonci, Lou Malnati’s, Home Run Inn and My Pi.
Details: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Local 130 Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. one-day ticket $55; $89 two-day ticket / MAP
Prehistoric and mythical creatures come to life in the Dino & Dragon Ride. Get up close to life-size creatures, some of which are over 8 meters tall and span over 18 meters in length, as you walk through the exhibits. Story time, arts and crafts stations and friendly sensory sessions (8:30 a.m. on Saturdays) complete the package.
Details: 10am-4pm Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. $26.99; free for children under 2, military and veterans / MAP
The Center for International Performance & Exhibition – aka HotHouse – celebrates its 35th anniversary with the Pocket Jazz Festival. Listen to performances by jazz ensembles Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Trio WAZ and The Fred Jackson Quintet. The event will also be broadcast live on Facebook and Youtube.
Details: 3-7 p.m. Saturday at 3953 S. Michigan Ave. Free / MAP
The latest and greatest feline movies make their big screen debut at CatVideoFest. Expect to see animations, music videos and classic internet stars. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Red Door Animal Shelter.
Details: Showtimes 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7:15 p.m. July 26 at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave. $8 – $11 / MAP
10. Be Seen
Live music, games and entertainment take over an iconic downtown street in State Sundays. This weekend, expect to see Irish dancers, ballet performances, dance lessons, art installations, a pop-up library and more.
Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through September 4 along State Street between Lake and Monroe streets. Free / MAP
Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.