Long ago in times past, a festival in Chicago that stood out was “ChicagoFest” taking place 1978 – 1983 at Navy Pier. Definitely a generation to remember, of fond memories and stages lined up along the lake front. This festival there was multiple stages in a row, many choices of music styles to choose from, this place is guaranteed to have been instilled in the hearts and minds of many. An era gone by, but never forgotten, with all the big names each year on stage like: Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Journey, The Who, Charlie Daniels Band, Symphony Orchestra, and much more.
Today the Chicagoland area has many festivals to choose from, finding favorites can be tricky, taking many years for groups and families to discover. Now is the perfect time to choose which awesome festival to attend for those who haven’t done so already. There truly are so many great festivals around the Chicago area, it makes it very hard to narrow in on which one is the best fit.
Something for everyone, for those enthusiasts looking for things like: gardens, family activities, arts, fireworks, local talents, adventure, culture, cooking, spirits, fitness, music, adventure, carnivals, pets, or cars, we really have a lot as far as variety and special interests. The category of culture alone, there must be over 50 events still to come in the Chicagoland area. Due to the diverse nationalities and variety of interests around this area, festivals are almost endless to choose from. Here are a few well known and not so well known celebrations out there coming up this summer, many may find worth checking out.
Starting with July 1st – 5th, 2015, there is the Lisle “Eyes To The Skies” benefits several local charities and has much to offer. There will be activities including: balloon rides & shows, carnival, music, food, crafts, fair, kids stuff and more. For more information visit http://www.eyestotheskies.org
The Arlington Heights Frontier Days will also take place July 1st – 5th with many activities for families to enjoy. There will be a parade, arts & crafts market, food, music, 5k run, carnival, and other family fun to enjoy, visit website for more information at http://www.frontierdays.org
The 77th Annual Village Festival hosted by Mt Prospects Lions Club July 1st – 5th, 2015 has a lot of unique activities such as: pancake breakfast, polish cultural activities, car show, fireworks, carnival, and more. For more information visit http://www.mtprospectlions.com/fest
The Naperville’s Ribfest takes place on July 2nd – 5th, 2015. Besides the aroma of down-home bbq lingering through the air, some of the other things to look forward to will be: carnival, music, rib contest, and more http://www.ribfest.net
Taste of Oakbrook July 3rd, 2015, this event will be offering cuisine from some of the finest restaurants in the area. For more information visit http://www.yelp.com/events/oak-brook-taste-of-oak-brook-2
Bensenville Liberty Fest is located at Redmond Park in Bensenville on July 4th, 2015. There will be many activities for families to enjoy including: bounce house, pony rides, music, fireworks, and parade. For more information visit http://www.libertyfest.org/parade/
Taste of Chicago is the nations premier outdoor food festival, showing off all the city’s diverse tastes in this great city. This foodies dream event starts on July 8th – 12th, 2015. The many culinary happenings include: food trucks, cooking demos, dining pop-ups, music, celebrity chefs, lots of tasty cuisine, and more. For more information visit http://www.tasteofchicago.us .
The Irish Fest is filled with culture from Ireland at this fundraiser for Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL. Some of the cultural activities to look forward to include: food, dancing, family activities, cultural exhibits, music, art, and more. For more information visit http://irishfestchicago.com/
Barrington has 2 spirits events coming up in July. The 11th Annual Winetaster “Uncork” on July 10th, 2015, for more information visit http://www.uncorkbarrington.com and the 12th Annual Barrington Brewfest on July 11th, 2015. The Brewfest has beer tasting, music, festival tent at Metra Station and more, for more information visit http://www.barringtonbrewfest.com .
The Forest Park Music Fest takes place on July 17th – 19th, 2015. This event is sponsored by radio stations 100.3 fm and 101.9 fm. There will be many family activities such as music, arts, carnival games, food, arts, and more. For more information visit http://starevents.com
Fiesta Del Sol takes place on July 30th- August 2nd is hosted by the Pilsen Neighbors Council and is the largest Latino festival in the nation. Expecting one million to attend again this year for activities such as: college fair, art, food, music, kids area, carnival, and more. For more information visit http://www.Fiestadelsol.org
The Asia Festival is at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, on August 1st & 2nd, 2015. No need to take a trip to Asia with this festival of authentic activities including: dance, music, entertainment, bonsis, cuisine, henna, origami, and more. For more information visit http://mortonarb.org/ .
Congratulations to the city of Chicago on the opening of the Chicago Riverwalk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Riverwalk . This is bound to be an accomplishment to enjoy for years to come. Hope everyone has an awesome time at what-ever festival of choosing, for all our families and friends to meet. The Chicagoland area has an awesome variety of events, so whether choosing one that is old or new, wild or calm, there is something for everyone to enjoy this time of year. Sure we will find there are some fests better than others, but the important thing is to have fun, and try picking the group’s interests that all will appreciate. Don’t forget the most important reason is really just getting together with friends and loved ones, making memories to cherish (for many years to come) …