The Fourth of July may be behind us, but there’s a whole lot of summer left to enjoy. Chicago is jam-packed with summer fun, with events ranging from music shows to food festivals. Looking for some summer events in Chicago over the next coming months? You’re in the right place. Here’s a roundup of what you can expect in Chicago when it comes to music, shows, festivals and more.
Chicago Michelada Fest (July 6-7)
Ah, the Michelada. What’s better than cold Mexican beer with tomato juice and lime on a hot summer day? At Chicago Michelada Fest, you can indulge in Micheladas to your heart’s content along with food and other fun festivities. Get more information here.
African Caribbean International Festival of Life
Get ready for dancing, soccer, reggae music and, of course, lots of delicious African-Caribbean food. The African Caribbean Festival of Life is a celebration of culture, showcasing vendors from around the city. The Fest also features live music. Check it out here.
French Restaurant Week (July 8-21)
Celebrate summer with the flavors of French cuisine. French Restaurant Week has been held in cities across the U.S. since 2011, and it’s back in Chicago beginning on July 8. You’ll be able to enjoy prix fixe menus and special promotional prices for lunch and dinner. Learn more here.
Taste of Chicago (July 10-14)
Don’t miss Taste of Chicago, the “world’s largest free-admission outdoor food festival.”82 restaurants will be taking part this year, from traditional Chicago favorites to international cuisine. This is a great chance to try some of the most delicious foods (and drinks!) available in the Windy City. For more information, click here.
Edgewater Greek Festival
Check out the Edgewater Greek Festival and plan to fill up on Greek food favorites, from gyros to spanikopita. You’ll also enjoy live music, dancing, artisans and more. A raffle will be held, featuring cash prizes. More information is available here.
Monday Movies at the Lake
You can catch a movie at the lake (for free!) all summer long. Water Flicks is celebrating its third year of what has become a favorite summer activity for Chicagoans. The next movie playing is “Avengers: Infinity War,” on July 8. Learn more here.
Movies in Millennium Park
The Lake isn’t the only place you can catch a flick for free this summer. Movies will also be playing on Thursdays throughout the summer in Millennium Park. Upcoming movies include “10 Things I Hate About You” and “The Music Man.” Get more info. here.
Millennium Park Music Series
What’s summer without live music, and lots of it? Summertime in Chicago is full of opportunities to catch live music, no matter what genre you’re into. You can catch shows at Millennium Park this summer until August 15. Check out the lineup for the Millennium Park Music Series here.
Hamilton Exhibition (July 7 – Sept. 16)
Brought to you by the creators of the famed Hamilton musical, The Hamilton Exhibition is an immersive and interactive experience, utilizing sights and sounds to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy. This is a museum experience, unlike anything the city has seen before, complete with art installations, statues, interactive games and much more. This exhibit will take you on a journey, which ends with the opening number of Hamilton the musical. Learn more here.