Let’s face it — city living ain’t always cheap. But warmer temperatures make it easier than ever to experience Chicago at its prime, thanks to an abundant arrival of art fairs, street fests, farmers markets, and outdoor fêtes. From a community celebration in West Town to a lively garden walk in Lincoln Park, here are 15 free ways to embrace summer living.
Green City Market, Chicago's largest and first year-round sustainable farmers' market, will showcase chef demos, beer and wine pairings, prepared food, and locally sourced vendors.
Celebrating the great influence of the music genre born in this city 80 years ago, this fest features local and national artists from traditional choirs to contemporary styles.
Authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance performances, kids' activities, and Hellenic culture and pride are celebrated at this lively annual happening.
This fest features live music performances from over 100 national, international, and local artists celebrating the city's rich Blues tradition.
This art extravaganza is known as one of Chicago's most popular fairs, thanks to works from more than 200 fine artists. Expect live music, kids' activities, and eats from local restaurants.
Kick off summer with this neighborhood art fair, a celebration of more than 300 juried artists from around the world.
This fest is presented by local nonprofit organization I Am Logan Square, with music curation and cocktails by The Whistler, 30 bands, 50 art vendors, and food from neighborhood restaurants.
This annual North Shore art happening features the works of nearly 100 juried artists, as well as more than 25 artists focusing on eco-friendly and recycled pieces.
This fest tests the taste buds of the most daring food enthusiasts with the spiciest foods and drinks. Expect creations like spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts, hot wings, and more — plus, live music.
This locally planned festival features retailers, restaurants, artists, crafters, and more, reflecting the eclectic West Town community. Another bonus? Its cutting-edge live music.
This festival will showcase the work of more than 75 of the city's most diverse artists who work in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, and photography.