Make sure you get enough sleep this week because you don’t want to miss these five festivals happening over the course of four days.
Division St. and California Ave.
This free four-day festival celebrates all things Puerto Rican. Held at Humboldt Park, you’ll know when you’re there if not by the salsa and reggaeton music and smell of delicious food then by the 59-foot metal Puerto Rican Flags that stretch across Division Street. Expect live music, mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine, rides, activities for kids, and more. One highlight is the parade that kicks off June 19 at Division Street and Western Avenue.
Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway
$50 for General Admission tickets
Buckingham Fountain alone is beautiful sight but add some brews and it only gets better. Chicago Ale Fest returns to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain for two days where you can enjoy the sights while trying over 200 beers from craft brewers across the country like 4 Hands Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Lagunitas, and much more. Tickets include 20 samples of beer.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Dr.
If you’re feeling a little animalistic then grab some beers at Lincoln Park Zoo at Brew to be Wild. Sample 75 beers from over 35 local and regional breweries while getting to experience the zoo’s animals at night along with live DJs, food, and lawn games. The ticket price includes 20 three-ounce samples.
4000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
If you need some food to sober up head to 6 Corners BBQ Fest in Portage Park. The star of the festival is the food with Blackhawk BBQ & Seafood, Texas Lightning, Chicago BBQ Company, Porkchop, Rancho Mateo, and others offering all the saucy meat you can desire. While you’re taking a bite of some ribs or brisket enjoy live wrestling matches, arts and crafts for kids, and live music.
Waveland Avenue and Halsted Street
Held during National Pride Month, Chicago Pride Fest in Boystown is a celebration of the lively and welcoming LGBT community in Chicago. The people watching, food, and drinks are great, but every year the festival brings some great musical acts. This year’s performers include Jordin Sparks, Daya, and Dumblonde.