5 Can’t-Miss Chicago Neighborhood Festivals

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Retro on Roscoe | Aug. 10-12

Featuring top talent and entertainment on three stages—plus local restaurants sampling summer treats and local vendors showcasing their unique merchandise— Retro on Roscoe is a fest you’d be remiss to miss out on. Don’t forget about their Antique Car Show featuring over 50 antique, classic, and muscle cars.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest | Aug. 10-12

Celebrate all types of encased meat—and 125 years of Vienna Beef—at the Chicago History Museum’s Chicago Hot Dog Fest. The Chicago-style hot dog is the star of this family-friendly festival, but get to know other styles along with a little history from speakers, fun from live bands, and activities for children all across three days.

Pilsen Fest | Aug. 18-19

Celebrating diversity, solidarity, and unity, Pilsen Fest celebrates the Latino community through music, food, culture, crafts, and educational seminars. Listen to the amazing bands, eat some delicious authentic food, and dance the weekend away at this fun-filled fest.

Taste of Greektown | Aug. 24-26

Opa! Celebrate the Greek traditions at the Taste of Greektown. This annual culinary feast blends old-world traditions with a modern twist beside live music from Greek bands and games for kids and families. Entertainment, saganaki, and gyros for all!

Bourbon & Barbecue Fest | Sept. 8-9

Head to Roscoe Village and extend your Labor Day celebrations with bourbon and the finger lickin’ goodness of smoked meats. With ticketed bourbon tastings and plenty of mouth-watering ribs, chicken, and more you can also groove out to two stages of local musicians. Don’t like bourbon? Not to worry! There’s myriad offerings for guests of all ages.

Ravenswood Art Walk | Sept. 15-16

Now in it’s 17th year, this event has grown to include over 300 artists and 50 attractions helping to draw focus to the diverse talents of the Ravenswood Corridor and its residents. With an outdoor market, beer garden, and food trucks, this is the true definition of a neighborhood festival.

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