Top 5 Festivals in Chicago this Weekend


Festival goers and music lovers have a plethora of options this weekend as events with both national significance and small neighborhood charm take center stage in Chicago. Here is a rundown.

Pitchfork Music Festival


Chicago-based Pitchfork Media is holding its annual indie music festival this weekend with Wilco, Chance the Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney as headliners. The festival features more than 40 up-and-coming bands and will feature several other activities beyond the music over the course of three days. The event will be in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., which can be reached via the Ashland Green and Pink Line stop.

Tickets start at $65 for one day passes, with passes for all three days, July 17 – 19, going with $180. For more information, visit


Taste of…

Couldn’t make it out to Taste of Chicago last week? No worries as two food festivals will give you the opportunity to taste the best Chicago has to offer.

For North Siders, Taste of River North, July 17 – 19, will showcase some of the best options from the city’s hottest dining scene.With food from restaurants such as Blackfinn Ameripub, The Melting Pot, and Taco Joint, there are options for everyone. In addition to food, the festival will offer fun activities for children and will feature a healthy cooking stage where chefs from all over the Chicagoland area will demonstrate healthy recipes. While the event is free, a $5 donation is suggested. It is being hosted in A. Montgomery Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury Ave. For more information, visit

For South Siders, Taste of WVON, July 18, is being held in the Chatham neighborhood. Food, free giveaways, and live music are what to expect here. It is being held in Lorraine L. Dixon Park, 8701 S. Dauphin Ave., which can be accessed via the 87th Street Metra station. For more information visit


North Side Food and Fun

Head up north to Lincoln Park for a garden walk and some craft beer July 18 – 19 as the 47th annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk are held in conjunction with the fourth-annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival. Festival goers can take a tour of the neighborhood’s scenic architecture and gardens while sipping cold beer. Tickets for the craft beer fest start at $40 while a donation for the music fest starts at $7. For more information, visit

Connoisseurs of encased meats will want to head to Wrigleyville to check out SausageFest Chicago July 18 – 19. Hosted at the famous Cubby Bear, this two-day festival will feature meats from several different Chicago institutions and several candidates vying to be the Sausage King of Chicago. Tickets are $33, which is good for two gourmet sausages and two craft beers. All proceeds from the Sausage King competition will be going to the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, visit

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