It is summer in Chicago and that means it’s time to venture out take advantage of our city’s beloved street festivals. With so many neighborhoods and options to choose from, we narrowed down the list.
3 Weekend Street Festivals that you won’t want to miss:
Bust out those stretchy pants because the 18th annual Ribfest Chicago returns to Chicago’s North Center neighborhood this weekend. As you fill your mouths and stomachs with the smoky morsels of the 16 rib joints slinging their delectable meats in hopes of being named the fest’s “Best Ribs”, stop by the RibMania eating contest to see who will take home the title. Fun fact? The last two winners were petite women. Will the 107-lb Michelle Lesko or 112-lb Miki Sudo once again reign supreme? In addition to food, the pint-sized set can enjoy the inflatables, mini golf, and more at Kids Square while the adults take in some live music. Ribfest takes place at the intersection of Lincoln Ave./Damen Ave./Irving Park Rd. and is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Andersonville’s Midsommarfest turns 51 this year, so come out and celebrate along Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, delicious food, and more. Peruse wares from local shops and vendors and enjoy bites from the neighborhoods eclectic mix of restaurants. Cool off inside the various independent shops that line the streets—all offering specials and sales—before taking in the live music and entertainment happening on various stages throughout the day. There’s a $10 suggested donation at the gate (kids under 12 and seniors are free). The fest runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Wells Street Art Festival
Don’t miss the Wells Street Art Festival (June 11-12), where Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street plays host to more than 225 amazingly talented local, regional, and inter/national juried artist showcase their works. From traditional paint and pencil art to metalwork and photography, there’s an endless array of creative art for you to peruse. There’s a $7 suggested donation at the main gates and the Fest opens at 10.m. each day.