Festival Smestival

Hey all, it’s about time you get your date books out and reserve some weekends for Chicago Summer Festivals. Don’t make the mistake of booking that camping trip on the same weekend as that street festival in your neighborhood, or another favorite of yours that always has all of the music or food you love.

The season kicks off this weekend with Lakeview May Fest, never known for much substance, but if you are young and like to drink too much beer in cheap cups (although the beer is not cheap), it might be for you. Personally I’ll be waiting for some of the others in June. I had a great time last year at North Center’s Ribfest and the Andersonville Midsommar Fest, which fall on the same weekend this year.

There are plenty of others and you can find the rundown at Time Out Chicago and Metromix. Rookie festivals that are not yet listed on either site include the Belmont Arts & Music Festival and the Switchyard Festival both running June 23-24.

Is there is a festival that you can recommend?

3 Comments so far

  1. Chicago 2016 (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    How about the 99th annual non-World Series appearance. Come one, come all, and watch the Cubs not win it all!

    It’s like clockwork. But this year’s festival – which lasts all summer long – is just a prelude to next year’s centennial celebration.

  2. Krissy (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

    It’s my job to be there, but I’d be at the Folk and Roots Fest this year anyway — the Saturday 7/14 headliner is The Knitters, featuring a whole lotta X. I’m still planning on growing up to be just like Exene Cervenka. Also, the beer tent serves sangria.

  3. Bill V (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    I probably like the Old Town Fest the best. The music lineup is always good, plenty of room, and is made up mostly of acts I know little about. I did not know that the Knitter were making an appearance. Bonus!

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