The 10 Best Chicago Festivals of June (Part 1)

The month of June marks the start of Chicago’s festival season, a time when every weekend holds the exciting potential for adventure, fun, and deliciousness. Here are the 10 Best Festivals all over the Windy City in June!

FIRST WEEKEND

Printer’s Row Lit Fest

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Flickr user Pete

Mingle and mix with passionate readers and some of the biggest writers, authors, storytellers, poets, comic book writers, and much more in the biggest literary festival in the Midwest. Meet your favorites, listen to some new voices, and experience one of the most underrated, mind-expanding festivals in the city.

When: June 6-7 | Sat: 10:00am – 10:00pm & Sun: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Dearborn St. (Congress to Polk) in the South Loop
How: Harrison – Red Line, Clark Bus
Price: Free
More Info: www.printersrowlitfest.org


Remix Chicago

Their slogan is “Remix, Rethink, & Recycle.” An arts and crafts fest with great food and beer options at good prices, Remix is an absolute favorite of the neighborhood. Support local artists, craftsman, and sustainability, try as many food trucks as you can, and drink to your heart’s content while listening to an awesome live music lineup (full list on their website).

When: June 6-7 | Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Milwaukee Ave (Fullerton to California) in Logan Square
How: California – Blue Line Stop, California or Fullerton Bus
Price: $5 Suggested Donation
More Info: www.remixchicago.com


SECOND WEEKEND

Ribfest

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Flickr user Steve Stearns

Consistently hailed as the best food festival in Chicago, on-site meat smokers from the very best venders in town alongside local craft beers and awesome bands makes Ribfest one of the most popular outdoor events all year round. The Orwells play at 9:00pm on Sunday!

When: June 12-14 | Fri: 5:00pm – 10:00pm & Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Lincoln Ave (Irving Park to Berteau) in North Center
How: Irving Park – Brown Line, Damen or Western Bus
Price: $5 Suggested Donation
More Info: www.ribfest-chicago.com


World Naked Bike Ride

It’s exactly what it sounds like: A giant parade of bike riders speeding around the city, fully nude! “Burn Fat, Not Oil” is their motto, and from the body paint to the naughty taint, it’s a lot of fun. Participate or hope they ride past you; either way, everyone loves the Tour De No Pants!

When: June 13
Where: All Over Chicago
How: Follow Them Online
Price: Free (What a Deal!)
More Info: www.chicagonakedride.org


Chicago Blues Festival

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Flickr user Chris Gallevo

The biggest names in the genre playing in the Blues capital of the world, 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival is about as legit as it gets. Held in Grant Park, Buddy Guy will be headlining on Saturday, and throughout the weekend, original music and tributes (We’re guessing particularly to BB King, as well as Muddy Waters) will abound with more food and drinks that you could ask for.

When: June 12-14 | Fri-Sun: 11:00am – 9:30pm
Where: Grant Park (Jackson & Columbus)
How: Monroe, Jackson, or Harrison – Red Line
Price: Free
More Info: www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=279

STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO!

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