The 10 Best Chicago Festivals of June (Part 2)

Whether you caught the festival bug or you’re catching up now, there’s plenty of time left to immerse yourself in the diverse events happening around Chicago. Here’s some more can’t-miss fun happening later in June.

Missed our kickoff to festival season? Check out The 10 Best Chicago Festivals of June (Part 1) to get some ideas for this weekend.

Brew to Be Wild

Flickr user, calvin

Flickr user, calvin

At Lincoln Park Zoo, those who are lucky enough to hit up Brew to Be Wild will experience one of the best combinations ever: looking at exotic animals and drinking beer. With over 35 breweries offering almost 100 varieties of beer, this is easily one of the best outdoor events of the year.

When: June 13 | Sat: 6:00pm – 11:00pm (5:00pm for VIPs)
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo
How: Fullerton, Armitage, or Clark Bus, On-Site Parking
How Much: $49 for General Admission, $89 for VIP.
More Info: www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/brew-be-wild


Fiestas Puertorriquenas

Flickr user, TheeErin

Flickr user, TheeErin

You don’t have to identify with the nationality to enjoy the heck out of this Puerto Rican food, music, arts, drinks, and rides festival. For some authentic cuisine in the warm sun, too many activities to count, piña coladas, and some of the biggest names in Latin music, the Puerto Rican Festival & Parade is the spot.

When: June 18-21 | Thu-Fri: 3:00pm – 10:00pm | Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Humboldt Park (Division & California)
How: Damen – Blue Line, California, Division, Kedzie, or Western Bus
Cost: TBA
More Info: www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=279


Chicago Pride Fest

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Flickr user, Michael Lehet

So much fun, so much pride. In the country’s first officially recognized gay neighborhood, Boys Town is never quite as lively as it is during Pride Fest, and that’s saying something. This event features tons of amazing musical artists, including Jennifer Hudson, as well as DJs, dancing, food, and drinks galore, all in what we firmly believe to be the happiest and friendliest atmosphere Chicago has to offer.

When: June 20-21 | Sat-Sun: All Day and Night
Where: Halsted and Waveland
How: Belmont – Red/Brown/Purple Line Stop
How Much: $8 Suggested Donation
More Info: www.chicagopride.gopride.com


Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party

Flickr user, Megan Morris

Flickr user, Megan Morris

Food, drinks, and three bands, all for charity, makes the 31st annual installment of Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party definitely worth your time and money. The line-up includes 7th Heaven, Neon Trees, and Young The Giant––even if you’re not a diehard fan of any of the bands, the event is certainly still a great time.

When: June 27 | Sat: 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Where: 1145 S. Morgan
How: Wilson – Red Line Stop
How Much: $40
More Info: www.worldslargestblockparty.com


Chicago Pride Parade

Flickr user, Aurimas

Flickr user, Aurimas

Go out and show your support! This is probably the most fun you can have at a parade. Drinking in public is encouraged, the floats and dancing are absolutely tremendous, and everyone is in a friendly, vivacious mood. There’s no stopping this party!

When: June 28 | Sun: 12:00pm
Where: Broadway and Montrose (Start)
How: Wilson – Red Line Stop
How Much: Free
More Info: www.chicagopride.gopride.com


INAUGURAL MENTION

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest

Your guess is as good as ours, but you can’t go wrong with music, sausage, and beer.

When: June 27-28 | Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: 3800 N. Elston Ave (at Grace)
How: Addison, Irving Park or Kimball Bus, Addison – Blue Line Stop
How Much: Free
More Info: www.chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-elston-avenue-sausage-fest-event

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