The Three Must-See Festivals of July

July in Chicago is one of the best months of the year to be in the Windy City. June is still a little wet, August is blazing hot, and September is just a little too close to winter. This month also marks some of the year’s best neighborhood festivals and communities coming together to enjoy the three best things in life: Good food, craft beer, and live music.

Square Roots

Boasting over 30 different craft beers and over 80 music acts on five stages, Square Roots, dubbed a “Craft Brew and Music Experience,” is something truly special. Located in Lincoln Square, they also feature some of the top food vendors around, including made-to-order Dinky Donuts, Miku Sushi alligator skewers, and burgers from Gather.

Get ready to fill your stomach with booze and foods and rock out to some of Chicago’s top music talent, all in one of our new favorite neighborhoods.

When: July 10-12
Where: Lincoln Square (Lincoln Ave from Montrose to Wilson)
How: Western Bus, Western Brown Line Stop
Admission: Suggested Donation of $10
More Info: www.squareroots.org

Chinatown Summer Fair

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Photo via Flickr user Benjamin Lipsman

Chinatown is a cultural hub no matter the time of year, but when you add ceremonial dragon dance processions, martial arts expos, dim sum, and other authentic Chinese street food, as well as drinks, music, and shops, it’s truly something special during the Summer Fair.

Dive into the vibrancy, and don’t miss out on your chance to vote on the cutest baby contest!

When: July 19
Where: Chinatown (Wentworth from Cermak to 24th)
How: Chinatown Red Line Stop
Admission: Free!
More Info: www.chinatownspecialevents.org/?page_id=205

Wicker Park Fest

Photo via Flickr user yenna

Photo via Flickr user yenna

With one of the best local music lineups of the year, along with tons of beer, food, and art installations, Wicker Park Fest has too much talent to miss. We’re talking RJD2, Diarrhea Planet, Santah, Lydia Loveless, Sidewalk Chalk, and so much more.

Any night of the week at least one of these awesome bands is playing in Wicker Park, but during Wicker Park Fest, they’re all playing the same weekend.

When: July 25-26
Where: Wicker Park (Milwaukee from North to Paulina)
How: Damen or Division Blue Line Stops; North or Damen Buses
Admission: Suggested Donation of $5
More Info: http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/fest

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