Hello Summer – The Festivals
June 25, 2015
I love all of the possibilities that summer holds so this week I’ve decided to do a little feature on all the things I hope to pack in during the next couple of months. Today, I’ll focus on some of my favorite festivals in the Chicagoland area that I love to go to when I am able to. There are huge numbers of festivals, and here is a Metromix link to a full list of all of your options. I’m not sure yet which ones I’ll make (and I already know I’ve missed a couple, but I’ll share them with you nevertheless), but I’ll keep you posted in my monthly updates!
This fest held in the Lincoln Square neighborhood the last weekend in May is often one of my favorite ways to kick off the summer fest season. I was planning to go this year, but my friends and I decided to watch the Hawks playoff game instead. We generally go at night where the crowds are just as deep as shown in the picture above!
Lincoln Park Wine Festival
I totally wanted to go to this inaugural wine fest in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago this year, but unfortunately it just didn’t fit in with my schedule. I am so hoping to pull this one off next year, because this is right up my alley!
This particular fest is one I’ve gone to several times near the beginning of the summer, but this year I was in Michigan instead. It is in the Andersonville neighborhood, which boasts a Swedish heritage. The area has lots of cute shops and restaurants to pop into as you listen to lots of good, live music.
Old Town Art Fair
If you are at all interested in art or are in the market for some new works, you can’t miss this festival! You cannot even imagine the quantity and variety of selection (the above picture is a small fraction of the tents that are set up). It is a fun event, and I missed this one due to my Michigan trip as well. It is definitely on my agenda for next year!
Long Grove Strawberry Festival
This particular festival is in a suburb close to me. It is very kid-friendly, and if the weather is nice, it gets pretty crazy! Cute shops and restaurants, lots of strawberry treats, and live music make for a fun afternoon when you go. It happens to be this weekend, and I might try to sneak in a visit on Sunday since the rest of my weekend is already booked. Long Grove also has an Apple Fest in September that has even yummier treats!
Taste of Chicago
Once you’ve been to a few, this festival does lose its appeal because many of the same food booths come back year after year, and they are over-priced. However, they often have a good concert or two to see which makes the crazy, insane crowds more worth it.
Edison Park Fest
This fest in the Edison Park neighborhood is on the outskirts of the city and is a little easier to get to. It offers great live music and good food options. I haven’t been in a couple of years, but I’ve had a great time each time I’ve gone. I couldn’t find a great pic to share with you so you will just have to envision it in your mind :).
Palatine Hometown Fest
This is the fest in the town I live in. Great music, good food, close to home. The crowds can sometimes get crazy, but I try to go almost every year at least for a little bit. I couldn’t find a great pic for this one either, but I’ll try and snap one when I’m there this year.
These are just a few fests to highlight for you. I’ve gone to so many others – some I really enjoy, others that I don’t really need to go to again. As I get older, my fest preferences have started to shift a bit :).
Are you going to any festivals this summer? Which ones are on your list of favorites?