Get ready Chicagoland, because summer is coming. This season is packed with the start of new events and the return of old favorites, and June is the kickoff for many of them. Take a look at the best events happening in your region this month. You might just discover your next summer tradition.
Tuesdays in June mean one thing for Tinley Park: the start of Cruise Nights. This classic car show is free, but you’ll surely want to take advantage of the food and beverages available for sale.
If you love music, don’t miss out on Tinley Park’s Music in the Plaza held from 7 – 10 p.m. every Tuesday from June to August.
Homewood’s Art and Garden Street Fair presents a full day of unique art, antiques and garden decor. The event is scheduled for June 13 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cruisin’ into Lockport begins June 1. This classic car show also features live entertainment with new car styles and bands featured each week. A farmers market providing drinks and eats and a kids area featuring an inflatable obstacle course and face painting will be available. The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Lockport with Old Canal Days, a festival outfitted with carnival rides, history tours, artisans, musical guests, a car show, a food court and even a parade! Join the City of Lockport in celebrating heritage and history in the historic district.
If you love beer and saving money, purchase your tickets today for the 4th annual Lemont Beerfest to save 50 percent on ticket price. The event is set for Saturday, June 6.
The famous Caffeine Crawl comes to Chicago for the first time ever this month! Sample goods from 27 of the city’s favorite coffee, tea and chocolate shops June 4 – 5. With multiple routes visiting various spots at different times, you can choose the perfect crawl to fit your weekend schedule.
Chicago Pride Fest is a two-day weekend festival celebrating LGBT pride with music, art, food, and drinks. The 46th annual Chicago Pride Festival will occur June 20 – 21.
Pilsen’s Food Truck Social, June 6 – 7, features up to 25 food trucks and live music. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association and Saint Procopius Church food bank and soup kitchen.
Are you a music fan? June is packed with events just for you. Chicago Blues Festival (the largest free blues festival in the world), June 12 – 14; Spring Awakening Festival, June 12 – 14; Grant Park Music Festival, June 17 – August 22; and Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 20 – 21. Country music comes to the lakefront in downtown Chicago for Windy City LakeShake June 19 – 21. And, don’t miss the World’s Largest Block Party on June 27 with musical guests Young the Giant and Neon Trees.
Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest, a street party celebrating the written word, will occur June 6 – 7. The Midwest’s largest free outdoor literature festival includes books and related merchandise as well as panels and discussions featuring more than 200 authors, plus activities for children at the Lil’ Lit Park.
Ribfest Chicago runs from June 12 – 14. This event has been voted best food fest from 2012 – 2014 by the Chicago Reader and has been featured on the Food Network and USA Today. No further explanation needed.
Taste of Wheaton is scheduled for June 4 – 7. This delicious event, perfect for foodies and those who love them, features food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a beer garden and children’s games.
Pride of the Fox RiverFest, June 11 – 14, includes water shows, sand sculptures and three days of live music and fun for everyone in the family. Come enjoy the festival that has marked the start of summer in St. Charles for over 30 years.
Love craft beer? Mark your calendar for the second annual Lombard Ale Fest, June 13 from 1 – 5 p.m. This festival features 100+ craft beers from around the country. Enjoy a refreshing beverage or grab a snack from one of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks set to make an appearance. All proceeds from the fest will benefit local non-profit organizations.
For one full evening of incredible music, make sure you get your tickets for Aurora’s SoulFeed Smooth Jazz Festival. This festival set for June 6 from 3 – 10 p.m. is stacked with a variety of smooth jazz artists.
GreenFest, the 6th annual eco-celebration in Aurora is set for June 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A local market stocked with local sources of healthy food, professional services, fair trade, compostable and recyclable products, an EcoVillage with bats and bees and an electric car show are just some of the highlights of this year’s fest.
Taste of Joliet is the highlight of the summer in Joliet. From June 26 – 28, this festival will bring nationally acclaimed musical acts, a kid zone and a carnival to the village.
What has Burnout pits, a Wall of Death, a Tattoo Tent, three days of music and vendors of all kinds? The largest three day motorcycle event in the midwest: Throttle Fest 2016. This Bridgeview event runs from June 26 – 28.
Movies are better on the big screen. Bring a blanket or grab a chair and head out to Breidert Green in Frankfort for a free family movie night, popcorn provided. Movies on the Green runs all summer with movies beginning at dusk. To learn more.
The 70th anniversary of Winnetka’s Children’s Fair is scheduled for June 5 – 6. Treats, games and pony, camel and carnival rides are all available at the Village Green for children and their families to enjoy.
Libertyville Days Festival, June 18 – 21, is a yearly fundraising event featuring a pageant, parade, carnival, arts and crafts fair, beer garden, Church Street eats and much more.
This is the fifth year that Skokie will provide twelve nights of free fun spread throughout the summer with Wednesdays On The Green. Family friendly movies each Wednesday from June 3 – 19. Movies begin at 7 p.m., rain or shine!
Long Grove’s three-day Strawberry Festival provides days of decadent strawberry-inspired treats from local merchants and vendors. Join the berry special fun from June 26 – 28.
The 12th Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire is set for June 19 – 20. The festivities run daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Features of the Faire include fine food, home and garden presentations and shopping from The French Market and Avant Garden.