Summer has kicked into full gear as more events than you’ll ever be able to attend are popping up out of nowhere and showcasing the very best Chicago has to offer. While most people will be flocking to either Wicker Park Fest and Taste of Lincoln Avenue this weekend, here are some other fun events that deserve some love and support.
Fiesta del Sol
1000–1600 W Cermak, Chicago, IL
Started in 1973 by the non-profit organization Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), this festival has been a summer staple for Pilsen residents and Chicagoans alike. It generates revenue for the Pilsen neighborhood and allows local organizations and schools to fundraise for education reform, civil rights, immigrant rights, and healthcare support.
1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago, IL
The annual Bantu Fest prides brings cuisine and culture from more than 30 different countries together for a two-celebration.
322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
This is a relatively new Afro-Carribean music festival touring multiple cities and making a stop here in Chicago.
Kosciuszko Park – 2732 N Avers Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
This amazing festival brings Peruvian culture, cuisine, and music to the Logan Square/Avondale area.
Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party
The National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL
The Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, is a free event filled musical performances, poetry readings, writing workshops, visual art activities, and games.
The Newberry Book Fair
July 25th – July 28th
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL
This a personal favorite of mine! It is held every year and it’s the perfect place to browse and add more books to your ever growing to-be-read list. It’s also just a wonderful building to check out in a beautiful part of the city.