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Best Events to Kick Off Summer in Chicago

With the official start of summer just a few days away, kick off the season with these fun events in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.


Downtown Naperville Classic Car Show
June 17, Downtown Naperville

Stroll along the Riverwalk and enjoy the looks of up to 100 Classic Cars in all makes and models.

Elgin Ribfest
June 16-18, Festival Park in Elgin

Taste award winning ribs from vendors around the area, as well as live music from some of the best bands in Chicago and other fun family events!

Taste of Randolph
June 16-18, Randolph @ Peoria, Chicago

Enjoy food from 18 of the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, as well as live music from some of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians, as well as the biggest names in Chicago house music.

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival
June 28 – July 2, Lisle Community Park

This festival includes hot air balloons, two stages of music, a large interactive Children’s Area, over 50 different food vendors, a carnival, a craft fair, fireworks every night, and more, with all proceeds going to charity.

Lake Shake Festival
June 23-25, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Chicago’s County Music Festival features some of the biggest names in country music like Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and many more.

Chicago Whiskey Wine & Spirits Beach Festival
June 24, Montrose Beach

Taste a wide variety of whiskeys, wines, & spirits, as well food and drink from a variety of food trucks.