Chicago Summer Events 2014

Chicago is the perfect city in the summer time. Hot sunny days, tempered by a nice lake breeze. Attractions with just the right balance of fun, education, and excitement. And of course, an unbeatable lineup of free summer events! Visit Chicago this summer for a weekend (or three!) to enjoy any of these iconic summer Chicago Attractions.

Chicago Summer Event - Taste of ChicagoTaste of Chicago
July 9 – 13, 2014
Grant Park

This festival is a Chicago Attraction that I’ve truly come to love over the years. It’s perfect for foodies, culinary adventurers, or heck, anyone who just enjoys a good snack. Enjoy samples from more than 200 different dishes, spanning every cuisine from American and Italian to African and Indian.  Plus, you’ll also enjoy live music, comedy shows, and special activities just for the kids. Join millions of others this summer and take part in a Chicago tradition. Evening concerts will be held at the Petrillo Music Shell, and free daytime performances will be at the Bud Light Stage. Concerts and entrance to the festival grounds are free, but food and beverages are available on a (very inexpensive) ticket system.

Chicago Summer Events - Grant Park Music Festival

The Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Music Festival
June 12 – August 17, 2013
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

Although there are dozens of music events throughout the city this summer, the Grant Park Music Festival has the attractive quality of being extremely affordable. You’ll enjoy dozens of professional performances and events, including: free evening concerts 3x a week (bring picnic food!); an orchestral performance of Romeo & Juliet (June 13 & 14); and shows featuring the work of classical composers like Haydn, Dvorak, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, and more. You’ll also see jazz nights, mariachi nights, youth performances, and ballet, to name a few. For a full list of performances, visit the Grant Park Music Festival website.

Chicago Summer Events - ParkChicago Blues Festival
June 13 – 15, 2014
Grant Park

An ideal event for the music lovers out there, and an absolute must-see Chicago attraction if you’re in town on this particular weekend. Each day from 11:00 am – 9:30 pm, you’ll be treated to a engaging performances by well-known jazz artists, covering original and well-known popular work. Admission is, once again, free! Feel free to bring a picnic blanket and some chairs. Different food trucks will be available on the grounds each day, including local favorites like Gino’s Steaks Truck and the Chicago Lunchbox.

Chicago Summer Events - Millennium Park

Millennium Park in the summer

Summer Film Series
June 24 – 29, 2014
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

Free film screenings each Tuesday! The Pritzker Pavilion has been recently refitted with an awesome new high-tech outdoor screen. Sound and image are crystal clear all the way to the back of the Great Lawn, so wherever you set up your chairs or blanket, you’ll enjoy the full movie experience. We’ll update you later this summer with more information when the specific lineup of films is released.


You can also enjoy dozens of smaller-scale events like farmers markets, neighborhood-specific festivals, and my favorite, Shakespeare in the Parks! These summer Chicago Attractions will make your trip to the Windy City unforgettable.


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