Let the fests begin!  This long weekend is all about getting some fresh air and here are some of the fun outdoor happenings.  Enjoy – the weather is going to be great and you deserve it!

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1. Chicago Gospel Music Festival

  • When:   May 31 & June 1, 2019 • Free Admission • 11:00 am–9:00 pm.
  • Where:  Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park, 55 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60602.

Why this is fun:  Celebrating the great influence of the music genre born in this city more than 80 years ago, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival will present the top gospel artists in the country. Over the years, the festival has featured traditional choirs to contemporary urban gospel mixed with hip-hop and house music. A tribute to Aretha Franklin is among the highlights for the 34th annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival – don’t miss!

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Taste of Mexico

  • When:  Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, Friday: 3:00 -10:00 pm; Saturday/Sunday: Noon-10:00 pm.
  • Where:  2550 S California Ave, Chicago IL 60623.

Why this is fun:  Food aficionados will be in taste heaven as this celebration of South-of-the-Border cuisine returns for its fifth year to the Midwest’s largest Mexican community. Held on 26th Street in the heart of the Little Village neighborhood, Taste of Mexico is a three-day culinary extravaganza that will appeal to Chicagoans from every background.

One highlight will, of course, be nearly 20 neighborhood and other local restaurants selling authentic Mexican street foods including tacos, flautas, enchiladas, tortas, gorditas and more. There’s also a non-stop music/entertainment stage as well as arts & crafts for lovers of both Mexican foods and culture. And for kids and families, there’s a large carnival ride area.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Lincoln Park Greek Festival

  • When:  Friday, May 31: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Saturday, June 1: Noon to 11:00 pm; Sunday, June 2: Noon to 10:00 pm.
  • Where:  St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun: Being Greek means relishing the world around you and enjoying life to its fullest. Come experience the Ancient Greek concept of “filoxenia” and the famous hospitality of the Greek culture.

Show up to feast on Greek delicacies, shop for gifts at the craft fair or catch a set from the Ormi Orchestra. This popular annual cultural celebration on the grounds of St. George Greek Orthodox Church will serve up authentic flavorful food, great music, dancing and pure fun!

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Hyde Park Brew Fest 2019

  • When:  June 1-2, 2019 – opens at 9:00 am thru 10:00 pm.
  • Where:  53rd and Harper-Harper Court, Chicago, IL 60615.

Why this is fun:  Let’s kick off summer together at the 6th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest in the heart of downtown Hyde Park. This festival is unlike any festival you’ve been to. Part beer fest, street fest and food fest, we bring you the best in great food, beers, ciders, hip hop and House music DJ’s in the country. It’s an unforgettable weekend you don’t want to miss. The event goes from 12p – 9p on Saturday and Sunday and is FREE to attend. If you’d like to sample beer and cider from over 50 different brews, you will need to purchase tickets.  The sampling goes from 1 pm – 7 pm Saturday and Sunday!

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Do Division Street Fest

  • When:  Friday, May 31st 5-10 pm, Saturday & Sunday June 1st & 2nd 12-10 pm.
  • Where:  Division St at Damen Ave, Chicago IL 60622.

Why this is fun:  Do Division, the street shindig booked by Empty Bottle and Subterranean, kicks off the summer festival season during the first weekend of June. Spanning several city blocks, the annual celebration brings a selection of local vendors and restaurants to Division Street, as well as a petting zoo for the kids, a sidewalk sale and a runway fashion show.

This year’s music lineup includes Why?, the Meat Puppets, Mikal Cronin, Pile, Ryley Walker and Laura Stevenson, as well as local acts like Russian Circles, the Cool Kids, Makaya McCraven and Paul Cherry.

For more details, visit the website.

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