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The Five Top Music Festivals in Chicago This Spring and Summer

4876782231_45c60120d9_b-300x158As the weather warms up, live music festivals kick into high gear, and in Chicago you’re bound to come across a few. The question is, which should you check out? Here are some of the best festivals coming this year, covering different tones and crowds.

Chicago Mini Tango Festival

Maybe gigantic outdoor crowds aren’t you thing, but you love the art of dance. Here, you can discover (or kindle) your passionate side, and learn the graceful art of the Tango. Chicago Mini Tango Festival is taking place on April 14-17 in 2016. Meet and learn from World Championship Tango winners over four days of classes and fun activities. Got two left feet? The extensive beginner’s program will have you mastering the basics and looking smooth in no time!

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

This two-day block party in Lakeview takes it slightly old school, with cover bands replicating the greatest days of 80’s hair metal, 90’s hip-hop, and more. It’s also a great place to get some tasty tent food and see local artists and creators show off their work. The festival is taking place on May 28 and 29, from noon to 10:00 p.m. and the price of entry is $5. The beneficiary this year is the Central Lakeview Merchants Association, so your attendance supports local Chicago businesses.

Do Division Street Fest

Do Division is a group of streets and a shopping district with a summer festival spanning 10 blocks. Local businesses and restaurants show up, so there’s plenty of great food and interesting stuff to see. The main claim to fame is the musician lineup, of course, ranging from rock to soul. Do Division Street Fest is taking place on June 3-5 and entry is free, with a recommended donation of $5.00. Also, for families with younger children, the Family Fun Fest is on June 4 and 5, and provides more kid-friendly sections of the festival.

Chicago Blues Festival

Anyone with a passing knowledge of Chicago would know that the Windy City is one of the birthplaces of blues music as we know it. Legends like B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Bo Diddley have performed at this festival, the largest free-admission celebration of blues in the entire world. If you’re ready to feel the deep wounds and hear the troubled tales of this influential genre, Chicago Blues Festival is taking place from June 10-12 in the beautiful Grant Park.


Best suited to a younger adult crowd, Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring hip-hop, metal, rock, EDM, and alternative artists. There’s also a mini-festival for kids, comedy performances, and much more. Lollapalooza is a gigantic, global festival with lineups all around the world, and they’re hitting Chicago at the end of July, at Grant Park. One-day tickets are $120, and full four-day tickets are $335.

These festivals should keep you busy throughout the spring and summer, and that’s only for the best music festivals! Chicago has so much to do and so much happening at once, you could try something new all the time. Enjoy!


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