The last month of summer has arrived—and it won’t be around for long! Take advantage of this beautiful month by checking out the lineup of some of the best summer neighborhood, music, and food festivals to hit the city this month. This is the only guide you need to August events in Chicago. Check out the full details below!
College Vault Pop-Up Shop
Thursday – Sunday | August 1st – 4th | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
207 S State St.| Free
Go back in time to the good ole’ days of 90s-inspired fashion this month. College Vault is an August pop-up shop event featuring collegiate apparel, Instagrammable moments and giveaways. Customize styles, just in time for the fall sports season featuring your favorite college teams. This shop will also feature exclusive New Era and Champion designs. Check out this four day only pop-up shop this month. For more details, visit the Facebook page.
Oddities Flea Market Chicago
Saturday – Sunday | August 24th – 25th | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stan Mansion | 2408 N Kedzie Blvd. | $10 – $30
Love the odd? Have a passion for the curious? Find a curated collection of the odd and unique this August in Chicago. Join Atlas Obscura for the grandiose Oddities Flea Market, a curious, curated collection of the best purveyors of the odd and unique. Hailing from Brooklyn, this is an affair you won’t want to miss. To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
DREAM BIG Curvy Conference
Saturday | August 17th | 6:00 p.m.
Venue Six10 | 610 S Michigan Ave.| $25
Join the best, bold, and brilliant group of women at the DREAM BIG Midwest Conference. This conference is where curvy fashion and beauty enthusiasts are paving their way through the industry while empowering a culture of confident curvy women. Tickets include parties, workshops, panels, networking, and more. Grab specially priced tickets from The Haute Seeker by following this link. For more details on this curvy-focused conference, visit the website here.
Summer Made in Chicago Market
Saturday | August 10th | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plumbers Hall | 1340 W Washington Blvd. | Free
Join the best Chicago creatives, artist, and makers at the Made in Chicago Market this August. The shopping event features dozens of locally made goods. Sample delicious food and drinks and activities, while you shop for new summer items in the West Loop. For more details, visit the event page.
Food + Drink:
Chicago Tribune Food Bowl 2019
Wednesday – Sunday | August 14th – Sep 1st | Time Varies
Location Varies | Price Varies
The Food Bowl hosted by the Chicago Tribune is a citywide festival featuring hundreds of events across Chicago that mix local favorites with world-renowned chefs. The festival spans over 18 days and encompasses dinners, parties, tours, pop-ups, classes and a 3-day Night Market on the Chicago Riverwalk. Get a full schedule of events by visiting Food Bowl Chicago.com.
Taste of Andersonville 2019
Wednesday | August 7th | 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Swedish American Museum | 5217 N Clark St. | $30 – $35
Taste your way through Andersonville this August in Chicago. Sample the neighborhood’s dining delights, delectables, and drinkables at the annual food event. Enjoy your favorites, find new spots to dine, shop, and meet lots of neighbors and friends at the yearly dinner crawl. Tickets include over 16 restaurants per route with two different route options to choose from. Pick between a ‘spoon’ and ‘fork’ by visiting the event page here.
64th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival
Friday – Sunday | August 9th – 11th | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Midwest Buddhist Temple | 435 Menomonee St. | $5 Suggested Donation
The Ginza Holiday Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American food, art, culture, and entertainment. The festival, features a unique marketing known as The Waza—a select group of over 100 artisans skilled in traditional crafts dating back to over 300 years ago. To learn more and to experience Japanese culture this August, visit Ginza Holiday.
Gelato Festival at Little Italy Festa Taylor Street
Saturday – Sunday | August 17th – 18th | Time Varies
1431 W Taylor St. | Free
Do you love gelato? Then you will love the Gelato Festival! Experience the best gelato in America at the Annual Little Italy Festa on Taylor Street this August in Chicago. Tickets include all-you-can-eat gelato, prepared fresh onsite by local and visiting artisans in the world’s largest frozen dessert laboratory on wheels. Enjoy fresh and cool treats while enjoying lives music, games, contests and giveaways—an event that is perfect for the whole family. For more details on this August event, visit the Facebook page.
My Block, My Hood, My City 1st Annual Community Run
Sunday | August 18th | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Marquette Park | 6743 S Kedzie Ave. | Free
Explore the famous Marquette Park with other Chicagoans during the first annual My Block My Hood My City 5K. 5K take participants will venture through 323 scenic acres on the city’s South West Side. Experience a race day that featuring live music, a history hunt, and prizes for top runners and top fundraising teams. To participate as a volunteer or as a runner/walker during the race, visit the event page here.
South Side Chefs Revival & Homecoming
Sunday | August 11th | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom | 4455 South King Dr. | $95
Celebrate the history of black food and culture this month in Chicago. The South Side Chefs Revival and Homecoming feature over ten black Chicago based chefs serving delicious drinks, eats, and desserts. The food-focused will benefit the Edna Lewis Foundation, an organization that includes educational initiatives, food industry awards, an annual national food conference, leadership awards program, culinary scholarships, and publications. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.
Love Pilsen at the Park
Saturday | August 31st | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dvorak Park | 1119 W Cullerton St. | Free
Join the community of Pilsen for a free event made for the community as a whole. The Love Pilsen at the Park event includes activities that are perfect for kids of all ages. This event is just in time for the back to school season and features school supplies giveaway, live music, fire truck rides, bounce houses, face painting, and a BBQ. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to this community-centric event.e event page.
Arts + Culture:
61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show
Saturday – Sunday | August 17th – 18th | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fullerton to Oak Street | Free
The largest free show of its kind, the Air and Water show features non-stop action on North Avenue Beach. The event features military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues, and parachute teams. Be sure to catch one of the biggest events taking place this August, visit the website here.
2019 North Lawndale Arts Festival
Saturday | August 3rd | 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Douglas Park Field House| Free
Support local artists during the Fourth Annual North Lawndale Arts Festival. Local entertainment, food, and vendors will take over Douglas Park in Chicago for this big event. For more details, visit the Facebook page here.
An Arts Bank Outdoor Party: Happy Birthday Obama!
Sunday | August 4th | 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Stony Island Arts Bank | 6760 South Stony Island Ave. | Free
Celebrate the former (forever) President Obama for his 58th Birthday at Stony Island Arts Bank. The family-friendly, all-ages free day party features food, games, fun, music, vendors, and much more. The event led by The Obama Paintings artist Rob Pruitt, the Obama Foundation, and Stash Market. For more details, visit the Eventpage.
Northalsted Market Days
Saturday – Sunday | August 10th – 11th | 11:00 a.m.
Boystown on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison| $10 Suggested Donation
Celebrate the life and community of the historic Boystown/Lakeview district this summer in Chicago at the 38th Annual Northalsted Market Days. The 1/2 mile long festival features an all-day lineup of live music on five stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more. For more details, visit the website for more information about this vibrant celebration.
The August events are good—but the full summer festival list is even better! Check out the full list of summer festivals in Chicago here.