July, the seventh month of the year. A month that full of notable music, food, and arts festivals that take place around the city of Chicago. This month, make your way to Fulton Market for some summer shopping at the Chicago Artisan Market or down to Back of the Yards for Closed Loop Fest. Support Chicago’s youth during #TheTakeBack in Bronzeville or party with the Chosen Few in Jackson Park. Check out the latest guide on things to do this month in Chicago. The options are truly endless!
LtdWear3: Opening Reception
Saturday | July 14th | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LVL3 | 1542 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free
LVL3 and Tusk host LtdWear3 this month in Wicker Park. The group exhibition and fashion collection is a presentation of one-of-a-kind wearables by over 25 artists. Custom items such as raincoats and umbrellas will be available for purchase on a first-come/first-serve basis throughout the exhibition period. Check out the looks before attending the show by visiting the website here.
Chicago Artisan Market
Sunday | July 22nd | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Morgan MFG | 1341 W Randolph St. | $15
The Chicago Artisan Market is a carefully curated grouping of more than 100 independent local artisans, producers, and makers. The unique market features home goods, fashion art, and food that is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Support small business and shop original designs that you can’t find anywhere else in Chicago. Grab your tickets to the Fulton Market shopping event here.
Clothing Swap + Ethical Fashion Discussion with Ashlee Piper
Sunday | July 15th | 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ace Hotel Chicago | 311 North Morgan St. | Free
The Glossary, along with The Ace Hotel and Allie Kushier hosts a clothing swap and facilitate discussion around conscious consumption. The event will also feature Ashlee Piper, author of the book Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet, who will be present about curating her ethical, capsule, and eco-vegan wardrobe. Guests are encouraged to bring items and trade them in for something new(ish), just in time for the summer. To register, visit the event page here.
Rose Room Vendors Marketplace & After-Day Party
Sunday | July 29th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rose Room | 415 W 119th St. | Free
Grab a Friend, Grab a Spouse and Join Rose Room as it hosts it’s 1st Vendors Marketplace Event. The shopping event will feature multiple black-owned vendors. There is something for everyone in the marketplace. In addition to the collection of handmade goods and services, guests will also enjoy live music, food, drinks, and much more. After the shopping, is the free Afterparty at the Rose Room. For more details on both events, including vendor information, be sure to visit the event page.
Closed Loop Food Fest
Saturday| July 28th | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Plant | 1400 W 46th St. | $5 – $10 Donation
Plant Chicagoʼs Closed Loop Forum & Fest 2018 is back for its annual summer celebration of delicious food, excellent music, and (of course) closing waste loops! This year’s Closed Loop Fest will feature presentations from community leaders such as Jahmal Cole, Jose Oliva,Ratih Sutrisano. Followed by DIY workshops, Plant Chicago’s Farmers Market, plus health conscious and sustainable food and beverage vendors. For more details on the sustainably focused event on Chicago’s South Side, be sure to visit the event page here.
Tacos Y Tamale
Friday – Sunday | July 20th – 22nd | Time Varies
837 W 16th St. | Free
Tacos and Tamales located in Pilsen is a street fair based off a traditional market known as Tianguis; where authenticity is at the forefront for our food, drink, music, shopping, & more. Attendees can expect the best and most authentic tacos and tamales that Chicago has to offer, plus local art installations, merchant vendors, a Modelo Beer Garden plus much more. Donations toward this event will benefit the Frida Kahlo Community Organization. Get the most out of Tacos and Tamales and RSVP for a free ticket and receive exclusive updates on this event before anyone else.
Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen
Saturday | July 22nd | 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Emporium Logan Square | 2363 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free
Chicago’s Vegan Test Kitchen will host a community over a dozen local plant-based chefs at Emporium Arcade Bar this month in Logan Square. Guests can enjoy Vegan treats from eats from conscious local chefs while shopping for cruelty-free goods plus beauty and wellness products. The Vegan Bazaar will have a little something for everyone! Be sure to check out the list of participating vendors plus more event details here.
Fiesta Del Sol
Thursday – Sunday| July 27th – 30th | Time Varies
1400 W Cermak Rd.| Free
Fiesta del Sol is an annual fundraising event organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, a non-profit organization located in the heart of Pilsen in Chicago, IL. One of my favorite food and cultural festivals of in Chicago, the family-friendly festival draws over 1 million visitors during the four-day event, every year bringing live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources and much more. Learn more about the largest fest in the Midwest by visiting Fiesta del Sol.org.
Saturday | July 28th | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mandrake Park |3858 S Cottage Grove Ave. | Free
#TheTakeBack is an annual back to school festival held in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The event invites the community to participate in a celebration that provides youth with resources that fuel their play and prepare them for a year of learning in a fun and peaceful environment. Youth 5 to 14 years of age will enjoy free school supplies, food, resources, entertainment, plus much more. Learn more about #TheTakeBack and how you can get involved by visiting the event page here.
Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Saturday | July 21st | 5:30 p.m.
Northerly island | 1300 S Lynn White Dr. | $50 – $150
Chance the Rapper’s production company, Social Function Productions, and Special Olympics have partnered to produce the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert for the Special Olympics. The concert will feature Chance the Rapper, Usher, Francis & The Lights, Daya, Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, and O.A.R.! Dedicated to empowerment and inclusion; the concert will inspire an #InclusionRevolution. After 50 years, Special Olympics is calling for people all over the world to join together in a celebration of inclusion, justice, joy, and most of all unity. Grab your tickets for this can’t miss community celebration.
10th Annual Firefly Ball
Saturday | July 27th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago | 111 S Michigan Ave. | $130 – $155
Off The Street Club (OTSC)host their 10th Annual Firefly Ball at the Art Institute of Chicago this month. The local non-profit, whose mission is to provide the youth of the West Garfield Park community with mentorship and play. Proceeds from the Firefly Ball go directly to OTSC’s Save Our Summer program (S.O.S.), which will send the kids to Camp Mathieu this summer. S.O.S. provides a much-needed haven for the kids when violence spikes in the warmer months on the West Side of Chicago. Support this fundraising event by purchasing your tickets here.
Arts + Culture:
Thursday – Saturday | July 26th – 29th | 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1522 W Hubbard St. | $39
The immersive rooms, created by the multi-media company. Refinery 29 makes its way to Midwest this month for 29Rooms Chicago. The interactive funhouse of style, culture, and creativity brought to life by a group of global artists and visionaries across various mediums makes its way to Chicago for the very first time! Tickets include three hours to create, explore, experience and collect Instagram-worthy photos. For more information and to grab your ticket, be sure to visit the event page.
Saturday | July 7th | Time Varies
Jackson Park | 63rd Street and Hayes Dr. | $40 – $400
Join 40,000 House Music fans for the 28th annual Chosen Few Picnic & Festival in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Hailed as one of the longest-running and best-loved House Music events in the world, the 2018 event promises 12+ hours of dancing, music, and fun in a family reunion-style atmosphere. Guest performers: Basement Boys (DJ Spen, Karizma, Teddy Douglas) & Ralphi Rosario. Guest vocalists: Sheree Hicks and Terisa Griffin. Tickets and packages on sale now at Chosen Few Djs.com.
Saturday | July 28th | 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Midway Plaisance |1130 Midway Plaisance| Free
Bantu Fest is a community festival bringing over 30 different countries and cultures together to celebrate diversity, unity, and love. The community event will feature art, music, vendors, DJ’s, live performances, plus much more. RSVP for free admission and enter for a chance to win prizes at the festival.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Friday – Sunday| July 20th – 22nd | 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Union Park | 1501 W Randolph St. | Free
The 13th Annual Pitchfork Music Festival will 40+ acts including headliners such as Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, Chaka Khan, The War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, and more! Plus a special performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill who celebrates the 20th Anniversary of her record-breaking album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Attendees will enjoy 3-days of music on three stages, a record fair, a craft fair, 20+ food vendors, and many more exciting features. Grab your tickets to one of the biggest music festivals in Chicago this month by heading over to the event page.