July is here Chicago! This month not only brings fantastic weather but major events that show why Chicago is the best place to be during the summer. This month kicks off well known summer events and a incredible unseen events. Check out the guide to the best July events in Chicago with the guide below.
Saturday – Sunday | July 20th – 21st| 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McCormick Place | 2301 S King Dr. | $80 – $600
ComplexCon makes its way from Long Beach to Chicago this month. The event, featured as one of the best events to check out this year, is an exhibition of the future of fashion, music, art, food, sports, innovation, and pop culture. Headliners for the first event ComplexCon in Chicago feature local DJs and national recording musicians. This event brings creativity, collaboration, and culture to Chicago. To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
Made in Chicago Pop Up
Wednesday-Friday | July 3rd – 28th | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Corner of Randolph and Halsted | Free
Find a unique collection of Chicago made goods in this July. This month the Chicago Sun-Times will collaborate with Chicago makers and creatives to bring a month-long pop-up interactive experience and shop to the Chicago community. The pop-up shops are open to the public every Wednesday through Friday. Guests can also find fund events including workouts, book readings, and more at the Box Shops. For a full schedule and more event details, visit the Facebook page here.
Style of Sound: Festival Fashion
Thursday | June 20th| 6:00 p.m.
Celeste | 111 W Hubbard St.| Free
Find festival inspiration this July at the Style of Sound: Festival Fashion event. The evening features fabulous fashion looks, flawless hair, creative cocktails and incredible vibes. Get inspired for some of the the best festivals in the city inspired by Chicago based stylists, designers, and more. RSVP to attend the free event here.
Museum of Streetwear
Saturday – Sunday | June 27th – 28th | 10:30 a.m.
Lab on Lake | 3450 West Lake St. | $20 – $110
Streetwear is constantly evolving within the fashion industry—but how does that evolution look here in Chicago. Join Runwayaddicts for the Museum of Streetwear, a two day exhibition in East Garfield Park created to highlight the works of designers involved with Streetwear culture. The two-day event will feature over a dozen designers along with interactive labs, panel discussion, exhibits, pop-up shops and more all centering around Streetwear. Get connected to the fashion community and the future of Streetwear. To attend this event, visit the website here.
Food + Drink:
Eli’s Cheesecake Festival
Sunday | July 28th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eli Cheesecake Company | 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. | Free
Eli’s Cheesecake is a Chicago food staple. This July, celebrate the famous cheesecake at the Chicago based headquarters this month. Eli’s Annual Cheesecake Festival features a classic car show, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. The festival is the perfect family festival in Chicago. The event will also offer free cheesecake samples as well as free parking and admission. For the most up-to-date event information, visit CheesecakeFestival.com
Whiskey & Wine Fest
Saturday | July 20th | 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Belmont Harbor | 2 West Belmont Harbor Dr. | $35 – $40
Celebrate summer with a whiskey and wine tasting on the lake. This July, the Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival will feature a day-long tasting of a variety of whiskeys & wines. In addition to the sampling of great drinks, the event will also feature a live DJ and much more. For tickets, visit the website here.
Second Annual Bastille Day Courtyard Celebration
Sunday | July 14th | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Waldorf Astoria | 11 E Walton St. | $5 – $25
Love French food, culture, and history? Enjoy it all in one place at the annual Bastille Day at the Waldorf Astoria in the Gold Coast of Chicago. Bastille Day festivities will take place outside of the hotel of the Parisian inspired courtyard. The afternoon fête will feature a live band, French-inspired fare from award-winning chefs, and premium beverages. An occasion for all ages, Bastille Day festivities will also include a balloon artist, face painter, cotton candy machine and ice cream station for families and little ones to enjoy. For tickets to the event, visit the event page here.
Joong Boo Market Korean Food Festival
Thursday – Sunday | July 4th – 7th | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Joong Boo Market | 3333 N Kimball Ave. | Free
Take a break from traditional Fourth of July festivities for the newest festival to hit Chicago. Joong Boo Market, the well-known Asian grocery store offering authentic Korean and Pan-Asian products in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, will offer its first ever food festival. The event features traditional Korean lunch boxes along with a variety of unlimited free samples. On the final day of the festival, the market invites guests of all ages to make a giant Bibimbap dish. For event details, visit the Facebook page.
The 2019 Bughouse Square Debates
Saturday | July 27th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Newberry Library | 60 W Walton St. | Free
Have a lot to say? Get it off of your chest at the 2019 Bughouse Square Debates hosted by the Newberry Library. The long-running and friendly free-speech competition, allows orators of all ages to mount soapboxes and take about 10 minutes each to have their say about racism, First Amendment issues, civil liberties, #MeToo, #BLM, pop culture – or any other concern. The champion soapboxer receives the coveted Dill Pickle Award. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Saturday | July 27th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mandrake Park | 3858 S Cottage Grove Ave. | Free
#TheTakeBack 2019 is an annual back to school festival that provides youth and parents with free resources. #TheTakeBack will focus on expanding efforts to influence more youth positively. In addition to organizing another peaceful day for the youth of Chicago, #TheTakeBack will provide school supplies for each attendee, award larger scholarships to more children, increase awareness across all platforms & acquire more sponsorship through various networks. To volunteer or learn more ways to give back to this community effort, visit the event page here.
Bags & Brews for Justice
Friday | July 19th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Casa Michoacan | 1638 S Blue Island | Free
Grassroots Collaborative, an organization that exists as a resource for disenfranchised working families, will host a big fundraiser this July benefiting the racial and economic justice campaigns of Grassroots Collaborative. Tickets to the event, Bags & Brews include hors d’ oeuvres & open bar and participation in the corn hole competition. To participate and to purchase tickets, visit Grassroots Collaborative.
Arts + Culture:
Second Annual Fiesta de Frida
Sunday | July 7th | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Catalyst Ranch | 656 W Randolph St. | $65 – $162.50
Frida Kahlo was a force to be reckoned with in the art world. Celebrate her birth and her legacy at the 2nd Annual Fiesta de Frida. The July event features a craft and art party. Tickets price includes a one of a kind take-home creation inspired by the artists as well as one drink and Antojitos Mexicanos. Proceeds from this fiesta benefit the Women’s Justice League, an origination working to empower survivors of Domestic Violence. To purchase tickets visit Women’s Justice League.com.
Second Annual Back Alley Jazz
Saturday | July 27th | 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
7300 S Paxton St. | Free
Last year, Back Alley Jazz 2018 was created to highlight the culture and community of the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Back Alley Jazz 2019 is a community-led event that is created for the neighborhood, by the neighborhood. This month’s event will focus on the original DJ jam sessions and will include some of the original DJ’s from the Jazz in the Alley events of the 1960s and 70s. In addition, to live performances by local musicians, the event will feature interactive art activities, food for sale from local vendors. For more information on this July event, visit the Facebook page.
WakandaCon Chicago 2019
Friday – Sunday | July 26th – 28th | Time Varies
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place| 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr. | $35 – $80
Chicago’s South Loop becomes the fictional country of Wakanda this July in Chicago. The event, inspired by Marvel’ s Black Panther, is a day family-friendly Afrofuturistic convention that speaks directly to issues being faced within the Black diaspora, with a focus on art, community, technology, and self-expression. The conference is a celebration of fandom, culture, and African-Diaspora. For more details and to purchase tickets to the event, visit the event page.
15th Annual Bucktown Garden Walk
Saturday – Sunday | July 13th – 14th | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Churchill Park | 1825 N. Damen Ave. | Free
Explore the hidden gardens and gems of some of Bucktown neighborhood most beautiful homes, this July in Chicago. Neighbors and visitors of all ages are invited to the annual Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party. The event is self-guided garden tour, that includes a neighborhood trolley, children’s entertainment, food trucks, beer, wine gardens and more. For event details, visit the website here.
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