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Chicago summer festival guide

A comprehensive guide to Chicago's summer festivals

June 21, 2012|RedEye

Summer is almost here, and that can only mean one thing to Chicagoans: Street fest season is so close we can taste the sangria. Check the RedEye 2012 Chicago Festival Roundup for all your fest needs:

SEPTEMBER


Chicago Jazz Festival
Aug. 30-Sept. 2
Grant and Millennium Parks
You'll be hard pressed to find such a large offering of live jazz music anywhere else in this city this summer.
Free admission

North Coast Music Festival
August 31-Sept. 2
Union Park
Back for its third year, this music festival highlights some of the biggest names in rock, rap and electronic music.

Ravenswood Remix
Sept. 1-2
Ravenswood and Belle Plaine
The real highlight of this fair is that it showcases local artists that use recycled materials for their work. Free art workshops will also be offered to attendees.

Festival de la Villita
6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7; noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 8-9
Little Village, 26th and Kostner
Chicago's Hispanic population is honored at this three-day festival that features cultural entertainment and cuisine.

German-American Fest
5 p.m. September 7, noon September 8-9
Lincoln and Leland Avenues
Bring your lederhosen to this festival with live polka bands, steins of beer and German eats.

Guinness Oyster Fest
6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14; 11 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15
Damen and Roscoe avenues
Slurp your heart out at this oyster-centric festival while enjoying two stages of live music.
Suggested donation: $7

Design Harvest Festival
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29-30
Grand Ave. between Damen and Wood
In addition to the usual street festival ingredients--live music and food--this West Town fest celebrates the best local furniture and home accessory makers in Chicago.


Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Sept. 29-30
Various locations throughout Hyde Park
The 13 venues that are scheduled to take part in this two-day music festival expect to draw a total of 25,000 jazz fans.

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