*Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 8:30a-8p UNCONFIRMED
Participants paint over 100 mural segments from Pratt to Morse (spaces sell out). Some prizes, mostly fun. One of my ABSOLUTE favorite fests! Blade/bike path, good parks and beach, good bands and acts, veggie friendly and near a Heartland branch. Judging 2pm Sunday. artistsofthewall.comLoyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf. Around 6900 N on the lake. rogerspark.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Custer Fair (since 1972). Big happy art/music/food/fun fair. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $1 suggested donation. 10a-9p UNCONFIRMED
Evanston's largest and oldest outdoor event known for diverse and unique features. Kid friendly. "fest of chompin' stompin' and shoppin' isn't just any old street fair." - Chicago Sun Times. 847/328-2204 facebook.com/custerfairDowntown, 847/328-22100, 600 Main St, Evanston. CTA Main St. Purple line and Metra Main Street Stops. cityofevanston.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Date on which the freedom of the slaves was formally announced in Texas in 1865, more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War. juneteenth.comINFOSHARE
Strawberry Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Strawberry foods, drinks and treats everywhere. Entertainment on two stages. 80 shops, galleries, restaurants. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town. starevents.comHistoric Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2020.08.25 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p UNCONFIRMED
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour. chicagosummerdance.orgGrant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
***Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nation's largest. Last Sunday in June Yearly. All ages. Free 12p UNCONFIRMED
Hundreds of floats, thousands of flamboyantly happy people. Special events at all area bars and restaurants, major after-parties. Wear sun screen. Typically goes S on Broadway, S on Halsted, E on Belmont, S on Broadway, E on Diversey to Cannon Drive. 773/348-8243 chicagopride.gopride.comUptown, 4400 N Broadway. At Montrose. MAPINFOSHARE
*Tour de Fat. Party and performance event promoting Fat Tire beer. Yearly. $? UNCONFIRMED
Legal holiday. The Declaration of Independence from Great Britain was passed by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on this day in 1776. Typically observed with picnics and evening fireworks. holidays.net/independenceINFOSHARE
*Beacon of Freedom parade (since 1922). Yearly. All ages. Free 2p.
Evanston has an extraordinary Independence Day parade, rated among the nation's best. Over 100 floats many representing alternative interests. Come early, bring sunscreen. evanston4th.orgNorth Evanston, Central Street and Central Park Avenue, Evanston. Marches East to Ashland. Easily reached by Purple line and Metra. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2020.08.30 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p UNCONFIRMED
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot. Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs. renfair.com/bristolMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Earth at Aphelion. Our orbit's farthest point from the sun. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Taste Of Chicago (since 1981). Beer, meat, people, major bands. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free entry. 10a-9p UNCONFIRMED
Newly reformatted, 40+ quality restaurants represented. Bring money and sun screen. Variety of special attractions including flume ride, kid fun, local TV stars, high diving, much more. Good bands at several stages all day. tasteofchicago.usGrant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. cityofchicago.orgMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Southport Art&Music Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Anniversary of First Moon Landing (since 1969). Yearly.
Apollo 11 was launched on July 16th, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins. The spacecraft landed in the Mare Tranquillitatis at 3:17 PM CDT on July 20th. At 9:56 PM Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, issuing the now famous phrase "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Aldrin followed shortly while Collins remained in the orbiting command module. nasa.govINFOSHARE
*Pitchfork Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $15-35+ May sell out. 1-9p UNCONFIRMED
World Arts & Music Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-7p UNCONFIRMED
"Celebration of global diversity features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances." Dawes Park, 847/448-8058, Church street at the lakefront, Evanston. cityofevanston.org/worldmusicMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Proclaimed in 1971 by Nixon. "I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people." Observed Sunday in some years with a ceremony at Showmen's Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. internationalclownweek.orgPHOTOSINFOSHARE
*Lollapalooza. Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
On this day in 1945, an American bomber "Enola Gay" made the first wartime use of an atomic weapon. A single bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, destroying it completely. This day is often used for anti-nuclear protests worldwide. Watch for symbolic body outlines drawn on the ground in major cities. city.hiroshima.jptheenolagay.comINFOSHARE
Happiness Happens Day (since 1999). Yearly. All ages. Free.
(aka "HappyThon") Real event pursuing proclamation, sponsored by the "Secret Society of Happy People" to rebuff popular cynicism. Smile at strangers. Generally observed all August as "Happiness Happens" month. sohp.comPHOTOSINFOSHARE
Bud Billiken Day Parade (since 1929). On ABC&WGN, w/ mayor. 2nd Saturday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 2.5hr 10a UNCONFIRMED
Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food, chilli cookoff, dozens of bands at three stages. 773/665-4682 starevents.comRoscoe from Damen to Hamilton MAPSHARE
Northalsted Market Days (since 1982). Big crowded boystown fest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 11a-10p UNCONFIRMED
Over 400 vendors, 25 entertainers, bands at three stages, food from 55 restaurants, six city blocks, 17 entrances, 250K expected. Minimal clothing. Good blading on closed streets after closing. Boystown, 773/868-3010, Belmont and Halsted. Runs North to Addison. Easy train access. northalsted.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
**Air and Water Show (since 1959). WORLD CLASS EVENT!!! -Sunday Yearly. 9a-4p UNCONFIRMED
Water show 9-11a, air show 11a-4p. Narrated on WBBM (780AM) so bring a radio, swimming, vending, megapeople, dangerous UV so use sunscreen. Arrive early, bring water, prepare for extreme crowds. Consider watching from alternate points such as Montrose, a cruise, or hi-rise. Blue Angels, Lima Lima, Navy SEALs, bi-planes, F15, F14, F18, F117, B1b, B2, C141, KC135, AH64, A10 aircraft. chicagoairandwatershow.usPeaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North. explorechicago.orgMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Honors working people and celebrates their history and accomplishments. Essentially identical to the European May Day celebrated on May 1st. First observed in NYC on 1882.09.05 by the Knights of Labor. dol.govSHARE
Star Trek debut anniversary (since 1966). Animated series also (1973). Yearly.
Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year (5779). -2020.09.11 Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
"Head of the year" in Hebrew, this day commemorates the creation of the world. It is celebrated on Tishri 1 by the Hebrew calendar, which falls in early autumn. Rosh Hashanah begins the penitential season, culminating ten days later on Yom Kippur. The synagogue service includes the blowing of the Shofar (ram's horn), and liturgy stressing the sovereignty of God. It is customary on the first day, to go to a river or pond, and there to recite tashlich, scriptural verses about repentance and forgiveness. Introspect and resolve to do better. chabad.org/holidayshebcal.com/holidaysINFOSHARE
*North Shore Century ride (since 1985). Yearly. All ages. $17-25 6a-7p UNCONFIRMED
Evanston Bike Club "incredibly scenic biking... tranquil tree-lined streets... refreshing lake breezes." Uses cue sheets and painted street markings. Five distance options from 25-100 miles. evanstonbikeclub.org/nscDawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Road. MAPSHARE
Yom Kippur. Jewish Day of Atonement. -2020.09.19 Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
Celebrated on Tishri 10 of the Hebrew calendar, which falls in early autumn. This Sabbath of Sabbaths is observed by fasting, confession to God of sins committed during the last year, and prayers for forgiveness. Observance begins with the evening Kol Nidre service of repentance. Strictly speaking, one has not atoned until forgiven by the wronged party. Give to charity, reflect, change, and for 24hrs do not eat, no leather, bathing, romance or frivolity. chabad.org/holidaysINFOSHARE
Long Grove Apple Fest (since 1993). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Cider donuts, caramel apples, apple pies, even apple popcorn and apple martinis! Bands including country, rock and roll, Dixieland, and jazz, more. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town. starevents.comHistoric Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Canadian Thanksgiving. 2nd Monday in October Yearly.
This holiday has had a variety of dates back to the late 1500's, and was set to its current date in 1957 by the Canadian government. Though it evolved independently, it's observance is now very similar to the U.S. Thanksgiving. canada.combedno.com/holidaysINFOSHARE
*Arts in the Dark Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 6-8p UNCONFIRMED
Chicago creative communities assemble for a powerful procession capturing their spirits. Large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, music, dance, moving platforms, more. bedno.com/fb/583938511949410On State Parading South from Lake to Van Buren. ArtsInTheDark.orgMAPSHARE
*Treehouse of Horrors XXIX (since 1990). Yearly. All ages. Free 7p UNCONFIRMED
*Halloween Magic on Halsted Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5pm registration. Step off 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
Iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform. Big costume prizes. Halsted closed to cars -8pm. chicagoevents.comBoystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe. northalsted.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
All Saints Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday honors all known and unknown saints, observed with a feast. Observed as "Day of the Dead" (El Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico. christianity.about.comSHARE
Daylight Saving Time ends. Set clocks back to 1a. 1st Sunday in November Yearly. 2a.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) denotes the period of the year when clocks are set ahead one hour. Settings clocks ahead in the summer (spring ahead), and back in the winter (fall back) allows the clock hour to better match the cycle of daylight and night. This provides more daylight time during waking hours. DST was originally suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. It began to be commonly observed during World War I. DST was formally adopted through the Uniform Time Act of 1966, then changed by a few weeks in 2007. Daylight Savings Time starts on the second Sunday in March. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_timestandardtime.comINFOSHARE
Anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in 1918. This day is also known as Armistice Day in Europe and Remembrance Day in Canada. Many offices closed Monday. Celebration and ceremonies at Soldier Field from 11am. veteransview.comINFOSHARE
*Buy Nothing Day (since 1992). International celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Yearly. Day after Thanksgiving. UNCONFIRMED
Very real global day of protest against the corporate brainwashing which leads to the un-sustainable Western hyper-consumerist culture. Includes anti-commercials and events at the world's largest malls. Intentionally occurs on the biggest shopping day of the year. See the website for more info. adbusters.org/bndFINDINFOSHARE
**Thanksgiving. A legal holiday. 4th Thursday in November Yearly.
*Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a UNCONFIRMED
World's largest, drawing over 20000 participants! Many biker Santas. Assembly begins hours earlier. Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western. Travels all the way North to Foster. chicagolandtft.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE