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
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy." chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor. 1871.comMAPSHARE
Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
Strawberry Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
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
Logan Square Arts Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-11p.
Country LakeShake. Three days of bands. -Sunday All ages. $99/day 2p.
Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, RaeLynn, Lee Brice, Jillian Jacqueline, Russell Dickerson, Cole Swindell, Tracy Lawrence, LOCASH, Runaway June, Dee Jay Silver, Billy Currington, LANCO, Jackie Lee, Chris Lane, Dylan Scott, Adam Doleac, Mitchell Tenpenny, Tyler Rich, The Steel Woods, Dylan Schneider, Dillon Carmichael, The Wild Feathers, Jameson Rodgers, Delta Rae, Charlie Worsham, Brown & Gray, Muscadine Bloodline, Morgan Evans, Jon Langston, Jacksonville Kid, ... lakeshakefestival.comNortherly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. charteronepavilion.comMAPTICKETSSHARE
World's Largest Block Party (since 1985). -Saturday Yearly. 21+ $15-100 5:30-10:30p.
A fun and safe singles event with lots of beer and bands. Always sells out. Fr: Maggie Speaks 5:30p, Mike and Joe 8:15p; Sa: The Walk-Ins 2pm. Howl 2 Go - Dueling Pianos 4pm, Seventh Heaven 6:30pm, Trippin Billies 8:30pm. 312/648-1590 worldslargestblockparty.comOld St. Pat's Campus, 312/648-1021, 700 W Adams. W Monroe St & S Desplaines St. MAPINFOSHARE
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!" Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. berlinchicago.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $27-47 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p. kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. uptownunderground.netMAPSHARE
Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists. 06.23: Shirley Blazen. Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine. stage773.comMAPINFOSHARE
***Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nation's largest. Last Sunday in June Yearly. All ages. Free 12p.
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
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*Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 6:30-9:30p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend. fullmoonjam.org4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake. bedno.com/firejamMAPPHOTOSINFOSHARE
Full "Strawberry" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:45p.
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2018.08.25 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
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
*Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making our presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome. chi.bikeDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop. chicagocriticalmass.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Dave Matthews Band. -Saturday All ages. $45-115+ 8p.
American Music Festival (since 1981). -Sunday Yearly. Ages? $30+ 11a-?p UNCONFIRMED
"40+ bands on three stages, festival tents for rain or shine, Cajun/American BBQ..." Fitzgerald's, 708/788-6670, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Near Blue Line. fitzgeraldsnightclub.comMAPSHARE
*Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloonfest (since 1981). Yearly. All ages. $8 11a-11p UNCONFIRMED
Major hot air ballooning event, includes nationally known bands, food, carnival, fireworks, etc, weather permitting. eyestotheskies.orgLisle Community Park, 630/575-9798, Hwy. 53 and Short Street. Near I-88 and I-355. MAPINFOSHARE
Naperville Rib Fest. -2018.07.03 Yearly. All ages. $0-10 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Big fest with over a dozen barbeque vendors (Ribbers) and other treats and merchandise. Also carnival rides, and diverse kids entertainment "To promote Americanism and enrich community life through leisure activities..." ribfest.netKnoch Park, Martin Ave at S West St, Naperville. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
International Festival of Life (since 1993). -Tuesday Yearly. All ages. 1-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Dedicated to celebrating the humanity of all people. The event allows cultural, educational and spiritual exchange through innovative programming and a marketplace format that highlights the global spectrum of entertainment, food, fine arts, crafts, small business and corporate communities." Reggae, Rock, Caribbean, Latin, African, Pop, R&B, Gospel, House and World Music bands. internationalfestivaloflife.comUnion Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection. MAPPHOTOSSHARE
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
An exploration of how women artists intertwine text and image to deliver message and effect change. From handwriting to video, poetic thought to political activism, this group of artists incorporate letters, numbers and symbols to give meaning to their art." 7.06: Opening Reception 6-8pm. Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 2150 S Canalport. womanmade.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Southside Critical Mass. 1st Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting. ChicagoSkater.orgDaley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn. MAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Irish American Heritage Festival (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-10 12-11p UNCONFIRMED
3 stages, food, vendors, bands, celtettes, Guinness and Harp on tap, bagpipes, crafts, Mashed Potato Eating Contest, Irish Idol kids competition... irishfestchicago.comIrish American Heritage Center, 773/282-7035, 4642 N Knox. irishamhc.comMAPINFOSHARE
Square Roots Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-10 Fr 5-10p, Sa noon-10p, Su 12-8p UNCONFIRMED
(supplants the 14 year old Folk and Roots Festival) Two outdoor stages and two indoor with over 60 acts. Unique vendors, local food, and over 30 craft beers. squareroots.orgLincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop. lincolnsquare.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
West Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5+ 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Great live music and DJs, arts and crafts, vendors, pet stuff, kids fun, food and drink. facebook.com/westfestchicagoWest Town, 312/850-9390, 800 N Damen. Chicago Avenue from Damen to Wood. MAPINFOSHARE
Ride for AIDS (since 2004). Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Two-day 200-mile bicycling event raises money for TPAN and Community Partners. Leaves early Saturday to Wisconsin, returns late Sunday to a party in Evanston. rideforaids.orgSHARE
FINAL WEEKEND! Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2018.09.02 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
St. Andrew's Greek Festival (since 1962). Yearly. $5 donation. Sa 3p-, Su 12-10:30p UNCONFIRMED
Taste Of Chicago (since 1981). Beer, meat, people, major bands. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free entry. 10a-9p.
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.
Evanston's Ethnic Arts Fest (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. Free 12-7p UNCONFIRMED
"60-country flag parade, ethnic delicacies from Thai to Soul, performances from Norwegian dancing to Japanese drums attract over 20,000... Over 125 visual artists display and sell... with the sounds of blues, Irish melodies or Polish dancing on two stages... family arts area for hands on involvement and... poetry reading... a trip around the world!" Dawes Park, 847/448-8058, Church street at the lakefront, Evanston. cityofevanston.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year. nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2018.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2018.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 06.15: Jackson Browne, 5pm Sa 06.16: Alison Krauss, 5pm Tu 06.19: Seal, 5pm We 06.20: Julliard String Quartet, 5pm Th 06.21: Well-Strung, 5pm. Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. ravinia.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2018.08.17 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical several days a week. 312/742-7638 grantparkmusicfestival.comGrant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2018.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.