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Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

By: Ashmar Mandou

We are, dare I say, midway into summer. Okay, maybe not quite. But before we know it we will be welcoming back all things pumpkin spiced flavor. So let’s make the most of this month as the summer festivals, concerts, and art exhibits pick up speed by exploring Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods this month. We took it upon ourselves to share with you some of the festivals we are most excited to attend to make your weekends in July count.

July 7–Sept 3
Bristol Renaissance Faire; Kenosha, WI

Have a jolly olde time and butcher your favorite European accent as you engage in live-action fantasy play, enjoy interactive riddles, cheer on your favorite jousting knight or revel in period performances from 1574.

July 12–15
Taste of Chicago; Grant Park

The granddaddy of Chicago food festivals takes over Grant Park, where you can trade tickets for a taste of Chicago’s street fare—from the Billy Goat Tavern’s cheezborgers to Eli’s Cheesecake.

July 13
Summer-Long Block Party; East Garfield Park

Join in a summer-long block party that grows community spirit. On Friday, Breakthrough will host its summer-long block party series, Home Court. The annual series aims to promote a safe and unified East Garfield Park through sports and social activities for all ages. Home Court has expanded from a basketball tournament nearly 10 years ago to a summer series each Friday (June 22 – Aug.10) that concludes with a concert or film viewing every weekend. 

July 14
Volleywood; North Avenue Beach

Hit the sand, grab a drink and see sets from DJs such as Matoma and Thomas Jack at this sun-soaked festival and volleyball tournament.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

July 15
Chinatown Summer Fair; 2200 S Wentworth Ave

Chinatown celebrates the arrival of summer at this annual event, featuring food, art, music and a traditional Lion Dance Procession.

July 21
Art Institute of Chicago Block Party; Art Institute of Chicago

One of the city’s most beloved institutions invites guests to learn about the museum while enjoying exhibitions, activities, presentations, gallery tours, live music and more.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

July 26–29
Fiesta del Sol; Cermak Rd and Ashland Ave

One of the largest Latino fests in the Midwest returns to the heart of Pilsen, hosting a carnival, delicious food from local vendors and a lineup of traditional music.

July 28
Aztec and African Cultural Dance; Cornell Square Park

Several groups are working together to host an Aztec and African Cultural Dance Celebration. The event will promote peace, healing, and unity in the community through Aztec and African Dance rituals. The event will showcase ancestral dance traditions that African American and Mexican American communities continue to practice to this day.

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