Chicago Summer Festivals

The Best Chicago Summer Festivals of 2015

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Don’t Miss the Best Summer Festivals in the Windy City

Chicago is the place to be during the summertime, especially if you’re a lover of summer festivals. From music festivals featuring the biggest musicians in the world to craft beer festivals, art festivals, food festivals and more, there a Chicago event for every taste happening this summer.

Are you planning a trip to Chicago but aren’t sure which festival you should pencil into your itinerary? Not to worry; we’ve compiled a list of our favorites to help you plan ahead and get the anticipation rolling.

Here are 5 of OML Worldwide’s favorite Chicago summer festivals for 2015.


Grant Park, Chicago

July 31-August 2, 2015

Lollapalooza stands alongside Bonnaroo in Tennessee and Coachella in Los Angeles as one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. The 2015 line-up will not disappoint, with headliners Paul McCartney and Metallica poised to bring Grant Park to its knees in early August.

With their famed “Chow Town” concessions areas, you can sample foods from a number of Chicago’s best restaurants, while the beloved “Farmer’s Market” offers festival-goers a chance to purchase locally-sourced produce and other goods. “Green Street” is your stop for locally-sourced artisan apparel and goods, accessories, art and more.

General admission tickets are sold out, but there are still platinum packages and travel packages available to interested parties.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

2245 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

July 18-19, 2015

Head to the St. Vincent de Paul Parish to enjoy this 4th annual event, where you can enjoy samples of craft beers from over 75 breweries. In addition to the tasting area, you can enjoy live music, both inside and outside the designated tent areas.

You can attend on either Saturday or Sunday, with full access to the beer tastings and the music.

Tickets are $40.00.

Irish American Heritage Festival

4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago

July 10-12, 2015

For three days this July, you can head to the Irish American Heritage Center to enjoy Irish dancing and music, family activities, food and more.

The music is the real centerpiece of the festival, with over 100 performers on three different stages. Confirmed performers for the festival include members of the Academy of Irish Music, Baal Tinne, the Bolls, the Chancey Brothers, the Dooley Brothers and more.

Tickets are $13.

Windy City Ribfest

Lawrence and Broadway, Chicago

July 3-5, 2015

Head to Chicago in early July to enjoy ribs from some of the best ribbers in the country, with all varieties and levels of tenderness represented in the lineup.

The three-day event also features an impressive musical lineup, with nationally-known and local bands, to boot. Bring the kids and enjoy family activities, a play area, and lots of open space. You can also take part in arts and crafts and enjoy a variety of beers and wines.

$5 donation is encouraged.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park, Chicago

July 17-19, 2015

This indomitable indie music fest is the place to hear some of the most notable indie bands on the scene. Take a gander at the lineup, which includes bands like Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, Kurt Vile, Mac DeMarco, Courtney Barnett, Ariel Pink and more.

In addition to the music, you can enjoy a craft fair, a record fair, a Flatstock poster store and more.

A one-day pass is $65.

Getting to Chicago’s Festivals

Transportation during any of Chicago’s festivals this summer can be tricky; cabs are unreliable, ride-sharing services can’t be trusted, and driving yourself can be a headache.

If you want to drink and enjoy yourself to the fullest at any of these Chicago festivals, booking car service is the best option.

OML Worldwide has been providing superior car service to all areas of Chicago for decades. We have the professional chauffeurs, late-model fleet and customer service experience to help you enjoy yourself with peace of mind.

Travel responsibly to every Chicago festival this summer!

Photo Credits: Sharat Ganapati

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