8 Things To Do In Chicago This Summer

Chicago doesn't get a long summer so we like to take advantage of the beautiful weather when it's here. That means, lots of festivals and events. Weekends are packed with them, especially the deeper into summer it is. Sometimes it can be hard to choose which ones to go to. Today, we have a few of our favorites that we'd like to share. Check them out and let us know in the comments if you have any favorites of your own. I'll also be attending quite a few myself so make sure to follow us on Instagram!

Lincoln Park Wine Festival
What: Enjoy a weekend full of great wine, good food and even better company. The 2nd annual Lincoln Park Wine Festival features music, artisans and bites in an open-air market complete with food and wine pavilions. Listen to brand amassadors and sommeliers speak, listen to live music, enjoy food and wine pairings and much more
When: Saturday May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd, 1pm - 6pm
Where: Jonquil Park
1001 West Wrightwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Cost: General Admission Tickets: $50; VIP Admission Tickets: $75; 2-Day Tasting Package: $90; Designated Driver Admission: $20 (not included)
Visit the event site for more information and to purchase tickets.

photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Wine Festival

photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Wine Festival

Windy City Lakeshake
What: Chicago's very own country music festival is here for the 3rd year in a row. The lineup includes some of country's best like Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn and more. 
When: Friday, June 17th - Sunday, June 19th
Where: FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
1300 South Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Cost: 1-Day General Admission: $99.50; 3-Day General Admission: $225; Grandstand Reserved Pass: $299.50; VIP Lounge Reserved Pass: $599.50
Visit lakeshakefestival.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Square Roots Festival
What: Experience Lincoln Square on another level at the Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival. The 5th annual festival will feature more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), food from local artisans and restaurants, plenty of entertainment for the whole family and 70 live music acts across 4 stages.
When: Friday, July 8th, 5-10pm; Saturday, July 9th, 12-10pm; Sunday, July 10th, 12-9pm
Where: 4400 - 4560 North Lincoln Avenue (from Wilson to Montrose)
Cost: Suggested donations - Adults $10, Kids/Seniors $5, Families $20
Visit squareroots.org for more information.

photo courtesy of Square Roots Festival

photo courtesy of Square Roots Festival

Feedback Chicago
What: Rachael Ray is bringing her SXSW event to Chicago for the first time in celebration of music and food. Feedback will feature some of Rachael's favorite musical acts, food creations, beer and wine pairings and more. Arists performing include Grace Potter, Los Colognes and more.
When: Saturday, June 5th
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Cost: $49.50 - $299
Visit feedbackchicago.com for more information.

Zoo Ball
What: Join the Women's Board of Lincoln Park Zoo for a romantic midsummer's eve of dreams, dining, dancing and entertainment. The night will celebrate the anticipated return of African penguins and feature warm ombre tones of burnt orange, red and yellow throughout the venue to promote the feeling of watching a beautiful South African sunset. This year's Zoo Ball is presented by Powershares QQQ. Funds raised will support the Women's Board's leadership pledge to fund new initiatives at the zoo, such as the new Mayari and Robert Pritzker Penguin Cove.
When: Friday, July 15th, 6:30pm - 12am
Where: Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
East Gate Entrance
Chicago, IL 60614
Cost: Tickets begin at $700/person; table packages begin at $7,000
Visit lpzooball.org for more information.

Windy City Smokeout
What: Enjoy the best barbecue in the country while listening to some of the hottest country music talent at Windy City Smokeout. This food and music festival features all your favorite beer on tap, everything from pulled pork to brisket and more. Musical acts this year include Billy Currington, Big & Rich and Chase Rice.
When: Friday, July 15th - Sunday, July 17th
Where: 560 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
Cost: General Admission: $30-45; VIP: $150-199; 3-Day Pass: $100 for General Admission, $475 for VIP
Visit windycitysmokeout.com for more information.

The Taste of Lincoln Avenue
What: Hosted by the Wrightwood Neighbors Association, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue features flavors from around the neighborhood. 
When: Saturday, August 6th - Sunday, August 7th from 12-10pm
Where: Located at Lincoln and Fullerton
Cost: $10 at the gate for all day entry
Visit tasteoflincolnchicago.com for more information.

Naperville Wine Festival
What: Sample your choice of 300 wines from around the world at the Naperville Wine Festival. The event includes wine seminars and cooking demonstrations held by exhibiting wineries, sponsors, chefs and restaurateurs as well as live music.
When: Friday, August 12th - Saturday, August 13th from 5-10:30pm
Where: CityGate Centre
2155 City Gate Lane
Naperville, IL 60563
Cost: $32 in advance or $40 at the door; Designated Driver Ticket $15
Visit napervillewinefestival.com for more information.