The Summer season is upon us and that means art fests, music fests and block parties to your hearts content! Below is a list of some of the most popular events (Glencoe Grand Prix, Winnetka Music Festival, Custer Fair etc.) as well as some hidden treasures we hope you will enjoy as well.
Glencoe Gran Prix
June 2: All day & night beginning at 8 am
Downtown Glencoe, 675 Village Ct., Glencoe
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Glencoe Grand Prix is a one-day road criterium race and a member of the USA CRITS Championship Series. Additional amateur races throughout the day offer opportunities for the whole family to get in on the action. In addition to viewing the excitement, non-riders can also enjoy live music, food and lots of fun at the North Shore's best block party of the year! For more info, click here.
Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show
June 9: 8 am – 1 pm
Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview
Enjoy a delicious farm-style breakfast that includes a variety of dairy items, plus live music, dairy demonstrations, wagon rides, and hands-on activities throughout the morning. 4-H and FFA members from Lake, McHenry and Cook counties will exhibit lambs, pigs, dairy heifers and cows, and beef steers and heifers. Professional judges will evaluate the stock and select a top showman in each species. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second class placings with additional awards for grand champion and top showman. Purchase tickets at the farm the day of the event or in advance online. $10 adults and children 10+. $5 children 2 – 10. For more info, click here.
Block Party at St. Norbert
June 9: 3 pm – 11 pm
St. Norbert School, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook
A North Shore summer kick-off party that features live music, beer & food gardens, Baggo tournament, DJ, and Kids Zone with inflatables, petting zoo, games, and much more! The day starts with a 5K Fun Run & Kids Dash at 8 a.m. Block Party gates open at 3 p.m., and live music from local performers starts at 5 p.m., followed by acoustic group Crawford’s Daughter, and 60s/70s rock band EarthMother. Headliner Mr. Blotto, Chicago’s favorite jam band, takes the main stage at 8:30 p.m. $10. For more info, click here.
Evanston Made Kids
June 10: 11 am – 4 pm
Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Evanston Made Kids is a family-friendly FREE day of making, creating, selling and celebrating Evanston's Young Creatives hosted by the Evanston Art Center! The Art Center opens art studios for demos and making, giving kids the chance to explore creative activities and take home their creations. Kid Makers can sell their wares in the Kids Pop Up Shop. Sign up by emailing Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, click here.
Winnetka Music Festival
June 15: 5 pm – 10: 45 pm; June 16: 9 am – 10: 45 pm
Winnetka Elm Street Business District (intersection of Green Bay Rd. & Elm St.)
This FREE music festival features three main stages of music from new emerging artists. There will also be a family stage in Dwyer Park beginning Saturday at 9 am that will feature performance for all ages. In addition, those seeking a more intimate setting can check out the lululemon/Spynergy Chapel Stage which will feature jazz, opera and acoustic rock offerings all day on Saturday. Food trucks and craft beer and wine will be available throughout the festival grounds. For a full line up and schedule of events, click here.
Annual Father’s Day Brunch
June 17: 10 am – 1 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka
Celebrate the male rock star in your family this year by bringing your father to Tower Road Beach for the annual Father’s Day Brunch. Participate in our Inaugural Speed Baggo Tournament, take pictures with the entire family in the photobooth, test how fast you can throw your world-famous fastball, and eat some delicious brunch brought to you by the Grand Food Center! Beach Pass Holders: $5; None beach pass Holders: $10R/$15NR – pre-registration. $5 more per person on-site. For more info, click here.
June 16 & 17: 10 am – 9 pm
Chicago Ave. to Main St. to Washington St., Evanston
Over 300 local and regional artists, craftspeople, and commercial vendors come together over Father's Day weekend to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectables. Over 30 food vendors offer a full international menu featuring the old favorites as well as new fare. The Fair also features three stages of entertainment featuring Chicagoland jazz legends (Festival Stage), theatre music and novelty performers (Arena Stage) as well the newly added School of Rock Stage. There is also a Kids Carnival in Elden Park on Washington Ave. Truly an event for all to enjoy! For more info, click here.
Annual Dog Day
June 23: 10 am – 12 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Enjoy fun activities with your “best friend” including games, crafts for kids, dog agility course, a costume contest, treats and more! There is a $5 entry fee per dog and can be paid online or cash at the door. All the fun will happen in the Gorton Community Center parking lot. For more info, click here.
Craft Beer & Wine Festival
June 23: 2 – 6 pm
Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling
Come to Wheeling Park District’s Annual Craft Beer & Wine Festival and enjoy tastings of over 60 seasonal beers, wines and ciders from regional and national breweries. Beer and wine lovers will receive a commemorative sampling glass and have access to unlimited two-ounce samples of beer, wine and cider. Live music and food vendors will be on hand. 21+. Tickets: $35 (thru 6/22); $45 day-off, Designated Driver: $10. For more info, click here.
Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest
June 23 & 24: 11 am – 6 pm
Downtown Evanston, Sherman Ave. between Davis & Clark., Evanston
Formerly known as the Fountain Square Art Festival, this arts fest returns to Downtown Evanston for the 38th year. The fair will have eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists, including the works of artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled and found materials. Visitors will enjoy strolling street musicians and performers, food, beer, wine and a children’s urban street art installation project that will be completed during the two-day event. A Craft Beer and Wine Tasting will have more than 50 varieties to choose from featuring small craft brewers to boutique wine makers. Tastings are 2:00pm to 6:00pm daily. For more info, click here.
The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts
June 23 & 24: 10 am – 5pm
Downtown Highland Park, Sheridan Rd between Park & Central Ave.
Free and open to the public, the Art Center Festival of Fine Arts showcases the work of over 100 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Live music, kid-friendly activities, and great food from local restaurants will be available for visitors to enjoy. For more info, click here.
June 30 – July 1: 10 am – 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Stroll and shop among 100 juried artists on the Esplanade. This one-of-a-kind art festival brings botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry, and other pieces to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find remarkable items to purchase or just admire them during your visit to this annual event. Free, parking fees apply. For more info, click here.
Bitter Jester Music Festival
Friday in June: 7 pm
Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park
The Bitter Jester Music Festival (BJMF) is the Midwest's largest professional music competition for rising-star musicians (bands and solo artists alike). BJMF supports and promotes young and emerging talent from across Northern Illinois & Indiana, Wisconsin, and into Southern Michigan. Currently, the event has four preliminary competitions on consecutive Fridays in June. A winner is selected by qualified judges each Friday to compete in the Grand Finale Concert. After all four preliminary competitions, judges and Bitter Jester staff decide on four "Wild Card" bands that will also compete for the title and $25,000 in combined cash and prizes at a Grand Finale concert on July 4 leading up to the City of Highland Park's fireworks display. For more info, click here.