70+ Kid-Friendly Summer Festivals Near Chicago

Photo courtesy of Fiesta Del Sol
Photo courtesy of Fiesta Del Sol

Here it comes: The most fun-packed season of festivals in Chicago. The debut of warmer weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fetes with so many different themes, cultures, and neighborhoods, it's easy to find a festival near Chicago for everyone in the family. 

So while your local playground or pool may beckon and your backyard grill may look lonely, you’ve simply got to sample a street fair or two this summer. Bookmark this list and get your calendar (and some comfy shoes) ready. And check out our Chicago Summer Fun Guide for even more great kid and family activities and outings.

Some of these festivals are returning after a two-year hiatus and may be crowded. If you're not comfortable with a crowd yet, keep this article or our calendar handy so you can check out another event in the city or suburbs.

Places featured in this article:


Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

American Swedish Historical Museum

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Jefferson Memorial Park

Northbrook Metra Station Parking Lot

State Street from Madison to Lake

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Parks Citywide
Kohl Children's Museum Family Fall Fest
Kohl Children's Museum - 2:30 PM Pick
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago Parks - various times Pick
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up - various times Pick
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides