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Chicago Summerfest celebrates the warmer months in Lincoln Park

Chicago Summerfest celebrates Lincoln Park's historic character with art, live music, and some of the neighborhood's best attractions
Chicago Summerfest celebrates Lincoln Park's historic character with art, live music, and some of the neighborhood's best attractions
Photo by Daniel Boczarski

Combine some of Chicago’s favorite toasty weather festival activities with Lincoln Park’s existing attractions and it seems like you’ll have the makings for a pretty entertaining weekend. If you are one of the thousands of people who’ll attend this weekend’s Chicago Summerfest celebration, that is.

Back by popular demand, Summerfest will commence this Saturday, June 28th from 12-10pm and continue on Sunday, June 29th from 12-9pm at the intersection of Clark and Armitage streets. For a $5 suggested donation to the Mid-North Association, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the history and architecture of Lincoln Park, festivalgoers can enjoy local artisan booths, barbecue, beer, and an astounding twenty hours of live music from some of Chicago’s best cover bands. It may not be possible to get more stereotypically summery than Chicago Summerfest, outside of a lighthearted road trip film soundtracked by The Beach Boys.

Chicagoans who want to spread their festival enjoyment over both days of the celebration can intersperse Summerfest activities with permanent Lincoln Park attractions. For example, summer celebrators can pick up some great produce and a morning snack at the Green City Market (making sure to visit the booths highlighted in the Chicago Neighborhood Examiner article on the Market’s best vendors, available here:, do some shopping at Summerfest, and peruse the Chicago History Museum in the afternoon. See the Chicago History Museum’s list of exhibits and upcoming attractions here:

On Sunday, attendees can start the morning at the Lincoln Park Zoo, taking special care to see the four newborn trumpeter swan cygnets, the tiny Sichuan takin, and (for those who don’t suffer from debilitating ophidiophobia) the thirteen baby eastern massauga rattlesnakes. Find other attractions at the Zoo here: After a quick trip through the Petty Notebaert Nature Museum and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, toss a blanket down in the beautiful park, pick up some beer and barbecue, and revel in the summer lovin’ with some live music from 16 Candles, Too White Crew, and Wedding Banned.

Best Coast may have been talking about California when they sang, “We always have fun. Why would you live anywhere else?” But Chicagoans know that this sentiment can just as easily be applied to this fair city in summertime.

Find everything you need to know to prepare yourself for a weekend of Chicago Summerfest and Lincoln Park fun at

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