Chicago Lifts COVID Restrictions for the Fourth of July
Average temperature low and high: 70°- 82°
The Windy City's summers are warm but pleasant, so it's a popular time for travelers. With COVID restrictions officially lifted on July 4, things are starting to open up again, and the city is filled with excitment. Expect festive Fourth of July events. Walking tours of Chicago's historic areas and visiting rooftop bars are also summer highlights in the city.
The African and Caribbean diasporas in Chicago are represented well at the International Festival of Life (IFOL). Live music is integral to the festival, with reggae, various forms of Latin music, and jazz playing throughout the festival. Of particular interest may be all the excellent food from local African and Caribbean restaurants. Click here for more information and tickets.
Nothing like cooling off from the hot summer sun with a cold brew! The Naperville Ale Festival is a popular and favorite event that you won't want to miss! It's so popular in fact that annually, there are two: one in the Winter and one in the Summer. The festival will feature over 200 unique American craft beers, live music, and food from some of the area's favorite restaurants and food trucks.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Jul 9 - Sep 5, 2022
Off I-94 at the IL/WI Border
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The Bristol Renaissance Faire, which starts in early/mid-July and continues through September, is an annual experience worth checking out. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day, you can attend an event that will make you feel like you just stepped out of a time machine! It will feature knights jousting, artisan markets, costumed-minstrels, games, shows, and more! Single-day passes for adults are $30 and $15 for kids 5-12; children under 5 get in for free!
A celebration of Chinese culture in the heart of Chicago, the Chinatown Summer Fair features traditional Chinese music, dragon and lion dances, and an array of the many types of Chinese food. The event starts at 12:00 am on both July 16 and July 17. Click here for more information.
Country music lovers will have an absolute ball at this fun, laid-back festival. Attendees can choose to purchase tickets for one day or the whole weekend and even reserve front row seats for artists they particularly love. If you want to stay the weekend, there are plenty of campsite options, including upscale glamping in a large tent filled with luxurious amenities like a bed, outlets, air conditioning, and more. You can also choose to bring your tent or trailer. Aside from hosting some of the world's most famous and beloved country music artists, including Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, and Chase Rice, this event offers food from local vendors and plenty of drinks at the bar area. Visit the event site to check out a festival map and see the full lineup. Get your tickets online today with prices for 4-day passes ranging from $251 - $1,274.
Jul 28-31, 2022
Hutchinson Field, Grant Park
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Lollapalooza, the revolutionary festival that featured grunge and rock music in its early years, has since diversified its musical lineup, making it a must-see festival. A mainstay of Chicago and taking place in the heart of the Second City, this year will feature 8 stages and over 170 performers, including the Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and Tyler, the Creator. One-day passes start at $187, and 4-day passes start at $479. Tickets are available online.
The city of Chicago was once considered a center for architectural experimentation and innovation, with buildings that were the tallest in the world. There's no better way to explore and learn about the Windy City's architecture and history than by booking a tour.
Have a Drink at a Rooftop Bar
Chicago is known for swank roof-top bars and lounges with unique and breath-taking views of the city. Enjoy craft cocktails and bites during a comfortable summer evening.