Chicago July 2021 Events

Chicago July 2021 Events

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.

July Event Calendar

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

BBQ, Beer, and good country music? What more could one ask for? Check out the Windy City Smokeout, a BBQ & Country Music Festival, as it returns to Chicago! The annual event will feature live music performances, access to BBQ from 20 of the world’s best pitmasters, and bars, concessions throughout the festival grounds. Ticket pricing and purchasing information will be available online soon! 

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention

The 11th annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention is a must-attend event for ink lovers! This 3-day convention will feature live tattooing by some of the most popular and talented artists in the country, seminars, and unique entertainment by burlesque performers. Tickets range from $22-$45; kids under 12 get in free.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

It's not a bold statement to say Chicago is proud of its food. From July 7th to the 11th, 12 Chicago restaurants to cook the most mouth-watering burgers imaginable. The event takes place at Fellger Park, at the corner of Belmont and Damen.

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

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 is headlined by Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and Tyler, the Creator. Buy your tickets here. 

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, named for the intersection on which the festival takes place, returns in 2021 for its 36th year. Showcasing local cover bands and DJs, The Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest promises great food and drink to go along with the live music. Click here for more information. Click here for more information. 

The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

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. 

Chinatown Summer Fair

Chinatown Summer Fair

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 12:00pm on both July 31 and August 1. Click here for more information.

Chicago Events in July

Concerts

Sports

Theater & Headliners

Nightclubs

Sat, Jul 24 at Subterranean Downtown Brown
Sat, Jul 24 at Subterranean Archers of Loaf
July Club Events

Things to Do in Chicago in July

Go on an Architecture Tour

Go on an Architecture Tour
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

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.