Fresh oysters help kick off the unofficial start of autumn at this acclaimed post-Labor Day festival in Chicagos trendy Roscoe Village neighborhood that’s celebrating its 17th year in 2015.

Tents housing fresh seafood as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants are but one highlight of what has grown over the years to become a truly unique change-of-season happening. There’s also arts & crafts.

Dates: Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe) | Chicago

Tickets: Suggested Entrance Donation $7.00

The Taste of Polonia is is a celebration of Polish culture right here in Chicago. Maybe you forgot that Chicago has long claimed to have the largest Polish population outside of Poland! So whether you’re Polish or not, head to the Taste of Polonia to enjoy kielbasa, pierogi’s, potato pancakes, Polish beers, as well as things that aren’t food related – like live bands and polka! And with free cooking classes and a kids stage, there’s really no reason not to go.

Dates: September 4-7

Location: 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL

Tickets: $7; Seniors $5; Kids Free.


Dates: Fri: 5-10:30pm; Sat & Sun: 12-10:30pm; Monday: 12-10pm

Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.

Dates: September 3-6

Tickets: FREE Admission

Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park

The SIXTH annual Chicago Fringe Festival will feature 197 performances of 47 shows in 5 venues. Over 100 volunteers will work tirelessly to make fringe magic happen. And thousands of patrons will join in the mayhem to create a vibrant, eclectic and unforgettable festival. Whatever your approach to Fringe, we hope that you enjoy it!

Dates: September 3-13



Two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and over 50 acts! We’ve got unique vendors, delicious local food, and we’re pouring over 30 craft beers!

Friday, July 10th, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 11th, 12:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 12th, 12:00 – 9:00 PM

The festival will take place on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson.


Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.

Dates/Times: July 8 – 15
11am-9pm: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10am-9pm: Saturday & Sunday

Grant Park
Jackson & Columbus
Chicago, IL 60602


With Navy Pier expected to reach capacity, click here to plan your visit accordingly
Aon Summer Fireworks at 9:30 on July 4th

Location: Navy Pier
Date/Time: July 4th @ 9:30pm

Now in its fourth year, the best BBQ fest on the Northwest Side will descend upon Milwaukee Avenue this year at the historic Six Corners intersection (at Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue) on June 14-15. Join friends and neighbors at 6 Corners BBQ Fest for this two-day bash to celebrate community at Six Corners in Chicago!

Restaurant vendors will serve up yummy grub deliciously paired with irresistible BBQ sauce. And since dads love to grill everything from burgers to ribs, what better time to hold a BBQ fest than on the weekend of Father’s Day? Along with great live music, a vibrant marketplace and an area dedicated to fun for the children, 6 Corners BBQ Fest is not to be missed! Gather the family and head over to Six Corners to spend a weekend with fellow BBQ lovers! $5 Donation requested to benefit the 6 Corners community.

The 6 Corners BBQ Fest is hosted by the Six Corners Association. Founded in 2002 by local businesses, the association was established to contribute to the revitalization of their historic business district – an area that dates back to the early 1900s. Currently, approximately 130 businesses work in conjunction with the Six Corners Association.

For more information, contact Ed Bannon, program manager for Six Corners Association, at (773) 685-9300 or

Date: June 19 – 21


Get ready to go wild, craft beer lovers. Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting a hoptastic craft beer fest! Savor a selection of 75-plus specialty brews produced by more than 35 local and regional breweries at this one-of-a-kind event. Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens during this after-hours experience just for adults. Plus, enjoy food for purchase, DJ entertainment, lawn games and views of the zoo’s amazing animals!

Brew to Be Wild is expected to sell out early, so purchase your tasting pass today. (A limited number of VIP tickets will also be sold. VIP tickets include exclusive beer tastings, snacks and access to a private lounge and restrooms.)

6–11 p.m General Admission
5–11 p.m. VIP Admission

For participants ages 21 and older

$49 General Admission
$89 VIP Admission (limited to 350 patrons maximum)
$20 Designated Drive Admission

What Everyone Receives
20 3-ounce samples of more than 75 brews
Souvenir tasting glass (yes, it’s glass)
DJs playing in various areas throughout the zoo
Food available for purchase

VIP Admission Extras
1-hour earlier sampling (gate access at 5 p.m.)
VIP area at Café at Wild Things rooftop deck!
Additional limited, specialty brews available to sample
Complimentary snacks

A portion of your ticket sale will help support Lincoln Park Zoo. Your contribution helps to keep Chicago’s landmark zoo free and open every day!

Breweries Confirmed So Far:

Vice District Brewing, Chicago, IL
Berghoff Beer, Chicago, IL
Forbidden Root Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lagunitas, CA
Ten Ninety Brewing, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Brewing, New York, NY
Lake Effect Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Noon Whistle Brewing Co., Lombard, IL
Empirical Brewery, Chicago, IL
Illuminated Brew Works, Chicago, IL
Blue Nose Brewery, Chicago, IL
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
Wild Onion Brewery, Lake Barrington, IL
Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Two Brothers Brewing Company, Warrenville, IL
Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL
New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, VT
BrickStone Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL
Bucket List Brewing, Chicago, IL
Aleman Brewing, Chicago, IL
Miskatonic Brewing Company, Darien, IL
Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN
Deschutes Brewery , Bend, OR
Argus Brewery, Chicago, IL
Ale Syndicate, Chicago, IL
Pollyanna Brewing Company, Lemont, IL
51st Ward Beer Company, Westmont, IL
Around the Bend Beer Company, Chicago, IL
Banging Gavel Brews, Chicago, IL
Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Chicago, IL
Middle Brow Beer, Chicago, IL
Rude Hippo Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
SlapShot Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company, Evanston, IL
McKenzie Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
Upland Brewing Company, Bloomington, IN
Finch’s Beer Company, Chicago, IL
Forbidden Root Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Solemn Oath Brewery, Naperville, IL
Cahoots Brewing, Forest Park, IL
Pig Minds Brewing Company, Rockford, IL
Against the Grain Brewery, Louisville, KY
Atlas Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Milwaukee (MKE) Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI
Motor Row Brewing, Chicago, IL
Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul, MN
SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA
Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, KS
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, St. Louis, MO

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June 13
6–11 p.m General Admission
5–11 p.m. VIP Admission

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street · Chicago, IL 60614 · 312-742-2000

If you are coming to Ribfest for the first time, you may have a few questions about parking, tickets, kids and dogs. Our most frequently asked questions are below. Not to mention, a lot of information is available on our site, Facebook page and Twitter.

Q: Where and when is Ribfest Chicago 2015?
A: Ribfest Chicago XVII is Friday, June 12, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, noon-10 p.m. The festival takes place along Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Berteau Avenue.

Q: How much is it to get in?
A: We request a $5 suggested donation at the gate. Proceeds from the gate donations are invested right back into the Northcenter community and help support local schools and nonprofit organizations, economic development and greening efforts.

Q: Where can I park?
A: While 3-hour metered parking is available on the main streets surrounding the festival, it is very limited. We highly recommend public transportation. The Brown Line stops on Irving Park Road, just a few blocks east of the festival. The 80 Irving Park and 50 Damen busses both have stops in close proximity to the fest. NOTE: Festival parking is not allowed in the CVS or MB Financial Bank lots. Cars parked in these lots will be towed.

Q: Can I pay cash for food and drinks?
A. No, this is a ticketed event and food and beverage vendors will only accept tickets for your purchases.

Q: How much are food and drink tickets?
A: Food and drink tickets are $1 per ticket. As a guide: a 3-bone rib sampler is 8 tickets, beer is between 6-7 tickets, and most food items will cost between 4-12 tickets.

Q: Can I buy food and drink tickets with a credit card?
A: Yes. There are credit card machines at the ticket booths.

Q: Where do I pick up my VIP tickets?
A: When you get to the festival, present your receipt at the CVS Gate (located on the West side of the CVS parking lot on Lincoln Avenue) and proceed to the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce tent directly across from the gate to pick up your VIP package. You will need a photo ID to pick up your VIP package.

Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Of course! We have a safe, fun Kids Square area set up in Northcenter Town Square north of CVS; enter at Belle Plaine and Lincoln. From noon-8 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, we’ll have inflatables, activities, kid-friendly entertainment and more! Stroller parking is available in the three CVS parking spaces closest to Lincoln. Entry is free, however, for a $5 donation, your child will receive a goodie bag and be entered into our prize drawing.

Q: Are there any vendors with vegetarian/gluten-free options?
A: Yes! At Ribfest Chicago, we strive to bring a variety of local and citywide restaurants and food vendors to you, including several that accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary needs.

Q: I live around the corner. Can I bring my own booze?
A: No. Security staff at the gate and throughout the festival will be looking for open liquor from outside the festival. If you’re caught with outside alcohol, you will be asked to pour it out.

Q: When is RibMania VI?
A: RibMania is Friday, June 12, 6 p.m, on the Reader Stage at the north end of the festival (Lincoln and Berteau).

Q: Can I enter the RibMania Amateur Contest?
A: Sure! Anyone can submit an application; contestant space is first-come, first-served, limit of 10 contestants.

Q: I am not attending the festival but looking to patronize or have an appointment with a local business along the festival route. Do I need to pay at the gate to go to my Dr.’s appointment/haircut/the furniture store?
A: No, no one is required to donate at the gate to enter the festival area to conduct business. However, we do hope you’ll come back for great music and food and support this great festival’s efforts to help support local schools and nonprofits.

Q: I’m with the media and looking to cover the festival. Who should I talk to?
A: Please contact Nate Pennebaker at Fetch PR, 512-468-1081. He can also be emailed at .

Q: Can my band play at Ribfest?
A: We love hearing new music—even if the lineup is already set for this year, we will consider any original artists for future years. Please send inquiries to

Q:Are dogs allowed?
A: While we don’t prohibit dogs, we don’t recommend bringing man’s best friend either. There are crowds of people and hot grills, not to mention bones and bone pieces on the ground that could present a choking hazard for your pet. You can always take home a doggie bag.

Q: Where can I find more information regarding Ribfest Chicago?
A: Visit our website,, like us on Facebook at RibfestChicago or follow us on Twitter @RibfestChicago, for all of your festival needs! And for the true “insider” experience, sign up for the Ribfest Chicago Insider newsletter when you visit the website.

Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14 at
Friday 5-10 PM; Saturday Noon-10 PM; Sunday Noon-10 PM,

Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Berteau (4000 N to 4165 N)