4th Annual Chicago Summer Calendar 2014

The 4th Annual Chicago Summer Calendar is done. I’m waiting on two things left to add. First, the Chicago Parks Department is always the very last to get their Movies in the Park schedule out. So they will be added when that information is released. Second, individual Summerdance information has yet to be released as well. So for now its just a blank placeholder.

There are two questions I receive the most that I would like the address:

Q: How do I sync this to my phone?
A: If you’re on an iPhone, go to to your settings menu. From there navigate to Mail, Contacts, and Calendars. Select ‘Add Account’ and a list should pop up. At the bottom of that list, choose ‘Other’. From there select ‘Add subscribed calendar’ at the very bottom. Paste this link in the final text box: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/chicagosummercalendar%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

Make sure you do this, instead of copying the calendar to your calendars. Otherwise you won’t be synced with any changes or additions I make. This way everything is automatically synced to your phone.

Q: This is awesome. Can I donate/give you money/reward you?
A: I’ve always been hesitant, but it really is the second most popular question I get. So if you’re absolutely determined to reward me for the 80+ hours of research and verification I put into this every year. You’re more than welcome to. Paypal chicagosummercalendar@gmail.com, so you know it is going to the same address that creates this calendar. Or you can click the button below.





I’d just like to reiterate that this is 100% not necessary and the calendar will always remain free.

Without further delay, here is this years calendar. It includes the following events: New Music Monday, Grant Park Music Festival, Loops & Variations, Navy Pier Fireworks, Farmer’s Market, Summerdance, Full Moon Fire Jam, Critical Mass, Zoovies, Lincoln Park Zoo Adults Night Out, Lollapalooza, Wavefront Music Festival, Riot Fest, Spring Awakening, Mayfest, Memorial Day Parade, Cinco de Mayo, Do Division Street Fest, New Orleans Festival, Maifest, Kids and Kites Festival, Polishfest, American Beer Classic, Beer Under Glass, Riverfront Mayfest, Randolph Street Market, Bike the Drive, Festival del Taco, Chicago Veggie Pride Parade, Learnapalooza, Gospel Music Fest, LATE Ride, Chicago Pride Fest/Parade, Wells St Art Festival, Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago Blues Festival, Midsommarfest, 57th St. Art Fair, Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival, Ribfest, Taste of Randolph St, 6 Corners BBQ Festival, Father’s Day, Old St. Pat’s Block Party, Summerfest, Green Music Festival, Chicago Food Truck Fest, Bacon Chase, Printers Row Lit Fest, Fiestas Puertorriquenas & Puerto Rican Parade, Chive Fest, Chicago Summerfest, Africa Caribbean International Fest, Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Irish American Heritage Festival, DuSable Museum Arts and Crafts Festival, Chinatown Summer Fair, Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival, Square Roots, Learnapalooza, Sheffield Garden Walk Festival, Fiesta del Sol, Independence Day, West Fest, Pitchfork Music Festival, Uptown Ribfest, Taste of River North, Taste of Lakeview, Taste of Lincoln Ave, Summer on Southport, Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Craft beer festival, Clark St. Festival, International festival of life, BenFest, North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Wrigleyville Summerfest, Retro on Roscoe, Northalsted Market Days, Northside Summerfest, Air & Water Show, Boulevard Bash, Jazz Fest, Edge Fest, Taste of Latin America, Clark After Dark, Festa Italiana, Albany Park World Fest, Fashion Fest, Food Social, Taste of Greektown, Ginza Holida, Northalstead Market Days, Festa Italiana, Glenwood Ave Arst Fest, Edison Park Fest, Chicago Westside Music Festival, Albany Park World Fest, Chicago Dancing Festival, Mag Mile Shopping Festival, Chicago New Orleans Fest, Bucktown Arts Fest, Fringe Festival, Jazz Festival, African Festival of arts, Taste of Polonia, Remix Chicago, Jazzfest, Festa de la Villita, 79th St. Renaissance Festival, Wells St. Fall Fest, Ukranian Village Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Guinness Oyster Fest, Festival de La Villita, City Made Fest, Lakeview Taco Fest, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, German American Fest, Fulton FestCrush in Old Town, Andersonville City Made Fest, Oktoberfest, Chicago Gourmet, Randolph St. Market Festival, Bucktown Apple Pie Contest.

Chicago Summer Calendar

tl;dr – Default Calendar, no sports

I present to you the 3rd annual Chicago Summer Calendar for 2013. I’ve made a few changes to this year’s edition. Addresses and maps for each event are much more accurate and standard this year. In previous years they were hastily thrown in at best. And getting to a map straight from the location section was spotty. Also, this year was a bit quicker and less time consuming to add events. Mostly because I can build upon events prior. So with the time saved I have decided to add a few more events this year. There should be a handful more of street fests, though some seem to have disappeared. This year includes Farmer’s Markets, we’ll see if anyone hates having them in there. Last year there was a lot of love/hate surrounding the addition of White Sox/Cubs games. To address this, I’m splitting things out into multiple calendars as follows:

The default with all events, sans sports.
The default with all events, including Cubs games
The default with all events, including White Sox games (despite how much I’m a Cubs fan)
The default with all events and Cubs/Sox

A note about this to cover a lot of frequently asked questions. First off, this is mostly a summer calendar. The only reason being is that there isn’t much to do in our city in the winter that I know of. I am looking for ideas for events to add in the winter, so please let me know. This is my third year, and each year brings about many changes to what I add. Second, I try to stick to events that are sufficient enough in popularity. If I could add every smaller event I would, but I don’t have enough space in Google Calendar or enough time in the world to do so fairly for everything. Bummer. I know. Last but not least. Yes, I do this every year. I start in March and am generally done by the end of May. A lot of info doesn’t get released until late May anyways, nor are there too many events in May to begin with. So if you’re wondering when the calendar will be done, it probably already is for the most part. At least for the upcoming month or two.

Hey look, a puppy!

Hey look, a puppy!

As I said, I am still putting the finishing touches on everything. So right now the default with all events excluding sports is what I have. However, Cubs/Sox will be added in the next few days.

The other event I have not added yet is Summerdance, they released their schedule extremely late this year. I now award Summerdance this year’s dunce hat for dragging ass. Previously Movies in the Park held that title.

Speaking of Movies in the Park, they were absolutely awesome this year with their data. Each MitP event now includes a synopsis, year released, IMDB link, Closed Caption information, weather cancellation contact info, and a link to its Youtube trailer.

Default Calendar, no sports
Calendar with Cubs games (coming soon)
Calendar with White Sox games (coming soon)
Calendar with Cubs/Sox games (coming soon)

Just as a note about the calendar, if you ever see all of the events disappear. That is just me doing a mass delete/add to fix larger informational issues. This will especially happen with the Cubs/Sox calendars. This should only happen for a period of 5 – 10 minutes at a time, and fairly infrequently.

I may be missing some things. It’s entirely possible. Below is a rough list of what I think I have. If you think something else should be on here, just let me know and I will add it at my discretion.

All Summer Long:

  • New Music Monday
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • Navy Pier Fireworks
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Full Moon Fire Jam
  • Holidays (July 4th, Mother’s/Father’s/Memorial Day)
  • Summerdance (not yet added)

Individual Events/Fests

  • 57th St. Art Fair
  • 6 Corners BBQ Festival
  • 79th St. Renaissance Festival
  • Africa Caribbean International Fest
  • Air & Water Show
  • Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival
  • Boulevard Bash
  • Chicago Blues Festival
  • Chicago Pride Fest/Parade
  • Chinatown Summer Fair
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Clark St. Festival
  • Do Division Street Fest
  • DuSable Museum Arts and Crafts Festival
  • Festa de la Villita
  • Fiesta del Sol
  • Flugtag
  • Free Museum Days – Art Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Nature Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and more.
  • Gold Coast Art Fair
  • Gospel Music Fest
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival
  • Irish American Heritage Festival
  • Jazz Fest
  • Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival
  • Lollapalooza
  • Mayfest
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Midsommarfest
  • Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival
  • Northalsted Market Days
  • North Coast Music Festival
  • Northside Summerfest
  • Old St. Pat’s Block Party
  • Pitchfork Music Festival
  • Retro on Roscoe
  • Ribfest
  • Rock Around The Block
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest
  • Sheffield Garden Walk Festival
  • Spring Awakening
  • Square Roots
  • Summer on Southport
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Taste of Randolph St
  • Taste of River North
  • Ukranian Village Festival
  • Uptown Ribfest
  • Wavefront Music Festival
  • Wells St Art Festival
  • Wells St. Fall Fest
  • West Fest
  • Wicker Park Fest
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest