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Chicago Southsider Summer Festival and Event Guide – July 2024

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The 2023 Taste of Chicago Humboldt Park at the Humboldt Park Boathouse on Chicago's west side; June 2023.

As summer embraces the city, the South Side of Chicago comes alive with electrifying music, delicious food, and a strong sense of community. This guide helps you navigate the diverse neighborhoods and summer festivities, while also highlighting other events throughout the city.

Chicago Southsider would like to thank our contributor, Sunny Rock, for compiling the events for July 2024. If you like our work or want to support the mission of Chicago Southsider, you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter and share this article with your network.

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2024 Chicago Southsider Festival Guide

Navy Pier Independence Day Fireworks 

Wednesday, July 3rd & Saturday, July 6th 2024, 9 pm 

(Weekly throughout the summer)

Location: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Cost: FREE

Learn more about the Navy Pier Independence Day Fireworks here


31st Anniversary African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

Thursday, July 4th – Sunday, July 7th, 2024

Location: Washington Park – DuSable Museum Garden

55th Street & South Cottage Grove Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60637

Cost: Varies

Learn more about the 31st Anniversary African/Caribbean International Festival of Life here


4th on 53rd Parade – (Hyde Park Parade)

Thursday, July 4th 2024, 11 am – 3 pm

Location: Hyde Park – 1355 E 53rd St Chicago, IL

Cost: Varies

Learn more about the 4th on 53rd Parade here


NASCAR Chicago Street Race

Saturday, July 6th & Sunday, July 7th, 2024

Location: Grant Park

Cost: Varies

Learn more about the NASCAR Chicago Street Race here


Jazzin on the Steps – 2nd Tuesday Jazz Jam

Tuesday, July 9th 2024, 7pm – 10pm

Location: St. Moses the Black Parish Ministry Center, 7749 South Vernon Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE

Learn more about Jazzin on the Steps here


Pianos in the Park 

Thursdays, July 11th & July 25th 2024

Location: Bessemer Park – 8930 S Muskegon (1-2pm) & Jackson Park – 6401 S Stoney Island, Chicago, IL (2:30 – 3:30pm)

Cost: FREE

Learn more about Jazzin on the Steps here


The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige at Hyde Park Art Center: A Landmark of Work; African Americans Decorative Arts

Thursday, July 11th 2024, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Ave Chicago, IL 60615

Cost: FREE

Learn more about The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige here


Artini @ Gallery Guichard

Thursday, July 11th 2024, 6 pm – 9pm 

Location: Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60653

Cost: FREE

Learn more about the Artini @ Gallery Guichard here 


Windy City Smoke Out

Friday, July 11th  – Sunday, July 14th 2024

Location: United Center Parking Lot – 1901 W Madison St Chicago, IL 60612

Cost: Varies

Learn more about the Windy City Smokeout here


Square Roots Festival

Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th 2024

Location: Lincoln Square Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE (donations suggested)

Learn more about the Square Roots Festival here


Chicago Latino Festival – Miche Fest

Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 2024

Location: Oakwood Beach

Learn more about the Miche Fest here.


Mayor and First Lady of Bronzville Summer Fling Fun-Raiser

Saturday, July 13th 2024, 2pm – 5pm 

Location: Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60653

Cost: $50

Learn more about the Mayor and First Lady of Bronzeville Summer Fling Fun-Raiser here


Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Festival

Saturday, July 13th 2024

Location: Jackson Park, 63rd Street at Hayes Drive, Chicago, IL, 60637

Cost: Varies

Learn more about the Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Festival here


18th Annual Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2024

Friday, July 19th, 2024, 6 – 9 pm (3rd Fridays throughout summer)

Location: Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60653

Cost: FREE

Learn more about the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour here


Blues in the Parks – Joe Pratt and the One Source Band feat. New Orleans Beau

Friday, July 19th 2024, 6 – 8 pm

Location: Avalon Park, 1215 E. 83rd St. Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE 

Learn more about the Blues in the Parks here


Tacos Y Tamales Festival

Friday, July 19th & Sunday, July 21st 2024

Location: S Peoria St. & W 16th, Chicago, IL 60608

Cost: FREE (suggested donation)

Learn more about the Tacos y Tamales Festival here


Pitchfork Music Festival

Friday, July 19th – Sunday, July 21st 2024

Location: Union Park, Chicago, IL

Cost: Varies

Learn more about the Pitchfork Music Festival here


Chicago Food Truck Festival

Saturday, July 20th & Sunday, July 21st 2024

Location: South Loop, Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE to Varies

Learn more about the Chicago Food Truck Festival here


Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Friday, July 19th – Sunday, July 21st 2024

Location: 2000 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE

Learn more about the Roscoe Village Burger Fest here


Taste of Chicago: Neighborhood Pop-Up

(Grant Park Main Festival Moved from July to Sept 6-8th, due to NASCAR and packed Grant Park schedule)

Saturday, July 27th 2024, 12 pm – 8 pm

Location: Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL

Cost: FREE 

Learn more about the Taste of Chicago here


Bantu Fest

Saturday, July 27th – Sunday, July 28th, 2024

Location: Midway Plaisance; 1130 Midway Plaisance Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)

Cost: $10-35

Learn more about the Bantu Fest here


36th Annual GhanaFest

Saturday, July 27th, 11 am – 10 pm

Location: Washington Park, 5600 Russell Drive Chicago, IL 60637

Cost: $20

Learn more about Ghanafest here


Jazzin on the Steps – 4th Sundays

Sunday, July 28th 2024, 4 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: St. Moses the Black Parish, 331 East 71st St 

Cost: FREE

Learn more about Jazzin on the Steps here


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