· Midsomarfest. Celebrating its 48th year, this festival can be considered one of the first for the Summer. Commandeering Andersonville's Clark Street, the focus is all about the Swedish heritage of the area. The street comes alive from Foster Ave to Catalpa, offering food from local vendors (think Swedish!), free-flowing beer, and live music. This year there'll even be an appearance by ABBA Salute, the Swedish pop group tribute band. June 7,8 & 9
· Craft Beer Festival. A relative newcomer to the festival circuit will see the Near-North neighborhood of Old Town sipping some micro-brews and maybe finding some new faves. This brew bonanza features live music and local food to appeal to drinkers and non-drinkers. Grab your mug and head on over to Saint Michael in Old Town for the brewski bash. June 21,22 & 23
· Taste of Polonia. Chicago is quite proud of its large Polish population, so it makes sense to round out the summer with one last Na zdrowie. The avenues of Lawrence and Milwaukee host traditional and modern music of the American and Polish variety and, of course, more polska kielbasa, pierogi, and potato pancakes than you can shake a stick at. August 30 - September 2
If you need a little more assistance on which festivals would you like to see, check out this handy-dandy Google calendar guide to summer fests that the Red Eye, the local free newspaper, compiled.
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