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Which Chicago Festivals Should You Hit Up This Summer?

May 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

The temperatures are warming up and that can only mean one thing for the city of Chicago; it's festival season! We don't know, but it might be that fact that the majority of the year Chicagoans are cooped up indoors to dodge the wintery weather, but very few cities around the world love their street fairs as much as Chi-town does.

Annual events like Taste of Chicago, North Halsted Street Market Days and Blues Fest will be in full effect on their respective weekends, but we've got some festival favorites. Pack some comfy shoes, sunscreen and social skills because it's time to hit the streets.

· 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.

[Photo: Sharon Mohanadoss/Flickr]

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