Summer is FINALLY here, and there’s never a dull moment in our city. We’ve selected 10 events that we can’t wait to check out this July. Enjoy!
Southside Meditation Sangha- July 1- Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative at 1456 E 70th Street
Looking to start the month with mindfulness? Be sure to meet up with the Chicago Meditation Community for “30 minutes of silent meditation, a dharma talk, a mindfulness activity and a discussion.” This group meets on the first and third Monday of every month. No registration is required, and all are welcome! Learn more about the organization and exercises here.
Chosen Few DJs Picnic and Festival- July 6 and 7- Jackson Park at 63rd Street and Hayes Drive
This anticipated festival is dedicated to the electrifying genre of dance music known as House. The Chosen Few Festival that’s been around since 1990 celebrates Chicago’s strong roots in House music, as legendary Djs take the stage. Bring your friends and family for food, fun, and hours of dancing. Find more information about the festival and tickets here.
27th African/Caribbean International Festival of Life- July 4-7 Dusable Museum Garden 55th St and South Cottage Grove
The International Festival of Life (IFOL) is one that music lovers everywhere won’t want to miss. The selection of genres range from Reggae, World Music, R&B, Blues, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, and more. No matter what your favorite type of music is, you’ll definitely have something to jam to. Feel free to bring your family and friends to both explore and celebrate food, art, and the cultures of African and Caribbean people. You can find out more about this festival here.
Windy City Ribfest – July 4-6- 4800 N. Broadway St.
You didn’t think we were done suggesting food festivals did you? Good, because we cannot wait for the Windy City RibFest. The perfect day or night time plan for the Fourth of July weekend. There will be a plethora of rib vendors to try and lots of entertainment to consume. With a mainstage that has musical entertainment throughout all three days of the fest (including Spensha Baker— a finalist from the Voice!), Windy City RibFestis a delicious family friendly way to spend the holiday. If you bring the kiddos along, don’t forget to visit the arts and crafts plus activity area for families! To find out more click here.
Taste of Chicago -July 10-14- Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
The Taste is a classic for Chicagoans and an obvious summer must. You won’t want to miss a chance to indulge in your choice of the 82 different restaurants that will be participating this year. Once you get full on some of Chicago’s best eateries, pop up spots and food trucks, check out our great local artists and dance companies; and hear live music from big-name acts. (India Aire, Bilal and MeShell N’Degeocello to name a few.) The best part: It’s FREE. For more information on Taste of Chicago click here.
Look out for Love Black Chicago’s list of the “must visit” black owned booths that you will see at the Taste.
The 16th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party- July 20- The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd Street
Summer just ain’t summer without the annual Silver Room Block Party. Located in downtown Hyde Park, this unforgettable party combines awesome DJs, great vendors, good eats, ,films, and so much more. The block party celebrates the vibrant, diverse energy that makes up Hyde Park and recognizes up and coming Chicago artists and musicians. It’s the perfect event for family and friends. There’s really something for everyone. You don’t want to miss it! For more info about the block party click here.
ComplexCon- July 20- 21- McCormack Place
To say that Chicago is excited about ComplexCon is an understatement. With its unique fusion ofpop culture, music, style, art, food, innovation, and activism ComplexCon has become a must-attend event on the West Coast. Now, Chicagoans can get in on the action. Patrons will experience major artists, (Yes. Ella Mai, Schoolboy Q), a huge culinary lineup, premiere brands and more. It’s a pretty big deal. Tickets available at www.complexcon.com.
Summer Wine Fest Presented by JPMorgan Chase-July 26-Lincoln Park Zoo- 2150 North Cannon St.
This event takes place at Lincoln Park Zoo, but it is a perfect chance to leave the kids at home. This 21+ night will be an opportunity to “…stroll, sip, and savor more than 35 different varieties of wine.” You will be able to wine taste while listening to music at the beautiful gardens during the zoo’s after hours. Hanging out at the zoo after hours? It’s like a childhood dream but with wine! To buy tickets and find out more visit their website.
Chicago Margarita Festival – July 27-28 – Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave.
Do you really need a reason to check out the Chicago Margarita Festival? This two-day long event will take place on Navy Pier with a beautiful view of the lake and an evening filled with live music, dancing, and margarita tasting. What else do you need? Find more information about the festival and tickets here.
Bantu Fest -July 27-28- 1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago
If you’re looking to experience the beauty of different cultures, Bantu Fest is for you. The fifth annual Bantu Fest is “A Community Festival Bringing Over 30 different Countries and Cultures Together to Celebrate Diversity, Unity & Love.” These countries are bringing their food, music, performance and arts of all kinds to Hyde Park. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
This year’s entertanment lineup includes Syleena Johnson, Dee Alexander, Amyna Love, The Isaac Sisters, Limitless Soundz, Team B.A.D (From Belize) and More.
Here at Love Black Chicago, we hope you make the most out of Summertime Chi. Make sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram if you visit on of the events we listed for you. Enjoy!