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Your Guide to Chicago’s Spring Festivals

Chicago comes alive in spring with an array of festivals and events that showcase the city’s vibrant culture and diverse communities. From arts and crafts to music and food, there’s always something happening in Chicago. Here’s your guide to a few of this spring’s most anticipated festivals and events: 

Renegade Craft Fair

Renegade Craft Fair is a beloved event that showcases handmade and artisanal goods from over 225 makes and artists from across the country. The biannual event, held in the Andersonville neighborhood this spring from May 20-21, features a range of products, including jewelry, ceramics, textiles and stationary. In addition to the art, the fair offers a variety of local food vendors and live music performances, making it a fun outing for people of all ages. The Renegade Craft Fair provides an excellent opportunity to support independent artists and find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion!

Chicago Mayfest

Chicago Mayfest has been a tradition in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for over 25 years. The festival, held during Memorial Day weekend, is designed to support and showcase the neighborhood and offers a range of activities for the whole family. The festival features live music from acclaimed local musicians, as well as food and drink from various local vendors. This year’s festival also features The Armitage Art Show, which will feature work from ten local artists and studios. Mayfest’s expensive beer garden is a favorite among festival-goers, and there’s plenty of activities to keep kids entertained. Plus, it’s a great way to kick off the nice weather in Chicago!


Midsommarfest, held in the Andersonville neighborhood from June 9-11, celebrates the turn of summer with a weekend of live music, food and drink, and traditional Nordic-inspired activities. For its 57th year, the festival features a maypole, where attendees can join in a traditional Swedish dance, and a flower crown-making workshop. Midsommarfest is known for its lively dance floor, which features both live music and DJs. The festival is not to be missed and is a great way to immerse yourself into Andersonville’s Swedish heritage while enjoying beautiful Chicago weather!

Chicago Blues Festival

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and takes place in Millennium Park from June 8-11. The festival showcases the rich history and culture of blues music in Chicago with live performances from both local and national artists. The festival also includes food vendors and a marketplace selling a range of blues-inspired merchandise. The Chicago Blues Festival attracts music lovers from all over the world and offers a unique opportunity to experience the city’s rich musical heritage. 

Whether you’re a fan of handmade goods, the city’s rich musical heritage or cultural traditions, these festivals have something for everyone. So mark your calendars and get ready to experience the best of Chicago!