Check Out Chicago’s Top August Festivals
The weather in Chicago is hot and the festivals are even hotter. Here are some of the top festivals hitting the city this August.
Chicago Women’s Funny Festival
This awe-inspiring festival brings together writers, performers, and comedy-lovers to share their talents in the comedy capital of the country. Founded back in 2012 by producers Jill Valentine and Liz McArthur, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival brings women together to celebrate all forms of comedy under one roof.
Comedians and audience members have given the festival positive reviews each year, and the fest is now in its 8th year of operation. All genders and all forms of comedy are welcome. From stand-up to sketch to improv to burlesque and so much more, this is the festival celebrating women in comedy, and it’s right here in Chicago.
This year’s festival is held August 23 to August 26 at Stage 773.
Edison Park Fest
It all started with a little sidewalk on Northwest Highway, way back in 1972. A lot has changed since then. Edison Park Fest has become one of the premier neighborhood street festivals in Chicago, with this annual fundraiser welcoming over 20,000 people over the course of the weekend.
The best thing about the festival? Proceeds are used for beautification projects around the area and free community programs, too. There’s great live music throughout the weekend, with this year’s festival running from August 16 to August 18.
Entertainment includes Petty Kings, a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band, Kevin Lee & The Kings, playing their brand of power pop, and Cowboy Jukebox, modern country wizards.
Grant Park is always hopping on the first weekend in August. Lollapalooza isn’t just one of the biggest festivals in Chicago, either—it’s one of the biggest music festivals in the world. It all started way back in 1991, and today has grown into a supersized festival beast, with eight stages and over 170 bands from all over the world.
This year’s headliners include The Strokes, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, and Ariana Grande. Of course, it’s not Lollapalooza without Chow Town, where you’ll find delicious food, drinks, and sweets from some of the top restaurants and establishments in the Windy City. There are also photo-ready hotspots, interactive areas, plenty of merch to take home, and even a mini-fest for the kids.
Gear Up for Chicago’s Best Summer Fests
Now that you know all about some of the best festivals in Chicago coming to town this August, get your tickets and get ready for a good time!