It’s finally starting to warm up! With spring making a fashionably late appearance, it’s time to start planning your summer weekends.

If you didn’t get your fill of Mexican fare on Cinco de Mayo this past Monday, Little Village is hosting Festival del Taco, one of the first among many summer street festivals, May 30th to June 1st.  Also that weekend, The Millennium Art Festival at Lake Street & Michigan Avenue kicks off festival season right in the heart of downtown Chicago.  The Millennium Art Festival is renowned as one of the “Top 50 Art and Design Shows” by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and features a wide variety of artwork, crafts, photo booths, and treats.

The first weekend of June, you can watch (or enter) a gut-busting rib-eating contest at Ribfest in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood before heading over to the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival. Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” winner for Best Festival in both 2012 and 2013, Ribfest features a tasty array of Chicago BBQ, music, and a kid square for family-friendly activities.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the Belmont-Sheffield Music festival features Chicago’s most popular tribute bands, including Wedding Banned, Sixteen Candles, and Kashmir, with proceeds benefiting the Central Lakeview Merchants Association.
Keep the tunes coming, and head to Green Music Fest in Wicker Park June21st & 22nd for an eco-friendly vendor village, free bike parking, music, and craft beer booths. This is a $5 entry donation you will be happy to make.

If the thought of Taste of Chicago crowds make you cringe, you can opt for more low-key neighborhood festivals in July, like Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Summer on Southport, or the Sheffield Garden Walk.  Visit @ properties to see a full list of Chicago’s Top 50 neighborhood festivals!

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