Fiesta del Sol
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – Aug 2 @ 10:00 pm

Fiesta del SolIt’s the largest Latino festival in the Midwest! Enjoy a huge lineup of entertainment and music, savor a variety of food including authentic Mexican favorites, browse works and engage with artists in the Arts & Culture Pavilion, and bring kids to the Children’s Area for face painting, books and educational games, and other fun activities at this great family event, now in its 43rd year in Pilsen.

Thursday: 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

ACTIVATE – July 2015
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

activateACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings. This interactive exhibition of art and culture takes place over the course of six nights from May through October.

Details about ACTIVATE, including location, are announced two weeks prior to each event.

Lollapalooza @ Columbus Dr. & Congress Pkwy.
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – Aug 2 @ 11:00 am

lollapaloozaLook up the word “lollapalooza” and you’ll find this definition: an extraordinary thing; an outstanding example. You won’t find any other music festival with a more fitting moniker than Lollapalooza, Chicago’s grandest stage for music legends from across the globe. Each year, some of the top names in alternative, hip hop, punk and pop join more than 100 bands and musicians in Grant Park to bring you one loud, heart-stopping 3-day event.

Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ravinia Festival
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CSO at RaviniaSee Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show live July 31 at Ravinia! We recommend you pack a picnic and bring a blanket or outdoor chairs to enjoy the concert.


Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show

Sturgill Simpson @ Metro
Jul 31 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 1 @ 12:00 am

sturgill-simpsonSturgill Simpson is an American country music singer-songwriter. He has released two albums independently. Sturgill Simpson’s songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing. Due to recording on a private label outside Nashville and outside the country direction of today, Simpson is labeled Alternative country, even though his sound is closer to traditional country.

See Sturgill Simpson live with special guest Cris Jacobs July 31 at Metro! This is an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow.


Ages: 18+

Taste of Latin America @ Armitage Ave. and Central Park Ave.
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – Aug 2 @ 9:00 pm

taste-of-latin-americaThis culinary happening in the Logan Square neighborhood, now in its third year (after a hiatus in 2013), showcases the unique foods of nearly 15 Latin American countries including Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Eclectic (and exotic) cuisine, live music, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and much more are part of this festival’s mix that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture.

Foodies and non-foodies alike will have the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. From fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains, visitors have the culinary experience of a lifetime.

Edge Fest
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 9:00 pm

edge-festMusic, karaoke, food, art, dogs…the essentials of the perfect festival, what could be better? Now in its fourth year, the 2015 Edge Fest will take over the lakefront in Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood. The 2015 celebration of all things Edgewater will feature flavorsome cuisine, award-winning entertainment, family fun and three-dozen local artists.

Engage all components of your senses, especially your eyes, ears, nose and taste buds – this is not a festival for the tired. Let’s start with what your eyes can be set to see. 40 local Edgewater artists will present an array of pieces. Also, get ready to see a dog costume contest! Pet owners will have the opportunity to put their four legged, tail-waggers at center stage.

Prepare your ears for two stages of music as popular acts draw from a variety of musical styles. Unique to Edge Fest is a special karaoke stage; giving festival goers the chance to sing some of their favorites for the North side crowd.

Your nose and taste buds will be infatuated with the sweet smells of summer. Local vendors will offer up an assorted menu that truly has something for everyone. Restaurants from the surrounding area will showcase some of the delicious cuisines in this exclusive neighborhood. Your appetite will be satisfied, to say the least!


Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

5 Seconds of Summer @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

5 seconds of summer

From August 1, 2015 – August 2, 2015

5 Seconds of Summer (also known as 5SOS) are an Australian pop rock and pop punk band.

Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists in 2011. From there, they gained a small following in 2012 after posting a series of cover versions of popular songs onto YouTube, then rose to international fame when One Direction invited them on their Take Me Home Tour.

Alesso @ Aragon Ballroom
Aug 1 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 12:00 am

alessoAlessandro Lindblad, commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and electronic dance music producer. He has worked with numerous EDM (and other) artists, including Avicii, OneRepublic, Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso. He has also performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Tomorrowland. In 2012, MTV named Alesso one of the “EDM Rookies to Watch”, and Madonna, who invited him to open select dates on her MDNA Tour, called Alesso “the next big thing in dance music.” As of 2014, he ranks 15th on DJ Magazine’s list of the top 100 DJs. His debut full-length album FOREVER was released on May 22, 2015 by Def Jam Recordings.

Angus & Julia Stone @ Park West
Aug 1 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 12:00 am

angus-julia-stoneAngus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister folk and indie pop group that formed in 2006 by Angus Stone and Julia Stone. Their parents played as a folk duo before Julia and Angus were born. Angus & Julia Stone have released three studio albums, A Book Like This (2007), Down the Way (2010) and their self-titled album (2014). At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 they won five awards from nine nominations: winning Album of the Year, Best Adult Alternative Album, Best Cover Art and Producer of the Year for Down the Way and Single of the Year for “Big Jet Plane”. The siblings have each issued two solo albums, with Angus releasing Smoking Gun (under the pseudonym Lady of the Sunshine) in 2009 and Broken Brights in 2012; Julia’s albums are The Memory Machine (2010) and By the Horns (2012).