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.

Kevin Hart @ United Center
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

kevin-hartSuperstar entertainer, actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, announced a massive North American arena tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take the award-winning comedian to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada including Chicago!

Kevin Hart is one of comedy’s biggest stars with a celebrated and award-winning career that has seen the talented entertainer become one of the industry’s most important and influential voices. Since his career began Hart has worked non-stop and in 2015, he will release two movies as well as hit the road for his WHAT NOW? TOUR.

Anthony Bourdain – Close to the Bone @ Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

anthony-bourdainChef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows Parts Unknown on CNN, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions. For one night only, Bourdain will spend the evening sharing candid, unyielding insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience.

The National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates its milestone 125th Anniversary during the 2014-15 Season. Click here to see the schedule of performances and special events.

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.