Guide to Chicago’s food festivals

Pitayaha (Dragon Fruit) Jam - Photo By Thanasis Bounas
Pitayaha (Dragon Fruit) Jam - Photo By Thanasis Bounas

Chicago Gourmet

Sept. 25 – 27, 2020
Millennium Park Chicago

Taste of Chicago

July 8 – 12, 2020
The Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier free-admission food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene, alongside a smorgasbord of cooking demonstrations, music concerts, art activations and family fun.

Windy City Smokeout

JULY 10-12, 2020 Chicago
Over 15 live music performances
BBQ from 20 of the world’s best pitmasters
Access to The Biggest Happy Hour of the Summer. Starts Friday at 3pm
Bars & concessions throughout the festival grounds with cashless capabilities
Free entry for children 10 and under
In-and-out privileges
Commemorative cashless wristband

Lincoln Park Greek Fest

Being Greek means relishing the world around you and enjoying life to its fullest. Come experience the Ancient Greek concept of “filoxenia” and the famous hospitality of the Greek culture. The Lincoln Park Greek Fest gives us the opportunity to open our arms, our hearts and our kitchens as we share our culture with you!

Taste of Mexico in Little Village

This fifth annual cultural happening on 26th Street in the heart of the Little Village neighborhood showcases the tasty foods of local restaurants. There is also plenty of live music, carnival rides and more.

Lincoln Square Greekfest

Our Main Food tent will be serving traditional shish-ka-bob, (marinated pork tenderloin skewered and grilled over charcoal) oven roasted leg of lamb with gravy, authentic Greek style half chickens, pastitsio (Greek style lasagna), fried calamari and Gyros sandwiches.

Ginza Holiday Festival

Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) on Aug. 7, 8 and 9 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago’s historic Old Town.

Tacos y Tamales Festival

• The Best (and most authentic) Tacos y Tamales Chicago has to offer
• Wide Variety of Tamales from several regions of Latin America
• Handmade Tortillas
• Local Art Installations
• Merchant Vendors
• Authentic Mexican Chefs
• Strong Presence of Latin Music and Dance Performances
• Amazing Arts & Entertainment

Chicago’s Little Italy Festa – Taylor Street

Fabulous food from award-winning area restaurants, several stages of continuous family entertainment, quality merchandise from Italy, and colorful cultural attractions make this event one of the most popular of the summer.

Taste of Greektown

A mix of local Greektown businesses and food vendors will provide refreshments and authentic Greek cuisine, like feta, tzatziki and roasted chicken, so Windy City foodies can experience traditional Mediterranean dishes.


Viva México! It’s all about our southern neighbor’s rich culture when Festival de La Villita—perhaps the largest annual celebration of Mexican culture in the Midwest—returns to 26th Street in the heart of the Little Village neighborhood.

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Whether one prefers their shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this fall fest is a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City’s food scene. More than a dozen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos.

Wingout Chicago

From Classic Buffalo, Honey Chili, Jerk, Wood Smoked, Umami, Spicy Garlic, Buffalo Blue, Asian Ginger, Southern BBQ, Habanero Hot and more …over 20 varieties will be represented in all for patrons to indulge in.

Ribfest Chicago

Since 1999, Ribfest Chicago has set the standard and continues to pride itself as a food festival destination. Fans from around the globe enjoy world-class BBQ from some of the best-known spots in the Chicago area. With more than two dozen food vendors, the menu is vast and includes all your favorite meats, sweets and festival treats.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

The Chicago-style hot dog is a quintessential part of Chicago’s storied history.

The Great American Lobster Fest

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, land food options, and cold beverages.

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest

Smoked meats and bourbon whiskeys take the spotlight when this post-Labor Day happening returns for its fourth year to the Roscoe Village neighborhood. It features ticketed daily bourbon tastings, mouth-watering food, music, arts/crafts and kids’ activity area.

Oktoberfest Chicago

Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus is one of the city’s most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian. Three days of beer, brats, and fantastic bands located at the iconic church in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood, at the intersection of Lincoln, Wellington, and Southport.

Chicago Food Truck Fest

We love the culture and culinary food trucks have to offer! Realizing the joy people received each day from eating from their favorite food truck paired with entrepreneurs following their dreams Chicago Food Truck Festival was created.

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