You did it! You survived the wild winters, rainy spring and now you are about to get about three months of picture-perfect weather, so make sure you are enjoying every second of it. Which is why we have created 30 East’s Summer Bucket List to help guide your adventures!
See What's Happening at Millennium Park
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. Millennium Park is open daily from 6:00 am-11:00 pm. Events listed on this page are Free Admission and range from; live music, film, theater, dance, and fitness classes. Click the link to plan your next day at the park. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/mp_calendar.html
Boardwalk At Navy Pier
Whether you’re viewing them from the dock or aboard an evening cruise, fireworks are the perfect way to end your summer day. Navy Pier is THE destination for spectacular fireworks in Chicago, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. Their biweekly Aon Summer Fireworks shows occur on Wednesdays (9:30 pm) and Saturdays (10:15 pm) throughout the entire summer.
Act Like A Foodie At Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival. This year the festival is set to take place from July 10 – 14thfrom 11:00 am – 9:00 pm with free admission.
Rock Out At Chicago’s Various Music Festivals
Music lives big in Chicago, on neighborhood streets, in downtown parks, on stage at the stunning Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and along the lakefront in iconic Grant Park. Here's your guide to Chicago's July summer music festival scene.
An annual dance party is a gathering of global music that draws artists from Africa, New Zealand, Haiti, Brazil, and beyond
Wicker Park Fest
A festival which regularly boats local and national acts of all genres.
Chosen Few Music Festival
Largest House Music Festival in the World
Windy City Smoke Out
Bands, barbecue, and beer! The killer country music lineup at this summer fest features top country acts across three days.
Chicago Summer Dance
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park transforms into an urban dance floor. Learn new moves during lessons led by professionals, then dance to the beat of different live bands and DJs
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So many fun and exciting things happening in the month of June! For starters, the first official day of summer is on the 21st! Plus we’ve dedicated a day to Dad and our besties. For more fun holidays, check out our list of important dates below. Of course follow our social media to see what fun events we will be holding at 30 East! Everyone is invited! So if you’re just visiting Chicagofor the day or here for orientation at one of Chicago's many schools, stop on by!
Spring is finally in full bloom and May is sure to kickstart us off to the beauty that is Summer! As we make this transition, do know that Chicago has some great events in store to accommodate the season! “It’s gonna be May and it’s gonna be a musical!” Chicago has a garden full of music festivals coming to a park near you and nothing resonates more with “Summer time Chi” more than music! Here is what you should keep your ears open for this month!
Manifest Urban Arts Festival
Going on its 17thyear, Columbia College will be hosting its annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival! During Manifest, roads are closed off for Graduating Columbia students from every department in the school to showcase their final projects to the public. You are guaranteed to see a plethora of music performances ranging from genres of Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Rock. By showcasing their extraordinary work, Manifest performers have brought in crowds of 30,000 in the past. It is not something you’ll want to miss! You can experience this year’s festival on May 10th. Not a festival person? Well - It is just steps away from 30 East. You can even see the stages from your apartment window.
4thAnnual House Music Festival
During Memorial Day weekend, the streets of Downtown are going to be tremoring to the beating 8o8s of house music! Chicago is identified as one of the origin locations of House Music and this year the city will see its 4thannual House Music Festival. The Festival kicks off with educational conferences at the Cultural Center on May 23rdand transitions into a weekend full of DJ’s painting Millennium Park with the sounds of house. Oh yeah, did we mention that this entire festival is free? From May 23rdto May 25th, get out to Millennium park and live your best life!
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
What better way to spend your last day of May than to refresh at Chicago’s 34thGospel Music Festival. The great thing about this genre music is that you don’t have to share any religious experience, this music is simply used to uplift and inspire the listeners! We could always use some inspiration and uplifting lyricism accompanied by powerhouse choirs. The Gospel Music Festival will be held in Millennium Park on May 31stand June 1stso be sure to cease the opportunity for FREE.