Chicago summer festivals season jam-packed with options

The weather is warming up and that can mean only one thing — summer festival season is back. While the big three — Lollapalooza, Pitchfork and Riot Fest — get a lot of attention, there are many others festivals that highlight Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs. And the annual city-sponsored festivals (gospel, blues, jazz, world music) take place in Millennium Park with the downtown skyline as a backdrop. Here’s a look at where to find summer fun in the city and suburbs.

Windy City Smokeout: With Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Lee Brice and more. July 14-16, Grand and the Chicago River; windycitysmokeout.com

By Mary Houlihan

Chicago Sun-Times

(May 24, 2017)