Chicago Street Festivals and Block Parties Return in 2021

Renters in Chicago are making their way to the telltale events of spring and summer, with block parties getting the green light from the city, more farmers markets kicking off, and open-air dining corridors continuing after a successful pilot program in 2020. Below is a list of some of the outdoor events that renters can find during their explorations of Chicago this summer. They all happen to be in neighborhoods where apartments for rent can usually be found in abundance.

Street Festivals in Boystown Chicago

Northalsted Market Days August 6-8, 2021
Live music is featured at this 3-day event that bills itself as "the largest street festival in the Midwest" while celebrating life, diversity, and community. Proceeds from the event go towards the Center on Halsted, a community center for Chicago's LGBTQ+ population. 

Chicago Pride Fest (tentative) October 1-3, 2021
Pride Fest is poised to make a comeback in the second half of Chicago's festival season in 2021. After being postponed in 2020, the 3-day street festival leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade will return to N. Halsted St to celebrate the city's LGBTQ+ community in October 2021.

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544 West Melrose Apartments

Stroll to some of the most celebrated restaurants or bars that Boystown offers from these conveniently located apartments. Oh, and take advantage soon because the building provides new renters a limited-time promotion of 3 months FREE!

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Lakeview Street Festivals

Southport Art Fest July 10-11, 2021
During this summer festival, event attendees will see the Southport Corridor in all its splendor that brings fine arts, great food, and live music together along Waveland Ave and Southport Ave.

Octoberfest Chicago September 24-26, 2021
Grab that lederhosen and dust off the Alpine caps because it's time to raise a glass and say, "Prost!" This Bavarian-themed block party is on the cusp of celebrating three decades in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.

Lakeview Apartment Spotlight:

2940 N. Broadway Apartments

The excellent location of 2940 N. Broadway Apartments places renters just a bit east of N. Halsted St and nearby the popular Broadway outdoor dining corridor that returns in the summer of 2021.
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Lincoln Park Street Festivals

Taste of Lincoln Avenue July 24-25, 2021
Live musical performances mingle with food, arts/crafts vendors, and fun for the whole family at this popular street festival located on N. Lincoln Ave between Fullerton and Wrightwood. Sounds like a classic formula for a good Chicago block party.
Lincoln Park Wine Fest October 9-10, 2021
Jonquil Park will host this festive fall gathering that lets guests kick back with some excellent wine tastings because couldn't we all use another opportunity to relax in 2021? 

Lincoln Park Apartment Spotlight:

531 West Deming Apartments

Renters looking for affordability and great location will find the two nicely combined in this Lincoln Park apartment building that lets residents explore the best that Chicago's summertime festival season offers.

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Festivals in Chicago's Hyde Park Neighborhood

Hyde Park Jazz Festival September 25-26, 2021
Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood hosts the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival every fall (with the obvious exception of 2020). This year's fest promises to delight guests with good tunes, great food, and an excellent atmosphere this September.

Hyde Park Listing Spotlight:

5252 Apartments

World-class design awaits renters in this magnificently modern Hyde Park high-rise apartment building. 

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Festivals in the South Loop

Pride In The Park June 26-27, 2021
Grant Park's Petrillo Bandshell will be home to good tunes to get people moving at this celebration of LGBTQ pride. Food and merchandise vendors are also part of the plan announced by this Pride Month party organizers in the South Loop. 

South Loop Apartment Spotlight:

Arrive South Loop

Renters will feel they've arrived in the South Loop thanks to all the high-end amenities in this apartment building, like in-unit laundry and a rooftop pool deck.

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Street Festivals in the West Loop

Chicago Craft Beer Fest June 18-20, 2021
Chicago has a robust craft beer scene, and this street fest is the perfect place to sample a few pints from some of the city's finest breweries. Event organizers claim to have samples from more than 35 local, regional, and national brewers at this early summer street festival in the West Loop.

Taste of Greektown August 27-29, 2021
Guests can appreciate Mediterranean culture and cuisine at this late summer block party along Halsted St between Van Buren and Adams.

West Loop Art Fest September 18-19, 2021
Late summer is shaping up to be a pretty active part of the year for street festivals, and this West Loop fest is part of the action. Exhibitions from artists will be on display along Washington St near N. Halsted St in the heart of the West Loop.

West Loop Apartment Spotlight:

Avra West Loop

Stylish new apartments in the West Loop offering move-in specials like 2.5 months of free rent won't last long, so act fast!

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Street Festivals in River North

Clark After Dark August 19, 2021
This block party bash in River North is held at the corner of W. Hubbard St and N. Clark St. Proceeds from the event go toward the USO of Illinois, and guests can enjoy food, drinks, and live music performances, Clark, After Dark.

River North Apartment Spotlight:

Wolf Point East

Renters get treated to world-class views of downtown Chicago worthy of celebrating at this luxe apartment building each day.

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Rogers Park Street Festivals

Taco Crawl July 15, 2021
Tacos from over a dozen local restaurants will be on tap at this Rogers Park street festival. Celebrate the legendary street food delicacy on N. Clark St between Devon Ave and Rogers Ave. 

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest August 20-22, 2021
This long-running street festival showcases artists from Chicago and the neighborhood of Rogers Park in particular. Live entertainment is part of the event, along with more than 100 artists demonstrating their art along N. Glenwood Ave.

Rogers Park Apartment Spotlight:

The Morgan at Loyola Station

Get connected to the neighborhood with help from the excellent location of these Rogers Park apartments, steps from public transit, and some of the area's favorite eateries.

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