5 Things to Do: Green Music Fest

Photo courtesy of Green Music Fest.

Although summer hasn’t officially started just yet, festival season is certainly in full swing. This weekend, don’t miss festivals for everything from blues to ribs. Plus, you’ll find a few bonus events if you’re looking for even more things to do around Chicago.

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Break Out Comedy Festival

5 Things to Do: NBC Second City Break Out Comedy Festival

L to R: Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena (Photos courtesy of the Break Out Comedy Festival.)

June 8-10

The third NBC Second City Break Out Comedy Festival will highlight some of the best up-and-coming acts in sketch, improvisation and stand-up. The fest will kick off with host Ramon Rivas (Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour”) on June 8 before Danny Pudi (NBC’s “Community”) and Parvesh Cheena (NBC’s “Outsourced”) host on June 9 and Chris Redd (“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”) hosts on June 10.

Chicago Blues Festival

5 Things to Do: Chicago Blues Festival

Photo courtesy of City of Chicago.

June 9-11

Head out to Millennium Park for this free festival featuring Gary Clark Jr., William Bell, Nellie “Tiger” Travis and Ronnie Baker Brooks. This is the largest free blues festival in the world and the largest music festival in Chicago.

Central Street Art Walk 2017

5 Things to Do: Central Street Art Walk 2017

Artist Lindy Stockton will be featured at Stella. (Photo courtesy of Central Street Art Walk.)

June 9-11

Central Street in Evanston is teaming up with the Evanston Art Center and Evanston Made for this second annual event. More than 15 local artists will showcase their work outside Central Street stores, including Backlot Coffee, Beth’s Little Bake Shop and Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony.

Ribfest Chicago

5 Things to Do: Ribfest Chicago
June 9-11

This foodie festival has been featured by Food Network and USA Today and will offer the best ribs, burgers, hot dogs, funnel cake, ice cream bars and more from a variety of vendors. Plus, there will be live music and kids activities.

Green Music Fest

5 Things to Do: JD McPherson

Photo courtesy of Green Music Fest.

June 10-11

JD McPherson, Lucero and July Talk will headline this Wicker Park music festival that’s all about eco-education and sustainability. The pedal-powered stage will even have attendees pedaling stationary bikes to power amps, guitars, lights and more. Green vendors will also be in attendance, and Pet Fest and Kids Fest will take place throughout the event.



Anna Carlson writes Make It Better’s weekly 5 Things to Do column as well as Recommended Events.