Let’s be honest: we tolerate winters in Chicago because we love the summers, and what could be better than a summer festival? Carnival rides, live music, delicious food on a stick, face painting, and so much more. Besides the carnival areas, many festivals offer kid zones or special entertainment for family-friendly outings. Keep this list handy throughout the summer when you’re looking to maximize your summertime fun.
2022 Summer Festivals in the Western Suburbs
Glen Ellyn Carnival
May 18 – 20, 2022 | times vary
Celebrate the end of the school year at this family-friendly carnival.
Red, White, and BBQ (Westmont)
May 27 – 29, 2022 | times vary
The Lion’s Club Red, White & Bar-B-Q is a BBQ competition and festival with a carnival, live music and food vendors.
Cream of Wheaton
June 2 – 5, 2022 | times vary
The Cream of Wheaton festivities return in 2022.
La Grange Carnival (La Grange)
June 3 – 5, 2022 | times vary daily
Carnival rides, games, food and lots of fun.
La Grange Pet Parade
June 4, 2022 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This annual event is fun for everyone in your family, including four-legged friends.
Cavalcade of Planes 2022 (Clow Airport, Bolingbrook)
June 4 – 5, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Take a look inside, watch them fly, or even reserve a seat in advance for one of the planes at Cavalcade of Planes.
A Day in Our Village (Oak Park)
June 5, 2022 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Join over 100 local restaurants and businesses in Scoville Park.
June 15 – 19, 2022 | times vary
The annual Jubilee returns in 2022 with five days of festivities!
June 16 – 19, 2022 | times vary
Laser light shows, games, carnival rides, and countless more ways for family fun will be at Prairie Point Park all weekend long.
Daisy Days (Clarendon Hills)
June 17 – 18, 2022 | times vary
Clarendon Hill is excited to bring back Daisy Days in 2022!
Ribfest (DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton)
June 17 – 20, 2022 | times vary
The Exchange Club of Naperville is excited to host their annual RibFest at a new location this year. Find all the delicious food, live music, and fun in Wheaton.
Summerfest (Villa Park)
June 18, 2022 | 11:00am – 10:30pm
Festivities will be going all day, but the kids’ attractions and entertainment are from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Swedish Days (Geneva)
June 22 – 26, 2022 | times vary
This staple of summertime fun in Geneva is back in full swing in 2022.
Downers Grove Rotary GroveFest
June 23 – 26, 2022 | times vary
Carnival, live music, food.
Gathering on the Green (Western Springs)
Friday, June 24, 2022 | 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Gathering on the Green is a fun-filled evening of local food, live music, entertainment, and activities for kids… all located on the Tower Green in downtown Western Springs.
Come and enjoy numerous fun activities for all age groups, including pony rides, a petting zoo, laser tag, pop-a-shot, climbing wall, airbrush tattoos, balloon artist, face painting, bounce houses, and a mega slide!
Enjoy a taste of Western Springs while relaxing at one of the picnic tables. There will even be a beer garden set up with tables and umbrellas!
Pet Walk Festival 2022 (Hinsdale Humane Society)
June 25, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Kids activities, a 1-mile walk, and photo opportunities are all a part of this fundraising day for Hinsdale Humane Society.
Village Picnic (Bolingbrook)
June 26, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Join the fun at the 38th annual Village Picnic.
Taste of Westmont
July 7 – 10, 2022 | times vary
Entertainment, food, and a carnival.
Taste of Chicago (Grant Park)
July 8 – 10, 2022 | times vary
With smaller pop-up events throughout Chicago in June, the big festivities return to Grant Park in mid-July.
Glendale Heights Fest (Glendale Heights)
July 13 – 17, 2022 | times vary
Five days of rides, games, activities, and bands for the whole family. Check their website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
Prairie Fest (Wood Dale)
July 28 – 31, 2022 | times vary
Wood Dale’s annual festivities include live music, food, and a carnival.
DuPage County Fair (Wheaton)
July 29 – 31, 2022 | times vary
Held on the expansive DuPage County Fairgrounds, this festival returns for three days in 2022.
Taste of Roselle
August 5 – 7 , 2022 | times vary
Bring your family and come out and enjoy the great food, live entertainment, carnival, bingo tent, and craft fair.
Naperville Irish Fest (Frontier Park)
August 5 – 6, 2022 | times vary
Join this festive event filled with Irish cultural activities, food, and music.
Summer Daze (Warrenville)
August 5 – 6, 2022 | times vary
Eat delicious food, enjoy live music, and find other family-friendly fun at this annual event.
Taste of Orland Park
August 5 – 7, 2022 | times vary
Kids activities, live music, trivia, food, and more.
Endless Summerfest (La Grange)
August 5 – 7, 2022 | times vary
Live music, food, beer, carnival rides, fireworks, and classic cars.
French Connection Day at Cantigny (Wheaton)
August 14, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bonjour! Celebrate this annual event filled with French favorites.
SJC Fest (Western Springs)
August 18-21, 2022 | 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Carnival, food, and live music in the parking lot.
Park Palooza (Elmhurst)
August 20, 2022 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Say goodbye to summer with Elmhurst Park District.
Chicago Air and Water Show (Chicago)
August 20 – 21, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Marvel at the skies at this favorite event held right on Lake Michigan.
Westchester Fest (Westchester)
August 26 – 28, 2022 | times vary
Find DJs, delicious food, live music, and more at this summer festival.
Oak Park’s Great Food Truck Rally
August 27, 2022 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Visit Keystone Park West for inflatables, kids activities, live music, and, of course, delicious food.
Festival of the Arts (Glen Ellyn)
August 27 – 28, 2022 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
This is the 53rd year celebrating the Festival of the Arts. Stop through Lake Ellyn Park and support local artists.
Last Fling (Naperville)
September 2 – 5, 2022 | times vary
Family fun land, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, family entertainment stage, crafts area, food and beverages.
September 10, 2022 | times tba
Kicks off with a parade that ends in Old Town Park. Also, stage performances, car show, family-friendly carnival rides and games (at the St. Paul Church parking lot), a variety of food and craft vendors and a Lions Club beer tent.
2022 Festivals To Be Determined
The following organizations have not published their summer festival plans for 2022 as of the time of publishing this article. Check their websites for the most up-to-date information.
- Family Fun Fest (Butterfield Park District, Lombard)
- Darien Fest (Darien)
- North Riverside Block Party
- RomeoFest (Romeoville)
- Itasca Fest (Itasca)