With June well under way, Chicago summer festival season has officially arrived -- and with it comes a myriad of opportunities to get some fresh air and publicly day drink.

Each Friday throughout the summer, HuffPost Chicago will be sharing our five picks for that weekend's must-go festivals. With both the Blues Festival and Ribfest this weekend, we couldn't have asked for a better selection to choose from in our inaugural run. Scroll down to see our picks.

Need still more options? The city maintains a relatively thorough calendar of neighborhood festivals throughout Chicago.

Have another favorite you'll be hitting up that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Chicago Blues Festival

    Given Chicago's history as the blues capital of the world, it should come as no surprise that <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/mose/chicago_blues_festival.html" target="_hplink">the Second City hosts a first-class blues-centric music festival</a>, which premiered in 1984. <strong>Come</strong> for the killer lineup, including Texas Johnny Brown (pictured), Mavis Staples, Joe Louis Walker, Floyd Taylor and more. <strong>Stay</strong> for the incredible lineup. For a free, lakeside summer music festival, what more could you need? <br> <em>Friday, June 8 & Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. <br> Grant Park <br> Free</em> <br> Photo by Elvert Barnes <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/2613070882/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">via Flickr</a>.

  • Ribfest

    Ribfest, Chicago's finest pork <a href="http://ribfest-chicago.com/" target="_hplink">ribs-centric, 14th annual street festival, held in the North Center</a>. <strong>Come</strong> for the 36 vendors-worth of fantastic barbecue -- which even includes some vegetarian options, believe it or not. <strong>Stay</strong> for the great music lineup, including Heartless Bastards, The Spinto Band, The Wanton Looks and Megafaun. <br> <em>Friday, June 8, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10, noon-10 p.m. <br> Northcenter, 4000 N. Lincoln Ave. <br> Free ($5 suggested donation)</em> <br> Photo by thebittenword.com <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/galant/2743643789/sizes/o/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">via Flickr</a>.

  • Midsommarfest

    This <a href="http://www.andersonville.org/midsommarfest" target="_hplink">47th annual Andersonville street festival</a> is, essentially, a Pride weekend preview -- with a Swedish flair! -- complete with tons of opportunities to dig in and throw back a few beers al fresco. <strong>Come</strong> for the band 16 Candles' Friday evening set, this '80s tribute band is a Chicago summer festival staple for good reason. <strong>Stay</strong> for the people watching -- the attendees truly come in all shapes, sizes and states of sobriety here. If you need a break from the heat, stop in at Simon's, one of Chicago's finest neighborhood bars, located just south of the festival strip. <br> <em>Friday, June 8, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. <br> Clark Street (between Foster and Catalpa) <br> Free ($5 suggested donation)</em> <br> Photo by kiwithing <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwisaotome/7278412418/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">via Flickr</a>.

  • Printers Row Lit Fest

    The <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/printersrowlitfest/" target="_hplink">annual Printers Row Lit Fest takes over a slice of the South Loop this weekend</a>. <strong>Come</strong> for the impressive lineup of authors (including Dan Rather, Gail Collins, Kevin Coval, Rebecca Skloot, Tracy Letts and Rachael Ray) doing readings. <strong>Stay</strong> for the dozens upon dozens of vendors selling every variety imaginable of book, new and old. <br> <em>Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. <br> Dearborn (between Congress and Polk) <br> Free</em> <br> Photo by ChicagoGeek <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/4698673908/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">via Flickr</a>.

  • Coffee Fest Chicago

    In case you overdid it at one of our four other picks this weekend -- particularly the boozy ones -- you may need some of the brown, caffeinated good stuff as part of your recovery regime. Look no further than <a href="http://www.coffeefest.com/" target="_hplink">Coffee Fest Chicago 2012</a>. <strong>Come</strong> for the new product showcases and to witness the latte art championship. <strong>Stay</strong> for the refills. Duh. <br> <em>Friday, June 8 & Saturday June 9, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 10, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. <br> Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand <br> $30</em> <br> Photo by Lars Plougmann <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/criminalintent/4188895560/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">via Flickr</a>.