Can it already be July? A jam-packed June has flown by, but it's not too late to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the last of summer's first month.
Each Friday throughout the summer, HuffPost Chicago will be sharing our five picks for that weekend's must-go festivals. This weekend we're hitting all the festival basics hard, with lots of music and just as much beer. Scroll down to see more of our end-of-June 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.
World's Largest Block Party
For many former suburbanites, Chicago's street fests hearken back to the days of block parties--embrace it at Old St. Patrick's Church's annual <a href="http://worldslargestblockparty.com/" target="_hplink">World's Largest Block Party</a>, with big-ticket headliners like Ben Folds Five and former Chicagoan Joe Pug. Check out<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/28/joe-pug-interview-chicago_n_1634723.html" target="_hplink"> Pug's list of Second City hotspots</a> he's likely to hit up while in town. <br> <em>5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at W. Madison St. and N. Desplaines St.<br> $40 daily, $75 two-day pass</em>
Wavefront Music Festival
The <a href="http://www.wavefrontmusicfestival.com/" target="_hplink">Wavefront Music Festival</a> is the city's latest festival devoted entirely to electronic dance music. The event, to be held on the city's Montrose Beach this weekend, features <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/wavefront-music-festival-_n_1421546.html" target="_hplink">a high-profile lineup</a> including Duck Sauce (known for their "Barbara Streisand"), Sasha, Eric Prydz, Matthew Dear and more. <br> <em>5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, June 29, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 at Montrose Beach<br> $59.99 daily (Saturday and Sunday), $109.99 (two-day pass)</em>
Gold Coast Arts Fair
Called the "Granddaddy of American Art Festivals," the <a href="http://amdurproductions.com/art-festivals/Gold_Coast_Art_Fair_at_Grant_Park.html#&slider1=4" target="_hplink">Gold Coast Arts Fair</a> showcases and sells the artwork of juried artists exhibiting, and 20 emerging artists from the School of the Art Institute, all in CHicago's picturesque Grant Park. <br> <em> 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, Grant Park's Butler Field<br> Free</em>
Chicago Craft Beer Festival
Beer is a staple at most Chicago summer festivals, but it's more than appropriate for it to take the center stage this weekend at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival. The inaugural installment in Old Town will celebrate microbrews from the region and across the country. <em>6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, June 29, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 at St. Michael in Old Town 1633 N. Cleveland Ave.<br> $50 for 25 tasting tickets Friday, $35 for 25 tasting tickets Saturday and Sunday</em>
Celebrate Hyde Park Summer Festival
Has Hyde Park been good to you? Love it back at the <a href="http://www.1537news.com/share/SummerFest.php" target="_hplink">Celebrate Hyde Park Summer Festival</a>, complete with live music, food, venders, a beer garden and children's activities too. Performers include War, Roy Ayers, Ada Dyer and more. <br> <em>10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 at 53rd St.<br> Free admission, suggested $10 donation</em>