Festivals & Events in Lakeview

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Belmont Theater District

The Belmont Theater District, located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, represents the city’s greatest concentration of live theater, entertainment and dining attractions. You can find something on stage every day of the week, including 150+ shows playing weekly in the Belmont Theater District on state-of-the-art multi-stage venues and renovated historic theaters, churches and storefronts.

Learn more about the wealth of award-winning, affordable and welcoming local theaters in Chicago’s Largest Theater District at www.BTDChicago.com.

Festivals and  Community Events

Lakeview offers a packed slate of annual community events and neighborhood traditions with fun ways to get out and enjoy our neighborhood! Below are some highlights produced by the Lakeview Chamber or other community partners. Visit www.ThisIsLakeview.com for specific dates, additional details, and more events on our community calendar.


Ashland & Barry

May 2019

Kick off the beginning of the summer festival season with a weekend of fun. Produced by StarEvents.

PorchFest Lakeview

Within two blocks of Southport/Lincoln/Wellington

June 2019

Enjoy an exciting community event where local artists perform on front porches near the Lincoln Hub. The main hub of the event is on the St. Alphonsus terrace featuring live music, a food truck and craft beer. Produced by Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Low-Line Market

At the Southport CTA Station

Thurs. evenings, June-Oct. 2019

The Low-Line Market is a carefully curated farmers market bringing high-quality produce, proteins, flowers and artisanal foods from local farms and vendors to a convenient location at the heart of the Southport Corridor. Produced by Friends of Lakeview.

Ward 47 Fresh Market +

Artisan Fare

Lincoln & Marshfield

Saturdays, mid-June-early-October 2019

Ward 47 Fresh Market + Artisan Fare is a new farmers market in the West Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the Paulina Brown Line station. Browse a selection of fresh produce from local farms as well as a variety of artisan fare available throughout the season.

Lakeview Live: Concerts on the Curb

Lincoln & Marshfield

Wed. evenings, July-August 2019

Enjoy laid-back summer evenings with talented Chicago musicians, local food, craft beer, and family-friendly activities while mingling with friends and neighbors in the heart of Lakeview. Free and open to the public. Produced by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Southport Art Festival

Southport from Waveland to Grace

July 2019

Hosted by Southport Neighbors Association, produced by StarEvents in partnership with Amdur Productions.

Cider & Sliders Festival

Lincoln from Addison to Roscoe

Sept. 2019

It’s a Labor Day weekend and twilight of summer celebration showcasing tasty sliders from area eateries and 50-plus ciders at ticketed afternoon tastings. Visitors will also be treated to two stages of music, kids activities, and arts & crafts. Hosted by the West Lakeview Neighbors, produced by Special Events Management.

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Southport from Roscoe to Addison

Sept. 2019

The glorious taco gets the spotlight it has long deserved at this Southport Corridor food and music festival kicking off the first official weekend of autumn. Hosted by Friends of Lakeview, produced by Special Events Management in partnership with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.


Lincoln & Southport

Sept. 2019

Celebrate German heritage, Chicago style. Enjoy handmade bratwursts, plenty of cold beer and music from authentic German bands and fest favorites alike. Hosted by St. Alphonsus Church, produced by Special Events Management.

Mutt Strut

Southport & Newport

Oct. 2019

A dog- and family-friendly block party and 1.5 mile fun walk in beautiful Wrigleyville, the Mutt Strut is Chicago Canine Rescue’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Enjoy activities, contests, a raffle and silent auction, and help raise life-saving funds for the pups! Produced by Chicago Canine Rescue.

Lincoln Avenue Beer Stroll

Lincoln from Diversey to Addison

Oct. 2019

Taste Chicago’s craft beer scene as businesses along Lincoln Avenue transform into tasting destinations! This ticketed event features beer samples from local breweries paired with complimentary bites at popular shops along Lincoln Avenue. Produced by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Trick or Treat on Southport

Southport from Belmont to Irving Park

Oct. 2019

The neighborhood’s favorite fall tradition features family-friendly activities, local food vendors, craft beer, music, and trick-or-treating at local businesses. Free and open to the public. Produced by Friends of Lakeview in partnership with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Southport Holiday Stroll
& Cocktail Crawl

Southport from Belmont
to Irving Park

Dec. 2019

Local businesses are breaking out the holly and staying open late for this annual tradition. The Southport Holiday Stroll is free to attend and features festive entertainment, holiday specials, photos with Santa and more! The ticketed Cocktail Crawl portion of the event will include over 15 different holiday-themed cocktails to taste at participating businesses along the Holiday Stroll. Produced by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.