Just 90 miles east of Rockford lives the most happening city in Illinois.

The big city, Chicago.

In all honesty, I love the big city of Chicago but I can only take it in small doses.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is take the drive to the city with the windows down and music cranked to 11.

Driving down Lake Shore Drive while listening to Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah is a drive tradition. Where I decide to park and what to enjoy for the day? Usually wherever the wind may take me.

But this summer will be different. This summer, I can plan all of my must stop locations with this handy 2016 Summer Festival Guide.


There is something for everyone on this list but one thing is similar to all of the festivals this year. There will be a ton of food!

Which festival do you look forward to attending this year?