Mayfest Chicago: The Food and Fun Ahead
If you've never been to Mayfest, this is definitely the year to put it on your calendar. Each year, Mayfest signals the beginning of the outdoor festival season for Chicago - it's synonymous with music, food, great drinks, and that sense of neighborhood community that Chicago is famous for. This will be its 22nd consecutive year and it promises to be an event you won't want to miss.
What, When, Where?
When: Mayfest runs from Friday, May 19th through Sunday, May 21st. Festivities on Friday start at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday the fest starts at 12pm. It runs until 10pm each night.
Where: 3100 N. Ashland. The fest is conveniently located, whether you're driving, biking, or taking the Brown Line.
What: Fun, Music, Food, Beer, and Much More.
Admission: $10 - an amazingly affordable ticket price for all the bands and fun at the fest.
The best part about Mayfest is that it features all of Chicago's finest. The bands are all hometown favorites. This year's lineup includes:
Friday: The Hair Band Night, Cosmo, and The Boy Band Night.
Saturday: Suburban Cowboys, Hairbangers Ball, Catfight, and Too White Crew
Sunday: Upbeat Band, Mr. Blotto, Libido Funk Circus, Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, and 7th Heaven
For more information on performance times, visit the StarEvents Mayfest page.
The Mayfest offers something for everyone. Saturday's events include Chicago Kids Day with fun activities for the whole family running from 10am until 2pm.
The musical lineup is one of the best in the city. Residents come out to see their favorite bands and often find new favorites to follow. The best part about the event is that these local bands can often be found playing other venues close by throughout the summer.
You can't talk about Chicago Fests without talking about the food. It's Chicago! You know you're going to find the best the city has to offer and Mayfest does not disappoint. Whether you're in the mood for one of Chicago's great hotdogs (made just the way we like them!) or you're looking for any ethnic cuisine, you'll find some of your favorite Chicago restaurants represented here. Each year is a little different. You'll find some brand new vendors each time as the fest grows. But some of the usual offerings include:
Beef sandwiches, made with sweet or hot and just the way you like them. Polish sausage, Italian sausage, pizza, Bavarian Pretzels, Funnel Cakes, and more. Keep your eyes open for new restaurants to try out. The Mayfest is a great way to get a small taste of each restaurant's menu so that the faithful foodies among us can keep them in mind to try out for a meal later.
We can't forget to mention the beer. You'll find all your favorite drinks available at the Mayfest. Whether you're a craft beer lover or strictly domestic. It's served ice cold and offers a delicious refreshment for a long night outdoors.
Looking for a Great Fest to Kick Off Your Summer in Chicago?
Whether you've never been to a Chicago fest or make them a main part of your summer - you won't want to miss the season's kickoff with Mayfest. Choose a night where your favorite bands are playing or come for all three days. Mayfest offers an affordable retreat in the heart of the city.