Chicago Mayfest: 2024 Guide

Catch the rhythm of Chicago’s heartbeat at Mayfest Chicago 2024! Packed with the richness of Chicago’s traditions, this event is a grand celebration of art, entertainment, and community!

Summer is here, and that means it’s Chicago‘s turn to turn the heat up with Mayfest – the city’s most exciting summer bash! This three-day extravaganza is bursting with the latest tunes, unbeatable entertainment, and delicious culinary delights, all waiting for you.

Jumpstart your summer festival season with Mayfest, a blend of top-tier performances and a diverse selection of food and drink. What could be more fun than dancing to the rhythm of vibrant beats, cold beer in hand, surrounded by your closest friends?

Each day is packed with one-of-a-kind performances that are bound to make lasting memories. And don’t forget about the finest ice-cold cocktails and beer, which are ready to refresh your summer spirit!

This celebration is more than just a festival – it’s Chi-town’s grand welcome to the summer season! So, come join the fun and make this summer unforgettable with Mayfest Chicago.

Follow along as we share all the sizzling festivities at Mayfest Chicago.

When Summer Fun Begins: Mayfest Chicago Dates

The bustling energy of Mayfest Chicago is set to ripple through the city from May 17, 2024, to May 19, 2024.

  • May 17, 2024: 5 PM – 10 PM
  • May 18, 2024: 12 PM – 10 PM
  • May 19, 2024: 12 PM – 9 PM

The Heart of the Fun: The 2024 Mayfest Chicago Venue

Same as Mayfest 2023, all the fun of Mayfest Chicago 2024 is set to unfold at Lincoln Park, located at 1000 W Armitage Ave Chicago, IL 60625 US.

An Explosion of Entertainment at Mayfest Chicago 2024

Family Carnival Area

Just like Mayfest Chicago 2023, this year’s event features a family carnival area. Let the youngsters play games and have the most fun at the family carnival area. Taste delicious summertime food and all the libations you can while the kids are busy.

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Start with Chi-town’s famous Red White Sangria, then chill out with ice-cold cocktails and beer served at any of the three bars.

Live Entertainment

Chicago May Fest 2023 entertained the crowd with live entertainment, and this year is not going to be different. As always, Chicago Mayfest kicks off the season with world-class live performances from local artists.

Two stages will showcase Chicago’s top musicians, which is all the more reason for you to join one of the biggest Chicago events this summer.

Check back later for more updates about the music lineup.

Armitage Art Show

Anyone who experienced Chicago Mayfest 2023 would acknowledge the exceptional prominence of this attraction. The Armitage Art Show is a standout feature of the festival, showcasing a selection of Chicago’s finest talents.

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They will display and sell their masterpieces, plus feature art demonstrations throughout the event. Keep an eye out for the comprehensive list of artists.

Chicago Mayfest Tickets

Admission to May Fest Chicago is a $10 advised donation to support the Ranch Triangle Community Conservation. Please offer the suggested donation in cash, as they don’t accept online transactions.

Your generous contribution will facilitate the preservation and development of our richly historic Ranch Triangle zone, an integral part of the broader Lincoln Park neighborhood. Plus, it helps American Aid, a non-profit organization providing various support services.

Wide shot of a massive crowd of people drinking and talking in the afternoon at Mayfest Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA
photo credit: Mayfest via Facebook

The funds gathered will help strengthen local enterprises around the bustling Armitage, Halsted, and Clybourn shopping districts.

This aids in enhancing the school systems and public education, nurturing the existing green spaces and advocating for the creation of new parks in the area.

Explore Parking Choices for Mayfest Chicago

One parking garage for people attending Mayfest Chicago 2024 is conveniently located at 2316 N Lincoln Ave, in the Lincoln Commons Garage. You can secure a spot for a rate of $13 per hour, ensuring quick and easy access to the event.

$3.50 per hour

Head to 2557 N Lincoln Ave, under EL Zone 51849. The parking rate at this location is fairly reasonable, priced at just $3.50 per hour, ensuring you enjoy the festival without worrying about your vehicle.

Park your vehicle at 2455 N Sheffield Ave. – Lot. The affordable charge of $4 ensures everyone can join in the festivities.

Unfolding Other Attractions in Chicago

After indulging in the thrilling experiences at Chicago Mayfest 2024, don’t miss the opportunity to explore further.

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The Windy City hosts a plethora of iconic sights and highlights waiting to be admired. So, take in wholly in the vibrant culture and take home memories of an unforgettable trip.

Here are some of our favorite Chicago attractions:

Nearby Lodging and Hotels

After you’ve taken part in the excitement that Mayfest Lincoln Park has to offer, it’s time to pamper yourself with some well-earned rest and recuperation.

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Build Unforgettable Summer Memories at Mayfest Chicago

Get ready to kickstart your summer, as Mayfest Chicago is back in full swing in the historic district of Lincoln Park! Returning for its 27th year, this cherished summer festival promises an array of exhilarating experiences.

From watching innovative artists deliver explosive performances to feasting on a diverse selection of delicious food, every moment at Mayfest is a celebration.

Encounter some of the finest local visual artists in the Armitage Sheffield area and get drawn into their engaging art demonstrations.

For the kids, a thrilling carnival area promises endless fun, fostering new friendships and fostering lasting memories. While they play, you can indulge in our famous red and white sangria, ice-cold cocktails, and beer to calm that summer heat.

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Gather your loved ones and join in this highly-anticipated celebration, all while supporting the local Ranch Triangle Community.  This is your invitation to the most awaited Chicago Mayfest 2024. Don’t miss out on a staple of Chicago’s festival season.

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Start Date:

May 17, 2024

End Date:

May 19, 2024






Armitage Ale House Chicago

1000 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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4 comments about “Chicago Mayfest: 2024 Guide”


February 21, 2022 at 3:26 pm

Isn’t mayfest the following weekend 5/21-5/22 ?


February 23, 2022 at 9:19 am

Hello, thank you for reaching out! We have updated this event.

Ellen M. Backlin

May 11, 2023 at 11:15 pm

What time does rico play tomorrow

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May 12, 2023 at 8:01 am

Hi Ellen! Catch Rico at 6 pm this evening.

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