Chicago Mayfest 2024 Guide

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Chicagoans have looked forward to Mayfest for the past 27 years and this year will be the best one yet!  Be prepared to experience a weekend with all the best Chicago has to offer in music and art.  Kick off the summer of 2024 with a bang in the heart of Lincoln Park!

Mayfest Hours

  • Friday, May 17: 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, May 18: 12 pm to 10 pm
  • Sunday, May 19: 12 pm to 9 pm

Enjoy a weekend of fantastic music!  Mayfest will have 2 stages of the city’s most highly acclaimed bands as well as up and coming local talent.

Entertainment Schedule

The West Stage


  • 6 pm: Kashmir
  • 8 pm: Too Hype Crew


  • 12 pm: Atomic
  • 1 pm: Jagged Little Pill
  • 3 pm: Motown Nation
  • 5 pm: The Ron Burgundys
  • 8 pm: Dancing Queen: An Abba Salute


  • 12 pm: Upbeat Music & Arts
  • 1 pm: Fiddlerock
  • 3 pm: 7th Heaven
  • 5 pm: Boy Band Night
  • 7 pm: 16 Candles

East Stage at Sheffield


  • 6 pm: DJ G-String
  • 7:45 pm: Nick C
  • 9 pm: Monty Kidds


  • 12 pm: Miss Fozzie’s Pet Parade
  • 1:30 pm: I Guess So
  • 3 pm: Robby Celestin Duo
  • 4:30 pm: Charlie Otto
  • 7 pm: Witz
  • 8 pm: Nicky B


  • 1 pm: Lisa Love
  • 2:30 pm: Tron Action
  • 4:30 pm: Timothy Triplett
  • 7 pm: Jon Alfaro
  • 8 pm: Mr. Simpson

Family Carnival Area

There will be a family carnival area.  The young and the young at heart can play games and eat tasty treats.

Armitage Art Show

Browse through a multitude of paintings and sculptures in the Armitage Art Show.  Participating artists and art studios include

  • Carillo Art Studios
  • Kurt K Kabatas
  • Angel’s Crystals
  • Intergalactic Design Co.
  • Emma Lyons Art
  • Sub Dust Glass Studios
  • Chicago Fine Art Salon
  • Love For Pottery
  • Rustic Oils by Channing
  • Vandy Art
  • Chained Permanent Jewelry by Kelly
  • Will’s Custom Rings
  • Chocolatemoonshine Co.
  • Empty Creations
  • Janvier
  • Royalts
  • Paper Bunny Press
  • Truly Ghouly Workshop
  • RMBCeramics
  • Casa Del Unknown
  • Lovely Little Things
  • Paul Aude Leather Handbags & Accessories
  • Katherine Badilla
  • S. K. Photography
  • Ellis Avenue Studio
  • Streeterval Art
  • Daisy’s Design Products Inc.
  • Orperle Jewelry
  • The Twentieth Decorative Arts
  • Duffy
  • Edgar Solorzano
  • The Jaime Elaine Creative
  • Yuemin Xin
  • Art Loves Science Foundation
  • Zebra Made
  • Fragments
  • Olimoli Designs
  • Elleseewomen
  • Locked & Layered
  • Ostrich Moon
  • Clarakateclay
  • Les Crafty Anties
  • Zerep
  • Carrie Chaffee

And, if that’s not enough for you to see, do and hear, you can discover one-of-a-kind items and unique treasures at Mayfest’s artisan market. 

Ikonic Glass will be hosting Mayfest Glassblowing Workshops.  Make your own glass pendant to have as a keepsake of this Chicago summer celebration.


Chicago has a reputation as one of America’s top culinary centers.  And food is a big part of the city’s rich history.  Immigrants came to Chicago in the 1800s, bringing their culinary traditions with them.  Chicago’s cuisine is a rich tapestry of culinary cultures.  If you’re a visitor to Chicago,  be sure to try

  • Chicago style hot dog
  • Deep dish pizza
  • Eli’s cheesecake
  • Jibarito
  • Chicago barbecue
  • Italian beef sandwich
  • Rainbow cone
  • Polish sausage

The brownie was invented in Chicago’s famed Palmer House.  The Windy City is also known for its German, Irish, Greek, Italian and Polish food.  

Local restaurants and food vendors will be at Mayfest with delicious dishes, snacks and desserts available for purchase.  Enjoy mouthwatering bites of some of Chicago’s favorite foods.  Try the city’s famous Red and White Sangria as well as Ice Cold Cocktails and beers at any of Mayfest’s three bars.

If you liked the Chicago cuisine that you had at the Mayfest and would like to learn more about cooking Chicagoans’ favorites, try these cookbooks.  And you can use our links to see how you can save money on them.

Additional Festival Information

There is no charge for admission to the Mayfest.  $10 is the suggested donation.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Ranch Triangle Community Conservation Association.  Its mission is to advocate for and on behalf of residents to improve and sustain a high quality of city life.

If you’d like to visit Chicago for Mayfest, you can find hotels here with discounted rates.

You can also book Chicago vacation rentals here.

If you’re going to be flying to Chicago, you can use a promo code to save money on your flight here.