May 19-21 | 2017

Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-10pm


Chicago’s Mayfest is the annual kick-off event for summer our festival season. Join us this year as we celebrate our 22nd year and we’ll promise to give you a weekend of endless fun.

Our main stage at Mayfest is set up under a BIG-TOP tent, and features our amazing beer garden offering some of the best (ice cold) beverages. This event is known for showcasing some of the best music, entertainment, and cuisine in all of Chicago.

Admission is only $10 and is conveniently located at 3100 N. Ashland Ave., in Chicago. The Paulina stop on the Brown Line is only a couple blocks away.

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Getting to 3100 North Ashland

SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Come celebrate with us at Mayfest, Chicago’s biggest annual kick-off event for summer festival season in the Lakeview neighborhood! Join us this year as we celebrate our 22nd annual fun filled weekend!

Our main stage is set up under a BIG-TOP HEATED TENT so weather is never an issue. This event features our amazing beer garden offering ice cold beverages to get your taste buds pumped for summer. This event is known for showcasing great local music and cuisine to give you a real taste of what Lakeview is all about.


3100 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL


Mayfest is located at the corner of Ashland & Barry Avenue, closest to the Paulina Brown Line stop, or if you’re coming from the Red Line you can get off at the Belmont stop and walk to the location.


The CTA #9 Bus is your best bet if you’re located directly south or north of the Ashland/Barry Avenue intersection in Lakeview. If you’re coming from the west or east, the CTA #77 bus will drop you off closest to Mayfest.


Take I-90 towards Chicago all the way until the Addison exit and then make your way to Mayfest by heading west on Addison or Belmont.


Follow I-88 E, I-294 N and I-90 E to N Kimball Ave in Chicago. Take exit 45B from I-90 E and head west on Addison or Belmont until you get to Ashland and then head south to Barry Avenue.

2016 Event Photos

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To sponsor Mayfest, head over to our Sponsorship page

Application Deadline:
March 24 ($50 Late Fee for any application turned in after deadline)
Acceptance Emails: April 7
Load In Details: May 17
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If mailing your application, please mail to: StarEvents | 1609 W Belmont Ave | Chicago, IL 60657

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