South Shore Summer Festival

Dates: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Location: South Shore Cultural Center
Hours: 12 Noon to 9pm
Attendance: 25,000
Demographics: White collar, college educated+, African American families; A25-54

• Continuous entertainment on the Main Stage from 11AM-10PM featuring high quality, major music acts.
• A unique Food Truck Court featuring a wide variety of Chicago’s favorite foods.
• Wine & beer.
• More than 50 merchandise vendors.
• A Kid’s Area featuring entertainment, games, face painting, and a variety of interesting activities.


for their annual summer celebration bash.

South Shore Summer Festival is a one day and one night celebration of two of life’s greatest pleasures: great music and great food.

Featuring non-stop major musical entertainment, a food truck court featuring a wide variety of Chicago’s favorite foods, wine and beer, more than 50 merchant booths, and an elaborate kids area- the South Shore Summer Festival makes sure that every member of the extended family has a great time!

It seems as if practically this whole community of middle class and upper middle class families comes out for this magical day and night in one of the most elegant and beautiful settings in all of Chicago. Mayor Emanuel and Governor Quinn are both regular attendees along with many other of Chicago’s movers and shakers who come out for this community’s hallmark event.

The Venue:

The South Shore Cultural Club, built in 1916 as a country club for Chicago’s elite, is one of Chicago’s most beautiful and elegant venues. Offering a wealth of culturally rich programs to the community, this grand, elegant club house cum cultural center sits on 67 acres on Chicago’s south shore lakefront. These 67 acres feature beautifully landscaped European style gardens and lawns, a nine hole golf course, a pool, beach front & board walk, a nature sanctuary and more.

Events & Venues

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January Events

There are no events listed for this month.

February Events

Randolph Street Market

March Events

St Paddys Day Run

May Events

American Brain Tumor Walk
The Lucky 13
Do Division
Southwest Half Marathon
San Diego Taco Fest
Randolph Street Market
Taste of Mexico
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Sheffield Music Festival
Lincoln Park Greek Fest

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

Norine Smyth

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Sponsorship Opportunity

The South Shore Summer Festival Sponsor Benefits Menu offers a variety of ways to elevate, showcase and connect your brand to this audience of more than 25,000 upscale, educated African American families in a relaxed and friendly setting.

A wide range of sponsorship benefits includes naming rights, media inclusion, on-site banner placement, customized promotions, on-site marketing space and more.