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To Market, To Market

With summer now in full swing, what better way to explore the city than attending one of Chicago’s many neighborhood festivals and markets? Here are some of our favorites taking place this month.

Gold Coast Art Festival

1. The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival not only gives you the chance to explore the work of more than 50 visual artists, but also enjoy live music on two stages and sample dishes from neighborhood hot spots like Le Boulangerie, Longman & Eagle and Lula Cafe. June 28-30. Hours vary. $5 suggested donation. Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Diversey avenues. maaf2013.org

2. Looking for that perfect vintage piece? Then travel to the West Loop for the European-inspired Randolph Street Market, which hosts more than 200 vendors selling antique furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and much more. June 29-30. 10am-5pm. Tickets $10-$25. Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., randolphstreetmarket.com

3. Now celebrating its 56th year, the Gold Coast Art Festival in Grant Park remains one of Chicago’s most popular summer events. Watch a masterpiece come to life at one of several art demos, and take home a piece of work from one of 350 artists. The festival also features activities for the whole family, live music and delicious food. June 29-30. 10am-6pm. Butler Field, at the corner of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive. amdurproductions.com

4. Celebrate Independence Day early this year at Maxwell Street Market’s Dog and Owner Costume Contest! Dress yourself and your pup in red, white and blue and vie for one of the top three prizes. The competition begins at 10:30am, and judging starts at noon. The market will also feature live performances and street vendors. June 30. Market hours 7am-3pm. 800 S. Desplaines St., cityofchicago.org

5. Browse goods from local retailers and artisans and enjoy great food and music at the fifth annual Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival. This year’s lineup includes singer/songwriter Howie Day, Steven Page (formerly of the Barenaked Ladies) and Giving Tree. June 29-30. 12-10pm. $7 suggested donation. Racine Avenue between Fullerton and Webster avenues. lincolnparkchamber.com