Celebrate Summer at These Festivals Near Chatham

April 30th, 2018 by

Chatham is home to the famous Sweet Corn Festival, but it’s not the only summer festival going on around Chatham. We break down our favorite summer events to give you a weekend out of the house with the kids or a nice date night full of entertainment at the Illinois State Fair.

Carnival Grounds

Finding Summer Fun in Illinois

  • Sweet Corn Festival: This award-winning event is nearly 50 years old, bringing great food, great music, and games to Chatham. Be sure to check out the Cow Chip Throw, Cornhole Tournament, and the Wine & Whiskey Tasting.
  • Highland Games Festival: This Scottish festival brings athletic events, music, dining, and dance together in one massive celebration of heritage and culture with events running from 8 am to 9 pm. Enjoy traditional Celtic music or watch the caber toss while the kids enjoy the mini golf, ancient athletic races, and a shamrock hunt.
  • Illinois State Fair: With all of the different musical acts, games, food, and contests, we often make a few trips to the Illinois State Fair while it’s going on. Even if you’re just going out for the food, it’s worth a trip after a long day at work – and big fair fans can even camp out.
  • Route 66 Mother Road Festival: You didn’t think we could talk about festivals in this glorious state without mentioning one of the biggest auto events, did you? Celebrate classic cars and the history of Route 66 in downtown Springfield with a burnout competition, farmer’s market, and live entertainment.
People At Street Fest
Man Tossing A Caber

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Will you be hitting any of these summer festivals near Chatham? Let us know the next time you’re in for an oil change – and be sure to tell us if we’re missing your favorite summer festival!


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