July 23, 2018

Events Happening in Chicago – August 2018!

Summer 2018 is dwindling down, but it’s never too late to make memories! There are so many awesome events happening in the Chicago area this August. With music festivals, amazing food, shows, conventions, and conferences, there’s something for everyone in every price range. If you’re looking for some fun things to do to close out your summer, read below!

Here are the categories of events. Click to jump to each section:

Music | Food | Entertainment | Conventions | Beauty


people at a concert


This is an event you don’t want to miss! It is a four-day music festival with more than 180 artists, the best local food, and beer. It will be taking over Grant Park in Chicago from Thursday, August 2nd until Sunday, August 5th. This is the perfect summer weekend activity! Some of the artists for this year’s lineup include: The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Camila Cabello, Gucci Mane, and Odesza.

If Lollapalooza is a bit out of your price range this summer, there are also plenty of free summer concert series!


people eating food around a table

Food Bowl

Food Bowl is a new kind of festival; it’s a food festival! The festival takes place over three weeks (August 8-26) and is comprised of over 100 unique events that highlight the amazingly unique food and drink scene in Chicago. Tickets range in price for each event to accommodate budget-friendly options as well as higher end dining experiences. There are events tailored to adults and family-friendly options.


fighter jets in the air

Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show is a must-see. It started in 1959 and is now the oldest and largest free-admission show of its kind across the country. It is August 18th and 19th and many people camp out early to get a good spot. This event draws a crowd of over two million people to the shore of Lake Michigan. The headliners this year are: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs.


comic books on a shelf

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

August 23-26 brings us the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! Not a wizard fan? No problem. This convention is for muggles, too. It celebrates all aspects of pop culture, including comic books, film, and television. Enjoy artists’ booths, see cosplay characters, take photo ops and autograph opportunities, purchase merchandise, and attend live panels with special guests. There will be celebrity appearances (subject to change) by characters from Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Outlander, Boy Meets World, Smallville, and more!


empty hair salon

Dream Big – Midwest Curvy Fashion & Beauty Conference

This curvy fashionista style expo aims to educate, empower, and connect professionals, influencers, and enthusiasts alike. DREAM BIG is the first Chicago conference dedicated to building a community of curvy fashion and beauty enthusiasts. This two day event runs August 24th and 25th and has some awesome events and opportunities. There will be a Macy’s® fashion show, plus-size model calls, leading industry speakers and panelists, and local and national vendors.

Hair Professionals Career College Programs

Hair Professionals Career College has been helping students achieve their dream careers as beauty professionals since 1979. We now have locations in Oswego, Palos Hills, and Sycamore. We have great relationships with local spas and salons to provide our graduates with career opportunities near Oswego and Sycamore. We have updated facilities, student salons and spas, licensed and experienced educators and counselors, and financial aid options to help you get your beauty education. All of our programs are starting August 21st! Our programs include: cosmetology, esthetics, nail technician, and instructor training for both cosmetology and esthetics. (Not all programs are available at all locations). Contact us with questions or check out our blog to learn more!

Salon Career Fair

Your schedule is probably looking pretty packed after all these August events. So be sure to save the date for this September career fair! Hair Pros is hosting a salon career fair on September 11, 2018 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at our Palos Hills location – 10321 S. Roberts Road. The focus of this career fair is to help our students gain valuable networking skills and get comfortable promoting themselves as professionals. Representatives from the salons will each be assigned a table that our students may then visit and introduce themselves. Students present their resumes and use the skills taught in our business trainings to begin forming professional relationships with local salons. Out of the nearby salons, here are the ones that have RSVPed thus far:

    • Sport Clips
    • Gorgeous You Salon
    • Ulta
    • Marc Alan Salon
    • Lush Color Bar
    • Lisa Thomas Salon
    • Fantastic Sams
    • Frezh Glamm
    • Mario Triocci Salon and Spa

Don’t miss your chance to get in front of these brands!

We’re excited for these local events! These are just a few of the top events we wanted to make sure you knew about. There are so many more out there. How will you be spending the rest of your summer? What are you most excited about? Share with us on social media!

For a complete list of events (big and small) in the Chicago area this year, click here.

Calendar of August 2018 events in Chicago

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