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Events for "Chicago, IL"

January

  • Restaurant Week (Jan. 26 – Feb 8)

    Chicago, IL

    Time to pack on the calories: More than 370 restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus for $22 at brunch or lunch and $33-$44 at dinner.


February

  • Auto Show (Feb. 10 – 19)

    Chicago, IL

    This car show at McCormick Place is the largest in the nation and third-largest in the world.


  • Chinese Lunar New Year's Parade (Feb. 25)

    Chicago, IL

    Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Chinatown with a parade, marching bands, lion dancing and fireworks.


March

  • Chinese New Year Lantern Festival (Mar. 3)

    Chicago, IL

    A lion dance-led lantern procession winds from Millennium Park to  Maggie Daley Park, where there will be performances.


  • St. Patrick's Day Parade (Mar. 17)

    Chicago, IL

    In Chicago, they really do dye the river green. Watch the dye job at 9 a.m. from the Michigan Avenue or Columbus Drive bridges, then watch the noon parade through Grant Park.


May

  • Kids & Kites Festival (May 5)

    Chicago, IL

    This festival on Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park includes free kite kits for kids, games and a candy drop from kites.


June

  • Gospel Festival (Jun 1 – 2)

    Chicago, IL

    This free music festival is in Millennium Park and across the street at the Cultural Center.


  • Blues Festival (Jun 8 – 10)

    Chicago, IL

    The largest of Chicago's free music festivals draws 750,000 people to Millennium Park. 


  • Ribfest Chicago (Jun 8 – 10)

    Chicago, IL

    This street festival in the Northcenter neighborhood, on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue, features barbecue plus indie, roots, rock and alt country music.

    There's a Kids Square with games and a rib-eating contest Friday with professional eaters.


  • Wells Street/Old Town art fairs (Jun 9 – 10)

    Chicago, IL

    Together, the Wells Street Art Festival and nearby Old Town Art Fair two fairs have more than 500 exhibitors and draw 110,000 visitors.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jun 13)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jun 15 – 16)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jun 20)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jun 22 – 23)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jun 27)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jun 29 – 30)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


July

  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 4)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 6 – 7)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Taste of Chicago (Jul 11 – 15)

    Chicago, IL

    The big free festival in Grant Park offers lots of food and music.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 11)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 13 – 14)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Chinatown Summer Fair (Jul 15)

    Chicago, IL

    There's a Lion Dance, Chinese classical dance and music, demonstrations of martial arts and displays of ancient art forms and disciplines plus a petting zoo, pony rides and cutest baby and a "hot legs" contest for men.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 19 – 22)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Pitchfork Music Festival (Jul 20 – 22)

    Chicago, IL

    This indie and alt-rock festival is in Union Park.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 25)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Jul 27 – 28)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


August

  • Grant Park Music Festival (Aug. 1)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Lollapalooza (Aug. 2 – 5)

    Chicago, IL

    This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free. Reserve rooms far in advance.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Aug. 3 – 4)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Aug. 8)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Aug. 10 – 11)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Aug. 15)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Grant Park Music Festival (Aug. 17 – 18)

    Chicago, IL

    Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.


  • Air & Water Show (Aug. 18 – 19)

    Chicago, IL

    The 60th annual free show features aerobatics, extreme flying and parachuting off North Avenue Beach.


  • Chicago Jazz Festival (Aug. 30 – Sep 2)

    Chicago, IL

    This free festival features music at the Chicago Cultural Center and  Millennium Park.