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Events, Festivals, Holidays

There's always something going on in the city of Chicago. From the famous "Taste of Chicago" to the world-class St. Patrick's Day parade, Chicago always seems to have a major event, festival or holiday to celebrate any time of the year.
  1. Chicago Parades (9)
  2. Christmas in Chicago (12)
  3. Halloween in Chicago (7)
  4. St. Patrick's Day (1)
  5. Taste of Chicago (9)

UniverSoul Circus
UniverSoul Circus is a cross between Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque de Soleil and caters to a largely African-American audience.

Chicago Gourmet
The annual Chicago food festival--sponsored by Bon Appetit, the Illinois Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits of America--returns to Millennium Park.

‘Fear City,’ Haunted Tours & More For Halloween
Check out some of our favorite annual Halloween events in Chicago, from pet parades to spooky cruises on Navy Pier.

Savor The Last Few Days Of Summer In Chicago
Savor the last few days of summer in Chicago during Labor Day weekend.

Treat Mom Like A Queen
Mother's Day: Top Picks for the Most Important Woman in Your Life

Chicago Blues Fest Schedule
The Chicago Blues Fest features a number of blues artists in this home of the blues that rivals the Mississippi Delta. Here's the schedule for Chicago Blues Fest.

July in Chicago - Weather and Event Guide
Everything You Need To Know For A Great Time During Your Stay in Chicago in July.

Chicago Blues Festival
The Chicago Blues Festival is one of the city's most popular outdoor festivals, featuring world class blues artists.

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
The fifth-annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival takes place in a number of venues in Wicker Park and Logan Square April 18-21.

G8 Summit Chicago 2012
The 2012 G8 summit will take place in Chicago, the first U.S. location for the event since 2004.

Chicago Air & Water Show
Each summer for one weekend in August, over 2 million people flock to the shores of Lake Michigan for the Chicago Air & Water Show. It is the oldest and largest free show of its kind in the United States.

Chicago Calendar of Events
Want to plan your trip to Chicago around a major event or festival? Check out this City of Chicago Calendar of Events.

Chicago Fireworks
Chicago fireworks aren't reserved just for the Fourth of July. No matter when in the summertime you're traveling to the Windy City, chances are you can find some fireworks in Chicago. Here are some of the more popular displays.

Chicago Ginza Holiday Festival
The annual Chicago Ginza Holiday festival presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple is a celebration of the Japanese culture.

Chicago Gourmet
Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park is an upscale version of Taste of Chicago -- better food, smaller crowds, and a much higher price tag.

Chicago Jazz Festival
Every Labor Day weekend the city hosts the Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park, bringing together some of the world's jazz greats.

Chicago Marathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a world class long distance running event, drawing international attention, participants, and spectators.

International Kennel Club Dog Show in Chicago
The International Kennel Club (IKC) dog show is held annually at Chicago's McCormick Place. Over 1,000 handlers compete with over 6,000 canines to see which will be deemed "Best in Show".

Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza is a music event that evolved from a summer tour of concert sheds into a 3-day annual massive music extravaganza in Chicago's Grant Park.

Mexican Independence Day Parade in Chicago
Chicago honors the Mexican culture by celebrating with a Mexican Independence Day parade each September.

Lollapalooza Lineup
Lollapalooza has grown from Perry Farrell's modest-in-comparison summer tour in 1991 into a massive music fest that takes place each August in Chicago's Grant Park. Here's the Lollapalooza lineup for this year.

Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party
The Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party is attended by over 25,000 people and features great music and food. It's also known as a huge singles party, and Old St. Pat's claims that over 100 couples have met at the block party and later married. That's one reason why Oprah Winfrey has dubbed it "the place to meet your match".

Tall Ships Chicago
Tall Ships sail back into Chicago's Navy Pier this August, where visitors will have a chance to board and ride historic sailboats.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago
Traveling to Chicago over Thanksgiving but don't have anywhere to pull up to the table for Thanksgiving Dinner? Don't worry, you won't be stuck eating peanuts out of the mini-bar, there are several great restaurants in the city that will be open and serving up Thanksgiving eats. Listed prices generally do not include alcoholic beverages or...

Valentine's Day in Chicago
Chicago offers plenty of opportunities to impress your significant other with a romantic Windy City getaway. Here are a few ideas to make your Valentine's Day in Chicago a memorable one.

Venetian Night
Venetian Night is the oldest city sponsored event and is very popular -- approximately 675,000 people attend the lighted boat parade and impressive fireworks display synched to music.

Outdoor Festivals in Chicago
The numerous Chicago festivals are the city's way of making the most out of the warm summer weather before it's plunged back into the harsh Chicago winter. Here's a list of some of the more popular outdoor festivals in Chicago.

Bike the Drive Chicago
Bike the Drive Chicago provides a rare opportunity for cyclists to ride their bikes down the middle of Lake Shore Drive when the city closes it to motor traffic one morning each year.

Jammin' at the Zoo
Each summer the Lincoln Park Zoo presents its popular Jammin' at the Zoo concert series, featuring national music acts amongst the zoo animals and lush landscape.

Chicago Parades
A parade in Chicago is always a big deal, and the ones that take place in the city's downtown are always well attended. Here's a handy list to help you find detailed information about a particular parade in Chicago.

Printers Row Lit Fest Chicago
The annual Printers Row Lit Fest is a free literary event featuring over five city blocks of over 200 new and used booksellers along with over 100 free literary programs, to the delight of book nerds everywhere.

2012 NATO/G8 Summits Chicago
The hot button NATO and G8 Summits come to Chicago in 2012, the first time both summits have been in the same city at the same time since 1977.

Five Food Festival Alternatives to Taste of Chicago
From Taste of Randolph to Northalsted Market Days, here are five food festival alternatives to Taste of Chicago.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day morning and features giant inflatables, marching bands, dancers and more.

Columbus Day Parade in Chicago
The Columbus Day Parade in Chicago takes place each year appropriately on the stretch of road named after Christopher Columbus, Columbus Drive.

Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival

Be Thankful For These Delicious Thanksgiving Options In Chicago

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Where To Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 In Chicago
Where To Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 In Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week 2014
Annual Windy City gourmet fest extends to a second week in 2014.

Best of the Year Guide To Chicago
Here's what's going on in Chicago--month by month--in 2014.

Visitors’ Guide to the Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Auto Show 2014: When To Go, How To Get There, What To See & More

Chicago Chef Week 2014
Hot-shot, chef-driven restaurants offer outstanding deals during Chicago Chef Week 2014.

Macy's Flower Show
Macy's on State Street's Annual Spring Event Features 'Secret Garden' Theme.

Ravinia Festival Season 2014
Highlights of Ravinia Festival 2014 Include Performances By Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maxwell

Chicago International Movies & Music Fest (CIMMfest)
Sixth-Annual Chicago International Movies & Music Fest (CIMMfest) Features Four Days of 65 Musical Acts, 90+ Movies, More.

Green City Market 2014
Green City Market, the city's largest farmers' market, celebrates 16 years in Lincoln Park in 2014.

Chicago Craft Beer Week
Fifth-Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week Features More Than 300 Venues.

Movies in the Park 2014
The Chicago Park District's Annual Outdoor Event Returns to Showcase the Best Movies All Over the City.

June in Chicago - Weather and Event Guide
Everything You Need To Know For A Great Time During Your Stay In Chicago In June 2014.

Top 10 Festival Guide To Chicago
Top 10 Festival Guide To Chicago 2014

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