As autumn in Chicago approaches, our diverse neighborhoods and incomparable skyline become picturesque vistas revealing a breadth of amazing activities in which to take part.
From incomparable cuisine to enlivening live music, sports and everything in between, Chicago can entertain any range of interests.
One of Chicago's fall activity highlights is unquestionably Chicago Gourmet, a celebration of food and wine from more than 180 restaurants and chefs. Enjoy gourmet tastings, wine seminars and cooking demonstrations at this fine dining festival Sept. 25-27, 2015 in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park.
This hotly anticipated epicurean event in Chicago's gorgeous architectural green space will host nearly all James Beard Award winners, including Emeril Lagasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, April Bloomfield, Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan and more. This group of all-star chefs will share their food, passion and expertise with attendees on the Bon Appétit Main Stage - new attractions this year include the Global BBQ, Beer and Bourbon Pavilion, which provides a full-on feast with live music performances.
Chicago is not only a culinary capital of the world, but a high-profile art destination. Artists, thinkers, curators and collectors arrive annually in the fall for EXPO Chicago, featuring more than 125 leading international galleries. The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, Sept. 17-20, 2015, blends fabulous artworks with museum-quality, concept-driven programming to create an unmissable event for art-lovers.
Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and has a storied history of architectural innovation. Celebrate Chicago's truly breathtaking constructions with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, taking place October 1, 2015 - January 3, 2015. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations and program of events, this new event is the largest international exhibition of contemporary architecture in North America. See the bright future of architecture in its rightful home, right here in Chicago.
No matter your musical taste, you'll hear it in Chicago. Famous for legendary blues and jazz, Chicago plays hip-hop, classical, folk, roots, indie rock, electronica and plain old rock n' roll. You'll certainly be groovin' along to the smooth tunes of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Sept. 26-27, 2015), an annual showcase of critically acclaimed local, national and international talent. Don't want to limit yourself to just jazz? Listen to sounds from across the globe at the World Music Festival, Sept. 11-22, 2015. This 17th annual music gala gives performers of traditional and contemporary music the stage for 12 unforgettable days. Best of all? Both of these music festivals are free and open to the general public.
Itching for the thrill of professional sports? Head to newly renovated Wrigley Field or U.S. Cellular Field to watch the Chicago Cubs and White Sox in action as they close out the 2015 regular season. Late summer/early fall is meant for high-intensity baseball, and you've just got to get in the game.