CHICAGO EVENTS

In Chicago, we treat fun like a full time job. And there are more than enough enticing Chicago events to keep you busy all season long. Spring and summer are the perfect time to visit the city — colorful scenery and bright sunshine mixed with warm temps make Chicago a popular destination to enjoy events both indoors and out.

Plan your trip around Chicago’s biggest marquee events – taking over the calendar are Lollapalooza, the Chicago Air and Water Show and Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival in August. And in September, the Chicago Jazz Festival, World Music Festival, EXPO Chicago and Chicago Gourmet.

Street festivals are in full swing as well. Every weekend you can gather with the locals as food, music, arts and culture combine in neighborhoods across the city.

For the sports enthusiasts, a day at the ballpark is always an event. Singing the 7th inning stretch at a Chicago Cubs game and catching the home run fireworks when the Chicago White Sox win at US Cellular Park are favorite summer traditions. With a baseball season that runs March to September and two teams to root for, there’s plenty of opportunity to cheer on a home team. Plus, the party of the century — Wrigley Field's 100th birthday — is drawing visitors to the nation's second oldest stadium all yearlong.

From classical music with the Grant Park Music Festival, to alfresco dance classes with Chicago SummerDance, to classic films and yoga in Millennium Park, free Chicago events take place daily and span the beautiful downtown green spaces.

Every day is jam packed with things to see and do in Chicago — search our Events Calendar below to find out what’s in store during your specific dates.

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ANNUAL CHICAGO EVENTS

Chicago Blues Festival

From June 13-15, 2014 this summer favorite draws music lovers to the lakefront for free outdoor blues concerts.

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Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Multiple stages of free entertainment returns June 27-29, 2014 for the annual fest.

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Chicago Jazz Festival

A Labor Day tradition, the free lakefront event brings together local, national & international performers August 28–31, 2014.

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