Every month is festival month in Chicago. Chicago’s world-renowned fests and events celebrate food, music, culture, art, and history throughout the city. Check out the festival guides below or click on a month to explore festivals, concerts, parades, and more.

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January

Chicago Restaurant Week

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo 

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 

Fillet of Solo Festival 

Chicago Ale Fest 

Rhinoceros Theater Festival 

Cubs Convention 

Soxfest 

First Bites Bash

Chicago Restaurant Week 

Winter Brew 

Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration 

Ice skating in Millennium Park 

February

Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration 

Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Theatre Week 

University of Chicago Folk Festival 

Chicago Auto Show 

Chicago Flamenco Festival 

Randolph Street Market Festival 

Rhinoceros Theater Festival 

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo 

Ice skating in Millennium Park 

March

Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

Ice skating in Millennium Park 

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo 

Chicago Flamenco Festival 

Chicago Beer Festival 

Southside Irish Parade

Northwest Side Irish Parade 

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Parade & River Dyeing

Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier 

Eataly’s SpringFest

Macy’s Flower Show 

Chicago White Sox home opener 

Chicago Cubs home opener

April

crowd of people sitting outside Wrigley Field

Chicago Dance Month 

Chicago Latino Film Festival

Chicago Cocktail Social

Baconfest Chicago 

Macy’s Flower Show 

I Heart Halal 

Made in Chicago Market

Chicago Humanities Festival’s Springfest

One of a Kind Show and Sale | Spring Show 

Randolph Street Market Festival 

May

Bike the Drive in Chicago
Bike the Drive

Chicago Humanities Festival’s Springfest

Manifest Urban Arts Festival 

Chicago Zine Fest 

Mole De Mayo 

Illinois Craft Beer Week 

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

Mayfest 

Taste Of Mexico In Little Village 

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival 

Randolph Street Market Festival 

Chicago Wine Fest – Spring 

Chicago Beer Classic 

Bike The Drive 

Chicago House Music Festival 

Chicago Gospel Music Festival 

Chicago in Tune music festival

Chicago Memorial Day Parade 

June

a guitar player

Millennium Park Music Series 

Ravenswood On Tap 

Chicago Summerdance 

Old Town Art Fair 

Andersonville Midsommarfest 

Do Division Street Fest 

Puerto Rican Festival

Wells Street Art Festival 

Craft Brews At Lincoln Park Zoo 

Chicago Pride Parade 

Chicago Pride Fest

Cinepocalypse

Lincoln Park Greek Fest 

Chicago Underground Film Festival 

Hyde Park Summer Fest 

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum 

Logan Square Arts Fest 

57th Street Art Fair 

Ribfest Chicago 

Pride in the Park 

Chicago Blues Festival

Taste of Randolph

Grant Park Music Festival 

July

Rainbow Ice cream at Taste of Chicago

Chicago Margarita Festival 

Roscoe Village Burger Fest 

Bastille Day Chicago 

Southport Art & Music Fest 

Dearborn Garden Walk 

Sheffield Street Fest

Wicker Park Fest

Lincoln Square Greek Fest 

Randolph Street Market Festival 

Taste Of Lincoln Avenue 

Fiesta Del Sol 

Jeff Fest 

Windy City Ribfest In Uptown 

Lollapalooza 

Taste of Chicago 

Chicago Summerdance 

Millennium Park Music Series 

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Fourth Of July Fireworks at Navy Pier 

Windy City Smokeout 

African/Caribbean International Festival Of Life 

Chalk Howard Street 

4th of 53rd Parade 

Pitchfork Music Festival 

Grant Park Music Festival

Irish American Heritage Festival 

West Fest 

Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Music Festival 

August

DJ on stage at Lollapalooza facing the crowd
Lollapalooza

My House Music Festival 

Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest 

Ruido Fest 

Ukrainian Days Festival

Taste Of Greektown 

Square Roots Music Festival 

Wells Street Art Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival 

Chicago Triathlon 

Great American Lobster Fest 

Fiesta Del Sol

Jeff Fest 

Edge Fest 

Northalsted Market Days 

Chicago Air & Water Show 

Festival Cubano 

Chicago Hot Dog Fest 

Bud Billiken Parade 

Edison Park Fest 

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest 

Pilsen Fest 

Sangria Festival 

Chicago Women’s Funny Festival 

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest 

Millennium Park Music Series 

Chicago Summerdance 

Lollapalooza 

Retro On Roscoe 

Grant Park Music Festival 

Ginza Festival 

Oak Park Microbrew Review 

South Shore Summer Festival 

September

Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago Jazz Fest

Taste of Polonia 

African Festival of the Arts 

North Coast Music Festival 

Chicago Pride Fest & Northalsted Market Days

Lincoln Park Wine Festival 

Printers Row Lit Fest 

Chinatown Summer Fair 

Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk 

Throwback Music Festival 

Festival De La Villita (Little Village Fest) 

World Music Festival Chicago 

¡Súbelo! – A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture 

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest 

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 

Craft Brews At Lincoln Park Zoo

Millennium Art Festival 

Ravenswood Artwalk 

Andersonville Arts Week 

Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest 

Oktoberfest Chicago At St. Alphonsus 

James Beard Foundation Awards 

Randolph Street Market Festival 

Beerhoptacular

World Dumpling Fest 

Inherit Chicago 

Chicago Gourmet 

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival 

Chicago Jazz Festival 

Riot Fest & Carnival 

Expo Chicago 

October

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival 

Inherit Chicago 

Lincoln Square Apple Fest 

Historic Pullman House Tour 

Chicago Marathon 

Columbus Day Parade 

Chicago International Film Festival 

Open House Chicago

Arts in the Dark

Beer Culture Summit

Randolph Street Market Festival 

Northalsted Halloween Parade 

Latino Music Festival 

November

Inherit Chicago 

Sofa Art + Design Fair 

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 

Randolph Street Holiday Market 

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers 

Christkindlmarket Chicago 

Caroling at Cloud Gate 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo 

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Thanksgiving Parade

Ice skating in Millennium Park 

December

Christkindlmarket

One of a Kind Show and Sale 

Greektown Christmas Ceremony

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Randolph Street Holiday Market 

Historic Pullman Candlelight House Walk 

Christkindlmarket Chicago 

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo 

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Chicago Wine Fest – Winter 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier 

Ice skating in Millennium Park 


Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit event websites for details and the latest updates.

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