Fall Aerial

It's the first official weekend of the fall! Chicago's got some fantastic cultural events for you to enjoy, including the return of EXPO Chicago, a free concert from the CSO, huge headliners at Common's AAHH! Fest, and more. Throw on that windbreaker and have yourself a ball. 

EXPO CHICAGO 2014 (9/18-21)

Expo Chicago

For its third consecutive year, EXPO Chicago will transform the city into the world's contemporary art capital. Join the top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors from around the globe to see a curated blend of contemporary and modern art, design and new technology works from leading local, national and international galleries.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Muti begins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's survey of Tchaikovsky with another free Concert for Chicago in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. This program includes the composer's The Tempest, the Suite from The Sleeping Beauty, and the popular Symphony No. 4. Head outside and listen to the classics played by one of the finest symphony orchestras in the world!


REELING32 (9/18-25)

For over 30 years, Reeling has showcased the most groundbreaking, outstanding, and diverse selection of LGBT films from around the world, across all categories, spanning so many aspects of the LGBT experience. Reeling is an indispensable cultural institution and a unique opportunity not only to watch the films that represent us but also to meet and support the talented filmmakers who are attending the festival, and to experience films that we might never see otherwise, surrounded by fellow members of our fabulous community!



Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Who doesn't like tacos, right? No seriously, who actually doesn't? You should be ashamed. Back for its second year, the Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest celebrates this tortilla-wrapped crowd-pleaser to kick off the first official weekend of autumn. There'll be special beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, and the chance to text-to-vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."



Part of a partnership between the Chicago Urban League and the Common Ground Foundation to find jobs for 5,000 Chicago youths, Common's AAHH! Fest is taking over Union Park Sunday. The rapper and activist put together the event, which will be hosted by Dave Chappelle. AAHH! Fest will feature headliners Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jay Electronica and others. There will also be a community showcase curated by Rhymefest, featuring Diggy Simmons and other Chicago talent.

Photos Courtesy of: Cheri Eisenberg; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Special Events Management