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All over the U.S., fireworks and barbecues are Independence Day hallmarks, but Chicago offers extra fun with the annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life. This four-day cultural celebration features music, food, dance and fashion from African and Caribbean countries and hosts the best live reggae and calypso shows in the city. This year's 25th annual festival, July 1-4 in Union Park (1501 W. Randolph Street), promises good music and good times for the whole family.

midsommarfest

With such brutally cold weather, summer is an especially cherished season in Chicago, with locals grabbing any excuse to lounge in the sun. The same can be said in Sweden, where long Scandinavian winters inspire citizens to celebrate when the summer season officially starts, during the summer solstice. Andersonville's Swedish heritage is a big part of the annual Midsommarfest, which welcomes summer with a host of Swedish and Chicago traditions.

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him play.

Billy Branch

Chicago blues may be defined by the electric guitar, but the invigorating roar of the harmonica is arguably the genre's second most essential instrument. Blues fans and newbies alike are always enthralled by the jaw-dropping skill of Chicago blues harp icon Billy Branch. A 3-time Grammy-nominated blues innovator who's been a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene since his arrival in the early '70s, a Billy Branch show is filled with lots of energy, audience interaction and dazzling skill.

Wired Fridays at Chicago Cultural Center

In Chicago, the weekend doesn't wait until sundown. Start your party early at the Chicago Cultural Center's bi-monthly Wired Fridays series. Celebrate the city's status as a House music mecca and groove to guest DJ beats in the middle of the day, on the first and third Friday of the month.

Buddy Guy

January is a special time in Chicago. Not just because the city shimmers with ice and snow and the legendary Hawk blasts through every street. It's because January is the month that hometown fans (and visitors!) can see globe-trotting blue legend Buddy Guy perform at his equally famous blues bar, Legends.

Wild Hare Chicago

Chi-town might be more associated with blues and jazz but the city also boasts a robust offering of reggae music. Whether you like to sway to classic lovers rock or "wine up" to dancehall beats, Chicago has you covered. Although many bars and clubs include reggae in their regular music mix, these are the Chicago spots to experience non-stop reggae, Red Stripes included.

Market Days Comes to Boystown

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 AM by Sarah Leicher

Market Days comes to North Halsted St. in the Boystown neighborhood this weekend, August 11th and 12th. Billed as one of the largest outdoor festivals in the Midwest, Market Days celebrates the GLBT community with stages of live music, good food, and plenty of vendors where you can pick up anything and everything.

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