Chicago loves to celebrate, which is why we’re home to world-famous holiday traditions. Watch the Chicago River turn green on St. Patrick’s Day, admire millions of twinkling holiday lights on Michigan Avenue, and see a stunning fireworks display light up the sky over Lake Michigan. Learn all about our Chicago-style celebrations here.
Holidays in Chicago
New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year with an unforgettable evening in Chicago, featuring swanky parties, spectacular fireworks, bucket list dining, and more.
Romantic restaurants, intimate bars, and lots of big-city glamour. Here's how to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Chicago.
Lunar New Year
Ring in Lunar New Year with cultural, musical, and culinary events all around the city.
St. Patrick's Day
Come experience the luck of the Irish in Chicago, home to one of the most famous St. Patricks Day celebrations in the world.
Celebrate the beginning of summer with Memorial Day weekend festivals, live music, sporting events, boat cruises, and more.
Fourth of July
The nation’s biggest summer holiday comes to life with fireworks along the waterfront and more one-of-a-kind events.
Goodbye summer, hello fall. Get the inside scoop on Chicago-style Labor Day celebrations.
Tricks, treats, parties, and pageantry make the city a place of mystery and magic over Halloween season.
Day of the Dead
Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Chicago with traditional events, colorful cultural celebrations, and art exhibits.
From festive feasts to downtown parades, there are plenty of ways to feel right at home during Thanksgiving in Chicago.
Spectacular light displays, charming markets, scenic ice rinks, and a magical parade usher in Chicago’s merry and bright winter season.