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There’s a world of art and culture to explore. No matter what you’re into, it’s happening here. Dive into hundreds of free events presented by the City of Chicago.



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Chicago Cultural Center

The Loop • Open Daily

Step into the grand beauty of the past or discover something totally new with free tours, events and exhibits daily.


Chicago City Markets

Daley Plaza and citywide • May–Oct.

Take your taste buds on a trip. Shop local produce and handmade goods at markets across the city.


Chicago Summertime

Grant Park and citywide • July–Sept.

Show off your moves or learn something new with professional instructors and live music.


Chicago Jazz Festival

Millennium Park and citywide • Aug. 31–Sept. 3

Celebrate jazz in all forms all weekend long with performances by local, national and international artists.


Taste of Chicago

Grant Park • Sept. 8–10

Endless food showcasing the city’s culinary excellence and diversity along with live music and family fun.


World Music Festival Chicago

Citywide • Sept. 22–Oct. 1

Tune in to a soundtrack of global grooves with 30+ artists and ensembles at multiple venues across the city.


Global Peace Picnic at World Music Festival

Humboldt Park • Sept. 30

Experience a day full of music and culture from around the globe with the whole family.


Under the Dome Music Series

Chicago Cultural Center • Oct. 26

Take in great music and a greater view under the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.


Holidays in Millenium Park

Millennium Park • Sept.–Dec.

Whatever you celebrate, get into the spirit of the season with festive, family-friendly events in the heart of the city.

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) supports artists and cultural organizations, invests in the creative economy, and expands access and participation in the arts throughout Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Learn more.

This campaign was developed in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity-Office of Tourism.

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