December events calendar
Take a break from the stress of the holidays and make the season bright at these top events
Holiday market guide
Find unique gifts for everyone on your list at these seasonal markets
Photos: Daley Plaza tree lighting
The city kicked off the holiday season with the help of Dee Snider
Photos: Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
Inflatable cartoon characters, marching bands and Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's paraded down State Street on Turkey Day
December festival calendar
Celebrate the most festive month of the year with twinkling lights and hot beverages
This week's top events
Chicago's largest open-air market is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Inspired by a Nuremberg, Germany, market that was founded in 1545, this market...
Jane Beachy and friends invite the city's most genre-defying performers and provocateurs to take over West Town on the weekly.
Finish your Christmas shopping and bid farewell to 2014 at these year-end events
Kick off the first month of 2015 at a music festival, an ice rink or sketch comedy show
The shortest month of the year is packed with some great events to check out
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and get ready for the (eventual) end of the winter
Upcoming Chicago festivals
Head to the Lincoln Park Zoo to see the lights (and maybe a few animals) at this annual winter tradition. The first 1000 people through the gates each night receive special glasses to view the lights with, but everyone can enjoy nightly ice carving demonstrations, hot beverages and ice skating on the zoo's rink.
Navy Pier's annual indoor winter carnival returns with a selection of new activities, including a toboggan tunnel, winter mini golf and a 15-foot "snow tubing" hill. Returning attractions include the Blackhawks ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel and various carnival rides. Kids can also snap a picture with Santa or decorate a cookie.
The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
January can be a rough month in Chicago, so it's a good thing we've got something to laugh about. In its fourteenth year, the largest sketch comedy festival in the country will present a packed line-up of hilarious performers that will make you forget about those frigid temperatures outside.
Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
The inaugural Chicago Puppet Festival welcomes puppeteers from across the globe to the city for 12 days of symposiums, workshops and shows. Each event is individually ticketed, taking place at venues like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall and the Field Museum. A detailed schedule of shows and events can be found on the festival's website.
It's a big year for the Cubs. The team has a new manager, a newly renovated stadium and another chance to win the World Series for the first time since 1908. The season starts at the 30th annual Cubs Convention, where fans can interact with players, coaches and alumni, while attending Q&A sessions and checking out interactive exhibits.
Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
Start planning your next vacation at the Travel & Adventure Show, where you can get tips from travel experts and book a trip to someplace warmer than Chicago in January. Visitors can walk the show floor, attend a seminar, take in a performance or sample food from a faraway place.
Concerts in Chicago
TJ & Dave
This two-man show puts master improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi together for an hour of long-form.
The top Chicago music festivals
Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines
Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park turns into a hipster paradise at this indie-leaning summer festival
A sea of bros in neon tank tops flock to this massive EDM festival in Soldier Field
The punks invade Humboldt Park at this sprawling rock festival on the city's Northwest Side
Do your Labor Day plans include jam bands, hip-hop acts, DJs and glow sticks? You're probably a Coastie