Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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The 7 worst Lollapalooza conflicts

If you want to see everything, you're gonna have to run around Grant Park

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19 best Chicago Craft Beer Week events

Gird your livers and taste some amazing beer at events all across the city

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67 things opening in May

May is filled with festivals, concerts, free events and more exciting stuff

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Taste of Chicago announces music lineup

Spoon, Weezer and Erykah Badu are coming to the downtown fest

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Chicago summer festivals guide

From May through September, we've got your weekend covered with music, food, beer, art and more

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Month-by-month calendars

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May 2015

Summer is just around the corner and we've put together your celebration itinerary

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June 2015

Time to have some fun in the sun, on the beach or in the park

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July 2015

Enjoy warm weather and hot days at outdoor events across the city

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August 2015

Chill out at Lollapalooza, the State Fair and more awesome things happening in August

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Upcoming Chicago festivals

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Gaelic Park Irish Fest

It's St. Paddy's Day in May! Or at least you'd think so with all this fest's Irish music, dancing and sustenance (i.e., beer). Stop by the petting zoo, play soccer and browse import shops. Music headliners include Irish folk group High Kings, Celtic rockers Young Dubliners and Beatle tribute group American English, because why not?

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Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival

The confusingly named comedy festival organized by The Onion and The A.V. Club returns for a second year, bringing John Mulaney, Vanessa Bayer, Ellie Kemper and more funny people to town. This year's lineup introduces a couple of film screenings to the mix, including Cabin Boy and UHF, the latter of which will feature a Q&A with “Weird Al” Yankovic and Jay Levey. If you're more interested in knowing how the yucks are created, writers from The Onion and The Simpsons will be holding panel discussions. Check out the entire slate of programming on the fest's website.

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Kegs for Kidneys

Put your liver to work at this two-day fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, which features samples of rare brews from the likes of 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Dogfish Head and Bell's. A ticket gets you a tasting glass and the opportunity to enter a rare bottle raffle and silent auction. On Saturday, performers from the Lagunitas Beer Circus will entertain guests.

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Maifest

It's Oktoberfest in May, as the traditionally German neighborhood of Lincoln Square throws down with all the beers, cheers, oompah, Lederhosen and pretzels you'd expect. 

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Eye on India Festival

The fifth annual Eye on India Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional Indian art at venues all across the city. Highlights include a lavish opening gala at the Bridgeport Arts Center (May 28), a performance by Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram (June 20) and free yoga classes in parks all over the city on International Yoga Day (June 21). Many events are ticketed, but some are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the festival's website.

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Chicago Gospel Music Festival

The city's annual celebration of gospel music welcomes national touring acts and up-and-coming local talent to Millennium Park for three days of uplifting songs and hymns.

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The top Chicago music festivals

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Lollapalooza

Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park turns into a hipster paradise at this indie-leaning summer festival

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Spring Awakening

A sea of bros in neon tank tops flock to this massive EDM festival in Soldier Field

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Riot Fest

The punks invade Humboldt Park at this sprawling rock festival on the city's Northwest Side

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North Coast

Do your Labor Day plans include jam bands, hip-hop acts, DJs and glow sticks? You're probably a Coastie

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