Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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Taste of Chicago announces food vendors

This year, 19 new vendors join the annual feeding frenzy in Grant Park

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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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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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Taste of Chicago announces music lineup

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

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The best Chicago beer festivals

Taste new suds and meet the brewers behind them at these boozy celebrations

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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

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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Do Division Street Fest

In its ninth year, Do Division, the street shindig booked by Empty Bottle and House Call Entertainment, holds down the last weekend in May, really kicking off the summer festival season. Shopping is merely one diversion. The vendors' wares along Division Street are rivaled only by the excess of street-side eye candy—other pretty, young things who bring their sartorial A-game. This year, the music lineup includes UK psych-rockers Temples, noisy weirdo Tobacco and soulful, dapper rocker Nick Waterhouse. Also on tap: The Dodos, Peanut Butter Wolf, Crocodiles and more.

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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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