Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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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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Blog

Lollapalooza headliners and lineup

Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine and Sam Smith headline the 11th annual Lolla Chicago

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Music

Ranking every Pitchfork lineup

See which year made the grade as we looked back on Chicago's favorite hipster fest

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43 exciting things opening in Chicago

From shopping cart races to flower shows, March is full of fun

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March events calendar

Spring is almost here (maybe?) and St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner

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Month-by-month calendars

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March 2015

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and get ready for the (eventual) end of the winter

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April 2015

Embark on an Easter egg hunt, nerd out at C2E2 and enjoy April in the city

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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

Summer is finally here. Time to have some fun in the sun

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Full events calendar for Chicago

Upcoming Chicago festivals

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Macy's Flower Show

Find bouquets, finely manicured gardens and more at this annual spring event at Macy's. 

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International Quilt Festival

Hundreds of vendors selling hundreds of quilts, fabrics, supplies, gifts, and anything else related to quilting can be found at the International Quilt Festival. The fest sets down for a three-day run that also includes mixed-media classes and an open studio where four artists will be working on individual projects simulanteously for observation.

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Movies

Chicago Latino Film Festival

In its 31st year, the venerable Latino Film Fest offers a wide selection of features, documentaries and shorts from throughout the Spanish-speaking world. For a full schedule of screenings, check out the festival's website.

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Chicago Taco Takedown

Get ready to stuff your face with meats wrapped in carbs at the Chicago Taco Takedown, where local chefs will attempt to create the ultimate version of this ubiquitous Mexican dish.

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Comedy

Chicago Improv Festival

The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival celebrates the art of "yes, and..." with a week of off-the-cuff performances at various venues, featuring local talent as well as national performers.

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The top Chicago music festivals

Music

Lollapalooza

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

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Music

Pitchfork Music Festival

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

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Music

Spring Awakening

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

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Music

Riot Fest

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

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Music

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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