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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Full events calendar for Chicago

Upcoming Chicago festivals

Chicago Craft Beer Week

The annual event from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild brings the Chicago beer community together for 11 days of tastings, tappings, dinners and other beer-focused events at locations all over the city. The schedule, with more events than you can possibly attend, will be released in April.

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Summer Camp Music Festival

Sip on some bug juice and be your own counselor as you spend three days in an outdoor park with the jammy sounds of Umphrey's McGee, Moe and Widespread Panic more than a hundred other bands on six stages. Steve Miller Band and Paul Oakenfold also top the bill at this crunchiest of regional fests. Gates open for a pre-party at noon on Thursday and don't shut till the fest is over. Bean burritos and dank available in the parking lot (probably).

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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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Welles Park Craft Beer Fest

Chicago Craft Beer Week moves its closing festivities from the West Loop to Lincoln Square for the inaugural Welles Park Craft Beer Fest. More than 60 breweries will be participating in the event, pouring samples for attendees during the four-hour event. If you find yourself in need of something to soak up the plentiful suds, fear not! Food vendors will be on hand to provide you with a snack. 

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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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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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