Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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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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Photos from Walker Stalker Con

Zombies invaded Navy Pier for this annual Walking Dead convention

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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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Photos from the Chicago Auto Show

We got an early look at the show's sweetest rides

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10 reasons why 2015 will be an epic year

In the next 12 months, Chicago will elect a mayor, welcome the NFL draft and christen a new elevated park

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Month-by-month calendars

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February 2015

The shortest month of the year is packed with some great events to check out

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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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Upcoming Chicago festivals

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Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

Stave off the winter blues inside the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center, where the greenhouses and gallery will be packed with more than 10,000 in-bloom orchids, featuring an array of hybrids. On Saturday and Sundays, the Orchid Marketplace allows you an opportunity to purchase the plants.

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Spring's imminent arrival takes the form of displays of flora at Navy Pier. Visitors can sit in on instructional seminars, walk through manicured gardens, purchase plant-related souvenirs at the market and obtain culinary tips from chefs at cooking demonstrations. The Kid's Activity Garden offers hands-on projects for kids, like learning how to plant seeds and grow vegetables.

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Chicago Irish Film Festival

Lads and lassies can celebrate Irish heritage a couple of weeks before St. Patrick's Day at this film festival. Film are screened at the Music Box and the Gallery Theatre during the fest, which includes an opening reception. Visit the festival's website for a schedule of screenings.

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Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago

Wizard World brings a new convention called Fan Fest to Rosemont, ahead of the company's annual Chicago Comic Con in August. The two-day event will feature comics, toys, video games and collectibles as well as a lineup of guests that includes Karen Gillan of Doctor Who and True Blood's Kristin Bauer. Prepare to bask in the glow of pop culture ephemera. 

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Thaw: A Night of Hot Ballyhoo

Links Hall's annual benefit party takes over Block 37, bringing art and live theater to the downtown mall. Guests will be treated to food and refreshments include dishes from Dutch-Indonesian pop-up restaurant The Rice Table and craft cocktails featuring CH Distillery, Koval, Rhine Hall Distillery and Tito's Vodka.

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Chicago Beer Festival

The brew fest returns to Union Station's Great Hall for two sessions of beer tasting. Attendees will receive 40 taste vouchers to sample spring seasonal beers from brewers like Moody Tongue, Local Option and Bucket List. Tickets won't be sold at the door, so be sure to buy one in advance.

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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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