Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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12 panels to attend at Lake FX Summit + Expo

Take advantage of free music, art, fashion and food programming at this summit

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Bars

The best Chicago beer festivals

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

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Music

13 acts to see at Lollapalooza 2015

Find out who to catch on the biggest weekend of the summer music festival season

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Things to do

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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47 things opening in April

From Baconfest to C2E2, celebrate the arrival of spring at these top events

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Month-by-month calendars

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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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July 2015

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

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Full events calendar for Chicago

Upcoming Chicago festivals

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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Lake FX Summit + Expo

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the inaugural Lake FX Expo + Summit will give practicing artists and creative professionals a place to meet and learn more about their craft. The four-day conference will feature keynotes by industry leaders, workshops, networking opportunities and showcases of local music and film. Confirmed guests include Sire Records founder Seymour Stein and a Second City creative team. Registration for the free event will begin in January 2015.

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Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

In its seveth year, CIMMfest expands after last year's sprawling affair spread to venues like the Metro, Concord, Double Door, City Winery, the Logan, Subterranean, Hideout, Empty Bottle, Concord and Lincoln Hall. The array of music-themed movies is frankly overwhelming. We recommend seeking out the retrospective of British director Julien Temple, especially Absolute Beginners and The Filth and the Fury, his Bowie and Sex Pistols flicks, respectively. Also of note: Electronic-psych band Chandeliers performs a live score to trippy cult Hungarian cartoon Son of the White Mare. The Devo documentary looks interesting, too. Beyond that, happy hunting.

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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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C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

Celebrating its fifth year in Chicago, C2E2 brings a ton of comic book creators and some notable TV and movie stars to McCormick Place. If you hit the floor, you'll find costumed attendees mingling in a sea of comics, toys and assorted memorabilia. The event also offers a slate of panels, including another appearance by Stan Lee. If you want to nerd out for a weekend, this is the con you’re looking for. There is also a family headquarters complete with various shows, improv and more geared toward the younger set.

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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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