Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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Where to watch 4th of July fireworks

We rounded up the best palces to see explosions in the sky in the city and the suburbs

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Photos: Chicago Pride Parade

The mood in Boystown was extra celebratory following Friday's Supreme Court decision

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Chicago summer festivals guide

From May through September, we've got your weekend covered

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11 acts to see at Pitchfork Music Festival

There's a great variety of lovable pop and rock acts slated to hit Union Park

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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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Month-by-month calendars

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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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September 2015

Have a case of the summertime blues? Cheer up, because fall is just as great

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Upcoming Chicago festivals

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Eyes to the Skies Festival

In Lisle, the Fourth of July features plenty of airborne eye candy, including fireworks and hot air balloons. On July 2-4, balloons launch daily at 5:30am and 6:30pm, filling the sky with colorful inflatables of all shapes and sizes. In the evening, the balloons come down and the fireworks begin. Attendees can also check out the festival's carnival, kids area, live music and craft fair.

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Naperville Ribfest

For more than two decades, this pork party has been serving up grilled grub along with rock- and country-flavored tunes. On July 4th, the evening concludes with a firework display at 9:30pm—just show up after 7:30pm to enter free of charge.

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African Caribbean International Festival of Life

Get together and feel all right at the 23rd annual African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Union Park. The festivities promote cultural awareness with a weekend full of reggae, dancing, soccer, art and delicious Afro-Caribbean food. Tessanne Chin, winner of The Voice, will perform, as will "Flex" man Mad Cobra and dancehall DJ Josey Wales.  

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Windy City Ribfest

Flew your jaw muscles and stretch that waistline at this seventh annual 'cue fest in Uptown during Fourth of July weekend. Expect plenty of ribs and some live music, including national acts and regional cover bands.

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Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic

Chicago is known for the blues music that used to fill South Side clubs, but its also the birthplace of modern house music. Each July, a group of house DJs that formed in the late '70s called the Chosen Few reunite to spin some records at this annual music festival. The party goes down in Jackson Park, where you'll be able to pack a picnic lunch and get your groove on with 40,000 other fans.

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Taste of Chicago

Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago's street fare. Hopefully what you gain in weight, you'll lose from your wallet. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, rainbow cone or deep dish pizza.

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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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