Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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Valentine's Day ideas

Make the ultimate romantic gesture with our guide to gifts, dates and more

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January events calendar

Take a break from making resolutions and check out our list of the new year's bext events

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Photos: No Pants Subway Ride

Riders showed off their underwear on the CTA

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January festival calendar

It's a new year which means that it's time to hit the gym, finish writing your novel and then go to some festivals

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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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January 2015

Kick off the first month of 2015 at a music festival, an ice rink or sketch comedy show

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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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St. Patrick's Day parades and events

Begin March with a dose of Emerald Isle pride at these Irish events

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Full events calendar for Chicago

Upcoming Chicago festivals

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Chicago Restaurant Week

Get a deal at your favorite restaurants or try a new spot during Chicago Restaurant Week, when restaurants are offering $22 prix fixe lunches and $33 or $44 prix fixe dinners.

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International Kennel Club Dog Shows

A dog show is not only a platform for owners to prance around an arena with their perfectly groomed dogs, who eat better than most humans. The International Kennel Club Dog Show prides itself on educating the public about specific dog breeds and the best ways to care for them. If you're thinking about getting a dog, it's the perfect chance to do a little window shopping.

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Cider Summit Chicago

Cider lovers converge at Navy Pier for the annual Cider Summit, which brings together cider producers from around the world for a big tasting event. Sessions are held 11am-3pm and 4-8pm.

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Chicago Auto Show

Motorheads, here's your chance to check out what's new in the world of cars. At this annual showcase, close to 1,000 different vehicles will be on display, along with accessories, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and collector cars.

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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's Best WingFest

Each year, cooks from restaurants all over the city gather to fry up astronomical amounts of chicken wings and slather them in sauces at Chicago's Best WingFest. The hotly anticipated festival draws hundreds of hungry attendees, some of whom act as randomly selected judges in the search for the city's best wings. The festivities also include a wing eating contest, in which competitors try to inhale as many spicy chicken morsels as possible. All proceeds from the event benefit a variety of local charities.

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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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