12 panels to attend at Lake FX Summit + Expo
Take advantage of free music, art, fashion and food programming at this summit
The best Chicago beer festivals
Taste new suds and meet the brewers behind them at these boozy celebrations
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Find out who to catch on the biggest weekend of the summer music festival season
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This week's top events
"Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies"
Presenting 44 works of art from the Kashmir valley, this exhibition of Buddhist art from Kashmir examines how works created between 7th and the 13th...
Hyde Park Handmade
A farmers' market and artisan bazaar, Hyde Park Handmade showcases the South Side's best farmers and the unique local goods made from neighborhood artists....
Embark on an Easter egg hunt, nerd out at C2E2 and enjoy April in the city
Summer is just around the corner and we've put together your celebration itinerary
Summer is finally here. Time to have some fun in the sun
Enjoy warm weather and hot days at outdoor events across the city
Upcoming Chicago festivals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concerts in Chicago
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...
#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment
The writers of this show posted 38 fake profiles on OKCupid and built this interactive comedy out of their actual dialogue and interactions. It's the perfect...
Whirled News Tonight
This weekly winner deserves its prime-time slot. Scenes are based on articles that audience members clip from the dailies and post to the wall.
The top Chicago music festivals
Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines
Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park turns into a hipster paradise at this indie-leaning summer festival
A sea of bros in neon tank tops flock to this massive EDM festival in Soldier Field
The punks invade Humboldt Park at this sprawling rock festival on the city's Northwest Side
Do your Labor Day plans include jam bands, hip-hop acts, DJs and glow sticks? You're probably a Coastie