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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This week's top events

Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres

The Siskel Center's annual showcase of documentary premieres including Compass Cabaret 55, This May Be the Last Time and The Immortalists. The full film...

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Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

Kids fend for themselves in an endearing adolescent fantasy/nightmare scenario

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Red, White & Blaine

Waiting for Guffman fans rejoice! The homage to Blaine, Missouri, as featuring in Christopher Guest's 1996 comedy is coming to iO, including songs and scenes...

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Baby Wants Candy

The long-running masters of musical improv regularly feature rising comic talent, with alumni of the Chicago company including Aidy Bryant, Seth Meyers and...

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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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Upcoming Chicago festivals

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Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

The inaugural Chicago Puppet Festival welcomes puppeteers from across the globe to the city for 12 days of symposiums, workshops and shows. Each event is individually ticketed, taking place at venues like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall and the Field Museum. A detailed schedule of shows and events can be found on the festival's website.

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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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Concerts in Chicago

Chicago Psych Fest VI

Melt your face and mind with this heavy dose of local psychedelia merchants. In its sixth year, the underground festival brings darkwave delight Circuit des...

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Cold War Kids

Praise indie purism all you like, but few bands make music designed to lessen fame and lose money. So perhaps we should give Cold War Kids a break for going...

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Alex G

Until lately Alex Giannascoli was just another English major at Temple University in his home town of Philadelphia. But now his cracked, home-recorded,...

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Bone Thugs N Harmony + Crucial Conflict + Twista + Do or Die

The three titans of '90s Chicago hip-hop (who are not named Common) team up with the gangsta doo-wop of Bone Thugs for a killer flashback to the...

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Comedy events

Red, White & Blaine

Waiting for Guffman fans rejoice! The homage to Blaine, Missouri, as featuring in Christopher Guest's 1996 comedy is coming to iO, including songs and scenes...

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Baby Wants Candy

The long-running masters of musical improv regularly feature rising comic talent, with alumni of the Chicago company including Aidy Bryant, Seth Meyers and...

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The Blue Show

If you miss the adult language in the usual ComedySportz match, than this is the show for you. Especially for the 18 and over crowd, this is improv is...

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Heraldo: The Spanish Harold

Experience iO's classic long-form improvisation, performed entirely in Spanish.

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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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