Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best upcoming festivals and events in Chicago

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Photos: C2E2

Stormtroopers, superheroes and more showed up for Chicago's nerdiest weekend

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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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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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Bars

The best Chicago beer festivals

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

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Blog

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

Sport and fitness

NFL Draft Town

Even if you can't get inside the NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre, fans will still be able celebrate their favorite teams at Draft Town in Grant Park. This free event will feature flag football competitions, a skydive simulator, a Super Bowl memorabilia museum and a bar serving up adult beverages. All 32 NFL teams will have houses where fans can gather and purchase exclusive merchandise.

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Cinco De Mayo Festival

Yes, it takes place on the Uno, Dos and Tres of Mayo, but no Cinco celebration is more authentic than the fete in Little Village. The kiddies can ride live ponies and carnival attractions, and there's food, arts, crafts and music in this massive celebration of Mexican culture in the Midwest.

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Chicago Zine Fest

Don't you miss the feeling of Kinkos ink on your fingertips? Chicago Zine Fest is an annual celebration of DIY publications, which kicks off with a series of panels at Access Living. On Saturday, 200+ zinesters show off their homemade soul at Plumber's Union Hall. Kids, this is what blogging used to look like.

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American Beer Classic

Enjoy the best of American beer and sample brews from the more than 30 participating breweries, including local standbys and national favorites, at this Solider Field beer festival. After sipping the 200 plus beers, you can be the judge for the event's best drink by downloading an app and voting for the MVB (Most Valuable Brew).

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Chicago Critics Film Festival

In its third year, this festival, created by the Chicago Film Critics Association, features undistributed gems and fest favorites. Notable screenings include the dark Irish drama Clavary, Jenny Slate's raunchy comedy Obvious Child and the Mike Myers-directed doc Supermensch. See the festival's website for indiviudal screening information.

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Movies

Chicago Underground Film Festival

Watch independent and experimental films from local and international filmmakers during this weeklong film fest at the Logan Theatre. After the credits roll, join nightly afterparties and live concerts. See the festival's website for a full schedule.

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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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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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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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