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Events and Festivals in Chicago

Our year-round guide to the events and festivals in Chicago, from Lollapalooza to SketchFest and everything in-between

Concerts in Chicago in March 2018

Concerts in Chicago in March 2018

This month's slate of live music is already reminding us of days spent at summer music festivals

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This week's top events

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

After a year without street festivals, we'd settle for foamy, flat macrobrewed suds served in a plastic cup—but that's not what the Chicago Craft Beer...

West Loop
Navy Pier Fireworks

Navy Pier Fireworks

During the summer, one of the best aerial displays you'll find in Chicago originates from Navy Pier. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the...

Streeterville
El Jolgorio de Salsa y Más

El Jolgorio de Salsa y Más

Every Saturday through August, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is teaming up with businesses on Paseo Boricua (a section of Division Street) in...

Ukrainian Village
Art on theMART

Art on theMART

After taking most of the winter off, Art on theMart is back with another 25-story-tall video installation that takes over the side of the Merchandise Mart....

Upcoming Chicago festivals

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This week's best concerts in Chicago

Hideout Online

Hideout Online

Like most Chicago music venues, the Hideout is closed for the forseeable future, but the beloved local institution is keeping its music, comedy and other...

Lyric Opera Streaming On Demand

Lyric Opera Streaming On Demand

You may not be able to see a show at the Civic Opera House right now, but the Lyric Opera has made recording of some of its most famous shows available...

Jazzin’ on the Steps

Jazzin’ on the Steps

The South Side Jazz Coalition is hosting a series of free monthly jazz performances this summer on the steps of the St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Greater...

Greater Grand Crossing
Tuesdays on the Terrace

Tuesdays on the Terrace

After switching to virtual shows for the entirety of 2020, Tuesdays on the Terrace returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art's Anne and John Kern Terrace...

Streeterville

This week's best comedy shows in Chicago

The Lincoln Lodge

The Lincoln Lodge

Now housed in the space on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, the country's longest countinuously running independent comedy showcase continues every Friday...

Logan Square

The top Chicago music festivals

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines

LollapaloozaLollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

A sea of bros in neon tank tops flock to this massive EDM festival in Soldier Field

Riot Fest

Riot Fest

The punks invade Humboldt Park at this sprawling rock festival on the city's Northwest Side

North Coast

North Coast

Do your Labor Day plans include jam bands, hip-hop acts, DJs and glow sticks? You're probably a Coastie