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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

Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket

After going virtual in 2020, the iconic German-inspired holiday market at Daley Plaza returns to Chicago this year for just over a month of Christmassy...

Loop
Light Up the Lake

Light Up the Lake

Too cold outside? Navy Pier brings all of the winter fun indoors, filling its gigantic 170,000-square-foot Festival Hall with a regulation-size Alpine ice...

Streeterville
Art on theMART

Art on theMART

Projecting a 25-story-tall video installation on the side of the Merchandise Mart, Art on theMart's holiday program includes works by Chicago teens,...

City of Chicago Christmas Tree

City of Chicago Christmas Tree

Every year, Millennium Park is adorned with an epic Christmas tree that remains on display until the beginning of the new year. The larger-than-life...

Millennium Park

Upcoming Chicago festivals

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This week's best concerts in Chicago

Full Bush

Full Bush

The music of English singer-songwriter Kate Bush (best known for singles like "Wuthering Heights" and "Running Up That Hill") is adapted for the stage...

North Center
Whitney

Whitney

Holiday season shows in Chicago have become something of a tradition for folk rock outfit Whitney. This year, the band is performing no less than five shows...

Lake View
Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Much of the latest Kings of Leon record, When You See Yourself, sounds like a band at odds with its identity, attempting to balance its pop ambitions with...

Uptown
Juice WRLD Day

Juice WRLD Day

SoundCloud rapper-turned-hip-hop sensation Juice WRLD passed away at the end of 2019 when he was only 21 years old, but the Chicago-born artist's legacy has...

United Center

This week's best comedy shows in Chicago

The Paper Machete

The Paper Machete

This weekly “live magazine” is a cavalcade of culture, politics and wit featuring journalists, actors, comedians and musicians offering...

Uptown
Cole's Comedy Open Mic

Cole's Comedy Open Mic

Since 2009, funny folks have tried new material (or tried stand-up for the first time) at Cole’s, where a typically friendly crowd makes it a welcoming...

Logan Square
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

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