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Festivals, Fairs & Special Events


Chicago Cultural Center Presents

Discover the free visual art and performance programs presented at the Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and its partners.
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March 1-2, 2013

Creative Chicago Expo

The 10th Creative Chicago Expo is an annual resource fair that connects Chicago's creative community - Workshops, Resources, Information and Networks for Chicago’s creative community. Professional development for music, dance, theater, design, visual arts, film, fashion and more.
Chicago Cultural Center
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May 4, 2013

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid.
Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park
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May 25, 2013

Chicago Memorial Day Parade

The Chicago Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
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Millennium Park Music Series

Free music taking place at Millennium Park all summer long starting with the cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series Downtown Sound, followed by Loops and Variations, a series of six concerts that mix new music with electronica and closing out the summer is the acclaimed Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series, which showcases jazz with a distinctively Chicago flavor on six separate nights, culminating in the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
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Chicago Neighborhood Festivals

More than 400 neighborhood festivals take place in Chicago each year, showcasing the city's ethnic customs, music and food.
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Chicago Farmers Markets

Chicago's Farmers Markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago.
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June 6-9, 2013

Chicago Blues Festival

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals.
Grant Park
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June 10-14, 2013

Chicago Bike Week

A celebration of Chicago’s commitment to become more bicycle friendly and environmentally conscious.
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June 14, 2013

Bike to Work Rally

Ditch the car and choose the economic and healthy alternative by becoming a bike commuter. Join fellow cyclists, local media, cycling groups, Goose Island Beer Company and the City of Chicago on Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Daley Plaza
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June 20-23, 2013

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival will return in 2013 with performances taking place in multiple locations throughout Chicago.
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June 27-September 15, 2013

Chicago SummerDance

For eleven weeks each summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. The series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
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July 10-14, 2013

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family.
Grant Park
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July 13, 2013

Race to Taste

A 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk to the Taste of Chicago.
Grant Park
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August 2-4, 2013


Annual three-day musical festival
Grant Park
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August 17-18, 2013

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America.
North Avenue Beach
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August 29-September 1, 2013

Chicago Jazz Festival

The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals. For the past 35 years, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition.
Cultural Center, Millennium Park & Grant Park
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September 12-22, 2013

World Music Festival

Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the city-wide, multi-venue, eight-day World Music Festival features acclaimed musicians from countries around the world.
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September 20, 2013

Chicago Music Summit

The Chicago Music Summit is a NEW program presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to shine a spotlight on Chicago’s vibrant music scene and connects musicians and entrepreneurs with local, national, and international industry professionals. Featuring panels, networking events, and concerts, the Chicago Music Summit provides free professional development and showcase opportunities for professionals working in all sectors and genres.


March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Time Begins, U.S & Canada

March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

March 20, 2013

Spring Equinox

March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday

March 26, 2013

Jewish Passover (Pesach)

March 29, 2013

Good Friday (Holiday in Canada)

March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2013

Easter Monday (Holiday in Canada)

May 5, 2013

Orthodox Easter Sunday

May 5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo

May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

May 20, 2013

Victoria Day, Canada

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day, U.S

June 14, 2013

Flag Day, U.S.

June 16, 2013

Father's Day

June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice

June 24, 2013

St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

July 1, 2013

Canada Day, Canada

July 4, 2013

Independence Day, U.S

August 5, 2013

Civic Holiday, Canada

September 2, 2013

Labor Day, U.S

September 2, 2013

Labour Day, Canada

September 5, 2013

Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah

September 8, 2013

Grandparent's Day

September 14, 2013

Yom Kippur

September 22, 2013

Fall Equinox

October 14, 2013

Columbus Day, U.S

October 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Day, Canada

October 31, 2013


November 3, 2013

Daylight Savings Time Ends, U.S & Canada

November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day, U.S

November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day, Canada (Alberta)

November 20, 2013

Canada's National Child Day

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day, U.S

November 28-December 5, 2013


December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice

December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve, U.S & Canada

December 25, 2013

Christmas Day, U.S & Canada

December 26, 2013

Boxing Day, Canada

December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

January 1, 2014

New Year's Day, U.S & Canada

January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed)

February 12, 2014

Lincoln's Birthday, U.S

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

February 17, 2014

President's Day, U.S (Observed)

February 17, 2014

Family Day, Canada (Alberta)

February 22, 2014

Washington's Birthday, U.S

March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday - Orthodox Lent Begins