Festivals in Chicago 2024

Cultural, arts & educational festivals in Chicago

The best things to do in the world include attending top-notch festivals in Chicago. Be it a rocking music festival or scrumptious food festival in Chicago, you will have a gala time of your life with a few of your close friends or your family. With the best of fun, entertainment, and food, the experience in festivals lets the enthusiasts immerse in the local culture and vibe. Ranging from the biggest outdoor beach parties to crazy music festivals, the festivals fall under various categories to suit everybody’s tastes. If you are looking for the best events and festivals in Chicago listed on one platform - we have you covered. Immerse yourself in the mega dance festivals, electrifying music festivals, theatre & film festivals, quirky local festivals and more with us!

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Date Event Venue
21 Sep 2024 8th Annual JSVFest - Jerk Seafood and Vegan Fest 1325 South Wabash Avenue, from/between 12th St./Roosevelt and 14th Street, , Chicago
07 Sep 2024 Taste of Chicago Food Festival Grant Park - Chicago
24 Aug 2024 2024 Chicago Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival (August 24) AE Whiskey Business, Chicago
29 Sep 2024 Warm Love Cool Dreams Festival - Sunday Salt Shed - Outdoor Fairgrounds, Chicago
26 Jul 2024 School of Rock All Stars Bottom Lounge, Chicago
08 Aug 2024 Windy City Comedy Festival The Den Theatre, Chicago
03 Aug 2024 Shoe Fest Brunch City Winery - Chicago
26 Jul 2024 Wicker Park Fest 2024 Chicago Red Hots and Billy Goats Milwaukee Avenue , Chicago
31 Aug 2024 ARC Music Festival - Saturday Union Park, Chicago
27 Sep 2024 Testament and Kreator Radius Chicago

Best Festivals In Chicago

The wind of festivals blows in every season in the Windy City! There are all types of festivals that make Chicagoans jump on their feet with happiness and, of course, music! Festivals in Chicago bring out the beautiful culture of the city, encouraging all the local and international artists and bringing everyone to the spotlight. Music festivals in Chicago are definitely in the limelight (because Chicago loves the Blues), but its food festivals, parties, street markets, cultural fests, and dance events are no less fun! Time to bring out that extrovert in you today at some of the best festivals in Chicago happening every year!

1) Lollapalooza

Consistently cheering up Chicagoans with extraordinary genres and music for the last 20 years, no doubt Lollapalooza is known to be the biggest music festival in Chicago! Nearly 400,000 attendees flock to Grant Park every August to enjoy the 4-day heavenly fest! Along with all the genres you like, there are all the best artists entertaining you year after year, making it a success!

2) Taste of Chicago

That foodie in you will not want to miss Taste of Chicago (not literally), one of the biggest food festivals in the world, happening annually in Chicago since 40 years. It has pop-up events throughout summer in different neighborhoods, although the main festival is in September in Grant Park. It isn’t just about food! You can experience live music, performances, community dance lessons, karaoke competitions, and so much more!

3) Chicago Blues Festival

There’s nobody out there who doesn’t know Chicago and music goes hand in hand! Standing strong on the bond, Chicago’s Blues Festival is FREE and the largest in the world. These four days in Millenium Park, with three stages set up across the park, will be the most happening time of the year! 35 performances and 250+ artists celebrate the city’s Blues Legacy together!

4) Chicago SummerDance

The Windy City grooves and learns all the dance moves this summer with Chicago SummerDance , the free outdoor series offering dance and movement lessons by professional instructors throughout June, July, August, and September. Along with dancing lessons, there will be a lot of creative activities and family-friendly entertainment! Tune in the rhythm of different dance styles and master the best moves of every style.

5) Northalsted Market Days

Since 1982, America’s first recognized gay village and a Chicago LGBTQ+ historic landmark has been celebrated with Northalsted Market Days ! For a weekend, this street festival fills the neighborhood with live music on five stages, 250+ vendors, exhibitions, drag performances, and more! Almost 100,000 people attend every year, making the street look like it is painted with rainbow colors and happiness!

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