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Festivals in Chicago

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!

Upcoming Festivals Events in Chicago

Ongoing

Chicago Opera Theater presents “The Scarlet Ibis”

Studebaker Theater , 410 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Sat Feb 16 2019 at 07:30 pm to Sun Feb 24 2019 at 03:00 pm

2019 West African Film Festival Events

Various locations , Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 19 2019 at 06:30 pm to Sat Feb 23 2019 at 02:00 pm

Snow Shoe '19: Old Shoe, Ben Miller Band, Allie Kral - 2/22

Chop Shop , 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647, Chicago, United States

Fri Feb 22 2019 at 08:00 pm to Sat Feb 23 2019 at 01:00 am

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TypeOneNation Summit - Illinois 2019

McCormick Place Convention Center , South Building - S100-S106, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
08:00 am to 03:00 pm

GetLifted Dance Fitness Festival Chicago 2019

Chop Shop2033 W North Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60647, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
08:00 am to 05:00 pm
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Engineering Fest 2019

Chicago Architecture Center , 111 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60601, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
09:30 am to 05:00 pm

Randolph Street Market - February 23 + 24

Chicago Antique Market Randolph Street , 1341 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
10:00 am to 05:00 pm

SCR Medical Transportation DRIVER Job Fair - SAME DAY HIRING EVENT!

8835 S Greenwood Ave , 8835 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
10:00 am to 02:00 pm

Found Footage Workshop

Chicago Filmmakers , 5720 N. Ridge Ave. (enter from Hollywood side), Chicago, Illinois 60660, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
10:00 am to 03:00 pm

BeadQuest 2019 - The TBOX Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Wrigleyville , Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
12:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival

Old Crow Wrigleyville , 3506 n Clark, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
12:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival

Old Crow Wrigleyville , 3506 n Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60657, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019 at 12:00 pm

2019 Chicago Winter Tequila Tasting Festival

TBA , Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

2019 Chicago Winter Tequila Tasting Festival

TBA , Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

2019 Chicago Winter Tequila Tasting Festival - V1

TBAChicago , Illinois 60654, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Tequila Festival

Chicago , Illinois, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

(Almost Sold Out) 2019 Chicago Winter Tequila Tasting Festival

Bottled Blonde Chicago , 504 N Wells St, Chicago, Illinois 60654, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

V3 - 2019 Chicago Winter Tequila Tasting Festival

Trophy Room , (170 W Ontario St), Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

1893 World’s Fair Tour with Bars

Inside the main lobby of Congress Plaza Hotel , 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago,, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
04:00 pm to 06:45 pm

Heavy Metal County Fair: 9th Annual Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Spudnik Press Cooperative , 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
05:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Saturday Night For Singles Presented by Relish Dating Chicago | Singles Events

Suite Lounge , 1446 North Wells Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Saturday Night | Relish Speed Dating | Chicago

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago , 127 West Huron Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

IN>TIME Performance Festival | Day 3

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Wacken Metal Battle: Chicago

Cobra Lounge , 235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60607, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019 at 07:00 pm to Sun Feb 24 2019 at 02:00 am

Saliva + Saving Abel Live in Chicago Acoustic

The Elbo Room , 2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
08:00 pm to 11:30 pm

IN>TIME Performance Festival | BadCo, Impossible Dances

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
08:00 pm to 11:00 pm

#2: Dave Maher New Comedy Show-in-Progress

Nox Arca Theatre , 4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
08:00 pm to 11:30 pm

International Contemporary Ensemble

Constellation , 3111 N. Western Avenue, CHICAGO, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019
08:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Thunder CLAP Rituals with Yousef ϟ

Chicago , Illinois, United States

Sat Feb 23 2019 at 11:55 pm to Sun Feb 24 2019 at 07:00 am

Tomorrow

SOLD OUT - R3HAB at Concord Music Hall

Concord Music Hall , 2047 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647, Chicago

Sun Feb 24 2019
05:00 am to 09:00 am

Feria del Tamal en Waukegan 2019

Belvidere Discount Mall1901-2499 Belvidere St , Waukegan, Illinois 60085, North Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Carga Publica

St Paul Catholic Church206 E 25th St , Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
09:00 am to 04:00 pm

Because justice isn't fair. Yet.

Chabad of Uptown , 1109 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Chopin IN the City - 2/24/2019 - 12 pm

Copernicus Center , 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60630, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
12:00 pm to 02:30 pm

Marianna Humetska: Chopin by Candlelight

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art , Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

KACC at U and I vs. Cancer Basketball Game & Concert (FREE with RSVP)

Credit Union 1 Arena UIC Pavilion , 525 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
01:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Painting The Wheel of the Year: Wheel Template 1 with Colleen Koziara

Life Force Arts Center , 1609 W Belmont, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

IN>TIME Performance Festival | Day 4

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Marina Cortes Calle: "The Rise of Fascism in Brazil: Ele Não / Not Him"

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Ensemble Dal Niente

Constellation , 3111 N. Western Avenue, CHICAGO, United States

Sun Feb 24 2019
08:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Feb 25 2019

$1 Food Festival - Old Town, Chicago

Chicago , United States

Mon Feb 25 2019 at 08:00 am to Fri Mar 08 2019 at 10:30 pm

MNEK with Tayla Parx & Raja Kumari at Lincoln Hall

2424 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, IL 60614-2415, United States

Mon Feb 25 2019
07:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Feb 26 2019

Big Data and Hadoop Administrator Classroom Training in Chicago, IL

Business Centre , Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL, United States

Tue Feb 26 2019 at 09:00 am to Fri Mar 01 2019 at 05:00 pm

Health and Wellness Fair

Prairie State College202 S Halsted St , Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411, United States

Tue Feb 26 2019
11:00 am to 03:00 pm

EVA1 Deep Dive Camera Intensive

AbelCine / CHI , 2602 West 16th Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 26 2019
05:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Chopin by Candlelight

Polish Museum of America , 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642, Chicago, United States

Tue Feb 26 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Feb 27 2019

2019 Education Job Fair

UIC Student Center East , Illinois Room , Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 27 2019
04:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Chicago Feminist Film Festival

Film Row Cinema , 1104 South Wabash, Chicago, Illinois 60605, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 27 2019
05:30 pm to 10:15 pm

Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne: Atlas Unlimited: Entr’acte

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts , 4 West Burton Place, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 27 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Speed Dating Night | Chicago Event For Singles | Speed Dating | Relish Event In Chicago

Concrete Cowboy Bar , 646 N Franklin St, Chicago, United States

Wed Feb 27 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Feb 28 2019

Monthly #FirstFridayFair Business, Data & Tech (Virtual Event) - Chicago (#ORD)

Virtual Event [Online Only] , Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 28 2019
11:00 am to 03:00 pm

UrbanLenz presends a RED CARPET premiere of "Miss Represent"

Music Box Theatre , 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 28 2019
06:00 pm to 10:00 pm

IN>TIME Performance Festival | Day 5

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 28 2019
07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

SHELTER ME : Opening Night Gala

Theater on the Lake , 2401 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 28 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Upstate, Bill Grady Band - Thu 2/28 at Martyrs'

Martyrs' , 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 28 2019 at 09:00 pm to Fri Mar 01 2019 at 12:00 am

POLY-THEIST, a one-man show at The Crowd Theater

The Crowd Theater , 3935 North Broadway, Chicago, United States

Thu Feb 28 2019
10:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Mar 01 2019

Opening Night Launch Parties (March 1@DIRTT)

DIRTT Environmental Solutions , 325 North Wells Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
05:30 pm to 10:00 pm

#TooTiredChicago: A Conversation on Mental Health and Photography

LATITUDE | Chicago , 1821 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Movement Revolution Dance Crew presents: "Opposites Attract 2019"

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bordao - Chicago Flamenco Festival

Instituto Cervantes , 31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Author Reading: Jaquanda Villegas & Jacinda Bullie, FILLINZ: PUT SOME RESPECT ON IT

Women & Children First , 5233 North Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Rhea Butcher @ Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall , 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019 at 07:30 pm to Sat Mar 02 2019 at 06:00 am

Rhea Butcher @ Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall , 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019 at 07:30 pm

Michael Brun

Chop Shop2033 W North Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60647, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
08:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Hippie Sabotage: Beautiful Beyond Tour

The Riviera Theatre , 4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019 at 09:00 pm to Sat Mar 02 2019 at 12:00 am

Matt Braunger with Guest at Schubas

3159 N Southport Ave , Chicago, IL 60657-3226, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019 at 09:00 pm to Sat Mar 02 2019 at 12:00 am

THE HOLY FAIL Midwest Premier + MY FUTURE SELF short film

The Logan Theatre , 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019
09:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Nora En Pure at Sound-Bar Chicago

Sound-Bar , 226 W Ontario St, Chicago, Illinois 60654, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 01 2019 at 10:00 pm to Sat Mar 02 2019 at 04:00 am

Mar 02 2019

JOB/CAREER FAIR VIPKID COACHING: MAKE $22/HR FROM HOME - NEED BACHELORS CHI

444 North Michigan Avenue , 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
09:00 am to 12:30 pm

Back on My Feet Mardi Gras Chaser 5/10K presented by @financial

Montrose Harbor , 601 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60613, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Teen Opportunity Fairs 2019

Chicago Park District541 N Fairbanks Ct , Chicago, Illinois 60611, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Young Filmmakers Contest Winner Screenings + Awards (March 2 @Gene Siskel Center)

Gene Siskel Film Center , 164 North State Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
12:00 pm to 01:30 pm

The Carnivore's Dilemma (March 2 @Loretto)

Loretto Hospital , 645 South Central Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
12:00 pm to 02:30 pm

The Chicago Mardi Gras Festival - BeadQuest 2019

Wrigleyville , Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
12:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Movement Revolution Dance Crew presents: "Opposites Attract 2019"

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Holy (un)Holy River (March 2 @Chicago Temple)

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple , 77 West Washington Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Devil in the White City M**der Castle of H.H. Holmes Tour

Chicago Hauntings Tours , 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

RiverBlue (March 2 @Columbia College Music Center)

The Music Center of Columbia College Chicago , 1014 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
03:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Home (March 2 @Jackson Park)

Jackson Park Fieldhouse , 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
03:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Saturday Singles Event | Speed Dating in Chicago | Presented by Relish Speed Dating

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago , 127 W Huron St, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Saturday Singles Event Presented by Relish Speed Dating

SUITE lounge , 1446 North Wells Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Saturday Relish Speed Dating in Chicago

Suite Lounge , 1446 North Wells Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

The Human Element (March 2 @St. Clement Parish School)

Saint Clement School , 2524 North Orchard Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
06:30 pm to 09:00 pm

I'm With Her with Mipso @ Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall , 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019 at 07:00 pm to Sun Mar 03 2019 at 06:00 am

Cocktails & Humor: A Stand Up Comedy Showcase

CH Distillery and Cocktail Bar , 564 West Randolph Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Andy Frasco & The U.N. w/ Wild Adriatic [at] Martyrs', 3/2

Martyrs' , 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019 at 08:30 pm to Sun Mar 03 2019 at 01:30 am

TRADITION U.S. Premier + A DECENT PROPOSAL short film

The Logan Theatre , 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019
09:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Mass Relay w/ The Orcastrator + more at Bourbon on Division

Bourbon on Division2050 W Division St , Chicago, Illinois 60622, United States

Sat Mar 02 2019 at 10:00 pm to Sun Mar 03 2019 at 02:30 am

Mar 03 2019

Birders: The Central Park Effect (March 3 @St. Benedict the African)

St. Benedict the African Parish , 6550 South Harvard Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
11:00 am to 01:00 pm

The Guardians (March 3 @Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum , 2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
12:00 pm to 02:30 pm

Movement Revolution Dance Crew presents: "Opposites Attract 2019"

Links Hall , 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

THE SILVER BRANCH U.S. Premier + PIGEONS of DISCONTENT short film

Society For Arts : Gallery Theatre , 1112 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

The Human Element: A One Earth Film Festival event

Museum of Science and Industry , 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
01:00 pm to 04:30 pm

Call of the Forest (March 3 @St. James Church)

St. James Church , 19 E. 29th St., Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
01:30 pm to 03:30 pm

Dirt Rich (March 3 @Windsor Park Lutheran Church)

Windsor Park Lutheran Church , 2619 East 76th Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 03 2019
02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Festivals in Chicago

The third most populous city of the United States packs in the ultimate festivals of all time and is one of the most sought destinations for festivals ranging from Chicago music festivals, Chicago street festivals, Chicago art festival, Chicago lights festival to Chicago fall festivals. You will never run out of things to do in Chicago, the city of countless festivals which attracts a tumultuous crowd throughout the year.


Music festivals in Chicago

The city of Chicago, famed for its unparalleled music festivals hosts the World Music Festival every year. With a footfall of over 650,000 each year and more than 650 celebrated artists, this multiple location eleven-day music fest attracts melomaniacs from all over the globe.   Lollapalooza is Chicago's largest music festival hosting an estimated 100,000 music fanatics each day from all over the world. Presenting 180 plus renowned artists, delicacies from local restaurants and non-stop supply of beer, this is the best summer festival to watch out for in Chicago. This city, otherwise known as the “Blue Capital”, is home to the largest free blues festival in the world, the Chicago Blues Festival and is also one of Chicago’s top music festivals that brings forth the best blues artists in the music world. 

For the music lovers out there, searching for music from their favourite bands, all-time legendary artists and mainstream performers, you are at the right place if you are at the Pitchfork Music Festival which is an annual event held at Union Park. The annual Chicago Jazz Festival celebrates legendary jazz artists and contemporary improvisers. This free concert is held at Chicago Culture Centre and Millennium Park and also visits local music venues. North Coast Music Festival held at Union Park is the perfect Chicago music festival for EDM lovers.


Film Festivals of Chicago

Owing to Chicago’s long and acclaimed cinematic history ranging from Charlie Chaplin to The Big Sick, the most prestigious and glamorous film festivals are befittingly held in Chicago itself. The Chicago International Film festival which is the longest-running film festival of North America welcomes coveted artists and filmmakers every year and showcases 150 films from over 50 countries. The Chicago Underground film festival, the oldest underground film festival of Chicago brings the spotlight on some of the most talented independent filmmakers each year. The Chicago Latino Film Festival showcases the best 100 Latin films of social and cultural significance from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. 


Street and Food Festivals of Chicago 

The largest food festival of Chicago and the world, flaunting the diversity in the nation’s food culture is the Taste of Chicago festival held at Grant Park. The mouthwatering dishes served here are accompanied by music and other fun activities for a splendid weekend with your gang or family. Speaking of food, how can one forget the popular Chicago food truck festival in Chicago? The notable ones include Pilsen Food Truck Social which offers sample tickets for tasting before eating and the Chicago Food Truck Fest which boasts the most diverse food truck menu with fifty-something trucks to fulfil every craving. The Randolph Street Market Festival of Chicago held from May to September is one of its kind with more than a hundred vendors gathering under one roof to sell antiquities like houseware, furniture, vintage clothes, kitchenware and jewellery. The fest is complemented by a food market and a beer garden. The famous Do-Division Street Fest packs two live stages, unlimited food, a variety of local vendors with a ceaseless supply of beer and a separate family fun fest area. This festival showcases the Do fashion and local designers and DJ events. 


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