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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!

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Sat Mar 16 2019 at 09:00 am to Sat Apr 20 2019 at 01:00 pm Book Tickets

Chicago Flower & Garden Show FLOWERTALES: The Story Grows On

Navy Pier , 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, United States

Wed Mar 20 2019 at 10:00 am to Sun Mar 24 2019 at 06:00 pm

My House Music Festival Spring Fundraiser

Zhou B Art Center , 1029 West 35th Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 22 2019 at 09:00 pm to Sat Mar 23 2019 at 01:00 am

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2019 WOMAN UP! Taking the Fear out of Entrepreneurship

Chicago South Loop Hotel , 11 West 26th Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
09:00 am to 12:00 pm

WFG Midway Career Fair

WFG Midway Business Center , 4425 West 63rd Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
09:00 am to 03:00 pm
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Conscious Light: Documentary Film on Adi Da Samraj - Chicago, IL

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

Sat Mar 23 2019
12:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Inagural Community Healing Fair

The Port Ministries , 5017 South Hermitage Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
12:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Spring Equinox Fair

The Chakra Shoppe , 5034 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
12:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Global Connections: Holi

Aon Grand Ballroom , 840 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

2019 Percy Grainger Festival

Chicago Symphony Center , 220 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
01:30 pm to 04:30 pm

World Premiere of "No Easy Target: A Star Wars Fan Film"

Otherworld Theatre Performance Venue and Bar , 3914 North Clark Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Rudolph Ganz Festival 2019

Newberry Library , 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
02:30 pm to 04:00 pm

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

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

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

MyCheekyDate Speed Dating in Chicago | Saturday Night Event | Fancy A Go?

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

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

Who Do You Relish? | Saturday Night Event | Relish Speed Dating in Chicago

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

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

Idan Raichel - Piano & Songs

City Winery Chicago , 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60607, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
07:00 pm to 07:01 pm

Roots & Wings: Healing Performance with Life Force Arts Ensemble

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

Sat Mar 23 2019
07:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Film Screening of the El Jugador de Ajedres/The Chess Player

Loyola University , 6511 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

HOLI 2019 - Annual Color Party

Joe's on Weed St. , 940 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019 at 10:00 pm to Sun Mar 24 2019 at 04:00 am Book Tickets

HOLI - Chicago's Only Late Night Indoor Color Party

Joe's on Weed St. , 940 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 23 2019 at 10:00 pm to Sun Mar 24 2019 at 04:00 am

Tomorrow

Sun Mar 24 2019
04:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Mary Mack

@North Bar , 1637 West North Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 24 2019
07:30 pm to 10:30 pm

From the Heart of the Orchestra

Ganz Hall , Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 24 2019
08:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Mar 25 2019

Big Data and Hadoop Administrator Certification Training in Chicago, IL

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

Mon Mar 25 2019 at 09:00 am to Fri Mar 29 2019 at 05:00 pm

A Love Letter to Myself: A Chicago Variety Show

Revolution Brewing , 2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, United States

Mon Mar 25 2019
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Speed Dating in Chicago | Singles Event Night | Hosted by MyCheekyDate Speed Dating

Juniper Spirits | The Claridge House , 1244 N Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, United States

Mon Mar 25 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Speed Dating in Chicago | Singles Event Night in Chicago | Hosted by MyCheekyDate Speed Dating

Juniper Spirits | The Claridge House , 1244 N Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, United States

Mon Mar 25 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mar 26 2019

Mather Pre-Job Fair Training Workshop

Mather High School , 5835 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Mar 26 2019
03:30 pm to 05:00 pm

Booking a Small, Regional Tour

2112 , 4245 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, United States

Tue Mar 26 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Uppers & Downers Cocktail Competition

Saint Lou's Assembly , 664 West Lake Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Mar 26 2019
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Ry X 'In The Round' @ Thalia Hall

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

Tue Mar 26 2019 at 07:30 pm to Wed Mar 27 2019 at 06:00 am

Mar 27 2019

Wed Mar 27 2019
02:30 pm to 03:00 pm

YOB and Voivod with Amenra @ Thalia Hall

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

Wed Mar 27 2019 at 06:00 pm

YOB and Voivod with Amenra @ Thalia Hall

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

Wed Mar 27 2019 at 07:00 pm to Thu Mar 28 2019 at 06:00 am

Marcella Arguello

clockWednesday , March 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM CDT, Chicago, United States

Wed Mar 27 2019
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Reyna Tropical y Zemmoa

National Museum of Mexican Art , 1852 W. 19 St., Chicago, United States

Wed Mar 27 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Chicago MyCheekyGayDate | Lesbian Speed Dating

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

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

Mar 28 2019

3rd Annual City-Wide Job/Career Fair

United Center - East Atrium , 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Mar 28 2019
10:00 am to 02:00 pm

Social Snacks & EvolveHer Present: A SXSW Debrief

EvolveHer , 358 West Ontario Street, Chicago, United States

Thu Mar 28 2019
11:00 am to 01:00 pm

2019 Navy Pier Job Fair

Navy Pier: Crystal Gardens , 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Mar 28 2019
03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Wilbur Wright College Spring 2019 Open House

Wilbur Wright College , 4300 N. Narragansett Ave, Chicago, United States

Thu Mar 28 2019
05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Opening Night Gala: Noche Cubana

AMC River East , Chicago, United States

Thu Mar 28 2019
05:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Robert Glasper Trio

City Winery Chicago , 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60607, Chicago, United States

Thu Mar 28 2019
06:00 pm to 06:01 pm

HOW TO DO ANYTHING: A Book Launch and Demonstration

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

Thu Mar 28 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Mar 29 2019

Spring Job Fair - Open to Public

Franciscan Fitness Center , 100 W 197th Place, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411, Chicago Heights, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
08:00 am to 11:00 am

Chicago Quilt Festival Bus

The Quilter's Trunk , 10352 S Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60643, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
08:00 am to 04:30 pm

BYOB-Be Your Own Boss: Lawndale Women's Roundtable on Economic Security

New Covenant Community Development Corporation , 3936 West Roosevelt Road, 2nd Floor, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
11:30 am to 01:30 pm

WhiskyFest Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago , 151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
04:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Visionaries Panel: The present is female.

The Shops at North Bridge , 520 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Uppers & Downers: Chef Charity Dinner

Tack Room , 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

CHICAGO FLAMENCO BEAT @ PianoForte Studios

PianoForte Studios , 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Fri Mar 29 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Werks w/ Chachuba [at] Martyrs', 3/29

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

Fri Mar 29 2019 at 07:30 pm to Sat Mar 30 2019 at 12:30 am

Mar 30 2019

Urban Permaculture

Genius Loci Permaculture , 450 N Leavitt St, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
10:00 am to 04:00 pm

Summer Camp & Resources Fair 2019

The Oakwood Center , 3825 S. Vincennes, Chicago, Illinois 60653, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
12:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Windy City Job Fair

Chicago Education Center , 205 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Kids Holi Celebration

Bubbles Academy , 2184 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60614, Chicago, United States

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

Summer Camp and Resource Fair 2019

Oakwood Community Center , 3825 South Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
01:00 pm to 05:00 pm

FRESH INK: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy

826CHI , 1276 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Andersonville Kids Camp Fair

Chicago Waldorf School , 5200 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Saturday Singles Event | Speed Dating Night in Chicago | Hosted by Relish Speed Dating

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

Sat Mar 30 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Saturday Event Night | Singles Dating in Chicago | Hosted by MyCheekyDate Speed Dating

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

Sat Mar 30 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

MyCheekyDate Speed Dating Event in Chicago | Saturday Night | As Seen on VH1 and NBC!

Juniper Spirits | The Claridge House , 1244 N Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Saturday Night for Singles | Chicago Event | Hosted by Relish Speed Dating

Juniper Spirits | The Claridge House , 1244 N Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Astrid Hadad: “I Am Made In Mexico”

National Museum of Mexican Art , 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Spring Crush

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago , 100 S Morgan, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Astrid Hadad: “I Am Made in Mexico”

National Museum of Mexican Art , 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 2019
07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Prateek Kuhad, Elephant Micah

Sleeping Village , 3734 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60618, Chicago, United States

Sat Mar 30 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 Mar 30 2019
08:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Mar 31 2019

Developmental Differences Resource Fair

Depaul College prep , 3633 W California, Chicago, Illinois 60618, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 31 2019
09:00 am to 01:00 pm

Uppers & Downers Hangover Party

Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería , 904 West Randolph Street, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 31 2019
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

2019 Miss AmericaNation Grand Event

Lake Shore Cafe , 4900 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, United States

Sun Mar 31 2019
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Apr 01 2019

Chicago Dance Month Kickoff Celebration 2019

Chicago Cultural Center , 78 E Washington St, Chicago, United States

Mon Apr 01 2019
04:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Apr 02 2019

Alumni UPM USA - Career Fair Access and Networking - Alumnos NO UPM

Hermann Hall , 3241 South Federal Street, Chicago, United States

Tue Apr 02 2019
10:00 am to 08:30 pm

LEAP Math Mixer: Personalized Learning with Educators and Edtechs

Marshall's Landing , 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, United States

Tue Apr 02 2019
04:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Literaturlenz: Pierre Jarawan G, Gianna Molinari CH, Laura F

Goethe-Institut Chicago , 150 N Michigan Ave Ste 200, Chicago, Illinois 60601, Chicago, United States

Tue Apr 02 2019
05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Chicago Arts Community Mixer

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

Tue Apr 02 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Gay Men Speed Dating in Chicago | MyCheeky GayDate Singles Events

Suite Lounge , 1446 N Wells St, Chicago, United States

Tue Apr 02 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 03 2019

Chicago Job Fair - April 3, 2019 Career Fairs

Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop , 733 West Madison Street, Chicago, United States

Wed Apr 03 2019
11:00 am to 02:00 pm

MyCheekyDate Speed Dating | Speed Dating in Chicago | Singles Event

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

Wed Apr 03 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Speed Dating in Chicago | Singles Event Night | Relish Speed Dating

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

Wed Apr 03 2019
08:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 04 2019

Chicago Independent Film Festival | Passes

1104 S Wabash Ave , 1104 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019 at 04:00 pm to Sun Apr 07 2019 at 02:00 pm

Fair Trade Spring Social

HHP , 329 West 18th Street Chicago, Suite 714, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019
05:30 pm to 08:00 pm

CHI COMEDY FILM FEST and CHI INDIE FILM FEST| Passes

Columbia College , 1104 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019 at 06:00 pm to Sun Apr 07 2019 at 09:00 pm

International TEFL Academy Teach Abroad Film Festival

Davis Theater , 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019
06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Reading with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria

Goethe-Institut Chicago , 150 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

International TEFL Academy's Teach Abroad Film Festival

Davis Theater , Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

IN>TIME Performance, Vlatka Horvat: Third Hand

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

Thu Apr 04 2019
07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Mdou Moctar

The Empty Bottle , 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019 at 07:30 pm

Travel & Teach Abroad Film Festival 2019 - CHICAGO

Davis Theater , Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019
07:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Mdou Moctar @ The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle , 1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, United States

Thu Apr 04 2019 at 08:30 pm to Fri Apr 05 2019 at 06:00 am

Apr 05 2019

2019 Youth Connections Summit

Malcolm X College , 1900 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, United States

Fri Apr 05 2019
09:30 am to 03:00 pm

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

Virtual Event [Online Only] , Chicago, United States

Fri Apr 05 2019
11:00 am to 03:00 pm

Sound Meditation

PAGODA RED , 1740 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, United States

Fri Apr 05 2019
05:00 pm to 06:00 pm

CHI COMEDY FILM FEST | Dinner and a Film Festival Shorts Program| 6:30pm

Columbia College | Room 402 | 4th Floor , 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, United States

Fri Apr 05 2019
06:30 pm to 07:40 pm

Nils Frahm Chicago

Symphony Center220 S Michigan Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60604, United States

Fri Apr 05 2019
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Gathering The Nations Under His Wings

Chicago City Life Center , 5501 S LaSalle St, Chicago

Fri Apr 05 2019 at 07:30 pm to Sat Apr 06 2019 at 01:00 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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