Fair / Carnival / Festival
... more Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is an annual holiday celebration held from the beginning of December to mid-January on all of Navy Pier in Chicago. Navy Pier is located just northNavy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Festival / Holiday Event
... more ZooLights is an annual holiday celebration held from the end of November through the beginning on January at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1868, Lincoln Park ZooLincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Food & Drink Event / Festival
... more Christkindlmarket Chicago is an annual month-long holiday market spanning from around Thanksgiving to Christmas held in Daley Plaza. Located next to the Daley Center in the middleDaley Plaza
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
... more First established in 1989, the Rhinoceros Theater Festival is the longest running fringe festival in Chicago. The event lasts for over a month from January 10, 2015 through MarchProp Thtr
3502-04 Norther Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
... more Chicago hosts some of the biggest music festivals of the year, and while most of the city’s celebrations take place in the summer, TNK (Tomorrow Never Knows) keeps ChicagoThroughout the city
... more The Wakarusa Music Festival travels all across the country each winter in an ongoing quest to discover and showcase the best emerging bands and musicians. In Chicago, the festivalThe Abbey Pub & Grill
3420 West Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60618
As the third largest city in America, Chicago is home to countless festivals and parades throughout the year. So if you’re looking for great food, drinks, music, film, or the arts, there are few better places to celebrate them all than in the Windy City.
There are so many festivals in Chicago, that it would be tough to name them all. But for starters, the music festivals are truly second to none. Two of the biggest music festivals in the city, and really the country, are Lollapalooza and Pitchfork. Created in 1991, Lollapalooza posts up in Grant Park and hosts over 150,000 people over a three-day period and has featured every A-list artist on the planet. Pitchfork, meanwhile, has a more alternative bent and has hosted the likes of Bon Iver, The Hold Steady, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, and Vampire Weekend since 2005.
Of course you can’t forget the Chicago Blues and Chicago jazz festivals, which have featured the most legendary names in the business and continue to be the seminal festivals in America for both genres.
For food lovers, there’s nothing quite like Taste of Chicago. The world’s biggest food festival, Taste of Chicago is a ten day smorgasbord featuring 50+ vendors serving every kind of food imaginable.
If you’re looking for film or art, there are plenty of festivals to choose from as well from the Chicago International Film Festival to Art Chicago.
No matter what you’re looking for, there will never be a shortage of Chicago festivals to choose from. So bring your appetite, lawn chairs, picnic baskets or whatever else you need, because the Windy City festivals will have you staying awhile.