Annual Festivals in Chicago

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Chicago Festivals Overview

Lollapalooza 2018 - Music Festival | Concert in Chicago

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.

Videos of Chicago Festivals

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge @ Lollapalooza 2012
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge @ Lollapalooza 2012 94,609 views
Chicago Blues Festival 2012 ~ Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and others 722 views
Derrick Carter @ West Fest Chicago 2011 3,118 views
FND Dailies - Taste of Chicago 38,577 views
James Blake - CMYK (LIVE) @ Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 104,794 views
Ribfest Chicago - Northcenter Chamber of Commerce 6,750 views
North Coast Music Festival 2011 - Bassnectar, Common, Rusko, Benny Benassi 4,102 views
"Divisions" Live at North Coast Music Festival (video) 4,251 views
Diana Rein Original Till You Came Along Taste of Chicago 22,319 views
Animal Collective perform "Today's Supernatural" at Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 12,823 views
Chicago Jazz Festival 2011 845 views
Flosstradamus at WEST FEST {PARTYLINE-CHICAGO} 2,753 views
2011 Chicago Blues Festival - Eric Guitar Davis and the Troublemakers. 3,024 views
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Look Around @ Lollapalooza 2012 26,881 views
North Coast Music Festival 2011 - Recap 3,858 views
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy @ Lollapalooza 2012 60,749 views
Metric - Youth Without Youth @ Lollapalooza 2012 28,994 views
Grilly Brothers-Live At The 2010 Chicago Jazz 1,190 views
Cassandra Wilson at Chicago Jazz Festival 2011 1,438 views
Yellow Ostrich - Whale @ Lollapalooza 2012 13,215 views
Paper Diamond at North Coast Music Festival 2011 4,196 views
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