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Events in Chicagoland

Chicago Events

There is never a dull season in Chicago as every holiday is celebrated with lively enthusiasm that reflects the energetic spirit of its residents. If you want to navigate through all the celebrations in Chicagoland, here’s a quick list to help you out:

Chicago Chinese New Year Parade

Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is one of the most important Chinese holidays. The Chinese New Year parade is a celebration of culture and tradition featuring marching bands, lively floats, and the traditional lion dance. The parade starts at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and moves up to Cermak Road.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Happening in March, Chicago residents start off St. Patrick’s Day by dyeing the Chicago River green. The parade starts at noon, starting from Balbo and Columbus Drives going north on Columbus. After the parade, bars and restaurants have a whole host of events catering especially to St. Patrick’s Day revelers.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The longest running underground film festival in the world, the Chicago Underground Film Festival showcases independent, experimental, and documentary films from all around the world. The festival is a four-day event that happens every June. A truly world-class event, the festival shows the best in new American and international cinema. If you’re a fan of independent films that reflect the flip side of Hollywood formula flicks, this festival something worth looking forward to.

Chicago International Film Festival

The longest-running film festival in North America, the Chicago International Film Festival celebrates the best movies from all over the world. The festival is scheduled every October and showcases films from established filmmakers to emerging storytellers. The festival features more than just movie screenings as it also features a host of panels, educational events, and Q&As that encourage cultural understanding and artistic enlightenment.

Chicago Pride Parade

Also known as PRIDE Chicago, the Chicago Pride Parade commemorates the Stonewall rebellion of 1969 in New York City. The pride parade is a place for social demonstration while also serving as a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture and pride. The Chicago Pride Parade is one of the most attended pride events in the world. It is held on the last Sunday of June and has a four-mile procession starting from Montrose and Broadway to Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park.


Lollapalooza is a four-day musical festival that happens in August at the historic Grant Park. This annual music festival features popular bands and artists from genres like alternative rock, hip-hop, heavy metal, and electronic music. There are also dance and comedy performances, as well as craft booths at the festival. It’s been known to provide a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists.

Chicago Jazz Festival

Happening on the last week of August and the first week of September, the Chicago Jazz Festival is the oldest Chicago free lakefront music festival. In a span of four days, this festival plays diverse live sets that include free neighborhood concerts and shows at the Millennium Park. The artists are a mix of up and coming new voices to seasoned jazz legends, all coming together to make this
festival worthwhile.

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show held at North Avenue Beach during the month of August attracts nearly one million people to the city. It is the largest free show of its kind in the US and features US Air Force Thunder Birds, US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, US Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, and an array of military planes. This weekend event is ideal for those who want to see aerial acrobatics of amazing pilots and planes.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

An annual event celebrated on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Magnificent Mile is hosted by the Magnificent Mile Association. It is one of the largest Christmas holiday celebrations in the country. On the festival night, an estimated one million lights illuminate Michigan Avenue. The festival features floats, balloons, marching bands, and performers on a route that extends down Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to the Chicago River.

With all these great events, it’s no wonder people from all over the world want to explore and enjoy the culture and traditions Chicago has to offer.

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