A lot of interesting events are held in Chicago throughout the year (festivals, exhibitions, sports competitions, shows and other events). Choose the best time to travel to Illinois, to a city on Lake Michigan. The most popular events take place on weekends.
Events in Chicago.
- February 11 - 20, 2023 - Chicago Auto Show.
- March 11, 2023 - St. Patrick's Day Parade.
- June 9–12, 2022 - Chicago Blues Festival.
- August 3 - 6, 2023 - Lollapalooza festival.
- August 19 - 20, 2023 (estimated date) - Chicago Air and Water Show.
- September 1–4, 2022 - Chicago Jazz Festival.
- October 8, 2023 - Chicago Marathon.
- November 24, 2022 - Thanksgiving Parade.
- December 31, 2022 - New Year's Eve.
Chicago Blues Festival. It is the largest free blues festival in the world. The festival is held annualy in June. Jazz lovers have the opportunity to hear their favorite music performed by the best musicians.
Location: Millennium Park, Chicago, US.
Dates: Thursday – Sunday, June 9–12.
The festival is canceled due to COVID-19 crisis.
August 19 - September 19. Chicago In Tune. Chicago In Tune is a new citywide festival celebrating Chicago’s diverse and legendary music scene and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music.
Lollapalooza is an annual four-day music festival based in Chicago, Illinois at Grant Park. It is more than just a music festival. It is a cultural experience that takes place on 115 acres between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Kidzapalooza runs parallel to Lollapalooza all in its own securely designated area at Grant Park. Lollapalooza takes place at Grant Park in Chicago, IL. The festival hours are 11AM – 10PM each day. You can buy tickets in advance online.
Planned for August 3 - 6, 2023.
Chicago Air and Water Show. It is the largest free air show of its kind in the United States. Come see the pilots' skill and enjoy the good society and nature views. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street. North Avenue Beach is the best point. The nearest station: Sedgwick.
Dates: (estimated date) From: Saturday, August 19, 2023. To: Sunday, August 20, 2023; 9am-3pm.
Chicago Jazz Festival. The Chicago Jazz Festival (CJF) is a popular event with music lovers in the US. It is held annually in downtown Chicago.
Places: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and other places in the city.
Dates: September 1–4, 2022.
Chicago Marathon. The Chicago Marathon is is held annually in October in Chicago, Illinois. It is officially known as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The race is limited to 45,000 runners and only the best runners may take part in this event. The race start and finish areas are located within Grant Park, but general spectators will not have access there.
Date: October 9, 2022.
Thanksgiving Parade. There are best marching bands, giant popular inflatable balloons, spectacular performance acts and much more on State St. from Congress to Randolph.
Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022.
December 31, 2021. New Year's Eve. Where to go on New Year's Eve in Chicago? Choosing the right hotel in the city center, you can get to the party organized by the hotel. (For example: Hilton Chicago, Congress Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott. Book your hotel here.) There will also be parties in restaurants and bars.
A good decision is also just to make a walk to the Navy Pier.
Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show. This event will be interesting: boat lovers, lovers of water travel, lovers of water sports. There will be presented boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. The show allows to compare all your options at one time, in one place.
Dates: January 11-15, 2023.
Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, US.
Chinese New Year Parade. Chinese New Year falls on January 22, 2023 (Year of the Rabbit). The parade will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023. The parade starts at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue at 1:00 p.m.. The procession runs north up Wentworth to Cermak Road. The parade will be accompanied by traditional participants: marching bands, colorful floats, traditional lion dances and musicians.
Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Auto Show is held annually in February at Chicago's McCormick Place convention complex. It is the largest auto show in North America. Come see the car of your dreams.
Dates: February 11 - 20, 2023.
- Media Preview: Feb. 9-10.
- First Look for Charity: Feb. 10.
- Public Show: Feb. 11-22.
Address: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, US.
St. Patrick's Day Parade. St. Patrick's Day Parade is held every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, unless the holiday falls on a Saturday. You can watch the river going green between Columbus and Wacker drives. Then festivities continue with St. Patrick's Day Parade on Columbus Dr. with colorful floats, flags and colorful-dressed people.
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023.
All year round. Excursions, tours, river cruises to any subject and budget you can find at any time in Chicago. Look for deals here.