Chicago Festivals 2016, 2017

North Coast Music Festival 2016

North Coast Music Festival

September 2, 2016

Union Park, Chicago, Illinois

The North Coast Music Festival is summer's last stand, bringing together independent event promoters to present a unique concert experience to the Chicago area. Set over Labor Day weekend, this family-friendly event includes live bands.. Read More
Chicago International Film Festival 2016

Chicago International Film Festival

October, 2016

AMC River East 21, Chicago, Illinois

Established in 1964, the Chicago International Film Festival takes place during the last two weeks of October. It features over 150 films from over 50 countries, and those films come in a vast array of formats and genres: short films, documentaries.. Read More
Chicago Jazz Festival 2016

Chicago Jazz Festival

September 1, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

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African Festival of the Arts 2016

African Festival of the Arts

September 2, 2016

Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2016

Chicago South Asian Film Festival

September 5, 2016

Multiple Locations in Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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Windy City Wine Festival 2016

Windy City Wine Festival

September 9, 2016

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

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German Day Festival and Von Steuben Parade 2016

German Day Festival and Von Steuben Parade

September 9, 2016

Lincoln Ave between Irving Park and Lawrence , Chicago, Illinois

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World Music Festival Chicago 2016

World Music Festival Chicago

September 9, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center & Other Locations in Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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79th Street Renaissance Festival 2016

79th Street Renaissance Festival

September 10, 2016

79th Street between Racine Avenue and Loomis Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois

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Shock Top Oyster Fest 2016

Shock Top Oyster Fest

September 10, 2016

Roscoe Village, Chicago, Illinois

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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 2016

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

September 10, 2016

Along Broadway between W Belmont Ave and W Hawthorne Pl, Chicago, Illinois

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The Children's Book Fair 2016

The Children's Book Fair

September 11, 2016

Nichols Park, Chicago, Illinois

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Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival 2016

Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival

September 16, 2016

Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, Illinois

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Lakeview Taco Fest 2016

Lakeview Taco Fest

September 17, 2016

Southport between Addison & Roscoe, Chicago, Illinois

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Andersonville City Made Fest 2016

Andersonville City Made Fest

September 17, 2016

Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen, Chicago, Illinois

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West Loop Art Fest 2016

West Loop Art Fest

September 17, 2016

On Washington Blvd from Halsted to Aberdeen, Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago Deaf Arts Fest 2016

Chicago Deaf Arts Fest

September 19, 2016

The Griffin Theatre Company, Chicago, Illinois

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Independent Spirits Expo 2016

Independent Spirits Expo

September 21, 2016

The Chicago Hilton Hotel & Tower, Chicago, Illinois

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Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival 2016

Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival

September 22, 2016

Multiple Locations in Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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Filter Photo Festival 2016

Filter Photo Festival

September 22, 2016

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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Expo Chicago 2016

Expo Chicago

September 22, 2016

Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

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Oktoberfest Chicago 2016

Oktoberfest Chicago

September 23, 2016

Southport & Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago International Social Change Film Festival 2016

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival

September 23, 2016

Showplace ICON Theater, Chicago, Illinois

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Cold Waves Music Festival 2016

Cold Waves Music Festival

September 23, 2016

Metro / Smart Bar, Chicago, Illinois

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Edgewater Arts Festival 2016

Edgewater Arts Festival

September 24, 2016

West Granville Avenue between Kenmore Avenue and Broadway in the Edgewater Neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois

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About Festivals in Chicago

Those living in the Windy City or planning a trip to visit will be happy to hear there are a large number of fun festivals in Chicago to enjoy all year long. Some of the top Chicago music festivals include the Summer Camp Music Festival, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park, the North by Northwest Highway Music Festival and the king of them all, Lollapalooza.

There are also plenty of art and film themed Chicago events to showcase the vibrant culture of the city. Movie lovers can enjoy the Chicago Film Critics Festival and the Chicago Underground Film Fest. For a worldly event, check out the Skokie Festival of Cultures which features ethnic food, dance, art and music. And just for laughs there is the 26th Annual Comedy Festival, which is oddly named since it has not been around nearly that long. It features comedy movie screenings, stand up performances and panel discussions.

Chicago has a long history of great craft brewing and has the festivals to prove it. Some of the bigger ones include the American Beer Classic, Craft Beer Week and the National Kidney Foundation fundraiser Kegs for Kidneys.