Mac & Cheese Fest
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Mac & Cheese Fest

Mac & Cheese Fest celebrates the dish by featuring variations spanning continents and cultures. Explore the culinary genius of Chicago chefs as they carefully prepare exquisite versions of your favorite rainy day dish. Participating restaurants will forever transform your perception of your childhood favorite; from truffle braised duck mac & cheese to white cheddar and chorizo macarón con queso all paired with beer, wine and spirits!

http://www.macandcheesechicago.com/

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Open House Chicago: A Behind the Scenes Tour of Chicago
Oct
17
to Oct 18

Open House Chicago: A Behind the Scenes Tour of Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Rent a Divvy bike and pedal between sites for the ultimate urban adventure!

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Andersonville Arts Weekend
Oct
9
to Oct 11
Art

Andersonville Arts Weekend

For the 13th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate many of the artists and designers who live and work in the neighborhood with Andersonville Arts Weekend.

Over 90 artists will be on display in 40+ Andersonville businesses, so take your time exploring! Friday night will kick off with the always-popular Night of 100 pARTies!, an evening of art and receptions up and down Clark Street, followed by a self-guided art walk on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a variety of performances and other events (many of them free) to enjoy! Explore this website for more information or pick up an Andersonville Arts Weekend brochure in any participating business.

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Octoberfest
Sep
25
to Sep 27

Octoberfest

Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! One of Chicagos most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian -- Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus -- returns for its 15th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago's demographically hot West Lakeview neighborhood. 

Adding to the weekend's excitement is Friday's popular craft beer "tasting night" in the parish's German Hall. 

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Adler After Dark
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Adler After Dark

Looking for the perfect date night? Want exclusive museum access?

Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:30-10:30 pm. With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or that special someone on a date they’ll never forget!

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Ukranian Village Festival
Sep
12
to Sep 13

Ukranian Village Festival

  • W Superior St & N Oakley Blvd Chicago, IL 60612 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ukrainian Village Fest began in 2002 as a neighborhood festival with the concept of
offering a world-class celebration of Ukrainian spirit to the Chicago community while
showcasing the best of Ukrainian and other ethnic arts and culture.

From the beginning it has been a huge success, drawing crowds from all neighboring and
ethnic communities.

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Riot Fest
Sep
11
to Sep 13

Riot Fest

Music Festival Featuring No Doubt, System Of A Down, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Motorhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Special Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid, L7, Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Dirty Heads, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, The Academy Is..., The Lawrence Arms, KONGOS, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Echo & The Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins' RubberB and, The Damned, Yelawolf, Pennywise, The Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, Eagles of Death Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, De La Soul, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Mayday Parade, New Politics, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, OK Go, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, The Joy Formidable, The Dead Milkmen, Atreyu, FIDLAR, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, The Expendables, and many many more...

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Chicago Air & Water Show
Aug
15
to Aug 16

Chicago Air & Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. 

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Wicker Park Fest
Jul
25
to Jul 26

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is the definitive culmination of cutting edge music, celebrated local restaurants and unbeatable culture. The festival takes place along Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street. 2015 is sure to top what was an amazing slate of performances, food and vendors at Wicker Park Fest ’14 so constantly check back for news and updates!

http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/fest

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Chicago SummerDance
Jun
26
to Jun 28

Chicago SummerDance

Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled,open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE!

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Critical Mass
Jun
26
5:30 AM05:30

Critical Mass

A massive bike ride, at a casual pace, where hundreds of cyclists take over the streets of Chicago and wish people a "happy Friday!".  Tons of fun :)

Chicago Critical Mass starts downtown Chicago, rain or shine, the LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH at 5:30pm. If you're a wee bit late, don't sweat it (too much) as the Mass often takes a bit of time getting going. The ride gathers in Daley Plaza around the Big Picasso.

More info: http://chicagocriticalmass.org/about

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Downtown Sound: Snarky Puppy + Third Coast Percussion & Friends
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Downtown Sound: Snarky Puppy + Third Coast Percussion & Friends

Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation. The New York-based quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. The internationally renowned percussion ensemble Third Coast Percussion will lead an army of Chicago’s finest musicians in a performance of “In C” to celebrate the 80th birthday of composer Terry Riley – featuring members of Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, New Music Chicago and numerous educational institutions. Considered the first piece of “minimalism,” this landmark 1964 work changed the course of contemporary classical music. Formed in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has developed an international reputation with concerts and recordings of inspiring energy and subtle nuance.

More info: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park1.html

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Grant Park Music Festival: Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony
Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Park Music Festival: Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony

Internationally acclaimed violist Roberto Díaz plays plays Walton's bold and innovative Viola Concerto. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Fourth Symphony, showcasing the composer's distinctive Romantic Russian voice.

More info: http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/2015-season/tchaikovsky-fourth-symphony

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Navy Pier Fireworks
Jun
24
9:30 AM09:30

Navy Pier Fireworks

Navy Pier is the destination for fireworks on Lake Michigan all year long. Join us for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music, no matter the time of year. The summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend with fireworks every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier.

More info: 

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Downtown Sound: Active Child + Matt Ulery's In The Ivory featuring eight blackbird
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Downtown Sound: Active Child + Matt Ulery's In The Ivory featuring eight blackbird

LA-based multi-instrumentalist Patrick Grossi, aka Active Child, will present the Chicago live premiere of his highly anticipated sophomore full-length album, Mercy. Known for his porcelain falsetto and cascading harp, Active Child’s live show shimmers with lush arrangements, stunning visuals and a talented team of backing musicians. Chicago bassist-composer Matt Ulery creates resplendent, lyrical, transportive chamber-jazz music. Ulery has forged a unique signature sound, with three-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird plus a core rhythm team: UIlery, double bass and voice; Rob Clearfield, piano, Jon Deitemyer, drums; vocalist Grazyna Auguscik; Aurelien Pederzoli, violin; and Dominic Johnson, viola.

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Navy Pier Fireworks
Jun
20
10:15 PM22:15

Navy Pier Fireworks

Navy Pier is the destination for fireworks on Lake Michigan all year long. Join us for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music, no matter the time of year. The summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend with fireworks every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier.

More info: http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html

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46th Annual Chicago Pride Festival
Jun
20
to Jun 21

46th Annual Chicago Pride Festival

Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade. 

The two-day festival takes place along Chicago's famed Halsted strip on Saturday, June 20, 2015 and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

The parade takes place over a four-mile route on Sunday, June 28, 2014. 

More info: http://chicagopride.gopride.com/info.cfm

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