Cultural in The Loop

St Patrick’s Day Parade

The local plumbers union dyes the Chicago River shamrock green; a big parade follows downtown in Grant Park. Held the Saturday before March 17.
Music in The Loop

Jazz Festival

Top names on the national jazz scene play for free over Labor Day weekend in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center.
Music in The Loop

Chicago Blues Festival

The biggest free blues fest in the world, with three days of the music that made Chicago famous. Held in Millennium Park.
Music in The Loop


Up to 170 bands spill off eight stages at Grant Park's four-day mega-gig.
Literature in The Loop

Printers Row Lit Fest

This popular free event, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, features thousands of rare and not-so-rare books for sale, plus author readings. The browsable booths line the 500 to 700 blocks of S Dearborn St in early J…
Food & Drink in The Loop

Taste of Chicago

This five-day food festival in Grant Park draws hordes for a smorgasbord of ethnic, meaty, sweet and local edibles – much of it served on a stick. Several stages host free live music, including big-name bands.