Cultural in Chicago

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago has long been an architecture innovator (inventor of the skyscraper et al). This three-month event brings together designers from around the world for free exhibitions, tours and public programs about groovy…
Sports in Chicago

Chicago Marathon

More than 45,000 runners compete on the 26-mile course through the city’s heart, cheered on by a million spectators. Held on a Sunday in October (when the weather can be pleasant or freezing), it’s considered one of…
LGBT in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Northalsted Market Days

Boystown lets loose during a mid-August weekend. Revelers gay and straight alike prowl the incense-wafting vendors along Halsted St. Drag queens in feather boas, Twister games played in the street and disco divas on…
LGBT in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Pride Parade

On the last Sunday in June, colorful floats and risqué revelers pack Halsted St in Boystown. It’s the LGBT community's main event, and more than 800,000 people come to the party.
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 Near West Side & Pilsen

Pitchfork Music Festival

Taste-making alternative and emerging bands strum for three days in Union Park.
Music in The Loop


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

Chicago Humanities Festival

Put on your thinking cap: for two weeks in late October and early November, a citywide series of chin-stroking talks, panels, readings, performances, exhibits and screenings take place, all focusing on a single, aca…