Food & Drink in Near West Side & Pilsen

Mole de Mayo

The food's the star at this neighborhood street festival in the predominantly Mexican community of Pilsen, especially the mole sauce, which is simmered slowly by local restaurant chefs. At the end of the weekend, a …
Beer in Chicago

Illinois Craft Beer Week

Hundreds of breweries, restaurants and bars around Chicago and further afield get in on this week-long celebration of the sudsy stuff, putting on events such as rare beer tappings and pairing dinners. Among the high…
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…
Cultural in Chicago

Open House Chicago

Design geeks, take note: for one weekend each October the Chicago Architecture Foundation coordinates free tours of more than 200 architectural gems around the city, many of them normally off-limits to the public.
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.