As a cultural hub, Chicago is home to more than 74 music festivals, 40 film festivals, 200 dance companies, more than 200 theaters, a big hip-hop scene, and locally grown music styles such as gospel, electric blues, house, juke, footwork, and drill.
It is worth to plan a trip to Chicago according to the city’s loaded cultural calendar: March is St Patrick’s Day parade, April is Dance month, June is Pride month and the free Blues Festival; Pitchfork Music Festival in July, Lollapalooza a big rock and electronic music festival in August, and a Jazz Festival at the end of August.
Check out our Chicago Calendar for the exact dates of the annual events, to spice up your visit with changing events for/ about/ organized by women, and to celebrate female creations in – exhibitions, shows, conferences, festivals, and many more.
- Grant Park Music Festival
- Annual Taste of Chicago – World largest food festival at Grant Park
- Pitchfork Music Festival
- Annual Taste of WVON
- Art Institute Block Party
- Annual International Festival of Life
- Annual Chinatown Summer Fair
- #IdaTrek – 2-miles walk through the Bronzeville community, celebrating the life and legacy of Ida B. Wells
- National I Love Lucy Day!
- Chicago International Film Festival
- Arts in the Dark – an evening parade that celebrates Halloween
- Chicago Marathon – on the second Sunday of October runners are gathering from 50 states and more than 100 countries to run along the streets of downtown Chicago
- Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 350 buildings across Chicago. Happens on the third weekend of October
- SOFA Art and Design Fair
- Lights Festival
- December 10 – Jane Addams Day
- One of a Kind Show and Sale