Chicago Annual Events

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.








  • National I Love Lucy Day!
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • 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

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