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Chicago Restaurant Week

The Chicago Restaurant Week features hundreds of restaurants throughout the Chicago area offering fixed priced menus for lunch and dinner.

Date: 25 January 2019 - 07 February 2019
Venue: Restaurants across Chicago.
Website: http://www.choosechicago.com/restaurants/chicago-restaurant-week/
Cost:

Varied.


St Patrick's Day Parade

One of the largest St Patrick’s Day Parades in the country, the annual downtown Chicago parade celebrates Irish heritage, history and tradition. The St Patrick’s Day Parade begins on Balbo Avenue and goes north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Street.

Date: 16 March 2019 - 16 March 2019
Venue: Downtown.
Website: https://www.chicagostpatricksdayparade.org
Cost:

Free.


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Displaying everything from wonderful floral arrangements to the latest gardens tools and technology, this is a great event to find inspiration and ideas for your own garden. Expert growers, florists and gardeners are on hand to give advice through a series of fun and interactive lectures and workshops.

Date: 20 March 2019 - 24 March 2019
Venue: Lake County Fair.
Website: http://www.chicagoflower.com/
Cost:

Lake County Fair, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.


Cinco de Mayo Parade

A colourful parade with marching bands makes its way along Marshall Boulevard as part of the city's annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Numerous vendors line the streets and huge crowds gather to watch the procession go by.

Date: 05 May 2019 - 05 May 2019
Venue: Marshall Boulevard.
Cost:

Free.


Chicago Gospel Music Festival

This festival celebrates gospel’s deep roots in the city with scores of performances by traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music for visitors.

Date: 31 May 2019 - 01 June 2019
Venue: Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park

Grant Park Music Festival

The Grant Park Music Festival was founded in 1935 to allow people of all backgrounds access to orchestral performances. The audience takes their places on a first come, first serve basis and many bring picnic baskets to feast al fresco.

Date: 12 June 2019 - 17 August 2019
Venue: Millennium Park.
Website: http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/
Cost:

Free.


Taste of Chicago Festival

Claiming to be the world's largest outdoor food-fest, this event is an annual gastronomical extravaganza. Your taste buds will go wild sampling hundreds of items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish, African and more.

Date: 10 July 2019 - 14 July 2019
Venue: Grant Park.
Cost:

Varied.


Ginza Holiday Festival

The Ginza Holiday Festival is a large Japanese cultural festival featuring skilled craftsmen from Japan showcasing their generations-old unique crafts as well as other booths selling Asian crafts, jewellery, kimonos and dry goods. Visitors can enjoy delicious Japanese food and watch stage performances of taiko, martial arts and Japanese dance as well as ukulele music.

Date: 09 August 2019 - 11 August 2019
Venue: Midwest Buddhist Temple
Website: https://ginzaholiday.com/

Chicago Air & Water Show

Going strong for more than 50 years, this event is the largest and oldest of its kind in the United States. It can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

Date: 17 August 2019 - 18 August 2019
Venue: Fullerton to Oak Street.
Cost:

Free.


Columbus Day Parade

The American national holiday marks the date in 1492 when Christopher Columbus arrived in America. The city of Chicago marks the occasion with a parade through the city from Lake Street to Van Buren.

Date: 14 October 2019 - 14 October 2019
Venue: Streets of Chicago.
Cost:

Free.


Chicago International Film Festival

Screened at various venues across the city, the annual festival is one of the biggest and oldest film festivals in the US. Judged by an international jury, a selection of features, shorts, animations and documentaries are awarded with prestigious prizes adding a little glitz and glamour to proceedings. The exciting screening programme includes films from all over the world offering audiences and wide and varied experience.

Date: 16 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Venue: Various cinemas in Chicago.
Website: https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/
Cost:

Various.


Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Each year, Chicago's premier shopping street is transformed into a winter wonderland. The trees along the road are spangled with more than a million white lights, welcoming the start of the festive season. The stores play their part with special promotions while children keep a look out for their favourite Disney characters and Santa Claus. Finally, the festivities end with an explosion of colour and light with a fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River.

Date: 15 November 2019 - 16 November 2019
Venue: North Michigan Avenue.
Website: https://www.themagnificentmile.com/lights-festival/
Cost:

Free.


Christkindlmarket

Attracting an estimated 1 million visitors each year, Chicago's annual Christkindlmarket is a four-week open-air shopping market at the Daley Plaza in the downtown area of the city. In addition to the numerous stalls selling everything from speciality foods to handmade Christmas decorations, younger visitors can pay a visit to the Daley Plaza's Santa House to give Santa their Christmas wish-lists. Other children's attractions include lantern-making workshops, puppet shows and a traditional merry-go-round.

Date: 16 November 2019 - 24 December 2019
Venue: Daley Center Plaza.
Website: http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/
Cost:

Free.


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