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Chicago Restaurant Week

The Chicago Restaurant Week features more than 280 restaurants throughout the Chicago area, and a variety of special events. The restaurants offer fixed priced menus for lunch and dinner.

Date: 2018-January-26
Venue: Restaurants across Chicago.

Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show

Displaying everything from wonderful floral arrangements to the latest gardens tools and technology, this is a great event to look for inspiration and ideas for your own garden. Expert growers, florists and gardeners are on hand to give advice either on the stands or through a series of fun and interactive lectures and workshops. New features for the latest shows include advice on growing your own produce and an amateur garden photography competition.

Date: 2018-March-14
Venue: Lake County Fair.

St Patrick's Day Parade

A spectacular event for all the family, steeped in history and tradition. The St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon, at Balbo Avenue and goes north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Street.

Date: 2018-March-17
Venue: Downtown.

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. Celebrated by Mexican-American communities throughout the US, the parade is held to remember the victory the Mexican forces had over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on 5 May, 1862. Embarrassed by the defeat, the French were to return with a bigger army and eventually took Mexico City in 1864 but the day of the original battle has gone down in history as the triumph of the Mexican spirit and is celebrated throughout North America.

Date: 2018-May-05
Venue: Marshall Boulevard.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

More than 50 performers take to three stages for this family event taking place over four days at three different locations.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-06-01

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. This is both a critically-acclaimed festival and a highly popular one. The audience take their places on a first come, first served basis and many bring picnic baskets to feast al fresco. There are about 35 free concerts to choose from with details normally announced a couple of months before the event. Concerts are generally performed on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and occasionally on Sundays. The Festival also presents nearly 60 concerts in neighbourhood parks between July and mid-August.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-06-01

Venue: Millennium Park.

Taste of Chicago Festival

Claiming to be the world's largest outdoor food-fest, this event is a gastronomical extravaganza that annually attracts around three million people. Your taste buds will go wild sampling more than 200 different items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish, African and more.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-07-01

Venue: Grant Park.

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 (to be confirmed): 2018-08-01

Venue: Fullerton to Oak Street.

Ginza Holiday Festival

The Ginza Holiday Festival is a large Japanese cultural festival featuring skilled craftsmen from Japan demonstrating their generations-old unique crafts as well as other booths selling Asian crafts, jewelry, kimonos and dry goods.

While you savor some of our famous grilled chicken teriyaki, udon, sushi and sweet azuki bean snow cone you can enjoy our ongoing stage performances of taiko, martial arts, Japanese dance as well as ukulele music. Saturday night features Yoko Noge and her band, Japanesque, a unique combination of Japanese folk music with Chicago blues!

The temple chapel will be open for viewing as well as brief dharma talks by Rev. Ron Miyamura.

Date (to be confirmed): 2018-08-01

Venue: Midwest Buddhist Temple

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 (to be confirmed): 2018-10-01

Venue: Various cinemas in Chicago.

Columbus Day Parade

A national holiday that is celebrated all over America, the day 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 Balbo to Monroe. Now-a-days, more and more American communities are trying to take the emphasis away from Columbus and now prefer to celebrate 'Indigenous People's Day' in its place as a way of recognising the many different faiths and ethnicities that make up modern day America.

Date: 2018-October-09
Venue: Streets of Chicago.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago's premier shopping street is transformed each year into a winter wonderland. The trees along its length are spangled with more than a million white lights, welcoming the start of the festive season. The stores play their part with special promotions and offers, while a programme of entertainments runs through Saturday beginning with a stage show of Walt Disney characters. Other attractions include a winter walk with carol singers, cheesecake decorating, a holiday petting zoo, children's activities and Guuggenmusig, with a selection of Swiss tunes. Mickey Mouse throws the switch on the illuminations before leading a parade through the street. Finally the evening explodes in colour and light with a fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River. On the following Sunday, the lights remain on all day.

Date: 2018-November-17
Venue: North Michigan Avenue.


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: 2018-November-22
Venue: Daley Center Plaza.