Out of towners and locals can both share the festival experience in Chicago together. Being a hub for cool events and amazing festivals, Chicago is at the top of the festival game for all types of recreation.

From the Chicago marathon to Lollapalooza, this guide has all the best annual festivals in Chicago perfect for that person looking for a new experience! Check out our guide for the best festivals in Chicago and more fun events.

Chicago Underground Film Festival
Other $
2558 W 16th St Stage 18, Chicago IL, 60608
The longest running underground film festival in the world. "The Chicago Underground Film Festival, The reigning champion of all underground film festivals...
Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade
Other $
Chicago IL, 60007
Dyeing of the River Green 9:00AM Saturday, March 16, 2019 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday March 16, 2019 @ 12PM Theme: The Music of Ireland ...
Community & Government $$
3600 N Halsted St,, Chicago IL, 60613
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one...
Other $
Grant Park, Chicago IL, 60602
Taste of Chicago – the world's largest food festival – is July 10–14, 2019 in Grant Park. Admission is FREE. July 11-15, 2018 Taste of Chicago is the...
Chicago IL
What started as a touring music festival in 1991 by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has become a definitively unique music experience....
Chicago Air and Water Show
Travel $
North Avenue Beach, 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL, 60613
The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the US. Enjoy aviation's finest civilian and military pilots...
Other $
Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago IL, 60601
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago...
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Other $$
Chicago IL, 60007
Welcome to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon page. We are excitedly preparing for race day on October 13, 2019.
Chicago International Film Festival
Other $
322 East Illinois Street, Chicago IL, 60611
Chicago International Film Festival, Television Festival, CineYouth Festival and more. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @chifilmfest Cinema/Chicago,...