Chicago Tourist Events

"Sweet Home Chicago" prides itself on its various and flavorful neighborhoods. Thriving on its diversity, since the 1800s Chicago has become a center of international trading and commerce and a truly global city. People of every nationality flock to Chicago, making it their home and adding to its distinct cultural identity. Chicago hosts attractions every season, showcasing its many diverse tastes.


Munch on bratwurst and wash it down with beer while singing along to your favorite German polka. This well-known festival is Chicago's version of a German celebration. Founded by German immigrants, St. Alphonsus Church hosts this authentic and traditional event. Oktoberfest is held in late September. There is a $5 donation fee, as of September 2010. Also visit the Chicago Latin Music Festival and the Chicago Country Music Festival while in town during mid September through early October.

St. Alphonsus Chicago

1429 West Wellington Avenue

Chicago, IL 60657


Chicago Winter Dance Festival

Winter in Chicago doesn't evoke the image of tourism; however this festival takes place during frigid February and offers a warm pick-me-up if you can brave the cold conditions. Chicago's Winter Dance Festival takes place in Millennium Park, and, much like its summer counterpart, invites you to dance in the park. Put your ice skates on and head out to learn how to ice skate for all skill sets or watch ice skating demonstrations. Ice dance the night away at themed dance parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Kick your ice skates and winter coats off and get behind the glass doors on the Pritzker Stage for dance lessons in almost any style from Latin to Steppin'. The best part--it's all free. Also, celebrate Chinese New Year with a parade on February 14th in Chicago's renowned Chinatown and warm up your belly with authentic dim sum.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Millennium Park

55 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60602


St. Patrick's Day Parade

Chicago Summer Dance Festival

Summer in Chicago is packed with festivals, events and concerts. The City of Chicago official tourism site, Explore Chicago, states that in 2009 over 100,000 people participated in the Chicago Summer Dance Festival. The festival operates every Thursday through Saturday, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Sunday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, weather permitting. During the 11-week event introductory dance lessons are offered for an hour, followed by two hours of live music and dancing. You can choose from 42 different live bands, from waltz to cha-cha, appearing on scheduled nights. Take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer during the summer months.

Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park

601 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60605


Chicago Summer Extras

Help celebrate Puerto Rican pride during the Fiestas Puertorriquenas, a large festival, carnival and parade held in Humboldt Park in mid-June. Sing the blues at the largest free blues festival in the world, as stated by Explore Chicago, the City of Chicago official tourism site. The Chicago Blues festival takes place during mid-June in three days on five stages, and half a million blues fans take part. Take a stroll through one of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods, each boasting neighborhood festivals that support different music, arts, culture and food tastes throughout the summer months.

The Puerto Rican Parade Committee, Inc.

1237 N. California Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622


Chicago Blues Festival

Grant Park

337 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60605