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Chicago Local Events Calendar

Chicago Events Calendar

Between summer street festivals, the city's world class theatre scene, and our constantly rotating installments of museum exhibits, Chicago offers an endless variety of events and attractions every day of the week. From Monday night concerts in Millennium Park to exciting Blackhawks action at the United Center, Chicago is a true destination for the arts and entertainment. Whether you're traveling to the Second City for Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, or just want to catch an improv show at the iO while you're in town, we guarantee you'll have an awesome time. Take a look at our Chicago events calendar, explore the city, and take in the city like a local!

September Events Calendar

September Events

North Coast Music Festival

  • When: Friday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 4th
  • Where: Union Park
  • Quick Facts:
    • Over 20 local restaurants will be in attendance, serving food & drinks
    • Over 40 bands and artists will be performing over the course of three days

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

  • When: Saturday, September 10th - Sunday, September 11th
  • Where: Lakeview, Along Broadway Ave, from Belmont Ave. to Hawthorne Ave.
  • Quick Facts:
    • Over 150 artists will be showcasing their work
    • A special sneak peak concert kicks off Friday, the 9th at 6:30 p.m.

EXPO Chicago

  • When: Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25th
  • Where: Navy Pier
  • Quick Facts:
    • Fifth annual exposition of contemporary and modern art
    • Runs in conjunction with Chicago's Art Week, September 19th - 22nd

October Events Calendar

October Events

Logan Square Beer Festival

  • When: Saturday, October 1st
  • Where: Logan Square Auditorium
  • Quick Facts:
    • Featuring beers from Chicago-based brewing companies
    • Two sessions at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • When: Sunday, Chicago 9th
  • Where: Throughout the city of Chicago
  • Quick Facts:
    • The race starting and finish lines are closed off to the public, however spectator areas are spread throughout the course
    • Cheer zones at miles 13 and 26 have entertainment available for spectators

52nd Chicago International Film Festival

  • When: Thursday, October 13th - Thursday, October 27th
  • Where: AMC River East 21, River East
  • Quick Facts:
    • Discounted parking is available
    • Festival guides are available for you to find the best films you want to see!

2nd Annual Haunted Halloween Ball

  • When: Saturday, October 29th
  • Where: Navy Pier
  • Quick Facts:
    • Held in the Grand Ballroom of Navy Pier
    • Tickets available for $15.00 per attendee

November Events Calendar

November Events


  • When: Friday, November 18th - December 24th
  • Where: Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop
  • Quick Facts:
    • Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.
    • Held daily throughout the holiday season

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

  • When: Saturday, November 19th
  • Where: Along Chicago's Magnificent Mile
  • Quick Facts:
    • The largest evening holiday celebration in the U.S.
    • A tree-lighting parade is held along Michigan Ave.

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