Chicago Architecture Biennial
The largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, the Chicago Architecture Biennial draws more than half-a-million visitors who come to admire the cutting-edge ideas of 120 architects and firms from more than 30 countries.
This annual indoor winter carnival features a whole host of family-friendly, fun-packed activities including a toboggan tunnel, ice-skating rink, winter mini golf, 15-foot “snow tubing” hill and various carnival rides.
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Large numbers of singers from choral groups across Chicago take part in this annual holiday tradition. After the singing of classic carols, visitors don their skates and hit the ice at the Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.
Music Box Christmas Show
Celebrate the festive cheer by catching some classic Xmas movies at the Music Box Christmas Show. Don’t miss the singing of Christmas carols with your fellow patrons during the intermission.
Renegade Craft Fair
Arts and crafts lovers can pick up an eclectic mix of handmade trinkets at this mega annual fair. It’s the perfect place to find Christmas gifts and maybe a little something for your mantelpiece at home as well.
The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
Said to be the largest sketch comedy festival in the country, this mirth-filled event presents a packed line-up of hilarious performers that will make you forget about those icy temperatures outside.
Dedicated fans off the Chicago Cubs baseball team can interact with players, coaches and alumni, while attending Q&A sessions and checking out interactive exhibits at this annual Convention.
Fans of the humble, but oh-so-tasty donut will want to head to Chicago’s famous Chop Shop multi-purpose venue for a day of celebrating everyone’s favourite circular, sugar-coated pastry. Be sure to bring your appetite.
Handmade Market Chicago
Held across five months, this much-loved market makes for a great, atmospheric New Year activity, featuring more than 30 venders selling their homemade wares in a celebration of the local and the artisanal.
Chicago Ale Fest
Fans of craft beer can sample up to 150 variations at this fun-filled Ale Fest that takes place at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom. There’s also food trucks and DJ music among the entertainment.
At this annual Mardi Gras pub crawl participants bounce between over 20 bars, partaking in a number of drink and food specials while collecting beads and posing for snaps along the way.
Chicago Restaurant Week
Chicago’s finest restaurants, delicatessens and cafes offer special deals and even more special dishes during this vibrant restaurant festival that celebrates the very best the city’s culinary scene has to offer.
Folk Music Festival
Music lovers come to celebrate traditional music from around the world with a wide programme of concerts and workshops staged at the prestigious venue of Mandel Hall, which forms part of the University of Chicago.
Cider Summit Chicago
Revellers can sample up to 150 artisanal ciders from throughout the world at this bustling cider summit held at Naval Pier. Fear not, there’s also plenty of food samples to line the stomach.
St. Patrick’s Day
Chicago’s huge Irish-American population come out to celebrate the anniversary of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Look out for bagpipers, Irish dancers and even the Chicago river being turned green.
One Earth Film Festival
The preservation of the planet is the noble focus of this well attended film festival which screens an array of movies exploring eco-themes such as climate change, sustainability and environmental activism.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Green-fingered types flock to this vast show each year, featuring 24 gardens, 90 vendors, cooking demonstrations, seminars, a kids’ activity garden, and plenty more.
Master distillers from Chicago and across the US gather at the luxurious Hyatt Regency hotel. Visitors can sample up to 300 whiskeys as well as learn about the craft behind this enduringly popular fine spirit.
Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention
Fans of body ink can head to the Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention, featuring live tattooing, sideshows, and a whole range of other activities and events themed around the decorative art of tattoos