Chicago has so much to offer, from great culture and incredible neighborhoods to amazing food and awesome people. However, to truly understand the heart of the Windy City, check out these events in Chicago. You’ll have a great time and discover what makes this great city tick.

 

Chicago Chinese New Year Parade

Who says you only get to celebrate the New Year once? The Chinese New Year Parade is one of the largest events in Chicago and it lets you ring in the New Year for a second time. You’ll be able to check out amazing dragon dances, stunning floats, lion dancers, martial arts teams, and much more. Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. This event is completely free and celebrates Chinese culture while welcoming the Chinese New Year. It’s also a great opportunity to taste some delicious Chinese food. As the date for Chinese New Year runs according to the lunar calendar, keep an eye out for the official date in the preceding fall. For a loud and sensory, and altogether different way of starting the new year, this is the event for you.

 

Chicago Underground Film Festival

The Chicago Underground Film Festival celebrates independent filmmakers. It has become one of the top film festivals in the U.S. over the past two decades. The festival showcases documentaries, independent and sometimes shocking films from all over the globe. This June event focuses more on the fun, artistic, and aesthetic sides of independent films. If you love film and want to screen that hard-to-come-by indie and foreign flicks, mark this Chicago event into your calendar.

 

Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Saint Paddy’s Day is really big in Chicago, and the parade is a testament to that fact. It’s a huge event that draws more than 400,000 people, making Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade one of the biggest in the U.S. It also has quite a bit of history getting folks into the streets dating back to 1843.

a green river for st patricks day in Chicago

You’ll see a lot of great stuff during the parade, including awesome floats and Irish dancers. Also, the Chicago River does really turn green. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Every March, a dye that’s environmentally friendly turns the water green to make the city look even more festive.

 

Chicago Gay Pride Parade

The Chicago Gay Pride Parade has been an important event for the LGBTQ community for more than 40 years. It sends a message that should be universal, namely one of tolerance and understanding.

It’s also a great opportunity for anyone to enjoy a bit of, sometimes bawdy though always joyful, fun. The parade includes over 250 floats, along with revelers in a variety of awesome, though sometimes crazy, costumes. The Chicago Gay Pride Parade is an amazing event that brings out revelers into the late June sunshine and welcomes everyone.

 

Taste of Chicago

One of the biggest events in Chicago, this festival celebrates the city’s incredible cuisine. It attracts more than 1.5 million people every year who partake in some of Chicago’s tastiest fare. The Taste of Chicago is all about food. You’ll be able to enjoy everything from tasty fast food to elaborate gourmet menus. 

pizza in chicago's food festival

The event in mid-July also features live entertainment, including cooking demonstrations and live entertainment. So, if you are a foodie, or just want to learn more about Chicago’s cuisine, this is the event for you.

 

Lollapalooza

With an awesome name like Lollapalooza, it’s not surprising that this is one of the biggest and best events in Chicago. Celebrating all things music, you’ll be able to check out over 130 bands playing on eight different stages. The festival takes place in Grant Park, on over 120 acres, and includes all sorts of music genres. So, you can check out everything from indie and hip hop to electronic music and rock.

Lollapalooza also hosts a variety of farmers’ markets, an arts and crafts market, and food stands that offer incredible cuisine. So, if you love music, then this is one of the events in Chicago you need to block in your calendar for early August.

 

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show is the longest-running event of its kind in North America. It’s also the largest spectator event in the U.S. that lasts two days and a regular fixture in the Chicago August event calendar.

Every year, the highlight of the show is a high-speed, precision jet team from the United States military. You’ll be able to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, along with other various military planes and hardware.

 

The Chicago Marathon

One of the biggest events in Chicago, the Chicago Marathon is recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It’s also one of the five races that are part of the World Marathon Majors. Over the past fifteen years, Chicago finds itself hosting the Marathon in October between the Berlin and New York Marathons.

bird's-eye view of people running in a bridge at the chicago marathon

It attracts over 50,000 people who love running from all over the world, along with a whole slew of spectators. The course is generally flat, so it can be completed faster than other marathons in the country. However, what makes this route so awesome is that it passes by many of Chicago’s major attractions. The marathon closes with the 27th Mile Post Race Party where you can enjoy live entertainment, food, and drink.

 

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The biggest nighttime event in the U.S., this festival is all about family fun. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival offers all sorts of fun things to do for the family. You’ll also be able to enjoy some amazing concerts from some of the more popular names in the music industry.

The day of fun closes with a big thanks to the grand parade that takes place. It goes down Michigan Avenue, with Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse in the lead. It also involves lighting one million lights hung in 200 trees, as well as an amazing fireworks display over the Chicago River. Though you can see the fireworks display from practically everywhere, the closer you live to the river, the better. This kick-off to the holiday season typically takes place on one of the last weekends of November.

If you’re thinking of moving to Chicago and plan on attending these awesome events, you’ll know that the city doesn’t only come alive on certain days of the year. Blueground offers amazing apartments for rent in some of the liveliest neighborhoods in Chicago. All of the apartments are beautifully decorated, completely furnished, and fully equipped. You can check out the properties they have available via their website and adjust the search filters to match your preferences. They make moving so much easier because you can rent an apartment easily and efficiently from abroad. So, you can have your living situation sorted out before you even set foot in the city.

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