April to May and September to October is the best time to visit Chicago as the weather is mild and tourist numbers are moderate. In late spring, celebrate local beer culture at the Mayfest. Summer in the city is famous for its hotel rates going through the roof and unstable weather when agonizing heat waves from June to August can hinder your sightseeing experience. However, Chicago is lucky to be located next to the lake, that's why festival goers boldly and enthusiastically attend Lollapalooza and other great summer events. September says goodbye to the summer at the Chicago Jazz Festival and during the Chicagohenge at the end of the month. A freezing and windy period between November and March offers you great deals on airfare and accommodation, just pack your warmest layers. St. Patrick's Day turns the Chicago River green in March, probably one of the best sights of the city!
This remarkable urban scene happens twice a year!
Once in a year a lakefront road is closed for cars and open for the cyclists!
Musicians from over 20 countries give about 50 performances with free admission
Entice these buzzy flying jewels into your yard
Step to the glass box ledge and walk in the air 1,353 feet above Chicago
Whatever cruise you choose, Windy City won't leave you unsatisfied
Take a kayaking trip on the beautiful Chicago River
A legendary rock music event held in Chicago
A former meatpacking facility is transformed into a human-made ecosystem
Sailing is much time limited in Chicago due to the weather conditions
Sandhill cranes make a stop at northern Illinois marshes on their way to Florida
The oldest and largest show of this kind in the United States
Enjoy the most important holiday of the summer on the shore of Lake Michigan
50,000 yellow rubber ducks are splashed into the Chicago River to fundraise for the Special Olympics Illinois
The spectacular and beautiful celebration of the spring's arrival!
For the whole summer you have a chance to see the beautiful fireworks twice a week!
One of the biggest fall events in Chicago
Starting as a local barbecue get-together, the Smokeout has become one of the best festivals in town!
Chinese New Year is celebrated heavily in Chicago
St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is definitely a party of a lifetime!
A colorful celebration of freedom, diversity and culture
The mouthwatering burger festival
A favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition with great music all over the city
A summer gathering of leading DJs from all over the world
The holiday spirit takes over the Michigan Avenue on that night
A vibrant celebration of Latin culture in the Midwest
Don't miss your chance to see the largest Memorial Day Parade in the country
As an Oktoberfest's counterpart, this festival offers you plenty of foods and drinks as well as beer gardens!
So many participating restaurants, so little time
Raising money for a cause is always a good idea, even if it means jumping into the frosty Lake Michigan!
The most fun fall event loved by kids and adults
The largest free blues festival in the world and one of the greatest music festivals in Chicago
One of the biggest and brightest holiday events in Illinois
Enjoy the best fall colors across the state
One of Chicago's trademarks, the Ribfest attracts crowds annually
Isn't it your lifetime dream to race in a cart of food between the neighbourhood bars?
A range of extraordinary theatrical offerings returns to Chicago every year in February
Beloved Chicago indoor winter event perfect for frosty days
Labour Day is always a big deal in Chicago
The monthly event to make it clear how many cyclists are there
A festival dedicated to bacon? Definitely one of the best ideas in the world!
Check out the scenic course of one of the largest marathons in the U.S.
Traditionally ornated Chinese Boats race through Chicago River for Literacy
Drink lots of margaritas and cerveza celebrating the Mexican national holiday
The ice cover gets shattered to knife-sharp pieces as spring takes over winter
Lots of Japanese food, culture and entertainment
Drink some Glühwein, shop for presents, and enjoy German food delights at one of the largest Christmas markets in the US
The only outdoor winter and summer beer festival of Midwest
Color blasts illuminate the iconic Chicago skyline
Chicagoans love summers, even though they are extremely hot and humid. Part of this love is surplused by the existance of beaches
The longest-running competitive film festival in the USA
Come out and get lost in the world's largest corn labyrinth
The city by Lake Michigan is obsessed with food trucks
Note down the recipe for an unforgettable food & music festival
Great food and some wacky fun in just 30 minutes from Chicago
Discover some of the best ski areas of the Midwest
Linkoln Park Zoo is not only one of the biggest and oldest zoos in the USA, but it also boasts some perfect winter scenery
The biggest auto show in North America
A perfect opportunity to enjoy live racing, entertainment, and fancy group outings
A great selection of films, documentaries, and shorts from the Spanish-speaking world
The largest beer festival in the city celebrates the beginning of summer season
The largest African American parade in the United States
One of the oldest and most famous alternative music festivals is a must-visit!
Free events, special programs, and promotions at Chicago's best museums
An enchanted forest filled with dazzling projections and interactive trees that respond to touch and voice
A big country music festival on the lakefront
Find out if Windy Сity is made for wind sports
Absorb the bright season without leaving the Windy City
Discover a safe haven abundant with flowers just on the outskirts of the Windy City
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild organizes the massive 11 days long craft beer event
Chicago loves running wearing hardly anything. Of course, for the good cause
The largest redhead gathering in the US
The sweetest run in the world takes over the United States from coast to coast
Wrap up the summer season with a bang
Be merry, be positive, be helpful, be Santa! Thousands of Christmas fans running in the swimming suits.
The urban game that attracts thousands of people
The festival of bikes and environmentally conscious people!
One of the trendiest festivals, Pitchfork sets the music scene