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6 THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO (AUGUST 01 - AUGUST 10)

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier

June–August • event

For the whole summer you have a chance to see the beautiful fireworks twice a week!

Rubber Ducky Race

August 09, 2018 • event

50,000 yellow rubber ducks are splashed into the Chicago River to fundraise for the Special Olympics Illinois

Beach Season

July–August • activity

Chicagoans love summers, even though they are extremely hot and humid. Part of this love is surplused by the existance of beaches

Lollapalooza

August 02–05, 2018 • event

One of the oldest and most famous alternative music festivals is a must-visit!

Sailing Season

May–October • activity

Sailing is much time limited in Chicago due to the weather conditions

Kayaking Season

June–October • activity

Take a kayaking trip on the beautiful Chicago River

22 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Chicagohenge

March 20 | September 23, 2018 • nature

This remarkable urban scene happens twice a year!

Chiditarod

March 03, 2018 • event

Isn't it your lifetime dream to race in a cart of food between the neighbourhood bars?

Chicago Air and Water Show

August 18–19, 2018 • event

The oldest and largest show of this kind in the United States

St. Paddy's Day

March 17, 2018 • event

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is definitely a party of a lifetime!

Chicago Polar Plunge

March 05 • event

Raising money for a cause is always a good idea, even if it means jumping into the frosty Lake Michigan!

Kids and Kites Festival

May 05, 2018 • event

The spectacular and beautiful celebration of the spring's arrival!

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

February 15, 2018 • event

Chinese New Year is celebrated heavily in Chicago

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

July 14–15, 2018 • event

The mouthwatering burger festival

Mayfest

May 18–20, 2018 • event

As an Oktoberfest's counterpart, this festival offers you plenty of foods and drinks as well as beer gardens!

Journey to the End of the Night

June 01–30, 2017 • activity

The urban game that attracts thousands of people

MB Bike the Drive

May 27, 2018 • event

Once in a year a lakefront road is closed for cars and open for the cyclists!

Ribfest Chicago

June 08–10, 2018 • event

One of Chicago's trademarks, the Ribfest attracts crowds annually

Windy City Smokeout

July 13–15, 2018 • event

Starting as a local barbecue get-together, the Smokeout has become one of the best festivals in town!

Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

June 24, 2017 • event

Traditionally ornated Chinese Boats race through Chicago River for Literacy

Critical Mass

April 27, 2018 • event

The monthly event to make it clear how many cyclists are there

Cupid's Undie Run

February 02, 2018 • event

Chicago loves running wearing hardly anything. Of course, for the good cause

ZooLights

December–February • activity

Linkoln Park Zoo is not only one of the biggest and oldest zoos in the USA, but it also boasts some perfect winter scenery

Pitchfork

July 20–22, 2018 • event

One of the trendiest festivals, Pitchfork sets the music scene

Baconfest

April 06–07, 2018 • event

A festival dedicated to bacon? Definitely one of the best ideas in the world!

Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 18–25, 2017 • event

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild organizes the massive 11 days long craft beer event

Tour de Fat

July 29, 2017 • event

The festival of bikes and environmentally conscious people!

Santa Speedo Run

December 02, 2017 • event

Be merry, be positive, be helpful, be Santa! Thousands of Christmas fans running in the swimming suits.