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9 THINGS TO DO IN ILLINOIS (AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 20)

Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago Air and Water Show

on holdmid-August 2021 • event

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

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

May–September • nature

Entice these buzzy flying jewels into your yard

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair

August 12–22, 2021 • event

Nothing can beat a good ol' fair in the Midwest

Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest

all year round (best time: March–May | September–November)  • nature

Let the unforgettable solo and family adventures happen in several jaw-dropping regions of the forest!

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park

all year round • nature

Witness the fascinating rock formations brought to the surface after being deposited in a huge shallow inland sea around 425 million years ago

Arlington Million

Arlington Million

unconfirmedAugust 14, 2021 • event

A perfect opportunity to enjoy live racing, entertainment, and fancy group outings

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

June–August • activity

Find out if Windy Сity is made for wind sports

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens

May–October (Tuesday Evening event is canceled for 2020) • nature

Take in the eastern culture while strolling through this award-winning landscape

Bud Billiken Parade

Bud Billiken Parade

unconfirmedAugust 14, 2021 • event

The largest African American parade in the United States

36 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Chicagohenge

Chicagohenge

out of rangeMarch 20–March 23 | September 20–September 23 • nature

This remarkable urban scene happens twice a year!

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

out of rangeJuly 9–11, 2021 • event

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

St. Paddy's Day (Green River)

St. Paddy's Day (Green River)

out of rangeMarch 13, 2021 (virtual) • event

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

Chicago Pride Parade & Fest

Chicago Pride Parade & Fest

unconfirmedmid-June 2021 • event

A colorful celebration of freedom, diversity and culture

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

unconfirmedearly September 2021 • event

A favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition with great music all over the city

Spring Awakening Music Festival

Spring Awakening Music Festival

unconfirmedJune 11–13, 2021 • event

A summer gathering of leading DJs from all over the world

BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

out of rangeNovember 22, 2020 • event

The holiday spirit takes over the Michigan Avenue on that night

Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week

out of rangeMarch 19–April 4, 2021 • event

So many participating restaurants, so little time

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

out of rangeApril 8, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

out of rangeOctober 24, 2020 • event

The most fun fall event loved by kids and adults

East Peoria Festival of Lights

East Peoria Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 26–December 31, 2020 • event

One of the biggest and brightest holiday events in Illinois

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival

unconfirmedearly June 2021 • event

The largest free blues festival in the world and one of the greatest music festivals in Chicago

Illinois Fall Colors

Illinois Fall Colors

out of rangeOctober • nature

Enjoy the best fall colors across the state

Centralia Balloon Fest

Centralia Balloon Fest

out of rangeAugust 20–22, 2021 • event

Save a full weekend in late August to enjoy the unforgettable ballooning experience

Winter WonderFest

Winter WonderFest

out of rangecanceled in 2020 • event

Beloved Chicago indoor winter event perfect for frosty days

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

out of rangeMay 1–2, 2021 • event

Drink lots of margaritas and cerveza celebrating the Mexican national holiday

Great Galena Balloon Race

Great Galena Balloon Race

out of rangeJune 18–20, 2021 • event

Enjoy the full weekend of balloon rides, live music, and other entertainment

DuQuoin State Fair

DuQuoin State Fair

out of rangeAugust 27–September 6, 2021 • event

One of the nation's best agricultural events is full of fun experiences

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

out of rangemid–February–late March • nature

The ice cover gets shattered to knife-sharp pieces as spring takes over winter

New Year's Eve in Chicago

New Year's Eve in Chicago

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Color blasts illuminate the iconic Chicago skyline

Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze

Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze

out of rangeSeptember 12–November 8, 2020 • activity

Come out and get lost in the world's largest corn labyrinth

Pierogi Fest

Pierogi Fest

out of rangeJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

Great food and some wacky fun in just 30 minutes from Chicago

Balloons Over Vermilion

Balloons Over Vermilion

out of rangeJuly 9–10, 2021 • event

A popular ballooning gathering in Illinois

Skiing and Snowboarding in Wisconsin

Skiing and Snowboarding in Wisconsin

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

Discover some of the best ski areas of the Midwest

ZooLights

ZooLights

out of rangeNovember 21, 2020–January 3, 2021 • 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

Naperville Ale Fest

Naperville Ale Fest

on holdlate February | mid-July 2021 • event

The only outdoor winter and summer beer festival of Midwest

Riot Fest

Riot Fest

out of rangeSeptember 17–19, 2021 • event

A legendary rock music event held in Chicago

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Morton Pumpkin Festival

out of rangeSeptember 15–18, 2021 • event

The "Pumpkin capital of the world" celebrates the harvest season

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

unconfirmedlate July–early August 2021 • event

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

The Morton Arboretum Illumination

The Morton Arboretum Illumination

out of rangeNovember 20, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

An enchanted forest filled with dazzling projections and interactive trees that respond to touch and voice

Lilacia Park

Lilacia Park

out of rangelate April–early May (Lilac Time events have been canceled for 2020)  • nature

Discover a safe haven abundant with flowers just on the outskirts of the Windy City

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangemid-September–mid-November • nature

Sandhill cranes make a stop at northern Illinois marshes on their way to Florida

Illinois Craft Beer Week

Illinois Craft Beer Week

out of rangeMay 10–17, 2019 • event

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

Redhead Days Chicago

Redhead Days Chicago

out of rangeOctober 26, 2019 • event

The largest redhead gathering in the US

Allstate Hot Chocolate Run

Allstate Hot Chocolate Run

out of rangeNovember 08, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The sweetest run in the world takes over the United States from coast to coast

Chicago Labor Day Weekend

Chicago Labor Day Weekend

unconfirmedSeptember 3–6, 2021 • event

Wrap up the summer season with a bang

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