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Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
building and lit up Navy Pier sign with fireworks in the background at night at Navy Pier during summer in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Experience a summer fireworks spectacle like no other at Navy Pier! Gather the crew and watch pyrotechnics ignite the Chicago skyline. Who can resist the beauty of dazzling lights filling the sky? Enjoy the breathtaking fireworks display at Navy Pier paired with dramatic music and special occasion soundtracks. Dates and Time The Summer Fireworks event dazzles every Wednesday and Saturday […]

Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, Chicago
crowd watching performance on stage with buildings in the background during the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Experience a world of entertainment this summer at the Grant Park Music Festival. This free event features classical music in different varieties and showcases highly anticipated performances. Make your summer vacation the best one with Grant's Park Music Festival. With an epic lineup of celebrated classical performers, orchestras, and musicians, this event is a "can't miss"" especially if you're a […]

Chicago Air and Water Show

North Avenue Beach Chicago, IL
sky divers and airplanes in the air over chicago

Catch the astonishing aerial and water thrills at North Avenue Beach. Chicago Air and Water Show is a free event that promises daredevil stunts and demonstrations by high-speed jets, aircraft, and boats. Drawing thousands of audiences every year, the Chicago Air and Water Show is the grandest of its kind. Witness pilots and military perform incredible stunts that will amaze […]

Free

Chicago Jazz Fest

Millenium Park 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL

After its hiatus, Chicago Jazz Fest is back with more toe-tapping tunes and good vibes! This fan-favorite tradition highlights the genre’s history and continuing evolution through concerts and activities. From jazz legends to rising stars, Chicago Jazz Festival features an incredibly diverse lineup. Watch Bill Frisell, Zooid, and William Parker among many others. Plus, dig into street food and local […]

Free

North Coast Music Festival

SeatGeek Stadium 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL
close up of crowd with hands raised during daytime at North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, USA

North Coast Music Festival features a lineup that has taken the event to a new level, from international superstars to underground performers. Gear up for some jamming and dancing under the sun. For three days, you can watch dozens of renowned artists and new musicians alongside the house, hip-hop, electronic, and indie-rock communities. Plus, there will be massive installations like […]

Great American Lobster Fest

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
Great American Lobster Fest with lobster and corn on a plate

Lobster and seafood lovers, get ready to attend the festival of your dreams! Navy Pier's Great American Lobster Fest is back in the Midwest. This event celebrates the city's freshest and most delicious lobster, plus an abundance of seafood straight out of the East Coast's cold water. Feast on a 1.25-pound steamed lobster or lobster roll made special with lemons, […]

Free

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

Lincoln Square Neighborhood Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
group of people posing for photo in festive attire with stalls in background at Chicago German-American Oktoberfest in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Wear your lederhosen or dirndl and celebrate the Deutschland heritage! Experience everything you’d expect from an Oktoberfest – and then some more – at the Chicago German-American Oktoberfest. This iconic Lincoln Square Street party returns, kicking off Chicago’s Oktoberfest season. First, attend German Mass Service or witness the sought-after Von Steuben Parade. Then, feast on authentic treats and wash them […]

Free

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest

Chicago Chicago, IL

Bourbon and barbecue? Talk about the perfect combination! Feast on all the smoked meats and barrel-aged bourbon at Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest. Enjoy finger-lickin’ treats, including chicken, pork, and brisket from local vendors and smokehouses. In addition, over a dozen of the city’s finest distilleries will be offering sample pours and bottles. This annual Chicago event features soulful music […]

Free

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Hyde Park Neighborhood Chicago, IL
people seated on floor watching musicians performing at Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Hyde Park Jazz Festival will again highlight Chicago's iconic jazz scene, featuring a roster of huge names and rising stars. Hear the smooth and soulful melodies across 14 venues in Hyde Park. The two-day event presents over 30 award-winning musicians like Billy Branch, Jeff Parker, and Sadie Woods. Over 20,000 jazz enthusiasts will gather to feel the infectious and uplifting […]

Fulton Market Oktoberfest

Upcoming Events at PB&J - Tripster Travel Guide 205 N. Peoria St, Chicago, IL

Get a taste of Bavaria’s dynamic brewing and food scene without leaving Chicago. Experience all things German at the Fulton Market Oktoberfest! Real beer connoisseurs will be treated to HofBrau beer, traditional German foodie delights, and live entertainment at Fulton Market Oktoberfest. So attend the fair and party with a stein and bratwursts at hand. Date and Details for Fulton […]

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Lincoln Square Neighborhood Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
crowd of people gathered in front of stage with band playing set up on middle of street at Apple Fest with stall on the side in Chicago, Illinois, USA

How do you like them apples? Find the answer and more at the annual Lincoln Square Apple Fest! Whether you want to munch on apple pie or chow down on a fresh batch of apple fritters, you’re sure to get your fill at this delicious event. More than 50 local vendors and restaurants will participate, offering culinary delights and drinks. […]

Free

Chicago Beer Fest

Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
friends holding drinks posing for photo in photobooth of Chicago Beer Fest in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Cheers to the comeback of Chicago's Beer Fest at the Field Museum. Come thirsty and savor beers from over 65 breweries at this irresistible event! Take your pick from an array of fall seasonal beer selections and indulge in newly released flavors. In between sips, feast on delicious snacks available in the area. Each corner is filled with tasty dishes […]

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