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Downtown Chicago Local Events in 2015

Chicago loves to have fun.  All year long, you can enjoy outdoor festivals, live concerts, family events and more.  When you stay at the Inn of Chicago, you’re right within walking distance of downtown Chicago Local Events.  Ask our Concierge about the latest happenings, or start here find out what’s in store during your stay dates.

As winter transitions to spring in Chicago...Parkas, gloves and hats give way to bicycles, rollerblades and beautiful blooms in Chicago, families can discover an array of fun-filled activities. Street festivals take over the city every weekend, including Spring Awakening, Taste of Randolph, Ribfest Chicago, and Pride Fest which is followed by the colorful Pride Parade.

Spring in Chicago (Begins March 20th)

  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association/ INTX: The Internet & Television Expo (May 5-7)
  • Mothers’ Day May 10
  • TelCap Ltd/ International Telecoms Week 2015 (May 10-13)
  • The Who at All State Arena May 13
  • Craft Beer Week (May 14-24)
  • National Restaurant Association/ Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show (May 16-19)
  • National Confectioners Association SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO (May 19-21)
  • Judas Priest at Rosemont Theater May 21
  • Memorial Day Parade (May 23)
  • New Kids on the Block, TLC, & Nelly at the All State Arena on May 24
  • Memorial Day May 25
  • Mayfest (May 28-31)
  • Lana Del Ray at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre May 30
  • Millennium Art Festival (May 29-31)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (May 29-June 2)
  • Green City Market (May-October)
  • Stanley Cup Finals happen in June
  • NBA Finals happen in June
  • RUSH at the United Center June 12
  • Food Marketing Institute (June 8-12)
  • Chicago Blues Festival (June 12-14)
  • Spring Awakening (June 12-14)
  • Ribfest Chicago (June 12-14)
  • Chicago Bike Week (June 12-19)
  • Old Town Art Fair (June 13-14)
  • NeoCon 2015 World’s Trade Fair (June 15-17)
  • Bette Midler at the United Center June 18
  • Ramadan begins June 18
  • 46th Annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade (June 20-21): The parade starts on the corner of Halsted and Belmont in the Lakeview neighborhood. More Info

Summer is finally here, the beaches are officially open and snow-covered streets seem like a distant memory. Music festivals are in full swing with Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, and Chicago Blues Festival.

Summer in Chicago (Begins June 21st)

  • Puerto Rican Parade (June 18-21)
  • Taste of Randolph (June 19-21)
  • Gold Coast Art Fair (June 20-21)
  • June 21st Fathers’ Day
  • Jimmy Buffett at First Midwest Amphitheatre June 27
  • Doobie Brothers at Ravinia June 30
  • Wimbledon June 29-July 12, 2015
  • U2 at the United Center (June 24-July 2)
  • Wavefront Music Festival (July 3-5): More Info
  • Grateful Dead at Soldier Field (July 3-5): Grateful Dead members reunite to celebrate 50th Anniversary
  • July 4th Independence Day
  • Tour de France July 4-26
  • Aretha Franklin at Ravinia July 11
  • Taste of Chicago (July 8-12)
  • Institute of Food Technologists (July 12-14)
  • Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19)
  • Taylor Swift at Soldier Field July 18
  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Ravinia June 27
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting (July 30-August 4)
  • Lollapalooza (July 31-Aug 2)
  • Younique Convention Chicago “To The Top” (Aug 6-9)
  • US PGA Aug 13-16
  • Chicago Air & Water Show (August 15-16)
  • Ace Hardware Corporation Fall Convention (August 20-22)
  • One Direction at Soldier Field August 23
  • Billy Joel at Wrigley Field August 27
  • Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field on August 29
  • Santana at Ravinia August 30
  • US Open August 31-September 13, 2015
  • Chicago Jazz Festival (September 3-6)
  • Labor Day September 7
  • Graphic Arts Show EXPO 2015 (September 13-16)
  • Rosh Hashana September 14

Hotel Recommendation: Architecture River Cruise—90-minute river cruise… view over a 100 skyscrapers.  All tours depart from Riverside Gardens, Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive (Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge).  Don’t forget to kayak along the Chicago River or tour Chicago on a segway!  Chicago is definitely a foodie town, so you must check out the Chicago Food Planet Tours. www.chicagofoodplanet.com.  Want to see what the nightlife is like in Chicago?  Walk or cab over to Hubbard Street or Rush Street, both offer tons of dining, music, shopping and musing possibilities.  Catch some rays at Ohio Street Beach and/or Oak Street Beach while you’re in town!

As shorts and sandals give way to sweaters and jackets, Chicago… soon the leaves will be crunching under our feet as we stroll along on a crisp Chicago day. Here’s your last chance to experience outdoor fun before the deep freeze sets in.

Fall in Chicago (Begins Sep 23rd)

  • Def Leppard, STYX & TESLA at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre September 5
  • Zac Brown Band September 11
  • Yom Kippur September 23
  • Water Environment Federation 88th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference (September 27-30)
  • Madonna at United Center September 28
  • Berghoff Oktoberfest (September 16-18)
  • Chicago Gourmet (September 25-27)
  • Iggy Azalea at All State Arena October 2
  • American College of Surgeons 101st Annual Clinical Congress (October 4-8)
  • Bank of America Chicago Health & Fitness Expo and Chicago Marathon (October 9-11)
  • Ricky Martin at All State Arena on October 11
  • Columbus Day October 12
  • Columbus Day Parade (October 12)
  • North American Spine Society 2015 Annual Meeting (October 14-16)
  • The Who at United Center October 15
  • Chicago International Film Festival (October 15-29)
  • Society for Nueroscience (October 17-21)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police 122nd Annual Conference (October 24-28)
  • Luke Bryan, Randy Houser & Dustin Lynch at the United Center October 29
  • Halloween October 31st
  • Daylight Saving Time ends November 1
  • Election Day November 3
  • SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) Chicago (November 5-8)
  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & EXPO (November 7-11)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers/ FABTECH 2015 (November 9-12)
  • Veterans Day November 11
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc. 2015 Automation Fair (November 18-19)
  • Illinois Association of School Boards Annual Conference (November 20-22)
  • Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (November 21)
  • Thanksgiving November 26
  • McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 26)
  • Radiological Society of North America/ RSNA 2015 Annual Meeting (November 29-December 4)
  • Cyber Monday November 30
  • Advanstar/ Dealers news International Powersports Dealer Expo (December 4-6)
  • Hanukkah begins December 7
  • The Midwest Clinic 2015 International Band and Orchestra Conference (December 16-19)

Winter in Chicago (Dec. 22nd)

  • Zoo Lights (November-January 2016)
  • Christkindlmarket (November 20-December 24)
  • Ice skating in Millennium Park (November-March 2016)
  • Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier (December-January 2016
  • Christmas Eve December 24
  • Christmas Day December 25
  • New Year’s Eve December 31
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display (December 31)

The Windy City plays host to a diverse and exciting range of events each year, and when you stay at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, you'll enjoy a front row seat to it all. From the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks to music festivals, food expos, and holiday celebrations, the downtown Chicago events calendar has something for everyone.  Check out our friends at Choose Chicago and select from a wide variety of events going on in the city: Chicago Event Calendar

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