Activities & Festivals


CityPASS Chicago
Save money at five of Chicago’s most popular destinations! Chicago CityPASS is a booklet of admission tickets to 5 must-see tourist attractions in Chicago. You’ll save 53% compared to regular box office prices. You’ll also save time with easy access at most attractions, no waiting in lines! Once you have your CityPASS booklet, skip the line and head straight for the entrance. Visit the attractions in any order you choose. Booklets are good for nine consecutive days. Purchase at any Chicago attraction or at Passes good for Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck at Willis Tower, The Field Museum, your choice of either Museum of Science & Industry or 360 Chicago, and your choice of wither the Adler Planetarium or Art Institute.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company
Chicago’s premier Hop On Hop Off ® city sightseeing tours with 13 stops in our classic red & green Trolleys and fun-filled Double Decker buses. They also offer private group transportation for special events such as weddings, parties, and corporate outings.
Skydeck Chicago
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Art Institute / Millennium Park
Hilton Chicago / Grant Park
Adler Planetarium
Field Museum / Shedd Aquarium
Maggie Daley Park / Millennium Park
Sheraton Hotel
Navy Pier
The Magnificent Mile
Water Tower
360 Chicago at John Hancock Center
Hard Rock / River North

Through 2/20, Frozemont

MB Financial Park at Rosemont
5501 Park Pl., Rosemont
(847) 823-2100

The ice rink, suitable for NHL games, is open Sundays and Presidents Day (2/20) with free admission. Skate rental costs $8. Enjoy cold-weather activities with the family, then warm up with entertainment, food, or shopping inside.

2/11-2/12, 3/11-3/12, 4/8-4/9, Zurko Antique and Flea Market

Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake
(714) 526-9769

Every month, Zurko Promotions offers a show full of collectibles, furniture, jewelry, vintage items, art, and other treasures. It’s a paradise for seekers of unique items and unusual bargains, with thousands of flea market items available.

1/28-2/4, Bite Night 2017 and Foodie Fest

Restaurants around the western suburbs

(888) 625-7275
The Oak Park-River Forest Chamber hosts a kickoff event, featuring samples from 50 local restaurants and caterers for $35 per person, followed by a week of prix-fixe deals at participating restaurants for $10, $20, or $30. Participants include Maya del Sol, Winberie’s, Nando’s Peri Peri, Felony Franks, Emilio’s Tapas, and many more.

1/27-2/9, Chicago Restaurant Week

Various locations around Chicago and suburbs

Dining in Chicago is amazing all year round – but during this two-week period, it’s even better. More than 250 local eateries participate in offering $22 brunch and lunch meals, and $33 or $44 dinner prix-fixe meals (not counting drinks, tax, or tip), so you can try those restaurants you’ve been wanting to visit.

2/11-3/26, The Orchid Show

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
(847) 835-5440

The month-long show, the only one of its kind in the area, features a transformation at the garden caused by 10,000 orchids being in bloom! Live music, a marketplace, and more are included; a cocktail tasting happens on 3/16.

2/18, Lake County Craft Beer Festival

Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake
(847) 782-2366

Dozens of local and regional craft brewers of ciders, sodas, local wines and spirits, and beer will be on hand to offer samples. Music will be provided by Hello Weekend, and food, games, and bumper cars provide sustenance and entertainment. Cost is $55 at the door; designated driver tickets are available.

2/23-2/26, 50th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival
Hammerschmidt Chapel, Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
(630) 617-5534

The best college bands in the country converge for performances and musical education. This year’s event includes the high school invitation, master classes, and an epic lineup with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Patrick Williams Big Band, Bill Holman Band, Michael Abene, Denis DiBlaso, Pat LaBarbera, Dennis Mackrel, Andy Martin, Rufus Reid, and Bobby Shew.

2/24-2/26, Chicago Golf Show
DES Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Spring is almost here – which means you’ve got to keep those tee times in mind. Join 20,000 golf fans to learn about the latest in tech, improve your swing, plan a golf vacation, and get tips from the pros at one of the biggest industry trade shows in the Midwest. Adult tickets cost $5 on Friday and $11 on Saturday and Sunday.

2/24-3/5, Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week

Various locations around the northwestern suburbs
Unique restaurants from the area offer special deals for new and loyal diners. Have you wanted to try one? This is the time to do it! Check the website for a list of updated restaurants and what they’re offering.


4/28-5/7, Bach Week Festival

Music Institute of Chicago
Nichols Concert Hall and venues around Chicago and Evanston
1480 Chicago Ave., Evanston
(847) 269-9050

Enjoy concerts and lectures focusing on the music of the Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. This is a musical rite of spring, now in its 44th season. Tickets for each event are sold separately.


Month By Month Chicago Area Activities

Please note that these are approximate dates only and may change from year to year.


Free Days at Chicago museums


Chicago Auto Show, McCormick Place
Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Chinatown
Chicago Restaurant Week
Free Days at Chicago museums
Chinese New Year Celebration


St Patrick’s Day Parade and Dyeing of the River
Skating at Millennium Park Ends


oneofakind Show + Sale


Mayfest, Lakeview
Cinco De Mayo Parade
Wright Plus (Oak Park)


Beginning of Grant Park Music Festival Season
Beginning of Ravinia Festival Season (Glencoe)
Gay Pride Parade


Pitchfork Music Festival
4th of July Fireworks, Navy Pier
Taste of Chicago
Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, Chinatown


Chicago Air & Water Show
Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic
Chicago Comic-Con


Chicago Gourmet
Chicago Jazz Festival
Venetian Night


Chicago Humanities Festival


Magnificent Mile Lights Parade
McDonald’s Thansksgiving Parade
Skating at Millennium Park Begins


Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light, MSI
Zoolights, Lincoln Park Zoo
Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest, Navy Pier

For additional information on city-sponsored festivals and events, go to the City of Chicago’s tourism Web site,

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