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Crowd enjoying a concert at the Petrillo Music Shell in the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events produces and promotes festivals along the lakefront, the downtown area, and throughout the city. Major Festivals draw millions of people each year to Chicago.

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Alerts (Chicago Festivals)

Low Alert Dec 5, 2013 Cultural Advisory Council Meeting Schedule for 2014

Most Recent News (Chicago Festivals)

Oct 17, 2014 Taste of Chicago Attracts 1.1 million, Generates $5.46 million
Jul 31, 2014 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago Returns September 11-21
Jul 7, 2014 Taste of Chicago sponsors add activities and special offerings to the Taste of Chicago experience July 9-13
Jul 1, 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights Brings Jazz Performances Free of Charge, To Neighborhoods Across the City
Jun 20, 2014 Eight Taste of Chicago restaurants and food trucks to serve up a festival preview on Wednesday, June 25 at Daley Plaza

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The following festivals are presented by the City of Chicago:

 

Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago Air and Water ShowThe Chicago Air and Water Show is the the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

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Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues FestivalThe Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than half a million blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."

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Chicago Gospel Music FestivalChicago Gospel Music Festival

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival has welcomed such performers as Grammy Award Winners - Queen of Gospel Music - Albertina Walker and Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, The Rance Allen Group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence and Company, Tye Tribbett & G.A., Marvin Sapp, CeCe Winans, The Williams Brothers, Mary Mary, dozens of Chicagoland artists and so many more.

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Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago is the Taste of Chicagonation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival. 

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Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival For more than 30 years, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition. Know for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival showcases Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international jazz artists.

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Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid. From running around outdoors, flying FREE paper kites and enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, crafts, balloon artists and more.

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Chicago SummerDance

Chicago SummerDanceOne of Chicago’s most popular summer events, the annual Chicago Summer Dance is a free eleven‑week festival featuring one‑hour dance lessons by professional instructors, followed by two hours of live music and dancing in Grant Park. Chicago SummerDance highlights many different types of dance, including Latin, swing and steppin’, and ballroom/big band.

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World Music Festival Chicago

World Music Festival ChicagoThe annual World Music Festival Chicago features dozens of free and ticketed concerts with international and local artists performing music from all over the globe at venues throughout the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.

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