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December 6, 2013

Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs And Special Events Releases 2014 Dates

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

Cindy Gatziolis    312.744.0573 cgatziolis@cityofchicago.org

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the 2014 dates of its marquee festivals and events.

Media requesting credentials to cover all music festivals, Millennium Park Music Series, the Chicago Air and Water Show and Taste of Chicago concerts must submit requests in advance, no later than two weeks prior to the start of the festival. Please visit the press room at cityofchicago.org/dcase to select the festival you wish to cover. For event updates, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE


2014 Festival/Event Highlights - Dates Subject to Change

Chicago Cultural Center (exhibitions, music, theater, dance and more) Year-round
Juicebox (music, theater and dance for the whole family)
Chicago Cultural Center and citywide
Wired Fridays (House and electronic dance music, local DJs)
Chicago Cultural Center
Winter, Spring and Fall
Chicago WinterDance (dance lessons and live music)
Chicago Cultural Center
January 3-5
OnEdge (new performance series)
Chicago Cultural Center, Storefront Theater
January 11 – February 1
City of Chicago 177th Birthday March 4
Chicago Neighborhood Festivals
Various locations
May – September
Chicago Farmers Markets
Daley Plaza and citywide
May – October
16th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
Montrose Harbor
May 3
Chicago Memorial Day Parade
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
May 24
Loops and Variations (contemporary classical music and electronica)
Millennium Park
May 29 – July 3
Downtown Sound (indie rock and pop)
Millennium Park
June 2 – August 11 (no concert 7/28)
Summer Workouts (yoga, pilates, tai chi and zumba)
Millennium Park
June 7 – August 30
31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival
Grant Park
June 13-15
Chicago Bike Week
June 13-20
Bike to Work Rally
Daley Plaza
June 20
Summer Film Series
Millennium Park
June 24 – August 26
29th Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Chicago Cultural Center and Ellis Park
June 27-29
18th Annual Chicago SummerDance (dance lessons and live music)
Grant Park
June 27 – September 14
34th Annual Taste of Chicago
Grant Park
July 9-13
Chicago Sidewalk Sale (shopping event showcasing local designers)
Daley Plaza
July 22-23
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz
Millennium Park
July 24 – August 28
56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products US
North Avenue Beach
August 16-17
36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
Millennium Park
August 28-31
16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago
Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center and citywide
September 11-21
SpinOff (contemporary dance series)
Chicago Cultural Center and Storefront Theater
19th Annual Chicago Artists Month
October 1-31
Great Chicago Fire Festival produced by Redmoon in partnership with City of Chicago
Chicago River and citywide
October 3-4
Halloween Celebration
Chicago Cultural Center
Late October
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Millennium Park
November 14 – March 7, 2015
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Daley Plaza
November 25
Santa House
Daley Plaza
November 25 – December 24
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Millennium Park
November 28 – December 19


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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.