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Chicago Cultural Center Music, Theater & Dance, Exhibitions and More


Discover the free visual art and performance programs presented at the Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and its partners.

Under the Picasso


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center. 

Chicago WinterDance

January 3-5
Chicago Cultural Center

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Chicago WinterDance will bring people of all ages and skill levels together with free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing.

Creative Chicago Expo

March 14 & 15
Chicago Cultural Center

Creative Chicago Expo connects Chicago’s creative community with resources they need to thrive.

Chicago's 177th Birthday Celebration

March 4
Daley Plaza

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Mark your calendar and join us in celebration of the City of Chicago’s 177th Birthday.

Chicago Neighborhood Festivals

May - September

More than 400 neighborhood festivals take place in Chicago each year, showcasing the city's ethnic customs, music and food. 

Chicago Farmers Markets

May - October

Chicago's Farmers Markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago.

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

May 3
Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid.

Chicago's Memorial Day Parade

May 24
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren

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Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

Millennium Park Music Series

  • Loops and Variations - May 29-July 3 (Thursdays)

  • Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays - June 2-August 11 (no concert 7/28)

  • Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz - July 24-August 28 (Thursdays)

Free music taking place at Millennium Park all summer long starting with the cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series Downtown Sound, followed by Loops and Variations, a series of six concerts that mix new music with electronica and closing out the summer is the acclaimed Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series, which showcases jazz with a distinctively Chicago flavor.

Summer Workouts

June 7-August 30
Millennium Park

Start your weekends with Saturday morning Workouts on the Great Lawn and enjoy classes in tai chi, yoga, pilates and zumba®.

Chicago Blues Festival

June 13-15
Grant Park

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals.

Chicago Bike Week

June 13-20

A celebration of Chicago’s commitment to become more bicycle friendly and environmentally conscious.

Bike to Work Rally

June 20
Daley Plaza

Ditch the car and choose the economic and healthy alternative by becoming a bike commuter. Join fellow cyclists, local media, cycling groups, Goose Island Beer Company and the City of Chicago on Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn Streets).

Summer Film Series

June 24-September 4
Millennium Park

FREE summer film screenings at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

June 27-29
Multiple Locations including the Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival will return in 2014 with performances taking place in multiple locations throughout Chicago.

Chicago SummerDance

June 27-September 14
(Fri., Sat. & Sun.)
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden

For eleven weeks each summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. The series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing.

Taste of Chicago

July 9-13
Grant Park

Taste of Chicago is the nation'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.

Chicago Air and Water Show

August 16 & 17
North Avenue Beach

The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 28-31
Cultural Center, Millennium Park & Grant Park

The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals. For the past 36 year's, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition.

World Music Festival Chicago

September 11-21
Various locations including Millennium Park & the Chicago Cultural Center

This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

Chicago Artists Month (CAM)


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Chicago Artists Month (CAM), presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, highlights the creativity of artists throughout Chicago through both curated and non-juried events and programs.

Great Chicago Fire Festival produced by Redmoon in partnership with City of Chicago

October 3 & 4
Chicago River and citywide

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Presented by Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago, the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival introduces what will become an annual tradition celebrating the diversity of Chicago's great neighborhoods and the City's powerful spirit of renewal.

The City of Chicago Food Truck Rally

October 10
Daley Plaza

The first Food Truck Rally of its kind presented by the City of Chicago, Goose Island Beer Company and Illinois Lottery.

Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week

October 14-19
Various Locations

The 9th Annual Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week will take place October 14-19. This citywide celebration of Chicago’s fashion industry includes a variety of runway shows in Millennium Park showcasing the latest trends in menswear, emerging and established designers, shopping events and much more.

Happy Hauntings

October 23-26, 2014
Chicago Cultural Center

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The “People’s Palace” comes alive with spooky decorations and family-friendly fun – including music and theater performances, arts & crafts and more.

City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11, 2014
Soldier Field

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The City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony will be held “on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month” (November 11, 11am) at Soldier Field.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

November 14, 2014-March 7, 2015
Millennium Park

Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Friday, November 14, 2014 and will remain open through March 7, 2015, weather permitting.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 25
Daley Plaza

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This year marks the 101st Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Santa House

November 25-December 24
Daley Plaza

The Santa House serves as a replica of Santa’s workshop, allowing children and families to experience the wonder of the North Pole and have their picture taken with Santa Claus throughout the holiday season.

Caroling at Cloud Gate

November 28-December 19
Millennium Park

Now in its ninth season, Caroling at Cloud Gate has become a cherished tradition in Chicago, with hundreds of singers gathering each week in the park.



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