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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 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 2015
Chicago Cultural Center

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.

Chicago's 178th Birthday Celebration

March 4, 2015
Chicago History Museum

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Join us to celebrate the city’s 178th birthday! The festive occasion includes special remarks and music to pay tribute to the City of Big Shoulders.

Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google

April 16-19, 2015
Chicago Cultural Center & Other Locations

The Lake FX Summit + Expo, the region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs, will be presented by Google, a company known for providing digital tools that inspire innovators to better create and promote content.

Chicago Neighborhood Festivals

May - September 2015

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

Chicago Farmers Markets

presented by Country Financial

May - October 2015
Daley Plaza and citywide

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 presented by Home Depot

May 2, 2015
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 23, 2015
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.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

May 29-31, 2015
Millennium Park

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.

Millennium Park Music Series

June 1-August 27, 2015
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Free music taking place at Millennium Park all summer long starting with the cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series Downtown Sound, 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 6-September 7, 2015
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 12-14, 2015
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 & Rally presented by Goose Island Beer Company

June 12-19, 2015

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

Summer Film Series

June 23-September 1, 2015
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

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

Chicago SummerDance

June 26-September 13, 2015
(Fri., Sat. & Sun.)
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden

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 8-12, 2015
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 presented by Shell Oil Products US

August 15 & 16, 2015
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

September 3-6, 2015
Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals. For the past 37 year's, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition.

World Music Festival Chicago

September 11-22, 2015
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.

Fifth Star Awards

September 16, 2015
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

A celebration honoring exemplary Chicago artists and arts institutions who have made significant contributions in arts and culture.

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

Summer-Fall 2015
Chicago River and citywide

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Presented by Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Great Chicago Fire Festival celebrates the diversity of Chicago's great neighborhoods and the City's powerful spirit of renewal.

Chicago Artists Month (CAM)

October 2015

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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.

Chicago Architecture Biennial produced by C.A.B. in partnership with City of Chicago and Graham Foundation

October 1, 2015-January 3, 2016
Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion about the future of the field.

Fashion Focus CHICago

October 4-12, 2015
Fashion Focus CHICago Fashion Week is a citywide celebration of Chicago’s fashion industry.


November 5-21, 2015
Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Storefront Theater

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A celebration of contemporary dance. SpinOff features a series of work by emerging and mid-career Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

November 13, 2015-March 6, 2016
Millennium Park

Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Friday, November 13, 2015 and will remain open through March 6, 2016, weather permitting.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 24, 2015
Daley Plaza

This year marks the 102nd Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Caroling at Cloud Gate

November 27-December 18, 2015
Millennium Park

Now in its tenth 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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