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Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel

Rosemont, IL

Annual Events

You’ll never be stuck for things to do in Chicago. Our Events Calendar lists just some of the highlights taking place throughout the year. 

Pride Parade (June)

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade starts on the corner of Halsted and Belmont and ends in Lincoln Park. It’s free for the public to attend. More info.

Taste of Chicago (July)

Sample over 60 restaurants during this 10-day event. Enter via Michigan Avenue at Congress Drive. More info.

Pitchfork Music Festival (July)

Rock out to over 40 bands on three stages. More info.

Lollapalooza (August)

Catch rock’s biggest names at this annual music event in Grant Park. More info.

Air and Water Show (August)

Join over two million people at the Air and Water Show, along North Avenue Beach the second weekend of August. More info.

Chicago Jazz Festival (August)

The annual Chicago Jazz Festival is held the week before Labor Day in Grant Park. Free admission. More info.

Elegance in Motion (August-September)

This tribute to modern and classic sports cars takes place at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. Open every Saturday in August and September from 12:30 PM–3:30 PM.More info.

Berghoff Oktoberfest (September)

Tuck into bratwurst, sauerkraut, chicken, pretzels, and apple strudel while you enjoy German music at this festival at W Adams St. and Dearborn. More info.

Chicago Gourmet (September)

This food and wine event showcases 100 chefs, cooking demos and wine tastings in Millennium Park. More info.

Marathon & Fitness Expo (October)

The Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is held on a Friday and Saturday at McCormick Place. The Chicago Marathon takes place the next day Sunday in Grant Park. More info.

ZooLights (November—January)

See the Lincoln Park Zoo in a new light during this special holiday event. Expect millions of holiday lights, ice carvings, rides and gift shopping. Kids can also get their photo taken with Santa). More info.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (November)

Watch Grand Marshall Mickey Mouse taps his wand and light up more than one million lights on 200 trees along Magnificent Mile. This has been a holiday tradition since 1959. More info.

Winter WonderFest (December – January)

An indoor Winter WonderFest for the holidays, with music, carnival rides, and entertainment. Held at Navy Pier. More info.

New Year's Eve Fireworks (December)

Welcome the new year at Navy Pier with a spectacular fireworks display. More info.

Sketch Comedy Festival (January)

More than 170 shows take place at Stage 773 during this tribute to sketch comedy. More info.

Winter Brew Festival (January)

Enjoy beers and food at the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. More info.

Chicago Auto Show (February)

Check out 1,000 vehicles at McCormick Place.  More info.

Snow Days at Navy Pier (February)

Live entertainment, snowboarding, and kids’ activities including snow painting. More info.

St. Patrick's Day Parade (March)

The Chicago River flows green! The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon, rain or shine, at Balbo Ave. and heads north along Columbus Dr. More info.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show (March)

Featuring 20 gardens, 100 vendors, cooking demos and a kids’ activity garden at Navy Pier. More info.

Chicago Improv Festival (March/April)

This long-running festival of improvisational theater features comedy, music and puppetry performances in multiple locations. More info.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (April)

Also known as C2E2, this convention is for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and pop culture. More info.

Antiques Fair (April/May)

Peruse fine art, antiques, and jewelry from 100 top dealers.  More info.

Craft Beer Week (May)

Chicago Craft Beer Week features hundreds of craft beer events in the greater Chicago area. More info.

Memorial Day Parade (May)

The Memorial Day Parade at noon features high-school marching bands, drum and bugle corps along with veterans’ groups and active duty military. The parade along State St. from Lake to Van Buren follows a wreath laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza at 11 a.m.

Printers Row Lit Fest (June)

Featuring over 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books. More info.

Ribfest Chicago (June)

Watch a rib-eating contest, sample ribs from dozens of food vendors and enjoy live music. More info.

Chicago Blues Festival (June)

The largest free blues festival is held annually at Grant Park. Admission is free. More info.

Wells Street Art Festival (June)

See Wells Street—the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town—transform into an open air fine arts museum. More info.

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