Your Ultimate Guide to 2024 Events in Chicago

Welcome to our 2024 Chicago Events Calendar featuring our favorite, not-to-be-missed events (and to be updated as new events are announced)! As a team of neighborhood experts and long-term Chicago residents, we’ve curated a list of events that are close to our hearts and reflect the vibrant spirit of our city. From the bustling streets of neighborhood festivals to the vibrant lakefront music fests, we’re thrilled to share these experiences that we are eagerly anticipating. Our diverse tastes shine through in our selections, spanning genres and interests as varied as the iconic tunes of Pink, The Eagles, and Metallica, to the intriguing world of Neil DeGrasse Tyson. We’re a team that finds joy in the roaring engines of NASCAR as much as in the tranquil melodies of classical music amidst the fragrance of roses in a park. And let’s not forget the food festivals! We are united in Chicago with our love for food and drink! We invite you to join us in exploring and enjoying the rich tapestry of events that Chicago has to offer throughout 2024. Get ready for a year filled with unforgettable moments and experiences that only this magnificent city can provide. Eat, drink, be merry, and explore Chicago!

Chicago Cultural Events 2024

Our List of Top Chicago Events in 2024

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Various Locations in Chicago
January 18, 2024 – January 28, 2024
Experience the magic of puppetry with performances from around the world at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, showcasing innovative and imaginative puppet theater across dozens of venues in Chicago.
Chicago Restaurant Week
Various Restaurants in Chicago
January 19, 2024 – February 4, 2024
Savor culinary delights during Chicago Restaurant Week, featuring specially priced menus at some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, offering a unique opportunity to experience the city’s thriving culinary scene.
Theatre Week – Golden Girls – The Laughs Continue
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower
February 8, 2024 – February 16, 2024
Enjoy a hilarious trip down memory lane with ‘Theatre Week – Golden Girls – The Laughs Continue’ at the Broadway Playhouse. The show brings beloved characters to life, delivering laughs and a dose of nostalgia.
Chicago Bacon Fest: Live Band & Bacon Everything
Old Crow Smokehouse – Wrigleyville
February 17, 2024
Indulge in a bacon extravaganza at Chicago Bacon Fest, featuring live music, a wide array of bacon-infused dishes, drinks, and unique photo opportunities at Old Crow Smokehouse in Wrigleyville.
South Chicago Dance Festival
South Shore Cultural Center
February 17, 2024
Celebrate the art of dance at the South Chicago Dance Festival, showcasing a variety of dance styles and performances by talented dancers, creating an enriching and dynamic cultural experience.
The Chicago Pancake and Booze Art Show
February 24, 2024
Explore a unique fusion of art and culinary delight at The Chicago Pancake and Booze Art Show at Reggies. Enjoy pancakes and live DJ while viewing exciting artwork, making for an unconventional and enjoyable art experience.
Lunar New Year Parade
Intersection of 24th St and Wentworth
February 28, 2024
Join the vibrant celebration of the Lunar New Year with the annual Lunar New Year Parade in Chicago. Featuring colorful floats, traditional performances, and cultural displays, it’s a festive event for the whole family.
Eagles – The Long Goodbye
The United Center
March 8, 2024 & March 9, 2024
Join the Eagles for ‘The Long Goodbye’ concert series at the United Center, a spectacular musical journey celebrating their iconic hits and enduring legacy in the rock music scene. Two nights!
Queen Of The Night – A Tribute to Whitney Houston
House of Blues
March 24, 2024
Experience ‘Queen Of The Night’, a heartfelt tribute to Whitney Houston at the House of Blues, featuring stunning vocal performances and a celebration of the music of one of pop’s greatest voices.
Chicago House Music Festival
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
June 2, 2024
Groove to the beats at the Chicago House Music Festival at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Celebrate the city’s rich house music heritage with live performances, DJs, and a vibrant crowd of music enthusiasts.
Millennium Park Summer Workouts
Millennium Park – Great Lawn
May 18, 2024 – August 31, 2024
Join the Millennium Park Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn for a series of free outdoor exercise sessions. Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more are available in this inclusive, energetic, and scenic setting.
Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies
The Chicago Theatre
May 9, 2024
Join renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson at The Chicago Theatre for an entertaining and enlightening evening as he explores the science behind popular movies, blending education with humor.
Suenos Music Festival
Grant Park
May 25, 2024 – May 26, 2024
Experience the vibrant Suenos Music Festival in Grant Park, featuring a lineup of top artists in Latin music. This festival brings together a celebration of culture, music, and community in the heart of Chicago.
2024 Old Town Art Fair
Old Town
June 8, 2024 – June 9, 2024
Discover a world of creativity at the 2024 Old Town Art Fair, featuring an array of artists, sculptors, and photographers. Enjoy a weekend of art, live music, and food in the charming neighborhood of Old Town.
Windy City Smokeout
The United Center
July 11, 2024 – July 14, 2024
Join the ultimate BBQ experience at Windy City Smokeout, showcasing the best in barbecue, beer, and country music. Enjoy mouth-watering dishes, craft brews, and live performances at the United Center.
2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend
Grant Park
July 6, 2024 – July 7, 2024
Feel the thrill at the 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend. Witness high-speed racing through the streets of Chicago, featuring world-class drivers and a pulsating atmosphere in the iconic Grant Park.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park – 1501 W Randolph St
July 19, 2024 – July 21, 2024
Dive into a world of diverse music at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, showcasing a mix of established and emerging artists across various genres. Enjoy a weekend of incredible music, art, and food.
Wicker Park Fest
Wicker Park
July 26, 2024 – July 28, 2024
Join the vibrant street festival, Wicker Park Fest, for a weekend of live music, local art, delicious food, and community activities. Experience the best of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
July 9, 2024 – August 27, 2024
Enjoy summer evenings with the Millennium Park Summer Film Series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Featuring a selection of classic and contemporary films under the stars, it’s a perfect way to relax and entertain in the heart of Chicago.
Metallica Concert
Soldier Field
August 9, 2024 – August 11, 2024
Rock out with Metallica as they bring their legendary sound to Chicago. Expect a high-energy performance filled with iconic hits and new material from one of the most influential rock bands in history. Two concerts!
P!NK Summer Carnival
Soldier Field
August 24, 2024
Get ready for P!NK’s Summer Carnival at Soldier Field, a spectacular event featuring her chart-topping hits, breathtaking performances, and a carnival atmosphere. A must-see show for music lovers.
Taste of Chicago
Grant Park and various neighborhoods
September 6, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Explore Chicago’s culinary scene at the Taste of Chicago. This iconic food festival in Grant Park and various neighborhoods offers a taste of the city’s diverse cuisine, from classic dishes to modern culinary creations.
Immersive Yoga
Studio Prolific
2024 SERIES – for all dates visit www
Experience a unique blend of mindfulness and physical activity with Immersive Yoga at Studio Prolific. This event combines yoga practice with immersive audiovisual elements for a transformative experience.