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Upcoming things to do in Chicago!

Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival
July 24 - 26, 2015
Lake Arlington, Arlington Heights, IL
The event brings culture, sport and international flavors to Lake Arlington Park and blends a 2,500 year-old tradition with the fun and excitement of an outdoor festival. Details.
Wicker Park Fest
July 25 - 26, 2015
Milwaukee Ave from North Ave to Paulina St, Chicago, IL

This is the festival you’ve been waiting for all year! After surviving the savage Chicago winter and suffering through a fickle “Spring,” we think the City of Big Shoulders has earned a big festival that shakes loose the snow and salt and replaces it with the fest of the season. Details.
Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby
August 6, 2015
The Wrigley Building 400-410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby? It's a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Details.
Chicago Hot Dog Fest
August 7 - 9, 2015
Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark St Chicago, IL

'Frankly' speaking, Chicago Hot Dog Fest is a guaranteed 'wiener'! Puns aside, this second annual food happening, held just steps from (and benefiting) the acclaimed Chicago History Museum, has all the ingredients of an exceptional Big City summer event. Details.
Chicago Bears Family Festival
August 8, 2015
Soldier Field Chicago, IL

At Bears Family Fest, fans will visit the stadium and watch the Bears practice under the lights on our home field. Additional entertainment includes fun family-friendly games and outdoor activities, live music, giveaways and a firework show to follow practice! Details.
Chicago Air and Water Show
August 15 - 16, 2015
North Ave. Beach Chicago, IL

The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. Details.
Charities Golf Classic
July 27, 2015
Shoreacres in Lake Bluff & Knollwood in Lake Forest Chicago, IL

Help us celebrate our 21st Anniversary. This event benefits the Lake County Services. Foursomes start at $4,000 and individual golfing starts at $1,000. Details.
Wizard World Comic Con
August 20 - 23, 2015
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 North River Rd Rosemont, IL

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is about comic books, wrestling, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games. Details.
Chicago Fashion Fest
August 29 - 30, 2015
East Division St, Chicago, IL

Fashionistas, families and fest-lovers alike have two days of non-stop local fashion, live music and entertainment – topped off with a little Latin spice! ChicagoFashion Fest 2015 is once again collaborating with Chicago’s Fashion District Neighborhood Wicker Park/West Town, aiming to turn Do Division Street into the city’s biggest fashion and shopping destination! Details.
The Elgin International Festival
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Riverside Drive Promenade Elgin, IL

There will be a kick-off parade, live music, children's "edutainment" area, international food, as well as business and non-profit information...showcasing dozens of world cultures! No admission charge. Details.
The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
August 30, 2015
Downtown Chicago, IL

Race weekend consists of five stand-alone triathlons, including the Life Time Kids Tri Chicago, SuperSprint and the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon sprint, international and pro races. The Triple Challenge is our sixth event, consisting of three races unto itself. Details.
Monster Dash
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grant Park's Arvey Field

The race will host a costume contest that truly brings out some crazy creativity and inventiveness in many runners, from those dressing up as Lego pieces to those running in their favorite superhero's outfit, tight spandex and all. The race organizers will award prizes for best adult male and female costumes in both the half marathon and the 10K, and best individual boy and girl under age 12, as well as prizes for the best couple's costume and the best group costume. Details.
Taste of Polonia Festival
September 4 - 7, 2015
Copernicus Center 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL

The yearly Labor Day festival at Copernicus Center offers non-stop Live Music, food, and fun from Friday thru Monday! Four stages & over 30 bands: rock, pop, jazz, dance, polka, world, & more. Great Polish Food & Polish Beer. Details.
North Coast Music Festival
September 4 - 6, 2015
Union Park Chicago, IL

North Coast Music Festival is a three-day event featuring the world's greatest and most cutting edge electronic, indie, hip hop, jam and rock and roll artists. Details.
14th Annual Gala of the Arts
September 11, 2015
Navy Pier Chicago, IL

The fundraiser will support Catholic Charities' ongoing Emergency Assistance programs that provide food, shelter, clothing and supportive services for people in crisis in Cook and Lake counties. Details.
Shock Top Oyster Fest
September 11 & 12, 2015
Roscoe Village Chicago, IL

Tents housing fresh seafood as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants are but one highlight of what has grown over the years to become a truly unique change-of-season happening. There's also arts & crafts. Details.
Windy City BBQ Classic
September 11 - 12, 2015
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Celeb chefs and judges determine Chicago's BBQ Pit Master as 20 teams meet on the beach---coal or hardwood only---in a non-vending competition. Includes the biggest names in BBQ, as well as restaurateurs and backyard BBQers. Food and beverages available for purchase, market vendors, blues stage and the beach! Details.
Waukegan Airshow
September 12 - 13, 2015
Waukegan Regional Airport, 2358 W Beach Rd, Waukegan, IL

Families will love this value-inspired regional event. Enjoy food and beverages while viewing the amazing aerial feats of historic aircraft. Afterwards, kids can get their photograph taken with some of the brave pilots while adults can shake hands and drill the pilots with any burning questions. Details.
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
September 12 - 13, 2015
Lakeview East Chicago, IL

The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts is Chicago's premier fine art and fine craft festival showcasing over 130 juried artists. Lakeview is located on the north side of Chicago, near Wrigley Field, north Halsted and Lincoln Park in a very diverse, culturally rich community with unique boutique stores, cafes and restaurants. Details.
Dallas/Fort Worth Ultimate Women's Expo
September 12 - 13, 2015
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 N. River Rd Rosemont, IL

We've gathered the very best leading companies, boutiques and brands together to bring a new level of women's expo to San Antonio. Never before have there been so many great reasons to visit a Women's Expo Details.
September 17 - 20, 2015
Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL

Entering its fourth edition in 2015, the expo presents artwork from 140 leading galleries around the world, including EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs. Details.
Flavors of Chicago
September 21, 2015
Venue One 1034 West Randolph St, Chicago, IL

The evening showcases the signature dishes of our culinary experts and takes you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education, and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation. Details.
Foam Glow 5K™
September 26, 2015
Toyota Park 7000 Harlem Ave Bridgeview, IL

This is a fun filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of Blacklight’s all over the course. Glowing runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds. Whether you are a long term runner or a walk around the park stroller, the 3 miles of the Foam Glow 5K™ course will have you shining bright and waiting for the next run. Details.
Tenth Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure
September 26 - 27, 2015
Outdoor Courtyard of Univ. of Chicago's Hyde Park Shopping Ctr, Chicago, IL

The Courtyard provides a wonderful setting for the show with benches, trees, flowers, & tables. A popular destination to socialize & attend events as well as to shop & provides a great ambiance for the show. Details.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
September 27, 2015
Montrose Harbor Montrose Ave & Simonds Dr, Chicago, IL

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Details.
The Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K
September 27, 2015
Historic Jackson Park Chicago, IL

Runners will wind through beautiful Hyde Park before running along traffic-free Lake Shore Drive offering sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and south shore. Details.
Chicago Taste of the Nation
October 11, 2015
The Navy Pier Grand Ballroom 600 East Grand Ave Chicago, IL

Chicago’s most sophisticated and acclaimed culinary event will once again feature over 50 of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, 25 of the city’s top bars, bartenders and mixologists, craft beers, wines and spirits. The event will also feature hands-on family culinary activities, chef demos, entertainment and a dream auction with many once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences. Details.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
October 23 - November 1, 2015
Facets Cinema 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL

The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children's film festivals in the world. Details.
Carrera de los Muertos/Race of the Dead 5k
October 31, 2015
The Pilsen neighborhood Chicago, IL

Our race coincides with the Day of the Dead, a Latino tradition rooted in Mesoamerican culture. For centuries, this holiday—based on All Souls Day—commemorates the deceased by building altars, or ofrendas, with favorite items and significant possessions from loved ones. Details.

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