Search for a business name or keyword
 

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Calendar of Events  |  News
Visit Our Neighbors At:
Naperville  |   Minneapolis  |   Indianapolis
At Chicago Best, you can find the best of everything in Chicago, from the best Chicago apartments to the best attractions.
Visit our ChicagoBest local calendar for more events »

Fun happenings in Chicago!

Chicago Park District
The Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation and owner of more than 8100 acres of green space. We invite you to take a look at the many events happening in your neighborhood Park! Details.

Organizing an event?  list your upcoming area event here»

Upcoming things to do in Chicago!

Monster Dash 5K
October 24, 2014
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.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
October 24 - November 2, 2014
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.
Hallowed Haunts
October 25, 2014
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL

This annual concert by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the preprofessional training orchestra affiliated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is full of Halloween-themed music that haunts and delights. Don your Halloween costume and join fellow ghosts and goblins, along with costumed members of the Civic Orchestra for fun and spooky preconcert activities. Details.
Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale
November 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Broadway Playhouse 175 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL

Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created and stars in a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family’s holiday. Details.
Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
November 9, 2014
Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Enjoy a beautiful run through Chicago’s most scenic spots. Then, celebrate your victory with fellow chocolatiers at our post-race party in Grant Park. Stuff your face with decadent fondue, watch the kids go crazy in the bounce house, pose for photos with Marsha & Mellow—the energy is infectious! Details.
The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
November 22, 2014
The Magnificent Mile Chicago, IL

The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River. Details.
Lincolnwood Turkey Trot
November 22, 2014
Proesel Park, 7055 Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL

This CARA Certified 5K/10K race and 5K fitness walk takes you through scenic Lincolnwood, featuring a flat, fast course perfect for novice as well as experienced runners and walkers. For our youngest athletes (10 years of age and under), the Drumstick Dash will be the perfect way to round out this historic running event! Details.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 25, 2014
Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St. Chicago, IL

The holiday season officially commences when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle. Live performances, festive holiday music and more will take place. Details.
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
November 27, 2014
Downtown Chicago on State St Chicago, IL

Giant helium balloons, remarkable floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, unique performance groups, local and national celebrities Details.
The Ugly Sweater Run™CHICAGO
November 29, 2014
Soldier Field 1410 Museum Campus Dr. Chicago, IL

Rummage up the Ugliest Sweaters you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in the best 5k of the year. Join thousands of runners and walkers from around the nation at a local Ugly Sweater Run near you. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to burn some calories before receiving hot chocolate and a choice of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Details.
The Nutcracker
December 5 - 28, 2014
Joffrey Tower 10 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL

Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition: America’s #1 Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic. Details.
Holiday Bricktacular
December 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago 601 N. Martingale Rd Schaumburg, IL

Step out of the cold and into a winter wonderland filled with LEGO brick at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago’s annual Holiday Bricktacular! Throughout the month of December, young brick fans are invited to play special seasonal games and deck the halls with loads of brick-tastic holiday fun! Details.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
December 16, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. Details.
Handel’s Messiah
December 21 - 22, 2014
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph Dr Chicago, IL

The music of Handel comes to life in Chicago every Christmas with his magnificent Messiah performed by a chorus of thousands, world-class soloists and a full orchestra of local professional and amateur volunteer musicians. Details.
Chicago Restaurant Week
January 30 - February 12, 2015
Various Venues in Chicago, IL

Over 250 restaurants take part so get a taste of the city's rich, culinary diversity: Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs. Details.


Chicago's Shop Walk

MDA - Make STRIDES to find a cure.

Click here for more info!

Change Your Water - Change Your Life! Healthier and Greener!

Capital Grille Restaurant