CHICAGO has a year round calendar of unique events. Here is a sampling of some of the 2013 spring and summer highlights . . .
The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During four days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." This year celebrates the 30th ANNUAL CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL with Shemekia Copeland and Bobby Rush who kick-off the Festival’s Journey Up the Mississippi.
As part of Bike Chicago 2013, Chicago Bike Week is a 5-day celebration of cycling that culminates at the Bike to Work Rally; a high octane gathering of thousands of bike enthusiasts in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza. The Rally features complimentary breakfast for bicyclists, this year’s highly anticipated t-shirt and complimentary bike valet. Now in it’s 22nd year, Bike Chicago began as a one day rally and quickly expanded to a week, a month, five months and now a year long celebration of Chicago’s commitment to become more bicycle friendly and environmentally conscious.
The Festival features performances on 3 stages showcasing the best in local, national and international gospel performers. The popular Inspiration Youth Stage features local talent from the next generation of Gospel Music superstars. Admission is Free.
Fill up on food from classic Chicago dishes, top chef creations & specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants at this five day lakefront festival. 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. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival.
Lollapalaooza has come a long way since 1991, but one thing stays constant: the festival is for the fans. With that in mind, Lollapalooza now calls the legendary city of Chicago home, having put down roots in the gorgeous green spaces of Grant Park in 2005.
As the festival has grown up, it's also grown out -- now spanning over 115 acres, multiple stages, and an ever-more diverse array of 130+ artists from hip-hop, electronica, reggae, indie, rock, modern roots, and many more. There's always been a passion for rocking responsibly, and Lolla these days is no different. Fans can find a place to park their bicycle, hit the farmers market, grab some gourmet grub, peruse handmade arts and crafts, get rewarded for recycling and - of course - rock out to some of the best music in the world.
The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products U.S 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.
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.