There is always something fun happening in Chicago. Every day you can find live music, theater, and even networking events. There’s never a shortage of fun things to do, from small get-togethers to big festivals. When you’re planning out your year in the Windy City, though, there are some events that stand out. These are the four biggest Chicago events to look forward to in 2018.
The city is known for its free summer festivals, and Taste of Chicago is the biggest one of all. What began as a one-day food festival now draws millions of attendees every summer. The vendors cover a wide spectrum of the cuisine that's available in the Windy City. You'll definitely find deep dish pizza, hot dogs, and cheesecake, and you'll also get to sample items from the city’s diverse ethnic populations. There are also local and national musical acts at several free stages.
Speaking of music, one of the biggest events of the year is definitely Lollapalooza. It’s so popular they’ve added another day and it’s now a four day fest. Drawing some of the biggest bands and musical acts in the world to headline, the event is known more for the multitude of up-and-coming bands that take the stages during the day. It’s a great way to find your new favorite soundtrack.
The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free air show in the country. With North Avenue Beach as show-central, both military and civilian performers amaze the millions of attendees who line the shores of Lake Michigan. One of the best ways to see the show is from the water, and all of the boat tour companies offer special cruises during show weekend. You can also watch it from the air at one of the many rooftops with views of the lake.
Not all of the big events take place in the summer. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival heralds the start of the holiday season in Chicago. Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the trees along Michigan Avenue are festooned with lights. During the day there are vendors and live music in Pioneer Plaza at the base of Tribune Tower, and in the evening a parade marches down the Mag Mile. The day culminates with a rousing display of fireworks over the Chicago River.
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