Lincoln Park invaded by witches and ghouls for annual Spooktacular

On October 26, Clark Street will transform into a spook-sational Halloween wonderland with fun activities for adults and kids of all ages during Lincoln Park’s annual Clark Street Spooktacular! Some of the festivities featured this year are street magicians, jugglers, balloon artists, Halloween inflatables and characters in costume strolling along Clark Street from Armitage to Diversey. The festivities run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be trick-or-treating at participating establishments throughout. At … [Read more...]

Calling All Ghouls and Ghosts: The 2013 Franken Plaza Is About to Start

From October 25 until October 27, Daley Plaza, located between Dearborn and Clark Streets, transforms into Franken Plaza. This annual event brings out costumed characters of all types for a variety of festivities as Chicagoans celebrate Chicagoween, the city's Halloween season. For the 16th straight year, Midnight Circus will be participating in the city's Halloween festival. The antics of the Midnight Circus crew will amaze and inspire audience members of all ages as they soar through the air and perform their … [Read more...]

Top off your summer with the Chicago Jazz Festival

It’s the end of the summer and our last chance to get out and savor it! Keeping that in mind, the Chicago Jazz Festival is coming to the Loop this weekend to help us celebrate its 35th year and kick off the last weekend of August! Since 1979, the Chicago Jazz Festival has explored many aspects of jazz, featuring a variety of talents from Chicago, the greater U.S., and overseas. The festival is known for its creativity, and its mission is to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages. This year’s fest will … [Read more...]

The Loop’s 17th Annual SummerDance in Full Swing

Get out and get moving in the Loop at Chicago’s 17th annual SummerDance! Held in the idyllic Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, SummerDance transforms the 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor into an urban dance space that is free to everyone of all ages! The SummerDance series features 44 different live bands and offers lessons for each dance before the music starts. You don’t have to be a pro to join in! Lessons are embarrassment-proof, and are taught by instructors who encourage … [Read more...]

This Summer’s Annual Family Fun Festival Livens Up the Loop

All over the Loop there is an overabundance of festivals and events to enjoy this summer, but one in particular that is exclusively hands-on for children is Millennium Park’s Family Fun Fest! Chicago’s annual Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park will present hand-on activities, sing-alongs, and more for your family to enjoy the summer while it’s here! Located in the Loop in Millennium Park’s Family Fun Tent on the Park's Chase Promenade North, this festival is free to adults and kids of all ages. The … [Read more...]

Fun things to do this summer in the West Loop

In the bustling, lively neighborhood of the West Loop you will find a tremendous amount of activities to do this summer to stay busy and enjoy the weather while it lasts! The West Loop is a historic, ever-thriving, urban neighborhood with the Eisenhower Expressway bordering the south, Lake Street on the north, Ashland Ave. on the west and Monroe Harbor on the east. The area is a well-sought-after spot for its outstanding lofts, as well as its restaurants, shops and galleries. As with years past, the summer … [Read more...]

Chicago International Film Festival returning for it’s 49th year

The Chicago International Film Festival is coming back this fall to the Loop for its 49th year with new awe-inspiring films! The longest-running competitive film festival in North America, the Chicago Film Fest in 2012 presented 127 feature films, including 21 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Forty of these films were submitted by first-time filmmakers. The Chicago Film Fest runs this year from October 10-24, 2013. The festival started 49 years ago with one … [Read more...]

The 10th Annual Bash on Wabash Returns to the South Loop

Get excited for this summer’s 10th annual Bash on Wabash, a South Loop street festival held on August 24th and 25th, 2013! Located in the heart of the South Loop on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, Bash on Wabash is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. This year, the fest will celebrate the cultural diversity of one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Sponsored by Reggie’s and Budweiser, this bustling, dynamic festival echoes the South Loops’ electrifying energy, offering … [Read more...]

The Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

When: Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30, 2013—Saturday: 12 Noon-10pm, Sunday: 12 Noon-9pm; FREE Admission, $7 suggested gate donation  Where: Racine Ave. and Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60614. On Racine between Fullerton & Webster  Directions: The Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival is easily accessible via the CTA's Fullerton and Halsted Bus routes and Fullerton Brown and Red Line stations. Parking special: $5 in the DePaul University garage at 2330 N. Clifton.  Come join us in Lincoln Park for the … [Read more...]

Two of Chicago’s Art Fairs Returning to Old Town

You might not have noticed, due to the unusually chilly temperatures, but summer is upon us. That means it’s time to gear up and get ready for two of Chicago’s most popular events: the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Festival!   The 64th annual Old Town Art Fair weekend has been officially declared by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the City Council to take place June 8th and 9th, 2013, inside the Old Town Triangle district. The Old Town Art Fair is one of America’s oldest art fairs, and is considered one of … [Read more...]