The Chicago Blues festival features some big name acts, in 2007 it was Koko Taylor, and many other around the way bands. The food selection was excellent and the cost to eat, drink, and be merry was reasonable.
Bring a blanket or a low-rise chair because seating in lawn-style. Money, a hat, and a camera should round out your trip bag.
The best way to get there is via public transportation or on foot because parking is limited but available.
Be sure to get a schedule of events before hand. There are performances on multiple stages and some at the same time.
The best thing about this blues fest is...it's FREE. There was a small charge for the head-liners but well worth it!
The Chicago Wine Council - www.chicagowinecouncil.com offers natives and visitors to Chicago an opportunity to taste great wines in different venues every month. With 6 Clubs making up the Council you can count on a wine tasting event monthly.
The tastings are 3 hours long, at least 25 wines served (unlimited) set-up in a roaming format so you can easily interact with attendee's, appetizers and our Council's exclusive wine diary.
We cater to the Wine Curious and the Wine Educated and non-members are always welcomed to our tasting events.
Tickets to our wine tasting events are sold on line at all the clubs and range from $30 to $60 plus dollars. See Clubs at www.chicagowinecouncil.com You can also buy entry to a tasting event the night of the event but cash only and no guarantee entry.
I was in chicago for the How Design conference...and it just happened to be the same time as the blues fest....so instead of going to the design parties, i decided to hang at the blues festival, and it was a great experience.
Many Chicagoans claim the Taste of Chicago as their favorite part of each year. Hundreds of resturaunts from all over the city open up booths in Grant Park, and the masses come to try it all. It all happens around the Fourth of July, and it's definately worth a visit.
Dinners looked very crowded so we enjoyed a Wednesday lunch. We didn't wait in line for tickets, nor at any of the 50 food vendors. There was something for all four of us to eat. It wasn't cheap; we went through coupons quickly, 12 coupons for $8.00. We could purchase a small taste of the food each restaurant had to offer or a more expensive & larger choices. We enjoyed ribs, cheesecake, burgers. ..
People watching was fun. Picnic tables were clean. The Brawny tent made a hit. They had two sinks with soap and towels to clean up after dining.
Yes, the food might seem overpriced, and it is hard to walk around and eat at the same time. But this festival should be attended just for the experience itself. The Taste usually coincides with the Country Music Festival, and if you do not want to eat - Don't worry there's more things to do than wait in line for the food (though that might be the fun part for some people).
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Everything's green at the annual Irish parade.
Put on something green and head downtown for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. More than 30 bands, 2,000 Irish step dancers and 50 Irish-themed floats will entertain about 200,000 spectators this year; most of the bands will be high-school marching bands. To get a head start on the crowds, come watch as the Chicago River is dyed green about an hour before the ceremony begins. Famous Irish faces will lead the festivities along with Mayor Daley and other politicians. The parade usually starts at the corner of Dearborn and Wacker and then proceeds southbound on Dearborn. This route may change slightly due to construction on Wacker Drive. So, bring your four-leaf clovers and join in the fun!
Ravinia Festival, an outdoor music festival held every summer in Highland Park.
This music festival is a one-of-a-kind experience, and a perfect thing to do on a warm summer night. They have a concert almost every night during the summer, mostly classical music with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and soloists, but also with various jazz/pop stars. The music is broadcast across the beautiful wooded lawn during the performances. There are two options for seating--sit on the lawn (bring your own chairs/blanket, food, candles, etc.) and make an upscale picnic out of it, or pay more and sit in the covered pavilion with direct views of the performers. Both options are great, but I prefer the lawn tickets--you can make a whole night of it, and you can always walk up to the back of the pavilion to catch a glimpse of the performers.
Check out the city and neighborhood festivals. They are listed at:
My favorite events include:
Old Town Arts Fair
Among the most prestigious of America's top twenty art fairs and one of the nation's oldest. Over 250 artists will be represented. Lot of jewelry, paintings, photography and sculpture on display and for purchase. Party at St. Michaels once the sun sets. Donation of $10 to enter.
Sheffield Garden Walk
Look at the gardens. Drink lots of beer. Not as fun now that they moved it from Webster to Sheffield. Can get very hot on the pavement. Great bands.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue
What the Taste of Chicago used to be like. Local restaurants and bars. Art and crafts. Lots of bands on three different stages. Some performers along the way. Definately my favorite of the street festivals.
The Taste of Chicago has local restaurants selling full portions and "taste" portions of some of their menu items. Here's a chance to try Chicago's deep dish pizza. I had a taste of cheesecake, potstickers and Garrett's popcorn.
There are cooking demonstrations and music concerts to enjoy. It runs for about a week around the 4th of July. Free admission but you must buy food tickets to buy the food items.
Veggie Fest Chicago 2009
The Chicago Tribune called Veggie Fest Chicago 2008 the "best bet for the weekend." Healthy Dining wrote "I can't say enough good things about it. . . If you missed it, mark your calendars for this year's event." Or how about: "10,000 people and it never felt crowded."
This year it's going to be even better! Veggie Fest Chicago 2009 is happening on Saturday, August 8, 11 am - 8 pm and Sunday, August 9, 11 am - 7 pm on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Road, Naperville, IL 60563.
Check it out. Cooking demos with free samples; 40 food vendors, restaurants, and exhibitors; health talks by medical professionals; even an "Ask the doctor" booth; children's programs with crafts, games and activities; plus live music. WOW! All of this with no admission charge.
Connect with thousands of like-minded people and learn about compassionate and healthy lifestyle choices.
For the complete schedule of demos, talks and workshops, click on http://www.veggiefestchicago.org, call 630.955.1200, 800.222.2207, or email email@example.com.
The Woman’s Board of the Winnetka Community House sponsors the 39th Annual Winnetka Antiques Show. The nationally renowned show invites over 50 dealers from across the U.S., England and Europe to offer: American, English and Continental furniture and decorative arts; antique American flags; antique jewelry; culinary and wine accoutrements; period silver; folk art; pewter; paintings; porcelain; vintage clothing; prints; antiquarian books; quilts, textiles and oriental rugs.
PREVIEW Thursday, March 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
PARTY: Cocktails and a dinner buffet, reservations preferred, $125 in advance and $135 at the door, includes 3-day Show admission.
SHOW HOURS: Friday, March 7 from 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, March 8 from 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, March 9 from 12 PM to 5 PM
Bar, beverages and full luncheon available daily,
3-day Show admission $15; handicap access; no strollers, please.
BENEFIT: All proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Winnetka Community House, a non-tax supported organization that is dependent on a broad base of community support for its existence. The Winnetka Community House was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places on August 30, 2007. The Woman's Board has been the primary financial source for this initiative. The Winnetka Community House welcomes more than 250,000 visitors annually. The Show is managed by Keeling Wainwright Associates.
TICKETS: Please call 847/446-0537 or visit our website at www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org
In September is the annual Celtic Festival in Chicago. It is a great cultural festival to attend. There are stages with Celtic dancing, harp playing, bagpipes, and spoken word events. There is a lot of great food (corned beef sandwiches, Sheppard's pie, Celtic corn, and fish and chips, just to start) and of course, good beers. There is an athletic competition, where you can see burly men and women throw items from a hammer to a caber (think of tossing a telephone pole around). Art stalls and community coordinators help round out what is in general a very fun atmosphere. Family friendly, good for all ages.
The festivals! Fourth of July weekend: 'Taste of Chicago', is a good one.
Musicians, food, arts and crafts.