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Rahm Announces New River-Centric Great Chicago Fire Festival

Posted 03.29.2013 | Chicago

Early Friday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the formation of a new autumn festival that will — metaphorically speaking — set the city on fire. "...

Where To Ring In 'Year Of The Snake' For Chinese New Year

Posted 02.09.2013 | Chicago

Sunday marks the beginning of Chinese New Year, and for 2013, drums are beating to ring in the year of the snake. Though it's a major holiday for ...

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Riot (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The final day of Riot Fest was anything but riotous. Perfect weather, a friendly crowd, old timer headliners and enough snarky t-shirts to ...

Over 1 Million Attend Shorter Taste, 17,600 Slices Of Pizza Sold

Posted 07.16.2012 | Chicago

While festival-goers have returned some mixed reviews, the city has declared this year's Taste of Chicago a success. ABC Chicago reports that an es...

A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party Unveils Homegrown Headliner

Posted 07.11.2012 | Chicago

If you've been struggling to choose between A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party and Riot Fest, two big-ticket music events hitting Chicago the weekend of Se...

Ukuleles, Art, Music & More Headline This Weekend's Festivals

Posted 07.06.2012 | Chicago

If we had any doubts that summer was in full swing, this week's heat has certainly put them to rest. While air conditioned apartments may be hard to p...

Hideout Block Party, A.V. Fest Join Forces, Unveil Lineup

Posted 06.11.2012 | Chicago

The Hideout and The A.V. Club on Monday announced the first wave of their Frankensteined mini-music festival's lineup. The A.V. Fest & Hideout Bloc...

Chill & Grill Festival Chefs Share Go-To Summer BBQ Recipes

Posted 06.08.2012 | Chicago

A group of celebrity chefs will be taking over Chicago's Waveland Park this weekend for the second annual Chill and Grill Festival. The event, spon...

Is That Smell Really Skunk? Chicago Columnist On Seasonal Aromas

Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago

This time last year, the pungent, recognizable smell of skunk permeated Illinois more than usual. That may happen again this season, but for differ...

Occupy Festival Postponed Amid Criticism Over Price, Proceeds

Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago

The organizers behind Occupy Festival, a two-day music-oriented festival originally scheduled for May 12-13 in Chicago's Union Park, announced Tuesday...

Rahm Proposes More Big Changes For Taste Festival

Posted 03.15.2012 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unveiled two new proposals aimed at helping pull the struggling Taste of Chicago festival into the black after years o...

Pitchfork Festival Tickets Now On Sale

Posted 03.09.2012 | Chicago

Tickets to the 2012 edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival went on sale at noon Friday. Set to take over Chicago's Union Park July 13-15, the fest...

Taste To Feature Fewer Restaurants, Higher Vendor Fees

Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago

The upcoming Taste of Chicago, in addition to being held later in the summer and lasting half as long as previous years, will also feature only one-th...

Fall Festivals Celebrate Season's Harvest

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Now that fall is full-on upon us, there's much to celebrate -- and to distract us from the shivering we feel while stepping out into increasingly chil...

Forget Travel And Be Your Own Chicago Tour Guide For Labor Day

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

If you don't want to deal with snarls on the Interstate and crowded airports this Labor Day weekend, stay in Chicago. The city has a multitude of ecle...

PHOTOS: Check Out Recycled Art From New Ravenswood Remix Fair

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

As the city’s neighborhood street fests wind down and the threat of colder air looms, Chicagoans can celebrate the last days of warm temperatures ov...

Movie Madness: Upcoming Screenings Of Classics And Cult Faves

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

This year’s Movies in the Parks schedule has been killer, with plenty more great films to come this season. But that’s not the only movie event go...

My Chicago: OK Go's Damian Kulash On Lolla, Obama's Birthday & More

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

Who: Damian Kulash Years in Chicago: From his early 20s into his late 20s Current City: Los Angeles Current Gig: OK Go’s lead vocalist L...

Lolla Alternatives: Weekend Activities For The Ticketless

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

If you’re not among the more than 270,000 people planning to attend this weekend’s sold-out Lollapalooza, it's not a total loss. You can avoid the...

Summer Bucket List: Events To Catch Before It's Too Late

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

Last week, summer (and the unbearable heat) seemed like it would never end. As August draws near, fall is suddenly looming like never before. Time to ...

PHOTOS: A Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival Preview

| Lauren Drell | Posted 09.25.2011 | Chicago

The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival kicks off this weekend in Logan Square, and will be unlike other neighborhood festivals you have attended so far th...

A Walking Guide To Can't Miss Acts At Make Music Chicago

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 08.19.2011 | Chicago

For more than 10 hours starting Tuesday morning, musicians from all over the city will gather in various public places to sing and play jazz, classica...

PHOTOS: Ribfest Chicago Takes Over North Center

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 08.13.2011 | Chicago

The air in North Center was thick with smoke and hypnotizing meaty aromas, as tens of thousands packed onto a few blocks of Lincoln Avenue for Ribfest...

Five Acts To Catch At The Chicago Blues Festival

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago

Chicago’s summer festivals have seen their share of downsizing this year, but the Chicago Blues Festival lives on as a weekend-long summer standby. ...

PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2011 Schedule Posted

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

With today's announcement of the day-by-day, hour-by-hour schedule Lollapalooza 2011, festival-goers finally have the opportunity to plot their plan o...