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Chicago Travel and Tourist Information - Annual Events

June

Chicago Blues Festival - Grant Park
The Chicago Blues Festival is the world's largest free admission blues festival

Gardens of Chicago 's Magnificent Mile
June - September 2006 - Free & Open to the Public
The Magnificent Mile is at its finest during the summer months. Stroll our pristine parkways and flawless urban planning as old and new converge amongst breathtaking beauty and immaculately manicured gardens. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of these gardens and discover The Magnificent Mile’s own paradise.

July

Chicago Country Music Festival - Grant Park

Taste of Chicago - Grant Park
Each day more than 70 local restaurateurs offer a delicious combination of ethnic items, family favorites, exotic and Chicago specialties feeding more than 3 million people in Grant Park, in downtown Chicago. This favorite Chicago tradition offers cuisine from more than 70 restaurants, plus entertainment and activities for the entire family.

August

Chicago Air & Water Show - Along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

September

Chicago Jazz Festival - Labor Day Weekend in Grant Park

November

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
For more than 40 years, the trees along North Michigan Avenue have been illuminated to signal the official start of the holiday season in Chicago. The festive lighting of more than one million lights along North Michigan Avenue is followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the Chicago River.

State Street Thanksgiving Parade - State Street—from Congress to Randolph from 8:30 am to 11 am
Giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, unique performance groups, local and national celebrities.

December

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Buckingham Fountain