If you're looking to have some fun in 2019 in Chicago, you can't go wrong with heading out to a festival for some local excitement. Plus, Chicago has a ton of festivals, which bring crowds of people and smiling faces from all over the world.
Whether relative to music, business, food and beverage, or art, there are so many options for the New Year you'll want to keep track of on your calendar. Be sure to get tickets or save the date for these selected festivals hitting Chicago in 2019.
If you're a fan of the Cubs, you don't want to miss this weekend convention where you can mingle with other #1 fans and members of the team. There will be autograph opportunities, meet and greets with Cubs players, exhibits and demonstrations, and discussions from alumni and coaches. You can start dreaming about planning to go to a Cubs game this summer and flying the W in 2019.
Do you love the White Sox? Well you can go to the 27th annual convention to show your support and interact with former Sox champs and current team members. There will be Q & A seminars, signings, exhibits, and more. It'll take place at the Hilton Chicago.
Taking place at McCormick Place, this major "geek party" is here to entertain you for hours. Celebrating its 10th Edition, it's a huge celebration where you can get to know other fans and buy some awesome souvenirs at the end.
EDM is still going strong and Spring Awakening is the festival you should go to for the start of summer. It's a great way to begin the amazing season on a high note. The line up isn't released yet, but you can buy early bird tickets now.
A Chicago classic, head to Millennium Park for a wonderful performance of the Blues right outside in the fresh air. There will over 100 national and international artists performing, with genres ranging from soul and gospel to R&B and hip-hop, all with a Blues emphasis.
If you love country music, you need to get tickets to this awesome weekend of fun, where you're indulging in your favorite tunes from Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and more.
Got a large appetite? Love sampling different foods from top chefs in the city? Go to Grant Park for some ridiculous eats and drinks with over 200 menu items from 67 Chicago restaurants and food trucks. There's also music, so you can eat and jam out simultaneously.
If you love country music and barbecue, you should go to Windy City Smokeout when it's hot and lovely outside in Chicago. Choose items like ribs, brisket sandwiches, fries, margaritas, tacos and more.
Join in for the annual Blackhawks convention mid-summer where you can get autographs, meet players and alumni, chat with the coaches, and explore some interactive exhibits.
Every year several young musicians head to Chicago to compete in hopes of winning the prize and launching their careers. It's wonderful to see such talent from across the world right in Chicago.
Ah, Lollapalooza-the yearly festival that takes over Chicago. While the lineup for 2019 isn't announced yet, you can be sure that it will be just as fantastic as all the previous years. Be sure to stay on the lookout for early bird tickets!
This noisy but incredible show is not one to miss, and you can set up a tent or picnic to view the demonstrations. Plus, it's free on North Avenue Beach, so you don't need to worry about getting tickets in advance.
Enjoy a full week of Jazz music at this festival in Millennium Park as summer comes to a close. Choose from Nolatet, Greg Ward & 10 Tongues, the Kenny Barron Quintet, and more.
Get ready for some killer EDM music at this outdoor festival at the end of the summer. Some artists from last year included DVSN, Cashmere Cat, DJ Snake, Gramatix, and more. Stay tuned for ticket sales.
If you love alternative and diverse music, like punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop, you'll love Riot Fest. What's more, there are also carnival rides, food, and other performers for extra entertainment.
Whether you're running or cheering on your favorite athletes, the Chicago Marathon draws people in from across the world and the city is lit on fire. You'll want to take part in the excitement!
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