Irish Fest brings together the best in Irish music from America, Canada and Europe. In addition to all of the music, there will be Irish sports, dancing, theatre & story-telling, a petting zoo, Irish dogs and ponies, Irish import stories. For the little people there are magicians, puppets, jugglers, clowns and most importantly, unlimited carnival rides are included in the admission price in addition to free parking.
May 24 -27, 2013
Friday 4:00 pm -11:00 pm; Saturday 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Monday 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm


July 25-28, 2013 - RIDGE FEST 2013
Freedom Park
6252 Birmingham, 2 blocks East of 104th & Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge, IL
Annual Festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Th 5:30-10:30PM; F 5:30-11:30PM; Sa TBA-11:30PM Su TBA-10:30PM

15th Annual Kwanzaa Observance Program

The largest known seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in the country publicly held in an institution of higher learning. The event will include performing artists, public speakers, cultural activities, and regional vendors. The event remains free and open to the public.

A Jazz Nativity for The Anti-Cruelty Society

Music and animal lovers alike can celebrate the holidays with Saint Luke Church, at its Annual not-to-be missed “A Jazz Nativity.” 
Resident "cat" Chaplin Smith will help officiate the day with festivities beginning at 3:00 pm.
Pets are invited to attend.
The nativity story will be performed by a lively group of top Chicago Jazz Artists that include: Bobby Schiff, Bobby Lewis, Ken Jandes, Jerry Coleman, Andy Tecson, Tim Coffman, Stew Miller, Ken Olen, Gayle Bisesi, Dawn Holt Lauber, Dave Molnar, and Bill Tadevich.
Prior to and following the performance, The Anti-Cruelty Society will host a Holiday Bazaar, and showcase some of their adoptable pets. Pastor Dave Abrahamson will also conduct pet blessings.

Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove

August 2-4, 2013
Athletes from around the world come to compete in the tour. Includes some of the richest pro-cycling purses in the world.
Food, exhibits, cycling vendors, and entertainment.

Bastille Day 5K Run

The popular mid-summer Chicago event will again be a celebration of all things French as well as that country's Bastille Day National Holiday (Officially July 14). In 2011 the run/walk celebrates its 30th anniversary (!) as well as its new home in Lincoln Park which, until 2010, had been in the West Loop.

Following the run/walk, participants will be treated to a block party with food, refreshments and entertainment at the nearby Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. (Admission to only the block party without participation in the run/walk is $5.00) Proceeds will again benefit Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

At Build-A-Bear Workshop, mission is to bring the Teddy Bear to life. An American icon, the Teddy Bear brings to mind warm thoughts about our childhood, about friendship, about trust and comfort, and also about love. Build-A-Bear Workshop embodies those thoughts in how they run their business.

Chicago Criterium

Get ready for Chicago-style pro-am cycle race!
Mayor Richard M. Daley welcomes cycling's elite to Grant Park on Chicago's beautiful lakefront for the city's inaugural Chicago Criterium on Sunday, July 27. Racing will begin at 7:00 am, and continue through the day. The total prize money is $40,000 with $25,000 of that marked for the Pro Category 1& 2 race, the final race of the day starting at 2:25 pm.

Christmas Tree Farm in Crete, Illinois

Coming soon.....

Christmas tree farms around Chicagoland. For those who think fresh Christmas trees are the best.

Collect, Re-Collect, Connect!

Four Chicago area authors:
Michelle Duster
Jen Cullerton Johnson
Cynthea Liu
Trina Sotira

Will discuss the in-and-outs of writing for a particular genre from fiction to non-fiction, to children's books to adult works.
You can log on to their web-site to register for this event.

Day Frog Children's Recreation Center

Day Frog is the only indoor play area in downtown Chicago designed exclusively for children and toddlers aged 6 and under. Day Frog is fully licensed by the City of Chicago for Indoor Amusement/ Open Play. (License Number 1873326) They are open seven days a week, including every holiday except July 4th. With an immaculate 4,000 square foot facility right off of Michigan Avenue. Our guests include children from throughout Chicagoland as well as visitors staying downtown.

Disability Pride Parade

Parade: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Program: 12:00 pm 

Karaoke Summer Event

The Associates Board of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Presents their 2009 Karaoke Summer Event.
The UCCRF wants to hear from you and your friends as you belt it out for a cure at our best Karaoke event ever! No practice needed, just come and join us for an evening of cocktails, appetizers and of course, karaoke while raising money for a worthwhile cause! 
Your $20.00 cover entirely benefits the UCCRF and gets you complimentary premium vodka drinks from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, amazing passed hors d’ouevres and all the songs your audience can handle! Remember, while the cause is of great consequence - the continued support of ground-breaking research in Immunology: the manipulation of patients' immune systems to promote tumor destruction - the evening is relaxed; hope to see you all there!
Come join us for this highly anticipated event!


Grant Park in downtown Chicago is the annual host of Lollapalooza. The Main Entrance to the festival grounds will be on Columbus Drive at the intersection of Congress Avenue, and right in front of Buckingham Fountain. Bring your Lolla ticket and get to the action even faster through the additional north entrance at Columbus and Monroe. Take a look-see at the 2011 Lolla Map to get oriented.

Mexican Independence Day Parade

Start time: 11:00 am

Millennium Park Music Series

Free music taking place at Millennium Park all summer long starting with the cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series Downtown Sound, followed by Loops and Variations, a series of six concerts that mix new music with electronica and closing out the summer is the acclaimed Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series, which showcases jazz with a distinctively Chicago flavor on six separate nights, culminating in the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.


Platinum & Pink Diamonds Productions

Presents an evening of Music and Arts featuring the creative works of Ashieka E Photography, A Rome Photography, Arthur Wright, Juan Arevalo and Yemonja Smalls.
We are venturing into the souls of artists as some works will be created at the event.

Live music by T.M.C. featuring:
Opal Nesbitt

Hors D'oeuvres and alcohol-free cocktails are included in the ticket price.
Come out and enjoy an evening of ART and SOUL!

Polish Constitution Day Parade

Start time:11:30 am
Admission: free

Puerto Rican Parade

Start time: 12:00 pm

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