One of the best times of year in Chicago is festival season. Spring kicks off months of outdoor fun, music, art, and culture around the city. If you're looking to kick off your spring with a great festival, here's your guide to what's happening around town.
Wired FridaysThrough May 24
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe
78 E. Washington St.From now until May 24, the Chicago Cultural Center is hosting Wired Fridays, a festival of dance, electronica, and ambient music performed by some of the best up and coming musicians and DJs in the area. This festival is part of the LunchBreak series and takes place every Friday from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free.
Chicago Kids and Kites FestivalMay 4
Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park
West Montrose Drive
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4, head over to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park for the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival, a day of family fun and free activities for kids. There will be paper kites available for kids to fly, along with family-friendly entertainment like face painting, crafts, and balloon artists. Admission is free and it's near public transportation.
Downtown Sound: New Music MondaysMay 27-July 29
201 E. Randolph St.
One of the premiere music festivals Chicago has to offer kicks off this spring with New Music Mondays, featuring cutting-edge indie rock and pop. The shows will be held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and admission is free.
Millennium Art FestivalMay 31-June 2
Lake Street at Michigan Avenue, downtown
Come see over 150 featured artists, sample food, and listen to music at the Millennium Art Festival. The festival is free to the public and easily accessible to public transportation. This festival is just two blocks from Millennium Park, so when you're done checking out the art, you can head over there for more fun.
Chicago Blues FestivalJune 6-9Millennium and Grant parks, downtown
Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chicago's largest music festival in Grant Park. The Chicago Blues Festival will feature headlining acts such as Shemekia Copeland and Bobby Rush this year. Titled "Rollin' Up the River," the festival will take you on a blues journey to Chicago up the Mississippi River. The festival opens at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on June 6, then heads over to Grant Park on June 7, where it will remain for the duration.
Although spring has been slow to get going in Chicago, the festival season is right on time. These festivals will help you forget winter in a hurry and get you ready for even more fun in the summer ahead. Know of any other Chicago-area festivals this spring that locals need to check out? Give us the details in the comments.
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