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October 2010 in Chicago
Discover October events in Chicago and things to do that go well beyond Halloween.

Taste of Chicago 2013: Food Vendors
Here's your guide to the Taste of Chicago 2013, including food vendors, entertainment, and admissions information. The Taste of Chicago runs July 10-14, 2013.

November in Chicago
Discover November events in Chicago and things to do that include Thanksgiving and more.

Chicago in January 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Annual events and things to do in Chicago in January 2011.

Chicago Events 2011 - Chicago Calendar of Annual Events, Fests, and Things to Do
Calendar of annual events, festivals, and things to do in the City of Chicago. Discover Chicago's event for every month of 2011.

Chicago in February 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Annual events and things to do in Chicago in February 2011.

Chicago in March 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Discover a hand-picked list of the best annual events and things to do in Chicago in March 2011.

Chicago in March 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Discover a hand-picked list of the best annual events and things to do in Chicago in March 2011.

Chicago in April 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Discover a hand-picked list of the best annual events and things to do in Chicago in April 2011.

Chicago Earth Day Events - 2011
Complete guide to Earth Day 2011 events in Chicago.

Chicago in May 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Discover a hand-picked list of the best annual events and things to do in Chicago in May 2011.

HealthyWage's Chicago Matchup Weight Loss Competition
Learn how you can join HealthyWage's Chicago Matchup Weight Loss Competition.

Mother's Day 2011 Brunches, Events, and Gift Ideas
Here's a handpicked list of brunches and events for Mother's Day 2011 in Chicago.

Chicago's Memorial Day Parade 2011
Learn about the time, place and route for the 2011 Memorial Day Parade in Chicago.

Chicago's Summer Street Festivals 2011
Get information on the dates, names, and more for Chicago's summer street festivals 2011.

June 2011 Cultural Events in Chicago
Check out June 2011 cultural events in Chicago.

Chicago in June 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in June 2011.

Taste of Chicago 2011 Food Vendors
Here is a list of the food vendors at the Taste of Chicago 2011.

Your Guide to the Taste of Chicago 2011
Here's your guide to the Taste of Chicago 2011, including food vendors, entertainment, and admissions information.

Your Guide to Lollapalooza 2011
Your guide to Lollapalooza 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2011
Your guide to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2011.

Chicago in July 2011 - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in July 2011.

Your guide to the Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party in Chicago.
Your guide to the Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party in Chicago.

Your Guide to Chicago's Air & Water Show 2011
Your guide to Chicago's Air & Water Show 2011.

Your Guide to One of Chicagoland's Best Outdoor Concert Venues: Ravinia Festival
Your guide to the 2011 Ravinia Festival and every detail you need to know for getting there, parking, ticket information, and more.

August 2011 in Chicago - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in August 2011.

Your Guide to the Annual Chicago Jazz Festival 2011
Your Guide to the Chicago Jazz Festival 2011, including dates, times, performers, and more.

Your Guide to the Jammin' at the Zoo 2011 Concert Series
Your guide to the 2011 Jammin' at the Zoo concert series, including show dates, times, and performers.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Chicago - Top Picks
Here's your guide to Labor Day 2011 in Chicago. Find our top picks for things to do this Labor Day weekend in Chicago, including concerts, festivals, and more.

September 2011 in Chicago - Annual Events Calendar
Check out our Top Picks for things to do this September 2011 in Chicago, including Jazz Fest, Labor Day Weekend, Oktoberfest, street festivals, and more.

Oktoberfests 2011 in Chicago
Toast a beer and celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago with these Oktoberfest events, including dates, times, and general information.

September 11, 2011 Memorial Events in Chicago and the Suburbs
Honor the 10th anniversary of September 11 with these 9/11 memorial events in Chicago and the suburbs. List include event names, dates, locations, and more.

Chicago Gourmet 2011: Bring Your Appetite to Chicago's Premier Food Event
Your guide to the 2011 Chicago Gourmet, including dates, times, location, seminars, tickets, and more.

October 2011 in Chicago - Annual Events Calendar
Discover October events in Chicago and things to do that go well beyond Halloween, including dates, times, and locations of each event.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular! at the Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo gets spooky this Halloween with tis annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular!, including a haunted, arts and crafts, costume parade, entertainment, and more.

Spa Week 2011 Helps Chicagoans Relax and Unwind
Find a low-cost luxury spa treatment during Spa Week 2011 in Chicago, which includes $50 facials, massages, and more at some of Chicago's leading spas.

Chicago Thanksgiving 2011 - Events and Things to Do
Find our top picks for enjoying Thanksgiving Day 2011 and Thanksgiving related events in Chicago, including Chicago's annual Thanksgiving Day parade and mmore.

Last-Minute Halloween Events in Chicago
Looking for something last-minute to do this Halloween in Chicago? Check out our hand-picked list of Halloween events this October 31, 2011.

Enjoy Chicago's Christkindlmarket 2011
Everything you need to know about the 2011 Christkindlmarket in Chicago, including location, hours, and more.

December 2011 in Chicago
Discover December 2011 events in Chicago and things to do the Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights, Christkindlmarket, and more. Information includes dates, times, and locations of events.

Chicago in January 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Find things to do in Chicago during the month of January 2012, including events and more.

Chicago New Year's Eve 2011 - Events and Parties
Looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year in Chicago? Check out our finds for New Year's Eve events and parties 2011.

New Year's Day 2012 in Chicago
Starting 2012 off right with these New Year's Day and beyond events in Chicago, including a New Year's Day 5K in downtown Chicago and more.

Taste of Chicago 2012: Your Guide to One of Chicago's Biggest Summer Events
Here's your guide to the Taste of Chicago 2012, including food vendors, entertainment, and admissions information.

Chicago Events 2012 - Chicago Calendar of Annual Events, Fests, and Things to Do
Calendar of annual events, festivals, and things to do in the City of Chicago. Discover Chicago's event for every month of 2012.

Chicago in February 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Annual events and things to do in Chicago in February 2012.

Chicago in March 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Find things to do in Chicago with this list of the best annual events in Chicago in March 2012.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2012
Learn the dates, participating restaurants, and more information about the annual Restaurant Week in Chicago in February 2012.

AmpliVox Donates Free Pink Podiums and Megaphones to Breast Cancer Events
AmpliVox Sound Systems is donating free Pink Podiums and Pink Mini-Megaphones to breast cancer awareness events nationwide. Learn how you can get a free podium and megaphone for your next event.

Ribfest Chicago 2012
Ribfest Chicago is returning in 2012 with more smokin’ music and barbecue than ever before. This year Ribfest will take place June 8 - 10.

Chicago in April 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Discover a hand-picked list of the best annual events and things to do in Chicago in April 2012.

Chicago in May 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Discover a hand-picked list of the best annual events and things to do in Chicago in May 2012.

Enjoy a Women’s Weekend of Wellness with Chicago's Step Up Women's Network
This March, enjoy a Women’s Weekend of Wellness in Kohler, Wisconsin with the Step Up Women's Network of Chicago. Kohler's American Club Resort will offer a fun and transformative weekend with tips and strategies for incorporating healthy lifestyle habits.

Guide to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2012
The Flower & Garden Show comes to Navy Pier March 10 - 18, 2012. Learn all you need to know about this popular show, including special events, dates, times, and more.

Chicago in June 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in June 2012, including event names, dates, times, and more.

Running Races in Chicago in 2012
Find out about running races in Chicago in 2012, including dates, times, distances, and more.

Chicago in July 2012 - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in July 2012, including event names, locations, dates, and times.

St. Patrick's Day 2012
Looking for something fun to do this St. Patrick's Day in Chicago? Check out our list of events to celebrate the Irish.

Chicago's Bike to Work Week 2012 Promotes Pedaling Around the City
This year's Bike to Work Week in Chicago will take place June 11 - 15, 2012 and will include various events that will promote cycling ranging from a planned bike tour in Chicago's Loop to a public information session with the Chicago Department of Transportation concerning their plans to make Chicago a world class bicycling city.

Quick Facts for Chicago's Annual Memorial Day Parade 2012
Learn about the time, place, and route for the 2012 Memorial Day Parade in Chicago, including the city's Wreath Laying Ceremony dedicated to those who have served.

Half Marathon Training Tips
If running a half marathon is a goal for you this year, check out our half marathon training tips to run your best race yet.

Happy Birthday to the City of Chicago
The City of Chicago celebrates its 175th birthday in March 2012 and to mark this important milestone the city is hosting 175 days of special events, festivals, promotions and fun facts, March 4 - August 26, 2012.

Your Guide to Chicago's Air & Water Show 2012
Your guide to Chicago's Air & Water Show 2012, including dates, times, performers, and locations.

Taste of Chicago 2012: Performers
Here's your guide to the Taste of Chicago 2012 music performers, including Chicago's own Jennifer Hudson.

Green City Market: A Sustainable Farmers Market in Chicago
One of Chicago's most popular farmers markets is the Green City Market in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. The market, which opens outdoors May 5, 2012, is in business Wednesday and Saturday mornings through October before it moves inside.

NATO Summit Road Closures and Changes to Public Transportation
Find out which roads will be closed and which public transportation routes will be affected during the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012.

Chicago's Gay Pride Parade 2012
Find out about one of Chicago's most colorful parades this summer. The annual Gay Pride Parade in the Windy City takes place June 24, 2012.

Your Guide to the Jammin' at the Zoo 2012 Concert Series
Your guide to the 2011 Jammin' at the Zoo concert series, including show dates, times, and performers.

Bon Appétit Presents Chicago Gourmet 2012
If you love food, this is one event worth attending this September in Chicago. The Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet 2012 showcases more than 150 of Chicago's finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world.

Celebrating the Fourth of July 2012 in Chicago
Chicago celebrates Fourth of July with fireworks, concerts, and more. Here's your guide to celebrating the Fourth of July 2012 in Chicago.

August 2012 in Chicago
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in August 2012, including the famous Air & Water show and the last concert in the Jammin' at the Zoo concert series.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Chicago - Things to Do
Here's your guide to Labor Day 2012 in Chicago. Find our top picks for things to do this Labor Day weekend, including concerts, festivals, and more.

15th Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K Returns to Chicago This Summer
Get ready for the 15th Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K taking place in Chicago August 16 at 6L45 p.m. in Grant Park. Find out how to register for one of Chicago's most popular races.

Chicago's Popular Old St. Pat's Fest and the New Craft Beer Fest at St. Mike's
Find out all you need to know about Chicago's top June street festivals, including the popular Old St. Pat's fest and the new Craft Beer Fest at St. Mike's.

Chicago's Humana Race to Taste
Find out everything you need to know about the Humana Race to Taste in Chicago July 12. This 5K race is part of Chicago's biggest summer event, the Taste of Chicago.

September 2012 in Chicago - Annual Events Calendar
Check out our Top Picks for things to do this September 2012 in Chicago, including Jazz Fest, Labor Day Weekend, Oktoberfest, street festivals, and more.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Parades
Find out where to see fireworks this July 4 in Chicago and the suburbs, including times and dates. Also find out when Fourth of July parades will be taking place.

Street fests, beaches, outdoor concerts, holiday celebrations, and more
Chicago is considered one of the best cities to live in or visit during the summer. Summer months in the Windy City are packed with things to do, including street festivals, fireworks at Navy Pier, free outdoor concerts, and more.

Your Guide to Lollapalooza 2012
Your guide to Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, including when, where, and how to get tickets to one of the city's biggest music events of the year.

October 2012 in Chicago - Annual Events Calendar
Discover October events in Chicago and things to do that go well beyond Halloween, including dates, times, and locations of each event.

Sailing Abroad Chicago's Tall Ships This Summer with Tall Ship Windy
Tall Ship Windy offers Chicagoans and visitors the chance to board and ride historic tall ships at Navy Pier all summer long.

November 2012 in Chicago
Discover November 2012 events in Chicago and things to do that include Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more. Information includes dates, times, and locations of events.

Enjoy Chicago's Christkindlmarket 2012
Everything you need to know about the 2012 Christkindlmarket in Chicago, including location, hours, and more.

Guide to the 2011 Chicago Marathon - Fast Facts
Find an overview of the 2012 Chicago Marathon, including the date, time, registration information, course map, and more.

2012 Spooky Zoo Spectacular! at the Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo gets spooky this Halloween with tis annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular!, including a haunted, arts and crafts, costume parade, entertainment, and more.

December 2012 in Chicago
Discover December 2012 events in Chicago and things to do the Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights, Christkindlmarket, and more. Information includes dates, times, and locations of events.

Oktoberfests in Chicago
Toast a beer and celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago with these 2012 Oktoberfest events, including dates, times, and general information.

Enjoy Chicago's Christkindlmarket 2012
Everything you need to know about the 2012 Christkindlmarket in Chicago, including location, hours, and more.

Whole Foods Market Offers a Weekend Immersion to Kickstart a Healthier Lifestyle
October 13 and 14, Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park's Wellness Club will be offering a Weekend Immersion program intended for people who want a quick but thorough introduction to living a healthier lifestyle. Participants will build a "healthy" foundation with 13 nutrition, cooking and fitness classes. In addition, participants will enjoy five...

Pumpkins in the Park 5K Race
Be festive this Halloween season and run the annual Pumpkins in the Park 5K race taking place Saturday, October 27, at 5 p.m. in Lincoln Park. Race includes run and walk options, kids race, and post-race festivities.

Chicago in January 2013 - Annual Events Calendar
Even though January is in the dead of winter, it is still a lively and active month in Chicago. Check out these annual events and things to do in Chicago in January 2013.

Last-Minute Halloween Events in Chicago
Looking for something last-minute to do this Halloween in Chicago? Check out our hand-picked list of Halloween events this October 31, 2012.

Special Holiday Events at the Shedd Aquarium
Beginning Sunday, December 16, 2012, through Sunday, December 22, 2012, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium transforms into a wintery, watery wonderland to celebrate a of week of holiday cheer. Discover what creatures are stirring as the aquarium stays open late during a special holiday schedule with the return of Holiday Fantasea, presented by Toyota and...

Check Out These Fall Drives Ideas for a Weekend of Autumn Splendor
Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago? How about taking a fall drive where you can see autumn, pumpkins, apples, and more. Check out these fall drive ideas for a weekend of autumn splendor.

Chicago Food & Wine Festival Premiers at the Pheasant Run Resort
Chicago's Food & Wine Festival premiers at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles on November 17 - 18, 2012 and will feature tastings from dozens of selected top chefs, restaurants, sommeliers, brewers, and mixologists.

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012
Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade 2012 takes place on November 22, 2012. Find maps of the time, starting and ending points, grand marshal and more.

Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2012
Enjoy one of Chicago's most popular holiday events and start the Christmas season off right at the annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza. Find the date, location, hours, and other key information about Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Celebrate This Festive Season at the Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic
Get into the holiday season with the Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic event. We give all the information you need for the event, including dates, times, special performances, and more.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Lincoln Park Zoo's Annual ZooLights
The Lincoln Park Zoo turns on its holiday lights with its free ZooLights, including photos with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, and more.

A Windy City Tradition: Macy's Holiday Window Displays 2012
A favorite holiday tradition is back again with the Macy's holiday window displays in Chicago. Get all the details on the department store's holiday windows, including location and display information.

Holiday Family Fun in Chicago
Looking for things to do during the holidays in Chicago with your family? Check out our list of holiday activities fun for all ages.

Chicago's Top Christmas Events and Things to Do - 2012
Check out these top Chicago Christmas 2012 events and things to do during the holidays in the Windy City. We've rounded up the best Chicago Christmas events this year.

Chicago Weekend Events: February 8-10,2013
Find out what's happening in Chicago in February. We list some of the most popular events this month, from food to ice skating to the annual Chicago Auto Show.

Guide to Chicago's Annual Memorial Day Parade 2013
Learn about the time, place, and route for the 2012 Memorial Day Parade in Chicago, including the city's Wreath Laying Ceremony dedicated to those who have served.

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Annual Bark in the Park Event
The Anti-Cruelty Society's annual Bark in the Park will be held May 4, 2013 at Montrose Harbor and will include a 5K run/walk, dog obstancle courses, vendors and more.

Chicago in June 2013 - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in June 2013, including event names, dates, times, and more.

Chicago in July 2013 - Annual Events Calendar
Find a hand-picked list of favorite annual events and things to do in Chicago in July 2013, including event names, locations, dates, and times.

Get Ready to Rock at Lollapalooza 2013
Your guide to Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, including when and where the concert is, and how to get tickets to one of the city's biggest music events of the year.

Taste of Chicago 2013: Food Trucks
Here's your guide to the Taste of Chicago 2013, including food vendors, entertainment, and admissions information. The Taste of Chicago runs July 10-14, 2013.

Shedd Aquarium's Free Days`
Find out when free and discounted admission is happening at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Illinois and Chicago residents, as well as visitors to Chicago, receive free admission and discounted rates to the Shedd Aquarium on various dates in 2013.

Your Guide to the Annual Chicago Jazz Festival 2013
Your Guide to the Chicago Jazz Festival 2013, including dates, times, performers, and more.

September 2013 in Chicago
Check out our picks for things to do this September 2013 in Chicago, including the annual Jazz Fest held Labor Day Weekend, Oktoberfest, street festivals and more.

Chicago Gourmet 2013, Presented by Bon Appétit
A foodie favorite event held each fall in Chicago is Chicago Gourmet (presented by Bon Appétit), which showcases more than 150 of Chicago's top restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.

Chicago Gourmet 2013, Presented by Bon Appétit
A foodie favorite event held each fall in Chicago is Chicago Gourmet (presented by Bon Appétit), which showcases more than 150 of Chicago's top restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.

Celebrate Halloween All Month Long in Chicago
Get a jummpstart on your Halloween plans with our guide to Halloween 2013 in Chicago, including haunted houses, parties and more. Kids can also have some Halloween fun at Chicago's annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Top Fall Drives Near Chicago
Looking to get a glimpse of fall leaves near Chicago? Here are some of the best fall drives in the Midwest.

November 2013 in Chicago
Discover November 2013 events in Chicago and things to do that include Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more. Information includes dates, times, and locations of events.

Spend the Holidays at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago
Everything you need to know about Chicago's 2013 Christkindlmarket, including location, hours, vendors, photos with Santa and more.

Celebrate Halloween at Chicago Parks
Halloween Events at Chicago Parks

Haunted Houses in and Near Chicago

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

December in Chicago
Discover December 2013 events in Chicago and things to do including Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights, the annual Christkindlmarket and more. Information includes dates, times and locations.

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago
Enjoy festive light displays and holiday fun at the annual ZooLights at Chicago's only free zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic
Celebrate the holidays at the annual Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic event. Event includes almost one million twinkling lights and animated light displays.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Best New Year's Eve Celebrations in Chicago

February 2014 Events in Chicago
Find things to do in February in Chicago. Even though it is a cold month, weather wise, there is still plenty to do in the Windy City.

MLK Events in Chicago
Celebrate the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King with these events happening in Chicago.

Chicago Celebrates First Ever IHOP Pancake Bowl
Participating Chicagoland IHOP restaurants serve up the first-ever IHOP Pancake Bowl on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Valentine's Day Events in Chicago

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