Calendar of what's happening in Chicago


Past events in Chicago
Aug, 2012
Sep, 2012
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 09/23/2012 to 04/07/2013

Chicago – Danh Vo: We the People –

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From the 23rd September until the 7th April, Danh Vo’s We the People will be exhibited at the Art Institute Chicago. One of Chicago’s longest standing artistic institutions, the Art Institute collects and preserves some of the world’s greatest artworks, representing myriad artistic disciplines and processes. Danh Vo’s We the People is just one of many great exhibits currently housed at the institute, and is a fantastically ambitious project by a unique talent. The exhibition consists of five pieces that form part of a wider project by the artist, which aims to reconstruct the Statue of Liberty on a 1:1 scale. Unlike the Statue of Liberty, Vo’s version is composed of individual pieces spread across various museums and art venues around the world. By dividing up the pieces, the artist is attempting to draw attention to the abstract nature, universality and fragility of the concept of freedom. After his family fled Vietnam during his early years, Vo’s family found refuge in Denmark. The artist’s experience of living in different countries and cultures has fed into Vo’s creative works, and driven his desire to interrogate inherited cultural values and the ways in which they are constructed. In addition to Vo’s highly ambitious and accomplished work, the Art Institute also houses over 300,000 works of art in fields as diverse as Chinese Bronze Age pieces. As We the People is a 1:1 replica, this is also a once in a lifetime chance to get up close to parts of the statue that are totally inaccessible on the original, and admire the skills and technique used in their construction. SEE MORE

Jan, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 01/26/2013 to 04/27/2013

INDIGO: New Works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina

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India is said to be the oldest centre of indigo production in the world, and this was ruthlessly exploited by colonists during the British Empire. Today, the colour indigo is now synthetically made in laboratories and is more associated with American blue jeans than its colonial past. INDIGO: New Works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina is a conversation in collage of two artists from different cultures who draw upon India’s history, narratives of immigration and transnational economic interchanges to create this exhibition of sculpture, installations, and paintings – all executed in indigo blue. The exhibition is a historical record of the legacy of the native indigo farmers, the activism of Mahatma Ghandi in Bahir, and an exploration of South Asian culture post-colonialism. Indian artist Shelly Jyoti documents the suffering and exploitation of the native farmers of Champaran over the cultivation of the indigo plants, leading up to the intervention of Gandhi, in her installations that incorporate calligraphy, contemporary prints and textile art. Chicago-based artist Laura Kina draws inspiration from the South Asian and Jewish quarter of Chicago – Devon Avenue. By mixing pop-art images such as street signs and advertising from the city streets with the heritage of different immigrant cultures, she explores diaspora and cultural appropriation in modern America. Because of their commitment to preserving and honouring Indian craft while still being ethical and environmentally sustainable, the two artists began hiring artisans from MarketPlace: Handwork of India (a fair trade women’s collective in India) to embroider all their designs. The exhibition is open at the Chicago Cultural Center with free admission. There are many affordable hotel rooms in Chicago within walking distance of the exhibition at cheaphotels.com, such as the Palmer House Hilton, The Congress Plaza Hotel and many more. SEE MORE

Mar, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 03/07/2013 to 09/08/2013

Chicago – Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence

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Only in the dark can you see some of the world’s most magical creatures. The black sky forms the perfect backdrop for the sparkling night-flyers to show off their beauty. Fireflies, glowworms, and deep-sea fish come out in all of their twinkling glory when surrounding in darkness and The Field Museum in Chicago is set to be illuminated by their glow with its Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence exhibition. Open from March until September 2013, this exhibition will mesmerize every person of every age, providing entertainment and education to all that attend. Delving into the unusual, and often unseen, side of nature, this exhibit is a must see for anyone visiting Chicago. Children will be entertained for hours by the different ways in which animals use light. Whether to attract a mate, lure prey, or as a defense mechanism, light is a fascinating part of nature. While uncommon amongst animals on land, in the ocean, it’s a completely different story. In fact, 90% of animals which exist at more than 700 meters below the surface are bioluminescent – they glow – and a variety of these are on display in the exhibit. From the glowworms in New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves to the vast depths of the sea, this exhibit aims to explain how animals create light, and help visitors to better understand the world’s ecosystem. Kids love things that glow in the dark, but this exhibit delves deeper into the occurrence and shows how scientists study and draw conclusions from animals’ use of light through interactive displays, photographs and videos amongst other things. For adults and children, this is a fun and fascinating way to learn. Many kids – and adults for that matter – fail to realize how many wonderful illuminating creatures exist in our world. This is something that the Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence exhibition aims to teach through its incredible displays. SEE MORE

May, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: 05/04/2013

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

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Parents and aerial enthusiasts from across the state of Illinois and neighbouring US states will be keen to add Saturday May 4 to their upcoming events calendar. It’s a fun-packed day that may require a relaxing neck massage afterwards from all the skyward gazing you will do. The 15th Annual Kids and Kites Festival in Uptown Chicago takes place on and around the summit of Cricket Hill on Montrose Point, where the breezes drifting in from Lake Michigan will provide the wind to set sail an army of kites. This family day out will stir up the kid in us all, with an extensive programme of face painting, balloon artists, roaming entertainers, arts and crafts and street food vendors supplying an afternoon of exciting outdoor activities. If your kite is broken, there will be new kites available for purchase at the event. Plus, there will be free paper kite kits so that kids can design and create their own airborne works of art. There will also be plenty to marvel at, such as watching the experts fly their sports and giant kites in a marked off area. The 15th Annual Kids and Kites Festival takes place from 10am - 4pm and admission is free. Affordable accommodation in Chicago can be booked via the CheapHotels website.   SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 05/24/2013 to 05/26/2013

Electric Daisy Festival

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If you’ve been to big shows headlined by one or two acts, why not be brave and take on a weekender? Chicago’s first Electric Daisy Festival takes place over three whole days of entertainment. Described as the “unparalleled experience of sight and sound”, the festival starts at 5pm on Friday May 24 and runs until 4am daily; this is an event not for the faint-hearted. For fans of electronic dance music, the festival features a varied line-up, with acts and headliners announced just a couple of months ahead of the opening day. This year sees the show’s debut in Chicago (it’s previously been held elsewhere in the US) and organisers are already promising big things. If you’re visiting the city of Chicago for the festival alone, you’ll be pleased to discover there’s a ton of great cheap hotels close by. There is an option to camp, but after 10+ hours of full-on partying, a nice, comfy bed seems like the only sensible option. Covering an area of 60,000 hectares, the lively city of Chicago sits 176 metres above sea level on the south western shore of Lake Michigan – the fifth largest body of fresh water in the world. Millions of people visit Chicago each year, drawn to it by its thriving music scene and extensive parklands. In this city you’ll find around 3,000 hectares of city parks, which attract a whopping 86 million visitors annually. With 77 distinct neighbourhoods, Chicago is known for its harmony and diversity; something which pulls in crowds from the US and further afield. Online events calendars for the city of Chicago are always fit to bursting with something for every traveller. Book your hotel room on-line on Cheap Hotels in Chicago, two minutes checkout and instant confirmation.     SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: 05/25/2013

Chicago Memorial Day Parade

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A sprawling metropolitan city, Chicago is home of the blues, comedy and the very first skyscraper. The age of railroads found its centre here in this huge city, with aeroplanes soon following suit. Visitors to Chicago can enjoy everything from fine dining to great theatre, shopping and stunning skylines. A picturesque tourist spot, it’s easy to see why visitors continue to flock to the city. There’s plenty to explore, whether you’re visiting the area for a long weekend or week-long break, with a range of affordable Cheap Hotels available both in and out of the city centre. Take in the beautiful skyline across the waters of Lake Michigan or stroll around the city’s huge parks or museums. You’ll also find the finest collection of architecture in the world in Chicago. The city covers an area of a staggering 60,000 hectares and sits 176 meters above sea level. Many visit Chicago for its buzzing music scene, its extensive parklands and its diverse neighbourhoods. If you happen to be in the city in May, it’s worth visiting the Chicago Memorial Parade, one of the largest memorial parades in the US. Chicago’s annual wreath laying ceremony and parade honours all men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the US. Each year, the parade takes place as a tribute to these people; in 2012 the event was dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the Iraq War. With a long history, this year the event will see the Windy City decked out in the patriotic colours of red, white and blue. In addition to checking out the event, visitors can join locals as they bike along the waterfront, or enjoy snacks at the various venues. Featuring marching bands from local schools, the parade starts with a wreath-laying ceremony to honour veterans and fallen solders – not to be missed. SEE MORE

Jun, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 06/10/2013 to 06/14/2013

Chicago Bike Week

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Of all the great cities in the USA, few offer the delights found in Chicago, one of the most culturally exciting and unique cities of all. A major arts centre with many other attractions, Chicago is home to a wealth of excellent shops, superb restaurants catering for a wide range of tastes, and many great bars that promise lively nightlife and a great time. Many who choose the city for a vacation opt to match their break to one of the many events that take place in Chicago throughout the year. One of the most enjoyable and fun-filled is Chicago Bike Week, which takes place this year between the 10 and 14 June. Everyone from families to couples can enjoy this unique event, and the prevalence of cheap hotels in the city makes it a more attractive proposition. Check the details at cheaphotels.com, where you can find the ideal accommodation in Chicago for your needs. The beauty of Chicago lies in its diverse and friendly atmosphere; this really is one of the most welcoming and interesting cities in the USA. Excellent museums, art galleries and open spaces make this a city that has a great deal to offer visitors of all ages, and the Bike Week events are just a small part of the attraction. With a wide choice of affordable accommodation, Chicago makes for an inexpensive vacation in one of the world’s greatest and most exciting cities. SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: 06/10/2013

Taste of Chicago

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One of the most popular cities in the USA when it comes to vacations, Chicago has a lot to offer in terms of cultural attractions. From the many museums and art galleries through to the glorious parks and wide-open spaces, Chicago is a city of many delights, and one that is well worth a visit whether for a family holiday or a romantic break. If you are looking to visit Chicago this summer, you may want to consider taking in Taste of Chicago, the world’s biggest food festival held in Grant Park on the beautiful lakefront. A celebration of food, fun, music and festivity, this unique event offers something for everyone, and takes place on the 10th June this year. At www.cheaphotels.com you can find information on a wide range of affordable accommodation in Chicago suitable for families and couples alike, making it a cost effective place for an excellent vacation. The Taste of Chicago event is like no other, a great day out for the family in glorious Grant Park, one of Chicago’s most picturesque locations. Established in 1980, this annual event attracts thousands of people who enjoy food and music – and much more – in the beautiful summer sun. The day begins in the late morning and stretches across lunch and dinner, with many different types of cuisine to sample and many more attractions besides. This year’s event promises much to satisfy all members of the family, complete with all the attractions that a great city like Chicago can offer. SEE MORE

Jul, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 07/05/2013 to 07/07/2013

Windy City RibFest

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Summertime is all about laid-back alfresco living, and Chicago in 2013 is no exception. This July, the Windy City RibFest is back for its fifth year, with three days of lip-smacking, mouth-watering, rib-tickling fun from July 5 to 7. Held in the city’s Uptown, this isn’t a festival that’s afraid to get down and dirty, or one where you worry too much if a little barbecue sauce is running down its chin. Up to 10 “Ribbers” (experts in the art of cooking ribs) from across the nation will slug it out for the coveted Windy City RibFest’s Best Ribs Award. This guarantees visitors some of the tastiest meat and incredible sauces and flavours to be found anywhere in the world. And, of course, great ribs deserve great accompaniments.  Expect a full range of tangy and sweet coleslaws, plain and spicy cornbread, corn on the cob and baked beans over the three days. It may be the star of the show, but food is not the only attraction at the RibFest. This event has also distinguished itself for the quality of its entertainment. A main stage line-up includes some top national and local musical acts, from rock and pop to indie, playing alongside some local tribute bands. A family stage offers local entertainment and talent acts. Main stage acts over the weekend include Liquid Soul, Velvet Jimis, the New Orleans Suspects and Chicago Afrobeat among others. As part of the festival there’s also a Kids’ Zone - in just five years, this event has become one of the Midwest’s most popular family festivals. The fun takes place on Lawrence and Broadway in Chicago with events taking place between 5pm and 10pm on the Friday, 12pm to 10pm on Saturday, and 12pm to 9pm on Sunday. To make the most of the festival, book somewhere to stay and make a weekend of it, taking in the Windy City at the same time. Book your cheap hotels in Chicago through CheapsHotels.com for the best deals. SEE MORE

Aug, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 08/17/2013 to 08/18/2013

Chicago Air and Water Show

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The Chicago Air and Water Show is over 50 years old, making it the oldest free event of its kind in the USA. It offers a variety of thrills and spills that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The air displays are particularly exciting with shows from military jets and stunt teams, all performed over the water and viewable from many locations. The show is on August 17 and 18 this year and it’s estimated that over two million people will attend the event over the weekend. With many stalls selling food and other goods, and other attractions running in conjunction with the show, Chicago really comes alive for this summer, weekend festival. Chicago is a city with a myriad of interesting places to see and things to do. It’s a historical city with an important place in American history. Ideally placed for an exciting and enjoyable summer vacation, the city is home to many affordable hotels that offer excellent accommodation. The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of Chicago’s biggest attractions over summer. This family-friendly extravaganza of aircraft and ocean vessels is a must-see event and anyone planning a vacation in Chicago needs to include it in their itinerary. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained in this friendly and lively city, and at CheapHotels.com, visitors can find affordable accommodation in the center of Chicago for their fun-filled stay. SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 08/29/2013 to 09/01/2013

Jazz Festival

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The Chicago Jazz Festival has been a staple of Labour Day weekend festivities since 1979, and it’s renowned for the quality and variety of its offerings. This year, the 35th annual Jazz Festival takes place between August 29 and September 1 as part of a summer-long series of concerts and festivals. With free admission, absolutely everyone is welcome and you’ll have no reason to miss it. As ever, the line-up showcases world-famous as well as home-grown talent. The aim is to encourage appreciation for, and awareness of, all forms of jazz by attracting an audience of all ages. Over the years, this event has played host to some of the greatest names that this style of music has ever known, from Duke Ellington to John Coltrane, and Miles Davis to Ella Fitzgerald. It was first held almost four decades ago in 1974 after musicians held a concert to honour Duke Ellington, who had died that summer. In 1978, the first John Coltrane Memorial Concert was held in Grant Park, and a year later, the Jazz Institute of Chicago planned its own August festival. But, these were soon combined to create one superb event – the Chicago Jazz Festival. This year, the four days programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, kick off at noon on August 29 at the Chicago Cultural Center, before moving to Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall and Millennium Park. The latter is a new base for the festival. The line-up was recently announced by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The lists of acts performing Ben Paterson Organ, Mike Smith, the Frank Russell Band, the Nick Mazzarella Trio, Jason Moran and the Julie Wood Quintet to name a few. Now, all you need to do is book your accommodation in Chicago. With the town likely to be full of jazz fans, reserve somewhere to stay as soon as you can. Book through CheapHotels.com for a huge range of well-priced options. SEE MORE

Sep, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 09/12/2013 to 09/22/2013

Chicago World Music Festival

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The Chicago World Music Festival takes place between September 12 and September 22 in 2013, and promises a line-up of top artists at many venues across the city. The free festival has been running since 1999 and has so far tempted over 600,000 visitors to the city, with over 600 artists having been featured so far. A celebration of music from all parts of the world; the sheer diversity of what is on offer is huge, and there is certain to be something that everyone will enjoy. The festival makes for an excellent activity for a summer break and is just one good reason to visit Chicago. The World Music Festival is just one of many events that fill Chicago’s calendar each year, and is certainly one of the most popular. But, anytime of the years this wonderful city is definitely worth a visit. A vacation in Chicago is an especially popular choice in the summer months, and tying in your visit with the festival makes for an even more exciting and rewarding break. With plenty to keep both adults and children entertained, and a choice of great, affordable hotels, Chicago has to be one of the most interesting and unique cities in the USA. If you’re looking for a place to stay  visit CheapHotels.com to find an extensive range of affordable accommodation in the center of Chicago. SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 09/13/2013 to 09/15/2013

Riot Fest

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Held in three cities, Riot Fest is a great event full of world-class music acts, delicious food and much more. The Chicago branch of Riot Fest takes place in Humboldt Park from September 13 to the 15 this year and will attract thousands of people to the city to enjoy the festivities. The 2013 line-up includes old favourites such as The Replacements, Blink 182 and The Violent Femmes, as well as Motorhead, Blondie and Guided by Voices, proving that Riot Fest welcomes diversity and aims to appeal to all ages and tastes. Young children will love the carnival atmosphere, while parents can relish in the fantastic music in the background. Riot Fest really is a great event for the entire family in one of the greatest cities in the USA. The glorious city of Chicago hosts many festivals and concerts throughout the year, and is an extremely popular place for a summer vacation. Music is a central part of Chicago’s culture and Riot Fest is a great example of why Chicago attracts so many visitors every year. The three-day festival is held in the summer and is one of many great reasons vacationers choose to visit Chicago. This year’s line up features some truly great acts, offering every festival-goer an unforgettable experience. During the festival, crowds will swarm, so it’s a good idea to book your accommodation early. There is a great choice of well-priced hotels in Chicago easy to reach by road, rail and air. At CheapHotels.com you’ll find a huge selection to choose from and something to suit every budget. SEE MORE

Oct, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 10/04/2013 to 10/05/2013

Chicago Comedy Film Festival

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It may only last for two days every year, but it promises to be possibly the best two days of your life filled with fun, laughter and comedy. The fabulous Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2013 is now in its third year and is set to take place on the October 4 and 5. This annual event has enjoyed huge success over the past few years with some of the best in the business making appearances, and this year is set to be another roaring hit. The aim of the festival is to support the creation of comedy films and to showcase up and coming comedic talent from all areas of the industry by bringing exciting, independent comedy to the big screen. Both funny features and short films are shown as part of the event, providing a great portal for the new stars of comedy to show off their talent while also providing excellent entertainment for the fans. The 2013 festival is set to see thousands of people flock to the city to enjoy this weekend of exciting, fresh and innovative comedy. If you’re planning to be in Chicago for this event, it’s advisable to get your hotel booked as early as possible to avoid disappointment. You can easily do this through CheapHotels.com where you’ll be able to choose from a range of affordable and conveniently located hotels in Chicago. SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 10/04/2013 to 10/06/2013

Fall Bulb Festival

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Now in its14th year, the Fall Bulb Festival will arrive in the town of Glencoe, Illinois on October 4 and bringing with it the attention of the horticultural world to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Set on over 385 acres of lush greenery, this is a festival for the whole family. The Fall Bulb Festival celebrates the culture of gardening amongst the skyscrapers of Chicago. Like its predecessors, this year’s festival is a celebration of independent and artisanal providers.  And foodies will not be disappointed. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to buy homemade and rare gourmet foods, such as cheese, honey and baked goods. Plus there will be a fantastic selection of sustainably grown, freshly plucked fruit, herbs and vegetables of the highest quality. The festival’s kid friendly activities are equally as extensive and include mini scarecrow building, leaf hunting, the colourful and varied gourd display, leaf rubbing and the Straw Bale Maze. Those interested in expanding or sharing their gardening knowledge will have plenty to see as well. A variety of experts, including the Botanic Garden’s horticulturalists and staff will be on hand to offer practical tips and demonstrations on how to select and plant your own bulbs. And, just a few steps away at the Regenstein Centre, visitors can pick from a wide range of specialty bulbs (over 200 varieties), such as tulips, alliums, daffodils and more – all specially picked and ready for planting. Festivalgoers will no doubt be looking for a place to stay close to the venue, and at CheapHotels.com you’ll find exactly that. The site boasts plenty of choice making planning your trip a breeze and helps you find a fantastic hotel in Chicago at a bargain price in the process. SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 10/18/2013 to 10/20/2013

The Chicago Fine Chocolate and Dessert Show

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For anyone with a sweet tooth, this is an event that simply cannot be missed. The Chicago Fine Chocolate and Dessert Show is a long weekend unlike any other, showcasing the finest artisanal chocolate creations from around the world. Experience a chocolate adventure only before found in dreams, with events from pastry demonstrations to The Story of Chocolate as told by the National Confectioners Association, where you’ll learn the six steps to create the most delicious chocolates imaginable. This is definitely an event that has attractions for the whole family and you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice when discovering and taste-testing all the speciality chocolates from across the globe. It’s essential to stay close to the action to really take advantage of all that the Chicago Fine Chocolate and Dessert Show has to offer and CheapHotels.com is the place to find affordable high-quality accommodation in the Chicago. There really is no end of things to get your teeth into - quite literally - at this event. Why not take a stroll around the chocolate art gallery where the French Pastry School will be presenting their exquisite sculptures and art displays made entirely from chocolate? Or perhaps you’d like to spend some time in the special pavilion where varieties of chocolate will be matched with craft beer, wine and spirits? While you’re there, you’ll also get to see the finest chocolatiers and chefs congregate to showcase their works of art and demonstrate their skills. For those wanting to know more, there will also be seminars from industry professionals scheduled across the three-day event. Any chocolate fan would be crazy to miss this decadent, delicious event. SEE MORE

Nov, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 11/26/2013 to 12/24/2013

Christkindlmarket Chicago

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The Christkindlmarket Chicago is once again blessing this Midwest city with festive cheer and good will for a month in the lead up to Christmas. Chicago has come to love this now annual event, seeing it transform from a traditional German market to a Christmas tradition of the city. Every year it grows in popularity and size with thousands of locals placing it firmly on their events calendar and plenty of tourists flocking to enjoy the experience too. Replete with seasonal goods, the market is awash with steaming authentic dishes, sumptuous treats, handcrafted goods and family-friendly entertainment.  Admission to the event is free, so bring the whole family for a night of festive indulgence with fairy lights twinkling overhead and a giant Christmas tree illuminating the surrounding stalls. Children will have the chance to decorate their own tree with hand painted, glittering baubles, or wooden figurines shaped like stars, animals or fairies to choose from. For those looking for decorations to take home to adorn the family tree, many of the stalls sell unique, handcrafted ornaments, which are sure to make your display stand out. Anything from nativity scenes, colored wreaths and scented candles to jewellery and pashmina scarves can be found here and you’ll be able to find plenty of gifts for all of your family and friends. To fuel your shopping spree, delicious food and beverage stalls dot the market and serve an array of German cuisine. Sample Bavarian cheese, enjoy a piping hot bratwurst, or devour a traditional chicken schnitzel. For those with a sweeter tooth, there is an assortment of roasted nuts, chocolates, and candy to feast on. As a festive season staple, the city’s Christkindlmarket has become an iconic part of Chicago’s Christmas tradition. The market is open each day between 11am through 8pm (9pm on Saturdays) at Daley Plaza. To find affordable accommodation in Chicago check out CheapHotels.com. SEE MORE

Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 11/29/2013 to 12/01/2013 , from 12/26/2013 to 01/05/2014 , from 12/06/2013 to 12/08/2013 & from 12/13/2013 to 12/23/2013

ZooLights

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If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for free, family-oriented holiday festivities, the city’s annual ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo is the place to be. Held weekly throughout the holiday season, ZooLights features luminous displays and entertaining activities across the zoo grounds. The fun begins on November 29 with the grand opening lighting ceremony at the Kovler Sea Lion Pool. From then on, the lights will continue to shine every Friday to Sunday until December 13, before becoming a nightly event until January 5 (except on Christmas Eve and Day). This family-focused holiday event includes photos with Santa, free Christmas craft classes, animal encounters on the zoo grounds, 3D holiday displays, as well as warm spiced wines and frosty lagers for the adults, plus food for all. Visitors will also be treated with holiday gift shopping opportunities, live ice carving displays, train rides, and spectacular musical light shows. If you drop by for a visit on New Year’s Eve, ZooLights will be supplying partygoers with complimentary hats and horns for the big celebration. Members will be treated with special entry to the private lounge in the Park Place Café from 5-8 PM where you’ll receive all the free hot chocolate, cider, tea, cookies and crafts you could want. For everyone else, this free event just requires you to bring warm clothes for a fun-filled evening.   If you’re visiting Chicago over the winter season, ZooLights is definitely an event worth checking out. Bear in mind this city is an extremely popular tourist destination over Christmas, so make sure you book affordable accommodation in Chicago through CheapHotels.com before you arrive. SEE MORE

Dec, 2013
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: 12/06/2013

Winter Wonderfest

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Making your Christmas this year extra magical, the 13th annual Winter Wonderfest in Chicago provides festive fun for all the family. This popular indoor event, presented by Bank of America, transforms the city’s historic Navy Pier into a holiday hub of seasonal activities to be enjoyed no matter the weather. Set over 170,000 square feet of space, this enchanting wintery world is bursting with festive décor and features an ice skating rink, fairground rides and interactive entertainment to enthral children and adults alike. Visitors can take a ride on the Reindeer Express Train around the event, hop onto the carousel, see the world from above on the Ferris wheel or try out some of the more adrenalin-fuelled offerings. The Winter Wonderfest runs from December 12 and culminates on New Year’s Day with spectacular firework displays over Lake Michigan to mark the beginning of 2014 in style. Get a great deal on affordable accommodation in Chicago near the venue through www.cheaphotels.com and experience this sparkling event in all its wonder. Admission to the event is free and just wandering around appreciating the numerous glittering trees and plush decorations is enough to ignite your Christmas spirit. The Navy Pier provides the perfect iconic location for this festive extravaganza that has delighted both locals and visitors since being established in 2001. Plus, the indoor setting means that you get to enjoy everything this winter wonderland has to offer without having to worry about the cold weather. SEE MORE

Jan, 2014
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 01/11/2014 to 02/23/2014

Rhinoceros Theatre Festival

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For those looking for an artsy festival in Chicago, the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival could just be the ticket. With production and exhibition opportunities for hundreds of different artists, Rhinofest attracts hundreds of visitors each year. The festival, curated and produced by Curious Theatre, is an annual event. It is the longest-running fringe festival in the city, drawing thousands in attendance. Now in its 25th year, the event provides opportunities for hundreds of artists to exhibit their work and features performances from all the top Chicago companies. The first Rhinofest was organized in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Every year the programs are individually curated rather than selected at random. Performers who show off their skills during the festival have never been charged for their participation, which makes the Rhinofest an attractive prospect for a wide and varied range of talents. If you’ve ever considered visiting Chicago, this could be your perfect opportunity. Combining a stay in the third most populated city in the USA with one of the cities longest running fringe festivals would ensure you got the maximum from your visit. Having CheapHotels.com arrange your accommodation in Chicago is a way to make the whole process stress-free and no hassle. There are plenty of affordable room options on their website including the Silversmith Hotel and Suites, located in the city centre and in a good location for visitors accessing the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival. Another good choice of affordable hotel accommodation during a visit to the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival would be the ACME Hotel Company Chicago, situated in the heart of the city and close to other popular attractions such as Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. SEE MORE

Feb, 2014
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 02/14/2014 to 02/16/2014

University of Chicago folk festival

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On 2014-02-14 until 2014-02-16 is the 54th annual University of Chicago folk festival. The three-day celebration will introduce traditional music to the campus by bringing the tradition of folk music to life. With three nightly concerts in Mandel Hall and daily workshops in Ida Noyes during the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, there’s a chance for anybody to get involved, regardless of whether playing or listening is their thing. Performing at the event is a host of fantastic folk artists, bringing their versions of American and Irish history to the stage. Legendary blues artist Elmore James Jnr. will be headlining, and music will be provided by a huge variety of performers, with bluegrass from Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, a taste of Ireland from Dáithí Sproule and James Kelly, Applalacian sounds from the Reed island Rounders, Minnesotan-Gaelic fun with Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, and many more artists playing music from across the traditional heart of the States and beyond. As a city renowned for its musical history and heritage, a visit to the folk festival will surely count as the ideal precursor to a short break dedicated to discovering the beating heart of Chicago’s various music scenes over the ages. From a luxurious yet affordable stay at the Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile to the lavish décor and grandeur of the Millennium Knickerbocker, there are plenty of cheap hotels in Chicago to be found in the centre of everything on CheapHotels.com, perfect for a musical holiday in Chicago city. SEE MORE

Mar, 2014
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 03/15/2014 to 03/23/2014

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

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Chicago is a fascinating city that pulls in visitors from all around the world for a variety of reasons. People flock to this city to take in the fascinating attractions, enjoy the diverse culture and rich history, immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere and unique character of the city, and take in some of the famous sites and places of interest that can be found here. Another thing that attracts many visitors to this city is the variety of events and festivities that take place here each year. Chicago plays host to a wide range of events and festivals, which bring in visitors from around the United States as well as from other parts of the world. This is why it is always a good idea to check the calendar of events for this city before you book your trip, as you can then time your visit to coincide with a festival or event that will capture your interest and help to enhance your time in this vibrant city. One of the events that is set to take place in Chicago this year is the very popular Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which will take place between 15th and 23rd March 2014. This is an event that brings in huge crowds of people who are interested in flora and fauna, who are eager to learn about garden design, and who want to benefit from inspiration and education when it comes to their gardens. This is an event that is suitable for the whole family, so no matter who you are in Chicago with you will be able to enjoy spending time at this show. This exciting event takes place at Navy Pier, and if you want to make the most of the weeklong event you can even find a cheap hotel in Chicago that is close to the venue in order to minimize on the amount of travelling you have to do.  SEE MORE

May, 2014
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: 05/24/2014

Celebrate Memorial Day with Parade Near Popular Chicago Hotels

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Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade is a tradition that attracts many Chicago visitors and residents each year. It is a wonderful event honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, and it begins with a beautiful Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. If you’ll be in Chicago on Memorial Day, consider attending this touching community event, which is also quite fun and a great thing to do near the downtown Chicago hotels that we offer on cheaphotels.com. The Wreath Laying Ceremony begins at 11 a.m., at Dearborn and Washington Street, and the Parade steps off at noon, proceeding south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren. If you’re looking for centrally-located accommodations that are close to the Parade and other things to do in Chicago, consider hotels like the stunning Sofitel Chicago Water Tower or Hotel Felix Chicago, both of which are beautiful, comfortable, and convenient, near the most exciting things to do and see in the area. SEE MORE

Jun, 2014
Chicago Illinois, United States of America: from 06/11/2014 to 08/16/2014

Millennium Park Music Festival isTop Family-Friendly Event near Downtown Chicago Hotels

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The Millennium Park Music Festival in Grant Park celebrates its 80th season this year, with a series of concerts running from June 11th to August 16th. The season opener will showcase Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra, featuring the dazzling young piano sensation Natasha Paremski performing one of Tchaikovsky’s keyboard treasures. This annual music festival is a great event to enjoy near the downtown Chicago hotels that we offer on cheaphotels.com, so start planning a trip to remember by booking your accommodations and then making a list of fun things to do on your vacation, starting with the Millennium Park Music Series. Opening night at the Festival takes place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, at 6:30 p.m. At this concert, you’ll be able to enjoy Corigliano’s Tournaments as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Francesca da Rimini in a beautiful setting under the stars, in the gorgeous city of Chicago. If you need accommodations for your trip to the Windy City, search our database now and reserve a room at a great price. The 2014 Schedule for the Millennium Park Music Series in Grant park is as follows (All programs subject to change): June Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.  Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy wonderful concerts like Berlioz Romeo and Juliet, which takes place on the 13th and 14th at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This performance is extraordinary and thrilling, offering a glimpse into Shakespeare’s tragic love story, illuminated by Berlioz’ blazing orchestral colors. On June 18th, enjoy Mozart and Dvorak, featuring violin virtuoso Stefan Jackiw as he makes his Festival debut with Mozart’s perennially-popular Concerto No. 5, Dvorak’s joyous Symphony No. 3, and the Merry Wives of Windsor overture to complete the program. SEE MORE


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