Chicago Fall Festival and Events Calendar for 2015

Chicago Fall Festival and Events Calendar for 2015

Although it seems Chicago's summer festivals get all the buzz, Chicago's Fall Festival Calendar gives summer a run for the money.

If you like the great outdoors there's still lots of time to soak up all the ingredients that make summer festivals what they are: the music, the food, the beverages...and all that jazz pretty much sticks around through December before we head for the deep freeze.

So here's what what we know so far about what's happening this fall. We will continue to add and update events as more are announced.

SEPTEMBER 2015

  • The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, continues through September 7
  • Free film screening, The Breakfast Club, 6:30, September 1, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. Millennium Park (last of the season)
  • Chicago Jazz Club Tour, September 2, ten clubs, north and south side
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, September 3 – 13, Jefferson Park
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, September 3-6, Grant Park
  • Englewood Jazz Festival, September 3-6, Hamilton Park Cultural Center
  • Magnificent Mile Pop-up Marketplace, Friday & Saturday, September 4 – 5, North Michigan Avenue
  • North Coast Music Festival, Union Park, September 4-6
  • Around the Coyote, September 4 - 6, Flatiron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave.
  • Taste of Polonia, September 4-7, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • African Festival of the Arts, September 4-7, Washington Park
  • Summer WingFest, Saturday, September 5, 1-7, Bailey Auditorium. 1340 W. Washington
  • Navy Pier Summer Fireworks, final day, September 5
  • Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest, September 5 and 6, South Loop's Motor Row District and Chess Records, new event
  • The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday, September 6
  • Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, September 11
  • Riot Fest, September 11-13, Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Dr  (new location)
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest (Shock Top), September 11-12, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Windy City Wine Festival, September 11, 12, Buckingham Fountain.
  • German American Fest (German Day) and Von Steuben Parade (parade 2 p.m. Saturday), September 11-13, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Festival de la Villita, September 11-13, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • World Music Festival Chicago *16th annual* September 11 – 22, various locations including Millennium Park
  • Windy City BBQ Classic, September 11,12 South Lot, Soldier Field
  • Chicago Gourmet,special event, September 12, Mod Mex & Mod Mix: The New Face of Mexican, Kendell College, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Venetian Night, September 12, dusk, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.
  • Ukrainian Village Fest, September 12, 13, Ukrainian Village
  • 11th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, September 12, 13, Broadway from Belmont Ave. to Hawthorne Street
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 12, 13, Clark St. and Argyle
  • Misericordia Family Fest, September 13, 6300 N. Ridge
  • BMW Championship, September 14-20, Conway Golf Club, Lake Forest
  • ITU World Triathlon Grand Final *new event* September 15 – 20, Grant Park
  • Fifth Star Awards, September 16, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • Berghoff Oktoberfest on Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Jackson, September 16 – 18 (Wednesday – Friday)
  • EXPO Chicago, September 17 – 20
  • Free CSO Concert with Riccardo Muti, Friday, September 18, 6:30 p.m., Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
  • Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival, September 18-20, Sherman from Elgin to Davis, Church from Benson to Orrington, and Clark from Benson to Sherman
  • LF Library Friends 40th Annual Book Sale, September, 18-20, Lake Forest Rec Center, 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest
  • Farm Aid 2015, September 19, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Midnight Circus, Debuts in Wicker Park, September 19 and 20
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk, September 19, 20, Ravenswood between Leland and Grace
  • Lakeview Taco Fest, September 19, 20, on Southport between Addison & Roscoe
  • Renegade Craft Fair: September Market, September 19, 20, Wicker Park
  • Logan Square Beer Festival, September 20, Logan Square
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 25 - 27, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 25-27, St. Alphonsus, Southport and Lincoln Avenue
  • Edgewater Fall Art Fair, September 26, 27, Broadway and Granville
  • The Great Chicago Fire Festival, September 26, Northerly Island
  • Grand Art and Design Festival (replaces Design Harvest), September 26, 27, Grand Ave between Wood Street and Western Ave.
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 26, 27, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Chicago Half Marathon, September 27, Jackson Park
  • Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Last Day (ride free until 8:45 a.m.), September 27, Ferris Wheel rides continue to 8 p.m. followed by fireworks. The Wheel will be torn down and replaced by a bigger wheel scheduled to open Summer 2016
  • Randolph Street Market, September 26, 27, 1350 W Randolph Street
  • Madonna, September 28, United Center
  • Wicker Park Bucktown Fall Dinner Crawl, September 29, throughout area

OCTOBER 2015

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October a month for tricks and treats

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  • Chicago Artists Month, October 1 – 31, various venues around town
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial *new event* October 1 – January 3, 2016
  • Chicago Museum Week, October 1-October 7
  • Disturbia 35-room haunted house, October 2-Novevmber 1, MB Financial Park at Rosemont
  • Lake Zurich Craft Beer Festival, October 2, 3, Henry J. Paulus Park (200 S. Rand Road)
  • West Town Art Walk, October 2 - 3
  • Oktoberfest in Naperville, October 2 - 3
  • Apple Fest, October 3, Lincoln Avenue from Leland to Lawrence
  • Fashion Focus CHICago, October 4-12, various Chicago locations
  • Billy Goat Curse Party, Monday, October 5, 6 to 10 p.m., Staytion Bar, Renaissance Chicago Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive
  • Chicago Comedy Film Festival, October 6-8, Showplace ICON Theater
  • Haunted Halloween Segway Tours, October 8-31, Chicago’s haunted hotels
  • Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, October 9-11, McCormick Place
  • Andersonville Arts & Design Weekend, October 9-11, Andersonville
  • Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, October 9-11, north suburban Highwood
  • Scarecrow Fest, October 9-11, St. Charles
  • The Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run & Walk, October 10, 7 p.m., main entrance at 5800 N. Ravenswood
  • Vegan Mania, October 10, Broadway Armory
  • Chicago Marathon, Grant Park, October 11, Grant Park
  • Columbus Day Parade, State St., Wacker to Van Buren, 12:30 p..m., October 12
  • Ideas Week, October 12 - 18, 2015, Chicago locations
  • Scarecrows on Parade, October 12-26, along N. Clark St. and W. Diversey Pkwy.
  • Chicago International Film Festival. October 15 – 29
  • Stevie Wonder, October 16, United Center
  • Wine Riot, October 16, 17, Union Station Great Hall
  • Home Movie Day, October 17, Chicago History Museum
  • Open House Chicago presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation, October 17 – 18, throughout city
  • Boo! at the Zoo, October 17, 18 and 24, 25, Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL.
  • Really Big Halloween Party, Fridays through Sundays plus Halloween, October 19 – 31, Navy Pier
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, October 23-November 1, various Chicago locations
  • 3rd annual Chicago International Map Fair , October 23 - 25, Loyola University Museum of Art 820  N. Michigan, Ave.
  • Mac & Cheese Fest, October 24, UIC Forum
  • Spooky Zoo Spectacular, October 24, Lincoln Park Zoo (kids trick 'r treat, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Chicago Halloween festival with the nighttime parade from Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road, October 24, (New event)
  • HallowFest, October 24, 25, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL.
  • Chicago Humanities Festival, October 24-November 8, various Chicago locations
  • Clark Street Spooktacular, October 26, Clark and Diversey
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, 1350 W Randolph St. (moves indoors for winter season) October 24 - 25
  • Northalsted Street Halloween Parade, October 31, Halsted St. from Belmont to Addison
  • BeerHoptacular, date TBA, Aragon Ballroom

NOVEMBER 2015

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  • Chicago Humanities Festival, continues through November 8, various Chicago locations
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial continues through January 3, 2016
  • Janet Jackson, November 3, 4 and 6, Chicago Theatre
  • Mr. International Rubber, November 6-8, Center on Halsted
  • SOFA Art + Design Fair, November 5 – 8, Navy Pier
  • River North Whiskey Festival, November 7, John Barleycorn and Moe’s Cantina
  • McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink,  OPENS, November 13 – March 6, 2016, Millennium Park
  • Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, November 19-January 3, 2016, Museum of Science and Industry
  • Christkindlmarket, November 20 – December 24, Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn
  • Randolph Street Holiday Market, November 21 – 22, indoors, 1350 W. Randolph
  • The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, November 21, on Michigan Ave. between the river and Water Tower
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Millennium Park  (new location), November 24, starts 5:30 pm.
  • Santa, November 24 through December 24, various times, Millennium Park, Welcome Center
  • McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, November 26, State St. between Wacker and Van Buren
  • Caroling at Cloud Gate, November 27 - December 18, Fridays, Millennium Park
  • ZooLights, November 27–January 3, 2015–16 (Select Dates), Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Wreathing of the Lions, November 27, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Grant Park Turkey Trot: 5K & kids dash, November 28
  • West Town Winterfest, November 28
  • Randolph Street Holiday Market, November 28 - 29, indoors at 1350 W. Randolph

DECEMBER 2015

Rob Martinez of Naperville helps his son stay upright at the Maggie Daley ice ribbon. Photo: Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune

Rob Martinez of Naperville helps his son stay upright at the Maggie Daley ice ribbon. Photo: Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune

  • Caroling at Cloud Gate continues Fridays through December 18, Millennium Park
  • Santa, continues various times through December 24, Millennium Park
  • Christkindlmarket continues daily through December 24, Daley Plaza
  • ZooLights continues through January 3, 2015–16 (Select Dates), Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial, through January 3, 2016, various locations
  • McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink in Millennium Park through March 6, 2016
  • One of A Kind Show and Sale, December 3 - 6, Merchandise Mart
  • Winter WonderFest, December 4 -January 10, Navy Pier
  • Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo, December 5 – 31, Brookfield, IL
  • Renegade Craft Fair Holiday, December 5 - 6
  • Julmarknad, December 5,6, Swedish American Museum, Clark St., Andersonville
  • Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party, December 12 (starts 11 a.m.) Soldier Field
  • Chicago Christmas Crawl, December 12, Wicker Park
  • 12 Bars of Xmas, December 12, Wrigleyville, starts Cubby Bear
  • Randolph Street Holiday Market, December 12 – 13
  • Fireball Santa Crawl, December 19, River North
  • EVE of the EVE, December 30,Union Station Great Hall
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier, December 31

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