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Holidays and celebrations


Chicago loves to celebrate, which is why we’re home to world-famous holiday traditions. Watch the Chicago River turn green on St. Patrick’s Day, admire millions of twinkling holiday lights on Michigan Avenue, and see a stunning fireworks display light up the sky over Lake Michigan. Learn all about our Chicago-style celebrations here.

Valentine’s Day

Romantic restaurants, intimate bars, and lots of big-city glamour. Here's how to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Chicago.

Chinese New Year

Ring in Chinese New Year with cultural, musical, and culinary events.

St. Patricks Day

Come experience the luck of the Irish in Chicago, home to one of the most famous St. Patricks Day celebrations in the world.

Memorial Day

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Memorial Day weekend festivals, music, food, and, of course, fireworks over Navy Pier.

4th of July

The nation’s biggest summer holiday comes to life with fireworks along the waterfront, special concerts, and spectacular Lake Michigan cruises.

Labor Day

Goodbye summer, hello fall. Get the inside scoop on Chicago-style Labor Day celebrations.


The long Thanksgiving weekend means festive fall colors and something that’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas.


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