Chicago Festivals – Illinois

Your festival event guide for the Chicago, Illinois Area, including Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties.

Welcome to a comprehensive festival listing page and guide for Chicago, Illinois and the greater area. Once area festivals are confirmed on the main Illnois Festival Schedule, they are copied over to this page to make it easier to plan your weekend festival adventures. Please keep in mind that you should not see area festivals that have been canceled or have not yet been confirmed.

Festivals listed here include music festivals, art festivals, food festivals, town festivals, church festivals, cultural festivals and more, but they do not include craft shows, machinery shows, bazaars, county fairs and some other events. Feel free to contact me if you have a question about your event.

For Illinois festivals outside of the greater Chicago area, please refer back to the Illinois Festival Schedule.

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2021 Chicago Festival Schedule

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

While I am doing my best to update festival postponement dates, cancellations or note alternative versions, some festivals listed as going on may have been canceled or changed without my knowledge.

Always check festival information before attending as things are constantly changing and I know what it’s like to arrive at a festival location and find nothing.

Stay strong, be safe and let’s festival on together!

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NOVEMBER

11/12-11/14 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden I – Glencoe
11/13 – Glow Turkey Music Festival – Aurora

11/15-11/21 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden II – Glencoe
11/19 – Holidays on the Town – Palatine
11/19-11/21 – Amaze Light Festival I – Rosemont
11/19-11/21 – Santa’s Rock N Lights I – Grayslake
11/19-11/21 – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville I – Chicago
11/20 – The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – Chicago
11/20-11/21 – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo I – Chicago
11/20-11/21 – Calumet Heritage Days – South Holland
11/20-11/21 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum I – Lisle

11/22-11/28 (Closed 11/25) – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden III – Glencoe
11/22-11/28 – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville II – Chicago
11/22-11/28 (Closed 11/25) – Santa’s Rock N Lights II – Grayslake
11/22-11/28 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum II – Lisle
11/24 – Turkey Testicle Festival – Huntley
11/24-11/28 (Closed 11/25) – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo II – Chicago
11/26-11/28 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic I – Brookfield
11/26-11/28 – Mooseheart Holiday Lights I – Mooseheart
11/26-11/28 – Amaze Light Festival II – Rosemont
11/26-11/28 – Aurora Festival of Lights I – Aurora
11/26-11/28 – Nights of Lights I – Wheaton
11/26-11/28 – Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights I – Wheaton
11/27 – Highwood Holiday Fest – Highwood
11/27 – Fox Lake Festival of Lights – Fox Lake
11/28 – Orland Park Holiday Festival – Orland Park

11/29-12/5 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden IV – Glencoe
11/29-12/5 – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville III – Chicago
11/29-12/5 – Santa’s Rock N Lights III – Grayslake
11/29-12/5 – Aurora Festival of Lights II – Aurora
11/29-12/5 – Nights of Lights II – Wheaton
11/29-12/5 – Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights II – Wheaton
11/29-12/5 – Mooseheart Holiday Lights II – Mooseheart
11/29-12/5 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum III – Lisle

DECEMBER

12/1-12/5 – Amaze Light Festival III – Rosemont
12/1-12/5 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic II – Brookfield
12/1-12/5 – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo III – Chicago
12/3- Weishfest – Merrionette Park
12/4 – Chicago Wine Fest: Winter Edition – Chicago
12/4-12/5 – Christmas in the Commons I – New Lenox

12/6-12/12 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden V – Glencoe
12/6-12/12 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum III – Lisle
12/6-12/12 – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville IV – Chicago
12/6-12/12 – Santa’s Rock N Lights IV – Grayslake
12/6-12/12 – Aurora Festival of Lights III – Aurora
12/6-12/12 – Mooseheart Holiday Lights III – Mooseheart
12/6-12/12 – Nights of Lights III – Wheaton
12/6-12/12 – Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights III – Wheaton
12/8-12/12 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic III – Brookfield
12/8-12/12 – Amaze Light Festival IV – Rosemont
12/8-12/12 – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo IV – Chicago
12/11-12/12 – Christmas in the Commons II – New Lenox

12/13-12/19 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden VI – Glencoe
12/13-12/19 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum IV – Lisle
12/13-12/19 – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville V – Chicago
12/13-12/19 – Santa’s Rock N Lights V – Grayslake
12/13-12/19 – Aurora Festival of Lights IV – Aurora
12/13-12/19 – Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights IV – Wheaton
12/13-12/19 – Nights of Lights IV – Wheaton
12/13-12/19 – Mooseheart Holiday Lights IV – Mooseheart
12/15-12/19 – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo V – Chicago
12/15-12/19 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic IV – Brookfield
12/15-12/19 – Amaze Light Festival V – Rosemont
12/18-12/19 – Christmas in the Commons III – New Lenox

12/20-12/26 (Closed 12/24, 12/25) – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden VII – Glencoe
12/20-12/26 – Amaze Light Festival VI – Rosemont
12/20-12/26 – Aurora Festival of Lights V – Aurora
12/20-12/26 – Mooseheart Holiday Lights V – Mooseheart
12/20-12/26 (Closed 12/25) – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville VI – Chicago
12/20-12/26 (Closed 12/25) – Santa’s Rock N Lights VI – Grayslake
12/20-12/26 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum V – Lisle
12/20-12/26 (Closed 12/25) – Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights V – Wheaton
12/20-12/26 – Nights of Lights V – Wheaton
12/22-12/26 (Closed 12/24, 12/25) – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo VI – Chicago
12/26 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic V – Brookfield

12/27-12/29 – Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights VI – Wheaton
12/27-12/31 – Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic VI – Brookfield
12/27-12/31 – Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville VII – Chicago
12/27-12/31 – Mooseheart Holiday Lights VI – Mooseheart
12/27-1/2 – Amaze Light Festival VII – Rosemont
12/27-1/2 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden VIII – Glencoe
12/27-1/2 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum VI – Lisle
12/27-1/2 – Santa’s Rock N Lights VII – Grayslake
12/27-1/2 – Nights of Lights VI – Wheaton
12/29-1/2 – ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo VII – Chicago

JANUARY (2022)

1/3-1/9 – Nights of Lights VII – Wheaton

FEBRUARY

MARCH

3/25-3/26 – Naperville Bluegrass Festival – Naperville

APRIL

MAY

5/20-5/22 – Mayfest – Chicago

JUNE

6/18-6/20 – Chicago Craft Beer Fest – Chicago

JULY

7/7-7/10 – Pioneer Park Railroad Days – West Chicago

7/14-7/17 – Taste of Summer – Antioch
7/14-7/17 – Toagie Fest and Highwood Days – Highwood

MORE FESTIVALS COMING SOON!

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