2023 Spring/Summer Festival and Special Event Dates:
  • Chicago City Markets (citywide including Daley Plaza on Thursdays, Maxwell Street on Sundays TBA): May – October, ChicagoCityMarkets.us
  • Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony & Parade (Daley Plaza and State Street): Saturday, May 27, Chicago.gov/DCASE
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts (Great Lawn): Most Saturdays, May 27 – September 2, MillenniumPark.org
  • Chicago Gospel Music Festival (Millennium Park): June 3, MillenniumPark.orgChicagoGospelMusicFestival.us
  • Chicago Blues Festival (Millennium Park): Thursday – Sunday, June 8–11, MillenniumPark.org and ChicagoBluesFestival.us
  • Taste of Chicago (Grant Park and neighborhoods): Taste neighborhood events to take place June 24 (Humboldt Park), July 15 (Pullman Park), and August 5 (Marquette Park), culminating with the downtown Taste, Friday – Sunday, September 8–10 (Grant Park), TasteofChicago.us
  • Chicago House Music Festival and Conference (Humboldt Park Boathouse Lawn, festival portion presented in conjunction with neighborhood Taste pop-up): Saturday, June 24; House Conference portion to take place at Chicago Cultural Center, June 23, ChicagoHouseMusicFestival.us
  • Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Mondays & Thursdays, June 22 – August 21, MillenniumPark.org
  • Millennium Park Summer Film Series (Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Tuesdays, July 11 – August 29, MillenniumPark.org
  • Chicago SummerDance (citywide including pop-ups and special events, Night Out in the Parks events, programs at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park — and the SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park): select dates July 15 – September 10, ChicagoSummerDance.org
  • Chicago Air and Water Show (North Avenue Beach and along the Lakefront): Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20; practice runs on Friday, August 18, ChicagoAirandWaterShow.us
  • SummerDance Celebration (Jay Pritzker Pavilion and throughout Millennium Park): Sunday, August 27, MillenniumPark.org and ChicagoSummerDance.org
  • Chicago Jazz Festival (citywide including Millennium Park): Thursday – Sunday, August 31 – September 3, MillenniumPark.org and ChicagoJazzFestival.us
  • World Music Festival Chicago (citywide): Friday, September 22 – Sunday, October 1, WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org
2023 programming also includes Millennium Park one-night-only special events, exhibitions, pop-up performances, and free programming presented by the Millennium Park Residency Program 2023 partners: Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Praize Productions, Inc., National Public Housing Museum, and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance; as well as Chicago Cultural Center tours, talks, films, and visual art exhibitions; Chicago Riverwalk art, music, and more — and other programs to be announced as part of the DCASE Fall/Holiday season. Additionally, DCASE will permit hundreds of neighborhood festivals and special events throughout Chicago.