City Releases 2019 Dates For Festivals, Events, Performances & More

Shannon Blum
October 30, 2018 - 8:00 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Although there are two full months left in the year, the city is already thinking ahead to 2019. 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events released Monday the 2019 schedule for various city festivals and other events. So if you are already over 2018, now is the perfect time to start planning next year!

The events include the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago, the 61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, and the 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Plus, 2019 has been named the “Year of Chicago Theatre,” so many programs and festivals will include a theatre component to highlight the diverse theatre companies and professionals that call Chicago home. Also slated for Grant Park this summer, although not an official city of Chicago event, is Lollapalooza happening Aug. 1-4.

Each year, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents 2,000 free-admission cultural programs for an audience of well over 25 million residents and visitors.

Check out the list below for the 2019 schedule of events:

LAKEFRONT FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

  • 21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival - May 4, 2019 - Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Dr. and Montrose Dr.)
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony - May 25, 2019 - State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren St.
  • 4th Annual Chicago House Music Festival - Memorial Day Weekend 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • 34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival - May 31–June 1, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • 36th Annual Chicago Blues Festival - June 7–9, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • Millennium Park Summer Music & Film Series - June–August, 2019 - Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • 23rd Annual Chicago SummerDance - Wednesdays–Sundays, June 27–August 24, 2019 - Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) and other Chicago Park District locations
  • 39th Annual Taste of Chicago - July 10–14, 2019 - Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
  • 61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show - August 17–18, 2019 - North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.)
  • 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival - August 23–September 1, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • 21st Annual World Music Festival Chicago - September 13–29, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • 106th Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Celebrations - November–December 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)

FAMILY EVENTS

  • Juicebox - 1st & 3rd Fridays (Chicago Cultural Center) and 1st & 3rd Saturdays (Garfield Park Conservatory), 11 a.m. - Winter, Spring & Fall - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) and occasional special events
  • 21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival - May 4, 2019 - Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Dr. and Montrose Dr.)
  • Chicago Riverwalk Summer Programming - Late May–October, 2019 - Chicago Riverwalk, Lake Shore Dr. to Lake St.
  • 39th Annual Taste of Chicago - July 10–14, 2019 - Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
  • 106th Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Celebrations - November–December 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • Dance-Along Nutcracker® - December 8, 2019 - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)

THEATER, DANCE AND PERFORMANCE

  • Year of Chicago Theatre - January–December 2019 - various locations
  • Chicago Cultural Center Programming - Year-Round - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • Goat Island Archive - March 30–June 23, 2019 - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • 23rd Annual Chicago SummerDance - Wednesdays–Sundays, June 27–August 24, 2019 - Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) and other Chicago Park District locations
  • 3rd Annual SummerDance Celebration - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)

MUSIC

  • Chicago Cultural Center Programming - Year-Round - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • 4th Annual Chicago House Music Festival - Memorial Day Weekend 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • 34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival - May 31–June 1, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • 36th Annual Chicago Blues Festival - June 7–9, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • Millennium Park Summer Music Series - Select Mondays & Thursdays, June–August, 2019 - Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • 23rd Annual Chicago SummerDance - Wednesdays–Sundays, June 27–August 24, 2019 - Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) and other Chicago Park District locations
  • 39th Annual Taste of Chicago - July 10–14, 2019 - Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
  • 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival - August 23–September 1, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • 21st Annual World Music Festival Chicago - September 13–29, 2019 - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • Latin Music Celebration - September 2019 (Exact Date TBD) - Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • Caroling at Cloud Gate - Fridays, November 29–December 20, 2019 - Millennium Park, Cloud Gate aka “The Bean” (201 E. Randolph St.)

FILMS

  • Chicago Cultural Center Programming - Year-Round - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • Millennium Park Summer Film Series - Tuesdays, June–August, 2019 - Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)

EXHIBITIONS AND VISUAL ARTS

  • African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race - Through March 3, 2019 - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • Goat Island Archive - March 30–June 23, 2019 - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • 3rd Chicago Architecture Biennial - September 19, 2019–January 5, 2020 - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
  • Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago’s African American Music - Ongoing - Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)

MARKETS

  • Chicago City Markets - May–October, 2019
  • Daley Plaza Farmers Market - opens May 9, 2019 - Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) and citywide locations
  • Maxwell Street Market - Sundays - Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.)

RECREATION

  • Chicago Riverwalk Summer Programming - Late May–October, 2019 - Chicago Riverwalk, Lake Shore Dr. to Lake St.
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts - June–August, 2019 - Millennium Park, Great Lawn (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - Mid-November 2019–Mid-March 2020 - Millennium Park (Michigan Ave. between Washington St. and Madison St.)