May 07, 2014 08:03 ET

Festivals in Chicago 2014: Enjoy the Best Festivals of 2014 in the Windy City According to

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 7, 2014) - It's been a long hard winter even for native Chicago residents, who know a thing or two about the blustery cold of the Windy City. With the sunshine of spring upon us, the warmth of the summer season is just a short few weeks away. What makes this time of the year magical for all ages is the chance to spend more time outdoors. The fine weather combined with the unsurpassed cultural charms of Chicago give everyone from local residents to traveling tourists something to attend, today announced its list of upcoming festivals.

"Chicago is very ready to celebrate the end of winter, and the upcoming festival season," explains Lindsey Skinner, editor of "So we've put together a list of the best festivals and events this summer 2014."

May 24, 2014 - Memorial Day Parade
Every year thousands of people attend this joyous parade, one of the largest Memorial Day celebrations in the United States. It all begins at 11 in the morning with the ceremonial laying of a patriotic wreath thanking and commemorating all those who fought and died for the country. The parade itself then starts on State Street and travels further south of Van Buren. Come celebrate Memorial Day with this annual parade.
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June 13 - 15, 2014 The Chicago Blues Festival
This festival of music is free for all who attend. The best of jazz music is celebrated and romanced during this unique three day festival. All three days and nights are commanded by five stages filled with one world renowned act after another. Annually this festival brings out a combined audience of over half a million music lovers overjoyed to listen to the blues.
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June 14 - 15, 2014 - The Six Corners Barbecue Festival
Chicago has never been known as a city of vegetarians. The middle of June signals the start of this festival serving up of all types of delicious barbecue from the best of the Windy City and its chefs. Come for the food and stay to enjoy live local music and entertainment. Families with children in tow will appreciate kids activities planned in a fun filled "Kid's Corner" all their own.
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June - August 2014 Thursday nights - Chicago Hot Summer Night Festival
Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, each Thursday evening begins another musical celebration with something for everyone. Musical styles and performances range from good ole Country and Western songs to Hawaiian specialties straight from our 50th state. Music lovers come to listen to these outdoor concerts free of charge. Bring your own blanket or chair if you want to be sure you get a seat; but the fragrant atmosphere, music and free admission can't be beat.
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July 11 - 13, 2014 Irish American Heritage Festival
Everyone is Irish at this lively festival celebrating the culture and contributions of the Emerald Isle to the City of Chicago. Families can take part in this event where food, music and fun meet. This fest is famous for its famed contests like freckle counting and the official mashed potato eating competition.
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July 19 - 20, 2014 - Celebrate Clark Street Festival
This two day event brings forth the best of the city's Clark Street with all of its cultural diversity. Set in Rogers Park on Clark Street itself, the festival base is between Estes and Morse Avenues. Music and entertainment delight the crowd from dual stages. A plethora of cuisines and crafts are for sale at this culturally rich event that brings together people from all walks of life.
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August 16 - 17, 2014 The Chicago Air and Water Show
This incredible show highlights both aviation and naval excellence. Each day performances bring forth groups such as the U.S. Navy Parachute team, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the adventurous pursuits of our nation's bravest pilots. This Chicago favorite is a must-attend, so come enjoy watching the top pilots in the nation soar.
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August 28 - 31, 2014 The Chicago Jazz Festival
Labor Day weekend marks the start of this free international festival of jazz with live musical acts on several stages. Celebrities join locals in their adoration of this genre of music as it comes alive. Audiences of all ages love when cool jazz meets warm nights on this last official weekend summer.
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September 20 - 21, 2014 - Andersonville City Made Beer Festival
This festival celebrates all things that radiate from the tasty local brews makes Chicago beer drinkers proud. Nationally known, this festival serves as a showcase for the tasting of microbrewery favorites of all varieties. Along with the chance to try a new beer, festival goers can also sample the live entertainment provided by local musicians. Along with beer and food, this festival offers a sampling of the arts and crafts that are produced by the innovative artisans of Chicagoland.
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Chicago during the spring and summer comes alive with the sound of laughter, taste of summertime treats, and magic of festival season. This spring and summer 2014 is looking especially appealing, so come enjoy all that the Windy City has to offer. Find Chicago hotels and other amazing things to do in Chicago while on vacation and take full advantage of the sunshine!

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