Chicago events calendar for September 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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September 2014

Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in September 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Shopping festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 22)

0 miles

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival has fashion shows, exclusive offers, culinary events, and concerts on Michigan Avenue. Free.

African festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

7 miles south

African Festival of the Arts [sound] celebrates African art, books, crafts, drumming, entertainment, and food at a giant festival in Washington Park. Cost.

Polish festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

10 miles NW

Taste of Polonia features 32 bands, 70 vendors, and 12 food booths (polska kielbasa, pierogi, potato pancakes, beer) at Copernicus Center. Cost.

Naperville festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

33 miles west

Naperville Last Fling is a family event with a parade, carnival rides, children’s area, two music stages, and food and beverage vendors at Naperville’s Riverwalk.

Ravinia music festival

September 1 - 20, 2014 (begins June 16)

23 miles north

Ravinia Festival is billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival, with a long series of performances at Ravinia Park in Highland Park. Cost.

Seniors day at Art Institute

September 3, 2014

1 mile south

Senior Celebrations at the Art Institute of Chicago offers lectures, demonstrations, and free entry at 159 E. Monroe St. Register for optional luncheon.

Country fair

September 3 - 7, 2014

62 miles SW

Head to the Sandwich Fair for carnival games, fair food, grandstand shows, and farm animals. Cost.

Movie at the zoo

September 5, 2014

2.5 miles north

Zoovies are free outdoor movies at Lincoln Park Zoo at dusk on July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 5, and Oct. 3.
  • Best in Show - Sept. 5 (Sept. 19 if rain)

Turkish fest

September 5 - 6, 2014

0.1 miles east

Experience art, music, dance, and cuisine of Turkey at the free Chicago Turkish Festival in Pioneer Court at 401 N Michigan Ave. Ticketed dinner on Thursday.

Wine festival

September 5 - 6, 2014

1 mile south

Sample from more than 300 wines at the outdoor Windy City Wine Festival near Buckingham Fountain.

German festival & parade

September 5 - 7, 2014

7 miles north

German American Fest has German music, culture, beer, and food at Lincoln Square. The Von Steuben Parade is 2 p.m. Sat. at 4000 N Lincoln Ave. Free.

Beethoven Festival

Sept. 5 - 21, 2014 (uncertain)

2 miles west

The Beethoven Festival is 100 events that include classical and contemporary musical performances, visual art exhibitions, performance and installation art, and fashion shows at Merit School of Music.

Opera in the park

September 6, 2014

0.5 mile south

Spectacular singing and orchestral music await at Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park. Pavilion seats open at 6 p.m., or sit on the lawn. Free.

Bacon festival

September 6, 2014

1.5 miles SW

Sample bacon dishes and learn from chefs at the Great American Bacon Festival at Union Station. Cost.

Family festival

September 6, 2014

11 miles south

The 79th Street Renaissance Festival: A Family Jam for Peace is a community festival with entertainment, food vendors, a market, and a large kids’ corner on W 79th Street at Racine. Free.

Waukegan air show

September 6, 2014

41 miles north

See planes on the ground and in the air at Wings over Waukegan. No pets. Wear sunscreen. Cost.

Craft fair

September 6 - 7, 2014

3.5 miles NW

Shop from independent artisans and chefs at the The Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. Free.

Ukrainian festival

September 6 - 7, 2014

3.6 miles west

Ukrainian Village Fest offers folk dance, music, food (potato pancakes, borsch, pierogies, kabos, blintzes), beer, wine, and a kids’ area at Superior St. & Oakley.

Oak Brook art fair

September 6 - 7, 2014

19 miles west

Fall Festival of the Arts features art, artists in action, and music in Oak Brook. Repeats in May. Free.

Circus in the park

September 6 - 28, 2014 (Aug. 30 - Oct. 19)

Chicago locations

Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of daytime shows at eight parks that’s perfect for families. Cost.

Bike and eat

September 7, 2014

2.5 miles SW

Four Star Bike & Chow is a non-competitive biking event that has routes from 12 to 65 miles with snacks on the way and after party. Routes begin and end at Circle Memorial Grove on the UIC campus. Cost.

Half marathon

September 7, 2014

9 miles south

The Chicago Half Marathon begins at Jackson Park and goes along the scenic lakeshore. Free to watch.
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Free science museum

September 8 - 29, 2014 (except Sat. & Sun.)

8 miles south

Show Illinois ID to enter the Museum of Science and Industry free during Free Days. Repeats in January.

Berghoff Oktoberfest

September 10 - 12, 2014

1 mile south

Berghoff Oktoberfest serves bratwurst, sauerkraut, chicken, pretzels, and apple strudel plus German music at W Adams St. and Dearborn. Free to 9 p.m.

World Music Festival

September 11 - 21, 2014

Chicago locations

World Music Festival Chicago features artists and ensembles from all over the world. Free.

Beer festival

September 12, 2014

2 miles west

Festiv-Ale offers fine Midwest beers, excellent food, music, and a charity auction at Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House. Cost.

Rock festival

September 12 - 14, 2014

6 miles west

Riot Fest is an outdoor punk, rock and alternative music festival plus carnival at Humboldt Park. Cost.

Mexican independence festival

September 12 - 14, 2014

10 miles SW

Thousands attend Festival de La Villita for authentic Mexican cuisine, music, artisans, carnival rides, and family entertainment on W 26th St. at Kostner. Free.

Beer festival

September 13, 2014

1.5 miles SW

Buy tickets online for beer tasting and snacks during an afternoon or evening session at The Chicago Beer Festival in Union Station. Repeats March. Cost.

Forest Park Ribfest

September 13, 2014 (12 to 11 p.m.)

11 miles west

Eat, hear live music, and enjoy children’s activities at Forest Park Ribfest at 7824 Madison Street. Free.

Hungarian festival

September 13, 2014

15 miles NW

Eat traditional dishes like goulash, hear folk music, watch dancers, plays games, and see films about Hungary at Taste of Hungary in Norridge. Cost.

Mexican parades

September 13 - 14, 2014

Chicago locations

Celebrate Mexico’s separation from Spain at these Mexican Independence Day parades, with colorful floats, mariachi bands, and street dancing. Free.
  • Sept. 13 (12:00) - Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade on 18th Street at Newberry
  • Sept. 14 (12:00) - 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade on 26th St. at Albany
  • Sept. 14 (2:00) - South Chicago Mexican Indep. Day Parade on Commercial Avenue at 87th

Wells Street festival

September 13 - 14, 2014

2 miles north

Crush in Old Town has fine art, beer and wine tasting, macaroni & cheese tasting, local restaurants, music, and a kids’ area at Wells St. & North Ave. Donation.

Lakeview East art festival

September 13 - 14, 2014

4 miles north

Meet 175 juried artists selling paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, and jewelry at Lakeview East Festival of the Arts on Broadway Avenue, north of Belmont. Donation.

Indian pow wow

September 13 - 14, 2014

25 miles NW

The American Indian Center of Chicago Powwow features song and dance, arts and crafts vendors, native foods, and archery at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. Cost.

Revolutionary War

September 13 - 14, 2014

27 miles west

Get a feel for camp life, experience a battle, and enjoy colonial sights and sounds at the Revolutionary War Reenactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking.

Naperville film festival

September 13 - 20, 2014

30 miles SW

The Naperville Independent Film Festival has public screenings, gives out awards, and offers filmmakers advice on lighting, writing and directing. Cost.

Art exposition

September 18 - 21, 2014

1 mile east

The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (also called Exposition Chicago, Expo Chicago, Expo Chgo) offers museum-quality curated art and design by 120 exhibitors at Navy Pier. Cost.

Gay film festival

September 18 - 25, 2014

Chicago locations

Reeling is Chicago’s LGBT International Film Festival.

Oak Park “Oaktoberfest”

September 19 - 20, 2014

9 miles west

Enjoy craft beer, wine, pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, bratwurst, music, and a kids’ root beer garden at Oaktoberfest in Oak Park. Free entry.

Apple festival

September 20, 2014

7 miles NW

Get some apple pie and cider, listen to local music, or visit the kid zone at Apple Fest on N Lincoln Avenue from Leland to Lawrence. Donation.

Logan Square beer festival

September 20, 2014

7 miles NW

Try 50 beers from 20 breweries at Logan Square Beer Fest in Logan Square Auditorium. Cost.

Englewood Jazz Festival

September 20, 2014

11 miles south

See the schedule for Englewood Jazz Festival to attend lectures, discussions, and a full day of jazz on Saturday at Hamilton Park Cultural Center. Free.

Small art fair

September 20, 2014

16 miles NW

Fall Arts & Crafts Adventure is a nice juried show at Hodges Park in Park Ridge. Repeats May. Free.

Design Harvest festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

3 miles west

Design Harvest features local furniture and accessory makers, live music, a square dance, food and beer, and family activities like hayrides and pumpkin painting on W Grand Ave. at Wood. Free.

Taco festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

5 miles north

Try tacos from 8 restaurants and vote for the best, taste beer, hear live music, and see arts and crafts at Lakeview Taco Fest on Southport Avenue. Donation.

Locally made festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

8 miles north

Andersonville City Made Fest features local artists, businesses, brewers, and musicians on N Clark Street from Argyle to Carmen. Donation.

Naperville art fair

September 20 - 21, 2014

32 miles west

Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is a juried fair with 130 artists at a scenic park in downtown Naperville.

Race at the zoo

September 21, 2014

14 miles SW

Run or walk past animals on a 5K entirely within Brookfield Zoo by joining the Zoo Run Run. Cost.

Dollinger’s haunted attractions

September 22 - Oct. 30, 2014

55 miles SW

Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon has two haunts. The Family Spooky Trail is creepy but not gory. Abyss Haunted House is intense for mature audiences. See schedule.

Chicago Gourmet

September 26 - 28, 2014

0.5 mile south

Chicago Gourmet is a premium food and wine event with 100 chefs, cooking demonstrations, beer and food pavilions, and wine tastings in Millennium Park.

St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest

September 26 - 28, 2014

6 miles NW

Enjoy beer, bratwurst, pretzels, live music, arts & crafts, and Sunday afternoon kids’ fest at Oktoberfest Chicago on N Lincoln Ave. at Southport. Cost.

Dutch festival

September 27, 2014

24 miles SW

The Elim Dutch Festival features Dutch food, dance, music, and vendors, plus a kids’ carnival, petting zoo, magic show, and face painting at Elim Christian Services in Palos Heights. Free.

Edgewater art fair

September 27 - 28, 2014

8 miles north

Edgewater Fall Art Fair features 60 local artists, live music, a beer garden, fashion show, kids’ corner, and pet parade on Granville Ave. at Broadway. Donation.

Hyde Park art fair

September 27 - 28, 2014

8 miles south

Meet friendly artists at the juried Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure in the courtyard of University of Chicago’s Hyde Park Shopping Center. Free.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

8 miles south

Hear 40 jazz performances by top artists indoors and outdoors at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Free.

Art, food, and music festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

13 miles north

See juried art & crafts, eat restaurant food, and hear live music at Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival. Free.

Family haunts

September 27 - Oct. 30, 2014

32 miles SW

The Haunted Barn at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen is appropriate for mature kids. The Fun Barn will entertain even the youngest children. Cost.

Artists Month

September 27 - Oct. 31, 2014

Chicago area

Enjoy performances, exhibitions, open studios, demonstrations, and neighborhood art walks during Chicago Artists Month.

Spirits tasting

September 30, 2014

1.2 miles

Sample handcrafted spirits and meet the makers at Chicago Indie Spirits Expo at Hilton Chicago. Cost.

Fall Dinner Crawl

September 30, 2014

4 miles NW

Choose 1 of 3 routes, and then get samples from restaurants along the way during Fall Dinner Crawl in Wicker Park and Bucktown. Cost.
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