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.

African festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

7 miles south

African Festival of the Arts celebrates African art, books, crafts, drumming, food, and entertainment 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 - 14, 2014 (begins June 5)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Chicago Circle Memorial Grove on 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.

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

Chicago World Music Festival 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 affordable outdoor punk, rock and alternative music festival 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.

Forest Park Ribfest

September 13, 2014

11 miles west

Chow down, hear live music, and enjoy children’s activities at Forest Park Ribfest. Free.
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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.

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

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.

Bacon cook-off

September 14, 2014

4 miles north

Bacon lovers unite to make and/or eat creative treats at Chicago Bacon Takedown at Lincoln Hall on Lincoln Avenue. 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.

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

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.

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, and arts & crafts at Oktoberfest Chicago on N Lincoln Ave. at Southport. Children’s “Kinderfest” on Sunday afternoon. 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 W 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.

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.

Shopping festival

September 2014 (undated)

Downtown Chicago

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

Latin American festival

September 2014 (undated)

12 miles NW

The National Latin American Festival features Latin American food, music, culture, and a beauty pageant at Riis Park at Narragansett & Fullerton.

Beethoven Festival

September 2014 (undated)

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.

Englewood Jazz Festival

September 2014 (undated)

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.

Musicians’ conference

September 2014 (undated)

0.5 mile south

Music professionals can register for workshops, panels, concerts, and networking events at Chicago Music Summit at Chicago Cultural Center. Free.

Dance at the museum

September 2014 (undated)

9 miles south

Dance to celebrity DJs at Steppin’ Under the Stars at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Free, except food and drink.

James Beard dining event

September 2014 (undated)

Downtown Chicago

Taste Chicago is a pricey cocktail reception and dinner by celebrity chefs at Union Station on Friday, and free cooking demonstrations at Sur La Table (Michigan Ave.) on Saturday.

Tattoo convention

September 2014 (undated)

28 miles SW

Immersed In Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival is at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Repeats in April. Cost.

Artists Month

September 2014 (undated)

Chicago area

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

Turkish fest

September (undated)

Downtown Chicago

Experience the art, music, dance, and cuisine of Turkey at the Chicago Turkish Festival in Pioneer Court at 401 N Michigan Ave. Free.
 
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