Taste Of Chicago, Blues Fest, Air And Water Show and other festivals will return in 2022, many to their pre-pandemic size


CHICAGO — The Taste of Chicago, Blues Fest, the full air and water show and other beloved events are returning this year — and many will be back to their pre-pandemic size, officials said.

Events have been scaled back or canceled for the past two years due to budget issues and concerns about gatherings of people during the coronavirus pandemic. But they will make their in-person return as the weather heats up in 2022, officials said Thursday.

“I am thrilled that we can bring back our iconic music and food festivals, along with hundreds of other events,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a news release from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “This will help bring a sense of normalcy back to our city and revitalize local economies in our neighborhoods.”

People can check updates about events online.


Blues Festival and Jazz Festival

Free Music Festivals will be back with in-person events this summer. Each will take place over four days at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, at a venue in Millennium Park and at neighborhood events.

The Blues Fest will take place from June 9 to 12.

Jazz Fest is scheduled for September 1-4.

Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago will return with a smaller, three-day event in July featuring 30-40 restaurants and food trucks, as well as three stages for evening concerts, depending on the city.

The festival will take place July 8-10 in Grant Park. The pop-up events will take place on June 11, 18, and 25 at various locations.

There will also be food and music pop-ups in three Chicago neighborhoods in June as part of Taste.

Air and water show

The air and water show will return to its normal two-day, in-person format with four hours of entertainment each day, according to the city. There will also be the traditional practice day.

The air and water show practice will take place on August 19, with the main event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 20 and 21 along the lake.

Maxwell Street Market

The Maxwell Street Market will be back for 38 Sundays in 2022 after having several of its days cut last year due to the pandemic, according to the city.

It will take place on Sundays April 3-Dec. 18 at 800 S. Desplaines St.

Other spring and summer events

Chicago City Markets (citywide, including Daley Plaza): May-October, ChicagoCityMarkets.us

Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade (Daley Plaza and State Street): Saturday, May 28, Chicago.gov/DCASE

Summer workouts at Millennium Park (Great Lawn): Saturdays, May 28 – September 3, MillenniumPark.org

Millennium Park Summer Movie Series (Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Tuesdays, July 12 to August 30, MillenniumPark.org

Chicago Gospel Music Experience (Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park): Saturday, June 4, MillenniumPark.org

Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Mondays and Thursdays, from June 20 to August 18, MillenniumPark.org

Chicago SummerDancing (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 Summer Dance Celebration in Millennium Park): select dates from 6 July to September 17, ChicagoSummerDance.org

Chicago Dance Showcase of the Year (Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park): Saturday, August 27, MillenniumPark.org

Chicago House Music Experience (Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park): Friday, September 16 — plus ancillary community events and more, dates TBD, MillenniumPark.org

Summer Dance Celebration (Jay Pritzker Pavilion and throughout Millennium Park): Saturday, September 17, MillenniumPark.org and ChicagoSummerDance.org

Chicago World Music Festival (citywide): Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 9, WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org

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