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City Announces 2014 Festival Dates




    It’s never too early to start planning for Chicago festivals.

    The city on Thursday announced the dates for festivals and events for 2014, including the premier of a new fest called the Great Chicago Fire Festival.

    33rd Annual Taste Of Chicago Underway

    [CHI] 33rd Annual Taste Of Chicago Underway
    The 33rd annual Taste of Chicago is now under way at Grant Park. The popular food festival will be held Wednesday through Sunday. This is the second year the event will operate under a shortened schedule. Thirty-five restaurants are participating this year, plus four pop-up restaurants featuring rotating restaurants and 14 food trucks, which will be available before and during the evening concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell. NBC5's Kim Vatis Reports. (Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013)

    Among the highlighted fests are:

    • Chicago WinterDance: Dance lessons and live music will be offered Jan. 3-5 at the Chicago Cultural Center
    • OnEdge: The new performance series will be featured from Jan. 11 through Feb. 1 at the Storefront Theater and Chicago Cultural Center
    • City of Chicago 176th Birthday: March 4
    • Loops and Variations: Contemporary classical music and electronica can be heard on Thursdays from May 29-July 3 at Millennium Park
    • Downtown Sound: Indie rock and pop music will be heard on Mondays from June 2-Aug. 4 at Millennium Park
    • Chicago Blues Festival: June 13-15 at Grant Park
    • Chicago Bike Week: The citywide event will be from June 13-20.
    • Millennium Park Film Series: June 24-Aug. 26, at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
    • Chicago Gospel Music Festival: June 26-29 at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and Grant Park
    • Chicago SummerDance: Dance lessons and live music will be offered June 27-Sept. 14 at the Chicago Cultural Center
    • Taste of Chicago: July 9-13 at Grant Park
    • Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz: July 24-Aug. 28 at Millennium Park
    • Chicago Air and Water Show: Aug. 16-17
    • Chicago Jazz Festival: Aug. 28-31 at Millennium Park
    • World Music Festival Chicago: Sept. 11-21 at Millennium Park , the Chicago Cultural Center and citywide
    • Great Chicago Fire Festival: Oct. 3-4, Chicago River and citywide
    • SpinOff 2014: The contemporary dance series will be featured in October at the Chicago Cultural Center and Storefront Theater
    • Halloween Festival: The festival will be at the Chicago Cultural Center in late October
    • Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony: The ceremony will be held at Daley Plaza on Nov. 25
    • Santa House: The house will be open at Daley Plaza from Nov. 25-Dec. 24
    • Caroling at Cloud Gate: The caroling will take place on Fridays at Millennium Park from Nov. 28-Dec. 19