Even though a measurable snowfall has yet to hit the ground this season, Chicagoans can already start dreaming about warm weather activities.
The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has released the dates for 2013 festivals.
Taste of Chicago will be held July 10-14, replicating this year's recipe of a shortened festival and avoiding the Fourth of July weekend.
Other highlights include the return of the Millennium Park Music Series late May through mid September, the Chicago Blues Festival on June 6-9 and the Chicago Air and Water Show on August 17-18.
Click here for the full list of city-sponsored events.