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Endless entertainment and culture

Free festivals and events are held in Chicago year round. From May to September the city shows itself with Summer in Chicago at their best, from fun on the beaches to rousing music festivals. In May will be with Chicago Great Places & Spaces the city's famous architecture is presented on special tours.

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and the largest event among the city's music festivals. On the second weekend in June, more than 70 performers appear on six stages over three days. More than 500,000 blues fans make it clear that Chicago is the “blues capital of the world”. Highlights of past concerts were concerts by Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, BB King, Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor. Admission is free.

This is possible every year in the three summer months (mid-June to September) Ravinia Festival in Highland Park - just minutes north of Chicago - across the stage. The more than 100 events with big stars include classical music, jazz and pop. Around 600,000 guests frequent this festival.

During the winter months of January and February take place under Chicago Winter Delights Diverse activities take place every weekend. The Chicago Holiday Season starts every year in October with Halloween.

On the Thanksgiving Parade and the The Magnificent Mile Lights Festivalthe Christmas tree will be illuminated in December. The Daley Plaza will end the year with its annualChristkindlmarket lively, where seasonal German and other European products such as Christmas tree decorations and wooden toys, nutcrackers and glassware are sold from picturesque wooden huts and tents.

Chicago's festivals appeal to all tastes and interests. Outdoor festivals like Taste of Chicago the Printers Row Book Fair the Gold Coast Art Fair, the 57th Street Art Fair and the Air and Water Show have something to offer every visitor.

Also at trade fairs and exhibitions like the Chicago Boat Show, the RV and Outdoors Show, the Chicago Auto Show, and the Chicago Flower and Garden Show the visitor can find everything that interests him. In March, the city celebrates with a huge parade St. Patrick's Day.

Entertainment after sunset
Theater, opera, ballet, blues and "all that jazz"

There's always something going on in Chicago, the “capital of the blues”, even after sunset. Experience legendary or yet to be discovered blues artists in pubs such as Eddy Clearwater's Reservation Blues, Kingston Mines, Blue Chicagoor Buddy Guy's Legends.

To hear good jazz, visit Jazz showcaseand Andy's Jazz Club. A sophisticated night bar with music entertainment is in the Pops for Champagnecommanded. In addition, Chicago has numerous bars where funk, reggae or rock music is played. On Sundays there is an unforgettable gospel brunch in the House of Blues - where numerous concerts also take place on weekdays.

Also at internationally known local theaters such as Steppenwolf, Second City, Lookingglassand Goodman is not lacking in Chicago. Actors like John Malkovich, John Mahoney and David Schwimmer, whom everyone knows today, emerged from these. If you prefer to watch a show or a musical á la Broadway instead, you should visit the restored one Theater District look around in the loop.

The internationally celebrated one is also exciting Lyric Operain the magnificent Art Deco auditorium of the Civic Opera House to visit or the Chicago Symphony Orchestrain the Symphony Center to experience, including the one from 1904 Orchestra Hall belongs.

Ballet fans are allowed to do the famous Joffrey Balletin the Auditorium Theaterdon't miss the interior designed by Louis Sullivan. And of course there are regular performances of Shakespeare plays in the Chicago Shakespeare Theaterheld at Navy Pier.

VUSA tip: If you want to see a live theater performance on the same day or buy a ticket at a bargain price, go to Hot Tixwhere you can get half price tickets and tickets for performances on the same day. Hot Tix is ​​located at 72 East Randolph Street, 163 East Pearson Street (in the Water Works Visitor Center) and 108 N. State (in the Thirty Seven Shops on State block, first floor Guest Services).

Entertainment for the mind
Great impressions in Chicago's museums

Few cities can boast as many museums and cultural institutions as Chicago. Whatever you're interested in, you'll find it here.

Chicago has an abundance of treasures for art lovers. The Art Institute of Chicago has the world's largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. There are also Marc Chagall's extraordinary stained glass windows and classics such as Grant Woods American Gothic, Georges Seurats A Sunday on a La Grande Jatte and Edward Hoppers Nighthawaks.

in the Museum of Contemporary Art, a huge complex of galleries, designed by the famous Berlin architect Josef Paul Kleinhues, houses an extensive collection of contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos by modern masters such as Jasper Johns, Ed Paschke and Andy Warhol. Well worth a visit to Museum of Contemporary Photography, in which photography is explored as a visual medium.

That belongs to other noteworthy museums Mexican Fire Arts Center Museumin Pilsen and that National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the only museum of its kind in the United States. That’s in the Hyde Park area too David and Alfred Smart Museum.