Hundreds of pairs of leather chaps take the stage for four days of parties and friendly competition, all culminating in the "Black and Blue Ball" on Mon 5/27 from 8 PM-4 AM at the Castle (632 N. Dearborn). $175-$205 weekend passes; prices for individual events vary
A foodie fest featuring local chefs and performances by the Sheepdogs, Lucky Boys Confusion, Sixteen Candles, and Rock Candy.
Hundreds of artists present their work at this street fest; visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, commission specific pieces, and purchase fine art.
React presents three bass-driven days with beats from Calvin Harris, Moby, Bassnectar, Flosstradamus, Gramatik, and more. $170-$250 three-day general admission, $220-$300 three-day VIP
Wine, live music, and cooking demonstrations. $10-$29
Now in its third year, the festival showcases Indian classical and world music, literature, art, film, theater, and dance. prices vary
An international bargain hunt that goes on all year long. Free
Pop-up restaurants, prix-fixe meals, a beer garden, a wine bar, and musical performances by Robert Plant, Neon Trees, and Estelle.
The megafestival features the Cure, Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, Local Natives, Cat Power, Alt-J, and more.
Live cooking demonstrations, tastings, and book signings featuring some of the city’s finest chefs. $159 single-day pass, $265 weekend pass