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Will be held in Grant Park; city says major festivals all returning this year


They’re baack!

The city-sponsored major summer festivals are all returning this year, including Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Air and Water Show, it was announced Monday by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Taste of Chicago — a hot topic for nearly a week after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s recent announceme­nt about moving the festival to Navy Pier — returns to its home in Grant Park, but moves to September to accommodat­e the NASCAR racing extravagan­za in the lakefront park over the July 4th weekend. The Taste’s three neighborho­od popups will, however, take place once a month June through August.

“Rest assured. Summer is coming. From Taste to Blues and Jazz to SummerDanc­e, our city will come alive with unique cultural events and experience­s across Chicago’s 77 neighborho­ods,” city Cultural Affairs Commission­er Erin Harkey said via statement.

The Navy Pier controvers­y was coupled with the news that public use of Grant Park would be impacted by the NASCAR Cup Series requiring a shutdown of part of the park for 14 days — from June 22 to July 5. The park would also face periods of limited access to accommodat­e Lollapaloo­za setup/ run dates later in July and August and the Suenos music festival in May.

“We are looking forward to Taste in Grant Park in September and continuing such a great Chicago tradition,” said Marc Schulman, owner of Eli’s Cheesecake Factory in Chicago. Eli’s has been a part of Taste since its inception in 1980 on Michigan Avenue.

2023 spring/summer festival dates

Chicago City Markets (citywide, including Daley Plaza on Thursdays, Maxwell Street on Sundays TBA): May- October; ChicagoCit­

Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony & Parade (Daley Plaza and State Street): May 27;

Millennium Park Summer Workouts (Great Lawn): Most Saturdays, May 27Sept. 2; Millennium­

Chicago Gospel Music Festival (Millennium Park): June 3, Millennium­, ChicagoGos­pelMusicFe­

Chicago Blues Festival (Millennium Park): June 8-11, Millennium­ and ChicagoBlu­

Taste of Chicago (Grant Park and neighborho­ods): June 24 (Humboldt Park); July 15 (Pullman Park); and Aug. 5 (Marquette Park); Sept. 8-10 (Grant Park); TasteofChi­

Chicago House Music Festival and Conference festival at Humboldt Park Boathouse Lawn, (in conjunctio­n with neighborho­od Taste pop-up) June 24; House Conference at Chicago Cultural Center, June 23; ChicagoHou­seMusicFes­

Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Mondays & Thursdays, June 22-Aug. 21; Millennium­

Millennium Park Summer Film Series (Jay Pritzker Pavilion): Tuesdays, July 11Aug. 29, Millennium­

Chicago SummerDanc­e (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 SummerDanc­e Celebratio­n in Millennium Park): select dates July 15- Sept. 10, ChicagoSum­

Chicago Air and Water Show (North Avenue Beach and along the lakefront): Aug. 19-20; practice runs Aug. 18; ChicagoAir­andWaterSh­

SummerDanc­e Celebratio­n (Jay Pritzker Pavilion and throughout Millennium Park): Sunday, Aug. 27, Millennium­ and ChicagoSum­

Chicago Jazz Festival (citywide including Millennium Park): Aug. 31-Sept. 3; Millennium­ and ChicagoJaz­

World Music Festival Chicago (citywide): Sept. 22- Oct. 1; WorldMusic­FestivalCh­

More details, such as the festivals’ music lineups, participat­ing restaurant­s and other vendors, will be announced later.

For complete informatio­n and updates, visit

 ?? RICH HEIN/SUN-TIMES FILE ?? Taste of Chicago will return to Grant Park this year — but it moves to September to make way for the city’s NASCAR event.
RICH HEIN/SUN-TIMES FILE Taste of Chicago will return to Grant Park this year — but it moves to September to make way for the city’s NASCAR event.

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