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Rate Ranges:  Free,  $ = less than $10,  $$ = $10 to $25,  $$$ = greater than $25
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Festivals and Events. For exact festival dates, contact the local visitors bureaus here

Map Call Festival/Event City Founded Rate Range Festival Month
Adventures In Travel Expo Chicago $$ Jan  
 
Chicago Auto Show Chicago 1901 $$ Feb  
 
Chicago Blues Festival Chicago 1983 Free Jun  
Festival of the Fox Elburn 1983 Free Jun  
Harvard Milk Days Harvard 1942 Varies Jun  
 
Taste of Chicago Chicago 1980 Free Jun-Jul  
Geneva Arts Fair Geneva 2001 $$$ Jul  
 
Chicago Summer Dance Chicago 2012 Free Jul-Sep  
Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago 1959 Free Aug  
 
Lollapalooza Chicago 1991 $$$ Aug  
North Aurora Days - Village of North Aurora North Aurora Aug  
One for the Kids St. Charles 1993 Aug  
Chicago Jazz Festival Chicago 1979 Free Aug-Sep  
Dwight Harvest Days Dwight 1979 Varies Sep  
Fox Valley Oktoberfest Elgin 2002 Free Sep  
 
World Music Festival Chicago 1999 Free Sep  
Scarecrow Festival St. Charles 1984 Free Oct  
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Chicago Free Nov  
McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade Chicago 1934 Free Nov  
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Bloomington 1978 $$-$$$ Jun-Aug  
Sugar Creek Art Festival Normal 1983 Free Jul  
Pekin Marigold Festival Pekin 1973 Free Sep  
East Peoria Festival of Lights East Peoria 1985 $ Dec  
Snow Sculpting Contest Rockford 1986 Free Jan  
Byron Fest Byron 1988 Free-$$ Jul  
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Mendota 1947 Free Aug  
On The Waterfront Rockford 1984 $$ Sep  
Decatur Celebration Decatur 1986 Free Aug  
Illinois State Fair Springfield $ Aug  
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Springfield 2002 Free Sep  
 
Popeye Picnic Chester 1980 Varies Sep