Spring into Festival Season

Franz PflueglMP

We can’t help but daydream about springtime in Chicago as we are being teased with glimpses of 60-degree weather, putting away the winter jackets, and smelling the flowers. Coming out of the winter cave, getting back into all of the Chicago events can be a hassle. Spring is the season that warms up Chicagoans and visitors for the heavy summer festival season. Here’s a go to guide for spring time in Chicago.

St. Patrick’s Day

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an event marked on everyone’s calendar. Taking place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, the parade starts with the green dyeing of the river and shifts to a celebration in Grant Park. Parade goers usually take their festivities to bar crawls in Wrigleyville for a green beer filled night.

Whisky Fest

The 17th annual Whisky Fest will be held on March 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The festival features whisky from 300 different vendors, socializing and informational seminars regarding the art of the drink.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

Coined as C2E2, the even is an exhibition of pop culture and comic books that offers panels, autograph sessions, and sneak peeks at upcoming works. This is a great place to interact with some of your favorite creators and stars of your favorite movies and video games. The convention will be held at the McCormick Place on March 18 to 20.

Manifest Urban Arts Festival

This festival will take place on May 13. An event hosted by the students of Columbia College of Chicago that is perfect for showcasing young talented artists. The festival is also accompanied by musical performances and fashion shows and food.

Ferris Fest

This event, marking the 30 anniversary of the classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is set for the weekend of May 20 to 22. The film was set in the city of Chicago. The festival will be a rendition of the film, making stops through Ferris’s room and other events that took place throughout the movie. They have planned to reenact the famous ‘Twist and Shout’ scene.

Mayfest

The introduction to the summer Chicago festival season. The festival is designed to celebrate German heritage and the coming of the season. Authentic beer, cultural activities, food and entertainment are accompanied with the four day event on June 2 to June 5.