Chicago Live! Is the Pier’s annual two-day live performance festival highlighting Chicago’s vibrant performing arts scene, held through the generous support from the Pritzker Foundation.

More than 60 of the city’s top marquee names—a third of which are participating for the first time—will give back-to-back performances from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept, 25.

Performances will be at the East End Plaza, the Wave Wall Platform and the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. For information on parking and updates on Chicago Live!, please click here.

Saturday, Sept. 24 Schedule

East Stage

12 p.m. - Joffrey Ballet

12:30 p.m. - Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

1 p.m. - Trinity Irish Dancers

1:30 p.m. - Chicago Sinfonietta

2 p.m. - Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago

2:30 p.m. - Culture Shock Chicago

3 p.m. - Yin He Dance Company

3:30 p.m. - PARA.MAR Dance Theatre

4 p.m. - Forward Momentum

4:30 p.m. - Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

5 p.m. - Chicago Repertory Ballet

5:30 p.m. - Muntu Dance Theatre

6 p.m. - Giordano Dance Chicago

6:30 p.m. - Hiplet

7 p.m. - COMMON Conservatory

7:30 p.m. - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

8 p.m. - Red Clay Dance Company

8:30 p.m. - Visceral Dance Chicago

9 p.m.  - Ensemble Español

Lake Stage

12 p.m. - Chicago Soul Jazz Collective

12:30 p.m. - "Yours, Stephen Sondheim" (excerpts)

1 p.m. - Jabowen Dixon

1:30 p.m. - The Neo-Futurists

2 p.m. - Cabaret Zazou presents LUMINAIRE

2:30 p.m. - Victor Garcia

3 p.m. - Old Town School of Folk Music presents Nikki O’Neill Band

3:30 p.m. - Chicago Human Rhythm Project 

4 p.m. - Dee Alexander

4:30 p.m. - Mercury Theater Chicago

5 p.m. - Harris Theater presents Adrian Dunn Singers and RIZE Orchestra

5:30 p.m. - About Face Theatre  

6 p.m. - Porchlight Music Theatre

6:30 p.m. - Annoyance Theatre 

7 p.m. - American Blues Theater

7:30 p.m. - iO Theater

8 p.m. - K.F. Jacques

8:30 p.m - NuBlu Band

Wall / Beer Garden/Pier

1 p.m. - The Actors Gymnasium 

2-9 p.m. - DJ Readerz

2 p.m. - Lyric Opera of Chicago

3 p.m. - Chicago Samba 

4:30 p.m. - Soul Children of Chicago

Sunday, Sept.25 Schedule

East Stage

12 p.m. - The Seldoms

12:30 p.m. - Meher Dance Company

1 p.m. - La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon

1:30 p.m. - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

2 p.m. - Joel Hall Dancers

2:30 p.m. - Chicago Dance Crash

3 p.m. - Chicago Philharmonic

3:30 p.m. - Ayodele Drum & Dance

4 p.m. - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

4:30 p.m. - Chicago Opera Theater

5 p.m. - South Chicago Dance Theatre

5:30 p.m. - Momenta Dance Company

Lake Stage

12 p.m. - Chicago Shakespeare Theater 

12:30 p.m. - Young Chicago Authors

1 p.m. - Blue Man Group

1:30 p.m. - Chicago Fringe Opera

2 p.m. - Northlight Theatre

2:30 p.m. - ChiArts

3 p.m. - Kokandy Productions

3:30 p.m. - Black Ensemble Theater

4 p.m. - Jazz Institute of Chicago

4:30 p.m. - Jabowen Dixon

5 p.m. - Pinqy Ring

5:30 p.m. - Congo Square Theatre

Wall / Beer Garden/Pier

12 p.m. - Chicago Children's Theatre

12-6 p.m. - DJ Readerz

1 -2 p.m. - Old Town School of Folk Music presents a square dance with The Silver Trotters

2:30 p.m. - Jerrell L. Henderson

Note: All artists and dates are subject to change.


The UltimateTV and our good friends at Universal Studios invite you and your friends to see the new romantic comedy BROS. starring Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane.


Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They're both very busy.

From the ferocious comic mind of Billy Eichner and the hitmaking brilliance of filmmakers Nicholas Stoller comes Bros, a smart, swoony and heartfelt comedy about finding sex, love and romance amidst the madness.

FREE PASSES for the Advanced Screening of Bros 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th at   7:00P.M.,  Chicago's AMC River East 21 are available now at the following link:


Throughout 2022, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present many free programs, including the much-loved Chicago SummerDance

Events include a range of social dances and live music held downtown and in neighborhoods across the city, special dance concerts in Millennium Park, and more. 

Don’t miss the free Chicago SummerDance Celebration on September 17, a full day of participatory and professional dancing throughout Millennium Park in honor of National Day of Dance.

Art on theMART will celebrate the Year of Chicago Dance with four new projections as part of its summer and fall presentations, highlighting choreographers, dancers, and visual artists. Watch for Floe by Carrie Hanson, an untitled piece by Shkunna Stewart and Wills Glasspiegel featuring youth dance groups, Trap Moulin Rouge by Jasmin Taylor, and Love Letters by Yuge Zhou.

In October, Chicago Dancemakers Forum presents Elevate Chicago Dance: eMerge, a festival highlighting the extraordinary artistry of Chicago’s radically diverse dancemakers. Elevate features performances and workshops by Chicago-based dancemakers at venues across the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and Big Marsh Park.


The annual World Music Festival is your passport to musical acts from around the globe on Sept. 30 – Oct. 9, 2022.

This free, city-wide festival features over 30 artists from 22 countries at venues around Chicago including Millennium Park and the Navy Pier, bringing even more diversity to Chicago’s already rich performing arts scene.

This festival, which has been held in Chicago for more than 20 years, embraces well-known stars and emerging artists in genres that range from traditional to contemporary. You can hear everything at the World Music Festival — from Indian classical music to Bulgarian bagpipes and Congolese funk.

World Music Festival Lineup

This year’s schedule includes musical acts from a diverse array of global regions, performing at some of the city’s more unique venues. Here are a few highlights:

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at Chicago Cultural Center
This festival favorite, now in its 10th year, is the largest all-night-long presentation of live Indian classical music in the United States.

Global Peace Picnic
Oct. 1 at Humboldt Park Boathouse
This all-ages show features two stages and eight bands at this historic boathouse overlooking a scenic lagoon.

World Music Festival Finale
Oct. 9 at Navy Pier
Headliners at this final performance include Cha Wa from New Orleans and Héctor Guerra representing Spain/Bolivia.  Other World Music Festival performances will be held at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Constellation, Sleeping Village, Schubas Tavern, The Promontory, Reggies, and Chop Shop. Please note: Schedule is subject to change. 


The Chicago Gourmet is one of the country’s most distinguished food festivals. 

Each year, Chicago Gourmet celebrates the city’s diverse dining scene with a dynamic line-up of culinary events that the city’s top chefs, food, and drinks.

In 2022, the festival will host a series of exciting events, including both fan favorites and new additions, on the Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park and at unique culinary venues throughout the city. Check out details on this year’s schedule and grab your tickets today.

Tacos & Tequila - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022
Kick off the festival weekend with this showcase of gourmet tacos and agave spirits, hosted by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, featuring experts in authentic Mexican cuisine. The evening includes premium tequilas and mezcals, a DJ, mariachi, and more.

Somm Sessions - Friday, Sept. 23

Try your hand at being a wine critic during this afternoon of friendly competition. At Somm Sessions, guests can enjoy a delicious meal of Greek-inspired cuisine, plus wine pairings — with a twist. During each course, two of Chicago’s top sommeliers will go head-to-head with their best wine pairings. There will be plenty of food, wine, and music all under one roof at Lyra, one of the West Loop’s newest restaurants.

Hamburger Hop - Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
The highly anticipated Hamburger Hop is a perennial fan favorite. An array of local chefs will serve their best burgers atop the Harris Theater Rooftop, hosted by chef Stephanie Izard. 

This year’s contestants included local legends like Soul & Smoke, Mikkey’s Retro Grill, Frontier, Adorn, Epic Burger, and more.  Guests will be able to enjoy burger tastings alongside beer and wine, then cast their vote for their favorite. Two winners are crowned — judge’s favorite and people’s choice.

Late Nite Gourmet - Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
Head to late-night hotspot TAO Chicago for the official Hamburger Hop after party, with late night bites, specialty cocktails, music, and dancing.

Grand Cru - Saturday, Sept. 23, 2022

The exclusive Grand Cru event is back and bigger than ever. This elevated tasting experience features the nation’s leading wine experts, top mixologists, and acclaimed chefs at the Harris Theater rooftop for a truly unforgettable experience.

Guests will be able to sample the world’s finest wines and award-winning cuisine at two different sessions, including some of the city’s most well-known chefs from restaurants like Wherewithall, Rose Mary, Girl & The Goat, Gibsons, Wood, Bistronimic, and so much more.

Prost! in the Park - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022
This new addition to Chicago Gourmet offers a Sünday Fünday with a foodie twist. In the tradition of classic German festivals, Prost! in the Park will feature an afternoon of Oktoberfest-style brews, bites, and boozy beverages.


The UltimateTV and our friends at Chicago's Music Box Theater invite you to experience their Garden Movie Series.  

On Thursday, September 29th, come see the movie that launched  theatrical careers, 

Attack The Block starring John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker.

John Boyega (The Woman King, Star Wars) starring in his big-screen debut, Attack the Block is a fast, funny and terrifying alien invasion flick that turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege, and a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of ass-kicking heroes. It’s inner city vs outer space and it’s going to explode.

For additional information on the Garden Series or to purchase tickets for Attack the Block, go to Attack the Block | Music Box Theatre 

Free Museum Days Are Here!

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than by wandering through a new museum exhibit or art gallery. Here are the upcoming free museum days this month (and make sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time):

You can also check out one of the city’s always-free museums, like the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Hyde Park Art Center. And check out free museum days throughout the year.


And's the 2022 schedule for FREE Museum Days in Chicago!  Check the selected museum websites for admission and updated programming schedule

Field Museum – Free Days for Illinois Residents: January 12, 19  26, February 2, 9, 15, 23.  Free Entry Year-round for active military and Illinois teachers

Art Institute of Chicago - Free admission January 3-March 17(Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday)  Free Entry Year-round for Active Military, Link and WIC cardholders, Illinois teachers, children under 14 and Chicago teens under 18.

Brookfield Zoo – Free Admission Year-round for active, reserve and retired military personnel.

Chicago Botanic Garden - Free admission daily, however, you need to preregister for timed entry online.

Chicago Children’s Museum - Free Admission Year-round for active and retired military personnel, EBT or WIC cardholders 

Chicago History Museum - Free Admission Year-round fir Active Military, Police, Firefighters, Illinois educators and children 18 and younger.

Lincoln Park Zoo – Free daily admission, online reservations required.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Free admission for military personnel and veterans, members of police, fire departments and children under 12.

Museum of Science and Industry - Free Days for Illinois Residents: January 9-12, February 1-2, 7-9, 11, 13-14, 16, March 2, 4, 9, 16-18, June 1, 14, September 6-7, 12-15, 19-20, 26-27, October 4-5, 10-11, 17-18, November 2, 8. Free Admission Year-round for Active Military, Link and WIC cardholders, Illinois teachers Police Officers, Firefighters, POWs, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan teachers 

 Adler Planetarium: N/A

Chicago Botanic Garden: N/A

Chicago Cultural Center: N/A

DuSable Museum of African American History: Free Admission on Wednesday. Free Entry for Active Military and Illinois educators.

Shedd Aquarium: 

Free days January 13-17, February 7-11, 14-18  Free Admission Year-round for active military, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan teachers,  Police officers Firefighters 


Join The UltimateTV as we kick off Black Music Month at the exclusive screening of PRINCE: SIGN O' THE TIMES at The Music Box Theater!

Music legend Prince and his band perform 13 numbers, most of them from his double album, "Sign ‘o' the Times." This is high-energy stuff: neon signs flash above the stage, suggesting the honky-tonk district of a big city, and between numbers there are vignettes of street life. 

Sheila E, Boni Boyer and Cat provide rhythmic, vocal and physical pyrotechnics while Sheena Easton appears in a film within a film, her rock video "U Got the Look." In constant motion, never far from center stage, is Prince, Minnesota's charismatic virtuoso, giving the performance of a lifetime. 

Showtimes at The Music Box for Prince Sign O' The Times are: Friday, June 3rd at 11:59PM, Saturday, June 4th at  11:59PM and Tuesday, June 14th at  7:15PM at The Music Box Theater.


Discover more than one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya at The Art of the Brick. 

This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya's original sculptures as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" and Da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa."

Other highlights include a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. Don’t miss this inspiring exhibition seen by more than 7 million people worldwide!

The Art of the Brick is at The Museum of Science and Industry now through September 5, 2022


Chicago celebrates Halloween with its own unique style, with artistic evening spectacles, glowing pumpkin displays, thrilling parades, spooky tours of haunted places, Day of the Dead celebrations, and beyond. Check out the events we’re most excited about this year:

Arts in the Dark brings together artists from around the city for a surreal procession filled with spectacle, puppetry, legions of masked entities, luminous lanterns, and mesmerizing performances. World-renowned institutions, including the likes of the Art Institute of Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company, get involved each year.

Back by popular demand, Arts in the Dark will also host an “Upside Down Paradein the Washington Park neighborhood. The reverse parade, which will feature 20+ local performers and visual artists, is an immersive experience that families can walk through a tree-lined stretch of Washington Park.

Looking for free fall fun? Fall Fest is back at historic Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the country’s oldest free zoos. Enjoy autumnal activities, like strolling through a pumpkin patch, sipping seasonal drinks, and watching live pumpkin carvers. There’s also face painting, animal chats, carousel rides, musical entertainment, a festive pop-up bar and grill, and so much more. 

The National Museum of Mexican Art’s exterior and the surrounding area will be hosting their annual Day of the Dead celebration in Pilsen. The nearby Harrison Park will be transforming into a festive community gathering place, where visitors will create and view ofrendas (Day of the Dead altars) just like those you would see in Mexico on Día de los Muertos. There will also be altar demonstrations, live musical performances, face painting, and art activities. You can also head inside the free museum to see their annual exhibit dedicated to Day of the Dead customs and traditions, Día de Muertos – A Time to Grieve & Remember.

Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most family-friendly attraction, with rides, games, and boat cruises that will delight visitors of all ages. This October, the lakefront attraction will feature an experiential fall spectacle during Pier Pumpkin Lights. The whole family can marvel at pumpkin pop-up installations that come to life after dark.

The Northalsted Halloween Parade is ranked as one of the 10 Best Halloween Celebrations in the US by Fodor’s Travel Guide. At this annual event, an exuberant crowd lines the streets of Northalsted (also known as Boystown), one of the nation’s oldest LGBTQ+ communities, to check out fantastical outfits during an evening parade. A costume contest judged by a panel of drag queens and Halloween food and drink specials at restaurants and bars along North Halsted Street are a few of the parade highlights.

The Chicago Park District will be hosting special Halloween pop-up events in parks across Chicago’s many neighborhoods throughout the month of October. Check out free, family-friendly Halloween parties with themed games, treats, costumes, arts and crafts, dancing face painting, inflatables, and more. 

In addition, Movie marathons, outdoor movie theatres, and drive-in movies are popping up all around Chicago, and you can expect plenty of spooky screenings this season. Check out the top spots to catch Halloween movies this October.

  • The Music Box of Horrors is back with a month of horror movie madness at the historic Music Box Theatre in Lakeview. Get your tickets now for horror classics, cult favorites, and so-bad-it’s-good flicks.
  • Chi-Town Movies Drive-In will be featuring a full line-up of spooky movies in Pilsen. Get your tickets for Friday night double features, serial killer Sundays, and more.
  • Horror Movie Madness at The Logan Theatre is a month-long series that features a set of classic horror films, a costume contest, free family matinees, and more.


First Look at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival returns for its 58th edition from October 12 – 23, 2022. This year, the Festival will present screenings at venues throughout Chicago, including at AMC River East 21, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago History Museum, and several Chicago Park District locations. Select films will also be offered as virtual screenings via the Festival’s streaming platform.

The full film lineup for the Festival will be announced on Monday, September 19. For now, preview our first announced titles below!

Festival passes are now on sale. Save now with early bird pricing, and for early access and the best prices on passes and tickets become a member today.