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Chicago’s Must See and Do for 2013

If you plan to visit Chicago in 2013, make sure you put some of these events on your itinerary. With so many things going on in the Windy City, you need a list just to keep them organized. Otherwise, you could miss an event that you would have loved.

Pitchfork Music Festival


Pitchfork Music Festival 2012

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When: July 19-21

Where: Union Park

Cost: $50 for a day pass; $120 for a 3-day pass

Pitchfork Media unofficially started its music festival in 2005, when it curated the Intonation Festival at Union Park. By 2006, though, Pitchfork Media had started its own unique festival.

This year, Pitchfork brings an eclectic selection of mainstream and underground musicians to its stages. Some of the biggest names that you should recognize include:

  • Bjork
  • R. Kelly
  • The Breeders

Can you imagine how amazing it would be if Bjork and R. Kelly did a duet?

Some lesser-known, but still prominent, musicians include for this year’s event include:

  • Killer Mike
  • Swans
  • Joanna Newsome
  • Belle & Sebastian

Chicago Cubs Games


Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros @ Minute Maid Park

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When: March through September

Where: Wrigley Field

Cost: Anywhere from $10 to $300 depending on event and seat

You can’t visit Chicago without going to a Cubs game. The team has several home games in nearly every week from March to September. That gives you plenty of opportunities to see the Cubs play against some of the country’s best baseball teams.

2013’s starting rotation includes:

  • Jeff Samadjiza
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Travis Wood
  • Scott Feldman

Get Chicago Cubs tickets in advance to make sure you get a good seat at a reasonable price.

Millennium Park Music Series


Millennium Park

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When: May through August

Where: Millennium Park

Cost: Free

If you want to hear music at a state-of-the-art venue without paying any money, the Millennium Park Music Series will easily draw you towards the waterfront.

This year, the park expects to host three programs:

  • Downtown Sound – On Mondays May 27 through July 29, Millennium Park will feature indie rock and pop musicians.
  • Loops and Variations – From June 12 through July 18, the park will host six concerts that mix electronic music with other genres.
  • Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz – From July 25 through August 29, Millennium Park will showcase jazz masters who have been influenced by Chicago-style jazz.

Taste of Chicago


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When: July 10-14

Where: Grant Park

Cost: Free admission plus cost of food and drink

This year will be the city’s 33rd Taste of Chicago. This event does more than bring together some of the best chefs from the Chicago area. This year, Chicago has set the event’s theme to “fun.” In celebration, the band “fun” will play at the event.

That’s a huge improvement over some recent bookings. In 2009, the event had some real flops, including Counting Crows. That would have been great in 1999, maybe. It looks like the event’s planners have really gotten their act together, so this year’s Taste of Chicago can blow away your taste buds and your ears.

What other events do you want to attend this year in Chicago?




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