Festivals in West Loop, Chicago


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  • SideTour - Leisure
    Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
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    450 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL US
  • Las Vegas Car Museum
    Dance Pizazz owner Nikki McElvain believes that dancing is not just a fun way to spend an evening, but a way to celebrate life. Boasting more than a decade of experience gracefully swirling across dance floors, she now shares her fancy footwork with patrons of all skill levels at her own studio. She invites teens, adults, and seniors to explore the dance styles of ballroom, Latin, and swing on the studio's floating dance floor, whose low-impact surface relieves feet and joints. Singles and couples hone their technique in group or private lessons, and newly-weds-to-be can prepare for their first dance in wedding-oriented programs. To simulate a real-world dance setting, Nikki turns on the studio’s LED nightclub lights and releases Richard Simmons for evening social dances, where students can gather to show off their newly learned moves.
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    351 W Hubbard St
    Chicago, IL US
  • GrapestoBottles Wine Socialist
    Discovering new wines from around the world is only half the fun at the tastings GrapestoBottles schedules. Each event also serves as an opportunity mingle and socialize in a casual, cocktail-party-like atmosphere. Tastings explore several different themes throughout the year, presenting an opportunity to learn about unfamiliar varietals. One event might focus on the stylistic differences between Old-World and New-World producers. Another may stick with a particular region, country, or subterranean kingdom. Regardless of the focus, every GrapestoBottles tasting provides a chance for attendees to hone palates and sample new wines while meeting like-minded enophiles in an unpretentious setting.
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    211 South Clark Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Tomato Blast at Soldier Field
    In case of a zombie apocalypse, a few simple principles could be a survivor's salvation: Be prepared, be paranoid, and above all, run. Participants in the Infected Zombie 5K Trail Run get a chance to practice, and can play either living or dead as they navigate a woodland arena infested with walking, crawling, running, and climbing zombies. Some courses may challenge runners with additional obstacles, such as climbing walls, tire fields, and haystacks. Meanwhile, the zombies attempt to satisfy their hunger for fast food by surprising the runners and snatching flags off of their waists. Whether they've been caught, the living make up with the dead at the after-party, which features unlimited beer, award ceremonies, and live music.
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    560 W. Grand Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • American Chamber Opera Company
    Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.
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    77 W Washington St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Five Things to Know About the Christkindlmarket The original Christkindlesmarkt took place in Nuremberg, Germany in 1545, and it has been a cherished European tradition ever since. Chicago’s version began in 1996 in Pioneer Square, but in 1997, it moved to Daley Plaza by special invitation from Mayor Richard M. Daley himself. Today, the festival draws a melting pot of visitors, who flock to the Loop to take part in what has become one of Chicago’s most revered holiday traditions. Here are a few other things to consider before visiting this open-air market: It’s based on the myth of the Christkind. This fairy-like being, who dresses in white-and-gold robes and wears a crown, is considered the bearer of gifts to most kids in German-speaking countries. She’s a lot like Santa, right down to the whole disappearing-before-you-see-her stunt. More than 60% of the market’s vendors hail from Germany. They join a stable of craftsmen selling Christmas decorations, sweets, and wintry accessories from around the world. There’s plenty to eat and drink, too. Glühwein, a hot spiced wine, and hot chocolate hit the spot on a chilly December evening, as do Bavarian pretzels, potato pancakes, and German sausages paired with sauerkraut. It’s a great place to learn about German culture. Guests can converse with German-speaking vendors, but they can also take part in other activities such as scavenger hunts and singing German holiday songs. Admission is always free.
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    50 W Washington St
    Chicago, IL US

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