Once you move into Streeterville, you’ve got to get used to being — or at least living in — the center of attention.
While it might seem hard to make events in Streeterville stand out (after all, life tucked between the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier rarely lacks for fun), there are plenty of special occasions that make the neighborhood’s rich lifestyle richer still.
Streeterville community events hit every page of the calendar, every age group, and seemingly every interest.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Each year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, more than 1 million people line the Mag Mile to get in the holiday spirit as a parade traces the grand boulevard while holiday lights in the trees come to life, marking the parade’s progress. More than 200 trees are illuminated en route to the City of Chicago’s official Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Chicago Air and Water Show: Probably the most popular of all events in Streeterville, this is the largest free show of its kind in the United States. The annual August event is designed for best viewing at Oak Street Beach, just north of Navy Pier. Now in its 60th year, the show routinely features top civilian stunt pilots, military aircraft, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team — along with roughly 2 million spectators over two days.
EXPO CHICAGO: Picking up where the seminal contemporary art fair, Art Chicago, left off, EXPO CHICAGO is an annual highlight of the art calendar. The 2018 edition is a three-day September event featuring 135 exhibitors from 27 countries and 63 cities. Original works by emerging and established artists share space beside books, prints, collectibles and photography.
Chicago’s landmark landing is more than a 200-foot Ferris wheel and spectacular vistas. Navy Pier has a full slate of Streeterville community events. Free plays, musical performances and weekly outdoor movies are among the offerings. Or, if you’re more action oriented, weekly Rush Hour Workouts let you work up a sweat on the Wave Wall Performance Platform on the South Dock. But when you’re highlighting events in Streeterville, here are some of the Pier’s mainstays and new ventures: