The Windy City Rundown: The best events in Chicago in 2018

Posted by Vanessa Lotz | July 11, 2018 | Destination

Chicago: A place that conjures up images of tall steel frame skyscrapers set against the backdrop of Lake Michigan, providing the perfect setting for urban canals to flow between buildings and under bridges. While many people living outside the Windy City see it simply as a destination for business trips, it is undeniably one of the most Cosmopolitan US cities, making it a lively tourist destination.

While the city is an attraction in every season, other than winter, we find that summer is truly Chicago’s time to shine. With venues across the city to host a variety of events, and landmarks like Millenium Park, Cloud Gate, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Navy Pier, the Museum of Science and Industry, there is no shortage of ways to fill your days. Add to that the natural splendors of Lake Michigan, and it’s easy to see why this city tops our list of ideal destinations for solo travelers, business travelers, couples, and families alike. If that wasn’t enough, its Midwestern location and major international airport also make Chicago easy to get to from any part of the US.

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Sports

Baseball

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Cubs

Soccer

MLS Chicago Fire

International Champions Cup: Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

Football

NFL’s Chicago Bears

Tennis

Laver Cup International Tennis Tournament: September 21 – 23

Ice Hockey

NHL’s Blackhawks

Wrestling

WWE October 8

Cars

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series (Monster Trucks): November 2 – 4

 

MLB Concert Series at Wrigley Field

July 13: Jimmy Buffett

July 14: Journey and Def Leppard

July 29: Foo Fighters

July 30: Foo Fighters

August 18: Pearl Jam

August 20: Pearl Jam

September 1: Luke Bryan with Sam Hunt and Jon Pardi

September 2: Luke Bryan

September 7: Billy Joel

September 8: Fall Out Boy

Other Concerts

September 21: Ozzy Osbourne @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

August 2 – 5: Lollapalooza Music Festival @ Grant Park

September 14 – 16: Riot Fest @ Douglas Park

October 4: Ed Sheeran @ Soldier Field

October 5: Justin Timberlake @ United Center

Theater

Hamilton – The Musical

Waitress – The Musical

Peter Pan

The Roommate: A New Twist on Cohabitation

Blue Man Group

Heartbreak Hotel: An Elvis Jukebox Musical

Special Events

Chicago Blackhawks Convention

Wizard World Comic Con