Must-See Attractions in Chicago
Time your visit to mingle with the masses at one of these outdoor events.
Air and Water Show A free show by the awe-inspiring likes of U.S. U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds (pictured), U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, Chicago Fire Department Air and Sea Rescue Team. Held one weekend in August along Lake Michigan. explorechicago.org
Tall Ships Learn about barks, brigantines and schooners when tall ships dock at Navy Pier. The festival isn't every year, but the tall ship Windy calls the pier home. tallshipwindy.com
St. Patrick's Day Watch the Chicago River run green and see the downtown parade. chicagostpatsparade.com
Taste of Chicago A 10-day family-oriented celebration of food--ethnic to exotic--in Grant Park. explorechicago.org