Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Chicago Fire Festival To Light Up The Chicago River Next YearThe “Great Chicago Fire Festival” will launch in October 2014, and feature acrobatic performances, live music, and a river parade of art, dance, and fire.
Shorter, Scaled-Back Taste Of Chicago To Return Next YearThe Taste of Chicago next year will be only five days, and will again feature reserved seats and specially-prepared food for an extra price, according to published reports.
Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan To Headline At Taste Of ChicagoA couple of Chicago's home girls will headline this year's truncated music lineup for the Taste of Chicago.
City Extends Deadline For Taste Of Chicago, As Fewer Restaurants ApplyThe city has extended the deadline for restaurants to apply for spots at the new, scaled-down Taste of Chicago – in hopes of drawing more interest.
City To Declare Monday 'Bill Kurtis Day'City officials are declaring Monday "Bill Kurtis Day" in Chicago.
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