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Below are a few of the locations and local happenings in Chicago. Because when choosing an experiential marketing event location we find it is essential to have as much information as possible about the location you choose.

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Annual Events

Chicago Chinese New Year Parade
A festival complete with traditional dragon dances, lion dancers, elaborate floats, martial arts teams and a marching band, the Chinese New Year Parade is one of Chicago's most popular and most colorful parades. 

Chicago St Patrick’s Day Parade
Attracting more than 400,000 spectators, Chicago hosts one of the largest St Patrick’s celebrations in the country – some attracted to see the Chicago River turned green with an environmentally-friendly dye for the occasion.

Chicago Gay Pride Parade
The Chicago Gay Pride Parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and straight people, to revel in the fun of things a touch bawdy but principally joyful and harmless. 

Taste of Chicago
Attracting 1.5 million visitors each year, Chicago’s biggest event, the Taste of Chicago is a celebration of the city's eclectic food culture.

Featuring over 130 bands on 8 stages, with a diverse lineup of artists in Rock, indie, electronic and hip hop, the increasingly popular Lollapalooza festival, takes place over 120 acres across Grant Park on multiple stages.  

Chicago Air & Water Show
​The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest two-day spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America. 

Chicago Jazz Festival
For over 30 years, the Chicago Jazz Festival, a popular Labor Day weekend event appealing to a jazz audience of all ages has showcased all types of jazz music with local, national and international talent. 

Chicago Marathon
One of five World Marathon Majors, the Marathon attracts more than 50,000 running enthusiasts from all across the USA and over 100 countries. 

Chicago International Film Festival
Presenting hundreds of feature films, feature-length documentaries, films by first-time filmmakers and short subject films from over 55 countries, the ever-popular Chicago International Film Festival features world-renowned directors like Martin Scorsese (USA).

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
The largest evening holiday celebration in the USA, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival offers a full day of fun activities for all the family and live concerts by top musical artists. 

Local Attractions

•    Magnificent Mile
•    Chicago Water Tower
•    McCormick Place
•    Soldier Field
•    Chicago Cultural Center
•    Pritzker Pavilion
•    Navy Pier
•    Union Station
•    Wrigley Field
•    U.S. Cellular Field
•    United Center
•    Millennium Park
•    Chicago Cultural Center

Local Malls

  • Oakbrook Center

  • Woodfield Mall

  • Westfield Shoppingtown 

  • Old Orchard

  • Lincoln Park

  • Green City Market

  • Wicker Park & Bucktown

  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago

  • Magnificent Mile & Streeterville

Some Local Neighborhoods

Lincoln Park
Near North Side
North Center
Lake View
Edison Park
Forest Glen
Near South Side
West Town

Colleges & Universities

•    American Conservatory of Music‎ 
•    Catholic Theological Union‎ 
•    Chicago State University‎ 
•    University of Chicago‎ 
•    City Colleges of Chicago‎ 
•    Columbia College Chicago‎ 
•    DePaul University‎ 
•     Illinois Institute of Technology‎ 
•    Loyola University Chicago‎ 
•     McCormick Theological Seminary‎ 
•    Moody Bible Institute‎ 
•    North Park University‎ 
•    Northern Baptist Theological Seminary‎ 
•    Roosevelt University‎ 
•     Rush Medical College‎ 
•    Rush University‎ 
•    University of Saint Mary of the Lake‎ 
•    Saint Xavier University‎ 
•    Shimer College‎ 
•    University of Illinois at Chicago‎ 

Nearby Cities

Cicero, IL
Oak Park, IL
Berwyn, IL
Forest Park, IL
River Forest, IL
Elmwood Park, IL
Lincolnwood, IL
Lyons, IL
Maywood, IL
River Grove, IL
​Summit, IL
Evergreen Park, IL
Evanston, IL
Norridge, IL
Melrose Park, IL

Sports Teams & Stadiums

  • Wrigley Field

  • U.S. Cellular Field

  • United Center

  • Chicago Cubs 

  • Chicago White Sox 

  • The Chicago Bears 

  • Chicago Bulls of the NBA 

  • Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL

Do you want to have an experiential event ​in Chicago?

PSP Media is here as a one-stop resource to help you navigate the entire experiential marketing process to make your Chicago event a success. ​

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