Best January Festivals in Chicago

Spring, summer, and fall leave winter in the dust when it comes to the number of options for festivals, but January boasts some exceptional options that are sure to become annual traditions. Brave the cold, they’re worth it.

Sketch Comedy Festival

A local staple of the Chicago comedy scene, Stage 773 has been hosting the country’s largest and premier sketch fest, with almost 200 shows. When you consistently deliver for over ten years, you know we’ll be in attendance at least one of the ten nights ready to laugh.

When: January 7 – January 17
Where: Stage 773
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MLK Day Celebration

At the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, a tribute to Martin Luther King on his day of memory features eclectic entertainment, from song and dance to poetry and music, as well as a reception with mingling, snacks, and refreshments.

When: Monday, January 18
Where: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center
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German Party and Winter Beer Festival

Lincoln Square, also known as Germantown, houses DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, and they have two back-to-back nights of fun. The first is a dance party and burlesque show, and the second is Winter Beer Fest, and you drink and eat delicious German beer and food at both.

When: Friday, January 29 & Saturday, January 30
Where: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
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