Venetian Night is the city of Chicago's longest running annual event, having started in 1958 as part of the Lakefront Festival. Today, Venetian Night attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the lakefront. The waterside parade on Lake Michigan includes about 35 boats decorated with extravagant lights and skippered by costumed crews. There is also live music and an impressive fireworks display. The event is named after the beautiful boat parades that take place in Venice, which are typically Christmas celebrations. Although the parade was sadly cancelled for a year or two due to the economic downturn, it has now been re-established with gusto.
Venue: South Lake Shore Drive
Date: 26 July 2014