Cancelled Events Due to COVID-19

Below is a list of some events that ended up getting cancelled since COVID-19 hit.


Kaylee Lampkins, Event Planner

  • The Chicago Loop Alliance announced its “Activate” summer series, featuring free pop-up events held June through September, has been canceled.
  • The Chicago Pride Parade, third largest in the U.S., has been postponed.
  • Chicago’s Blues, House and Gospel festivals, scheduled for later this spring and summer, are canceled. Some other summer events are still on, but may be canceled.
  • Many summer theater festivals are being canceled.
  • The Archdiocese of Chicago announced all public Catholic Masses from the evening of Saturday, March 14, onward are canceled. The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago has instituted a similar ban, and other religious denominations canceled services, moving them online. A running list of online worship services can be found here.
  • Most Chicago-area 12-step recovery meetings have been suspended or moved because of coronavirus-related precautions, according to the websites of the local affiliates of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago announced the seventh annual Young Men of Color Summit, co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools and UIC, has been canceled because of coronavirus concerns, according to a news release.
  • The Innocence Network Conference, scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on March 27 and 28, was canceled. Conference registration fees will be refunded, the organization said.
  • The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, which was to be held from March 18 to March 22, was canceled.
  • The 32nd annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner — the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s largest annual fundraiser — was postponed. The dinner, which was scheduled for March 19 at the Hilton Chicago, likely will be rescheduled for a later date this year.
  • The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day, the South Side Irish and Northwest Side St. Patrick’s Day parades have been postponed indefinitely, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced. The parades and the annual dyeing of the Chicago River instead will take place at a later, as-yet-undetermined date, Lightfoot said.
  • A list of canceled suburban entertainment events can be found here: Suburban entertainment cancellations
  • Naperville announced that it was canceling its St. Patrick’s Day parade. The city was working with organizers to find a possible date to hold these events in the future.
  • Due to coronavirus concerns and a guest list featuring the elderly, the Illinois Holocaust Museum called off its big annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
  • Special Olympics Illinois State basketball championships, which were to be held in Bloomington-Normal, have been canceled. The unified state basketball championships, in conjunction with the Illinois High School Association state championships, to be held this weekend in Peoria, also have been canceled.
  • The American College of Cardiology canceled its annual convention, which had been scheduled for March 28 to 30.
  • Oracle canceled a conference expected to bring 5,500 people to the city March 14-17, due to health concerns associated with the coronavirus.
  • The International Housewares Association has pulled the plug on its annual trade-only event. The Inspired Home Show was scheduled for March 14-17 and expected to generate $77 million in spending on Chicago hotels, restaurants, transportation and entertainment.
  • The American Lung Association canceled its “Fight For Air Climb” at Presidential Towers, scheduled for March 8. The residential building, which houses more than 2,000 apartments, canceled the event, citing concerns over the safety of residents.
  • Victory Gardens Theater announced it will cancel the world premiere run of “Dhaba on Devon Avenue.”
  • A Red Orchid Theatre has canceled all remaining performances of “Do You Feel Anger?”
  • The Den Theatre has suspended all performances in its Wicker Park


A man crosses North LaSalle at West Washington Streets in Chicago’s Loop on May 13, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)