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June 2013 Loop List: Summer Festivals

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer is officially in full swing in Chicago. As such, each weekend will be packed with street festivals, art shows, food gatherings, music series and more. Here are our picks for what’s happening in the Loop.

1. Farmers Markets
Now - October 31, 7 am - 3 pm | Thursdays, Daily Plaza; Tuesdays, Federal Plaza

Enjoy local fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and baked goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Loop. With more than 70 vendors contributing, Chicago Farmers Markets continue to be a favorite staple in the summer months.

2. Millennium Park Film Series
Tuesdays, June 4 - August 20 at 6:30 pm | Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

A new film series featuring free offerings this summer at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, officially kicks off on Tuesday, June 4 highlighting favorites like, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Amadeus, Moulin Rouge, Chicago and The Jungle Book.

3. 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival
June 6 - 9 | Grant Park

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."

4. Just for Laughs
June 11 - 16 | The Chicago Theatre

The nation's biggest comedy festival will hit Chicago June 11 - 16 with an astonishing array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films performing in the stunning Chicago Theatre. The line-up includes performances by Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, comedy legend Bob Newhart and more!

5. Grant Park Music Festival
Opening Night, June 12 at 6:30 pm | Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

The 2013 Season opens with Carlos Kalmar conducting Tchaikovsky's passionate Fourth Symphony. Captivating young violinist Stefan Jackiw makes his Festival debut with Mozart's Turkish Concerto.

6. Chicago Gospel Music Festival Preview
Monday, June 17 at 12 pm | Daley Plaza

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers. Now held over four days in Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and Ellis Park, get a sneak peak at their upcoming festival on Monday, June 17 in Daley Plaza.

7. Thai Festival
June 19 - 21 at 11 am | Federal Plaza

Indulge in traditional Thai food, watch Thai dance performances, listen to live Thai music and enjoy a featured fashion show at the annual celebration of Thai culture in Federal Plaza.

8. Make Music Chicago, Kick-Off Concerts
Friday, June 21 | Daley Plaza

Make Music Chicago is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21. Throughout the day, people of all ages and from all backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to make music of all genres.

9. 10th Annual International Screenings Program
Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

The International Screenings Program is a free weekly series showcases 20 feature films and 7 short films from around the world. Embodying a range of genres and styles from laugh-out-loud comedies and quirky coming-of-age dramas to politically-tinged love stories and inspiring documentaries, these films celebrate the richness of the human experience.

10. Chicago Summer Dance
June 27 - September 15 | Grant Park, Sprit of Music Garden

For eleven weeks each summer, the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. The series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing.


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