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2017 Summer in the Loop Calendar
Aug
Sep

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Apr 29

CIBC Theatre →

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. 

Now On Sale through April 29, 2018!

Photo Credit: HAMILTON Company – HAMILTON –© Joan Marcus, 2016

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Tickets as low as $65

Chicago Jazz Festival

Aug 31 - Sep 3

Millennium Park →

Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.

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FREE

Conversation: Gauguin, A Radical Dimension

Thu Sep 7  3pm-4pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Exhibition curator Gloria Groom examines Paul Gauguin’s carvings and sculptures with art historians Elizabeth Childs, Washington University, and June Hargrove, University of Maryland.

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FREE w/ museum admission

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Sep 7  7am - 3pm

Daley Plaza →

The Daley Plaza City Market is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers all while under the gaze of the giant Chicago Picasso sculpture every Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through October 26, 2017. 

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FREE

Hard Cider Tasting Cruise

Fri Sep 8  7:30pm

Shoreline Sightseeing →

A 90 min autumn cruise to sample seasonal hard ciders paired with light appetizers while enjoying a short tutorial by our guest cider experts. Must be 21.

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$49

Ferraris in the Loop at Italian Village Restaurants

Sun Sep 10  11am - 2pm

Italian Village Restaurants →

The Italian Village and the Ferrari Club of America Presents the 20th Annual Ferraris in the Loop. Join in the fun of the Ferrari showcase, live music, face painters, balloon artists, raffle prizes, and so much more! Feast on the Italian buffet from 11:30-1:30pm. Bring the whole family! 

Race Sponsors: The Capitanini Family, Ferrari Club of America, Chicago Beverage, Pepisco,  LoDolce Meat Company, Pepsi, Ronnoco Coffee, Sparkles Entertainment, and Sysco Foods!

 

 

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$30. Free for children under 6

A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Auditorium Theatre

Mon Sep 11  7pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks in conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Justice Ginsburg, who has served on the nation’s highest court since 1993, discuss her life and career. 

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The Berlin Philharmonic: The Digital Concert Hall

Mon Sep 11  12pm

Goethe-Institut Chicago →

In 2017 the Goethe-Institut presents concerts from the Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Soloists: Genia Kühmeier, Mark Padmore, Florian Boesch

Georg Friedrich Haas - Ein kleines symphonisches Gedicht – für Wolfgang, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

Joseph Haydn -The Creation Hob. XXI:2
Genia Kühmeier Soprano, Mark Padmore Tenor, Florian Boesch Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

The premiere of The Creation, conducted by Haydn before an invited audience at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna on 30 April 1798, set off a chain of events such as the city had never experienced. The triumphant success of the premiere was followed by two more performances on 7 and 10 May.

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FREE

Wine Tasting Cruises with Lynfred Winery

Thu Sep 14  7:30pm

Shoreline Sightseeing →

A relaxing 90 min cruise along Chicago’s scenic waterways with sample tastings of Chicago’s own Lynfred Winery accompanied by light refreshments. Must be 21.

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$49

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Sep 14  7am - 3pm

Daley Plaza →

The Daley Plaza City Market is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers all while under the gaze of the giant Chicago Picasso sculpture every Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through October 26, 2017. 

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FREE

The Vietnam War - An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick at the Auditorium Theatre

Sun Sep 17  6:30pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

The Auditorium Theatre and WTTW/Chicago PBS invite you to spend an evening with Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning PBS filmmaker Ken Burns, and his directing and producing partner Lynn Novick, as they preview their new ten-part documentary series The Vietnam War (premiering on WTTW in September).

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Father John Misty at the Auditorium Theatre

Wed Sep 20  7:30pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

After already selling out one Chicago concert, Father John Misty has announced additional headlining tour dates including a reserved-seats show at the historic Auditorium Theatre on September 20, 2017. The tour is in support of his newest record, Pure Comedy, available Friday, April 7 on Sub Pop and Bella Union. MOJO Magazine says, “Pure Comedy is quite some trip and one that lifts Father John Misty to another level altogether.” [5/5 stars]

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$30-$50

Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats Celebration

Thu Sep 21  7pm

Shoreline Sightseeing →

An Oktoberfest celebration cruise featuring traditional German fare from Chicago’s famed Paulina Market, tasty Bavarian brews and live German music and dancing along the Chicago River. Must be 21. 

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$59

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Sep 21  7am - 3pm

Daley Plaza →

The Daley Plaza City Market is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers all while under the gaze of the giant Chicago Picasso sculpture every Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through October 26, 2017. 

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FREE

Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Auditorium Theatre

Sep 23 - Sep 24

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

Celebrated for its “gorgeous visual imagery” (The London Times) and “mesmerizing flow of invention” (The Boston Globe), Shen Wei Dance Arts makes its Chicago debut with two masterpieces by MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei, known for his awe-inspiring choreography for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Harry Styles: Live in Concert

Tue Sep 26  7pm-11pm

The Chicago Theatre →

Harry Styles, of One Direction fame, returns to Chicago as part of his first solo tour. The British hearthrob has been known to sell out arenas, so be sure to get your tickets before it's too late. 

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Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Sep 28  7am - 3pm

Daley Plaza →

The Daley Plaza City Market is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. Shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers all while under the gaze of the giant Chicago Picasso sculpture every Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through October 26, 2017. 

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FREE

Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey at the Auditorium Theatre

Sat Sep 30  7:30pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle makes her Auditorium Theatre debut with a powerful program of songs inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this performance of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in the Water,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” 

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Disney's Aladdin

Apr 11 - Sep 10

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

Over 3 million people have seen ALADDIN worldwide. Now, it’s Chicago’s turn! From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

 

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The Rookery Building Tours

Jun 1 - Sep 30

Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s 1888 Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic interior compositions – a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court. Tours occur on Monday-Friday

The Rookery Light Court Guided Tour: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 children, seniors (65+) and military

The Rookery Light Court + Burnham Library Guided Tour: Mondays and Wednesdays; 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 children, seniors (65+) and military

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The Magic Parlour at Palmer House Hilton

Jun 2 - Sep 30

Palmer House Hilton Chicago →

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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Chicago SummerDance

Jun 23 - Sep 10

Grant Park →

Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 48 different live bands + DJs and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman.

Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE!

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FREE

Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist at The Art Institute of Chicago

Jun 25 - Sep 10

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Best known for his paintings of women in idyllic Tahitian settings, Paul Gauguin was an artist whose career spanned the globe and whose works defy categorization. This exhibition—organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais—is the most in-depth examination to date of his radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker, and decorator. Image Credit: Paul Gauguin. Mahana no atua (Day of the God), 1894. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. 

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Steve McQueen: End Credits at The Art Institute of Chicago

Jul 20 - Oct 4

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Over the last 25 years, Steve McQueen has earned a reputation as one of the most important and influential artists of his generation, making film and video installations designed for gallery-based presentation as well as feature films for cinematic release. Whether they emerge from a seemingly journalistic impulse or remain more abstract, shaped instead by allegory or metaphor, most of McQueen’s works exhibit a potent, at times oblique, political consciousness.

 

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Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA

Jul 21 - Sep 3

United Center →

LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.

Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people.

 

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$35+

A View From The Bridge

Sep 9 - Oct 15

The Goodman Theatre →

Direct from sold-out runs on Broadway and London’s West End comes Ivo van Hove’s “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” (London Evening Standard) revival of Arthur Miller’s famed drama. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie’s young niece, Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret—one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

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Chicago Gourmet

Sep 19 - Sep 24

Millennium Park →

Experience a range of tasty events in Millennium Park hosted by Chicago Gourmet in late September. Among them is Hamburger Hop 2017, presented by Buckhead Beef and Blue Moon, which celebrates Chicago Gourmet's 10th anniversary with past Hamburger Hop winners returning to defend their titles against new challengers eager to win Chicago's Best Burger. Guests will enjoy tasty, gourmet burgers along with Blue Moon brews, wines, spirits and more. There will also be wine tastings, breakfast samplings, and more. An updated schedule will be posted to the Chicago Gourmet website later in the summer, so be sure to check up!

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Motown The Musical

Sep 25 - Oct 8

Cadillac Palace Theatre  →

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

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