Loop Chicago
Events Adventures Map & Guide
2017 Summer in the Loop Calendar
Jul

Sake-To-Me!

Tue Jul 25  5pm-7pm

The Mid-America Club →

Having studied in Japan, Chef Pivoney is ready to say konichiwa to Sushi rolling and sake cocktail concoctions! Perfect for a solo or group event, learn to roll (and eat) sushi like a pro all while enjoying a traditional sake service, sparkling sake, and a fresh sake cocktail.

Learn More →

$23

Millennium Park Summer Film Series - Network

Tue Jul 25  6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen.

Learn More →

FREE

ACTIVATE

Wed Jul 26  5pm - 10pm

ACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings. RSVP in advance to receive a free drink (21+). 

Learn More →

FREE

Isabelle Olivier: Music for Gauguin

Thu Jul 27  6pm-7:30pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

French jazz harpist and composer Isabelle Olivier premieres 12 original compositions in response to the exhibition, joined by Chicago flutist Julie Koidin, percussionist Ernie Adams, and guitarist Raphael Olivier. Sylvain Espagnol reads from the writings of Paul Gauguin and others who knew him.

Learn More →

$10 for members, $20 for nonmembers

Family Game Night On The Skating Ribbon

Thu Jul 27  4:30pm-6:30pm

Maggie Daley Park →

This free event will take place between 4:30 and 6:30 and include scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, face painting, sidewalk chalk, relay races and more! Children must have a parent or adult chaperone and be ages 4 and up. Event is free, and roller blades and scooters will be available for rent if you do not have your own.

Learn More →

FREE

Sips of Summer

Thu Jul 27  6pm-8pm

Formento's →

Formento’s and Wine Channel TV are giving Chicago area wine drinkers a reason to celebrate with the Sips of Summer wine events in the dynamic Fulton Market District of Chicago! This series of wine events focuses on different regions around the world, and offers Chicagoans an opportunity to interact directly with wine produces. The next event on July 27 will revolve around Tastes of Greece! This 2 hour “live experience” will feature Greek wine brands with a tasting led by Jessica Altieri and a signature food pairing by Chef Todd Stein. Bites from Formento’s and signature wines will be provided, alongside interactive experiences with lifestyle brands, Facebook Live streaming with special guests and a raffle.

Learn More →

$25

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Jul 27  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. 

Learn More →

FREE

Tour The River

Sat Jul 29  10am-10pm

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel →

The River Walk runs along the Chicago River just outside our doorstep and provides lots to explore in the summertime. Grab one of our self-guided walking packets to start your own tour and then make us the first stop on your journey! Be sure to stop back when you are done to tell us all about your favorite discovery. 

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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.

 

Learn More →

Chicago Design Museum - Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist

Apr 28 - Aug 12  Tuesday–Saturday, 12pm - 7pm

Chicago Design Museum →

Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist is a design exhibition that explores the work of designer and artist Dan Friedman (1945–1995). Curated by Friedman himself, it reaffirms the twentieth-century tenets of modernism, rejects corporate style, and advocates for expression and purpose in one’s work. A combination of objects, photography, and Friedman’s philosophy on work and life, the show celebrates risk, experimentation, and optimism.

Learn More →

FREE

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

Learn More →

From $8

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Jan 7

The PrivateBank 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. 

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Jun 12 - Aug 21  Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting line-up of FREE outdoor concerts every Monday and Thursday June 12 – August 21, 2017 (except where noted) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The music series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.

Learn More →

FREE

Grant Park Music Festival

Jun 14 - Aug 19

Millennium Park →

Acclaimed by critics and beloved by audiences, the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only summer-long outdoor classical music series of its kind, with free seats available for every concert. The 2017 season includes thirty spectacular concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, including a world premiere commission by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

Learn More →

FREE

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!

Learn More →

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. 

Learn More →

Unifest on the River

Jul 13 - Aug 17  4:30pm-8:30pm

Unifest is a new festival will celebrating culture and cuisine from seven of Chicago's 28 international sister cities every Thursday night on the Riverwalk between Wells and Franklin streets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Sunday. The weekly festival will last from 4:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 17, the mayor's office said. Admission is free, with food and drink tickets ranging from $2 for bottled water and pop to $10 for cocktails.

Learn More →

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.

 

Learn More →

La Havana Madrid

Jul 21 - Aug 20

The Goodman Theatre →

On the heels of critically-acclaimed sold-out runs at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Miracle Center in Logan Square, Teatro Vista’s La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado arrives at Goodman Theatre for an extended summer run, July 21 – August 20. Chicago’s fabled 1960s nightclub, La Havana Madrid, comes bursting back to life in “an immersive, wholly enjoyable experience” (Chicago Reader) complete with live music and “enough dancing and bonhomie to tempt you away from your little table down front” (Chicago Tribune). 

Learn More →

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.

 

Learn More →

$35+

An American in Paris

Jul 25 - Aug 13

Oriental Theatre →

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! 

Learn More →

Aug

Millennium Park Summer Film Series - Bend It Like Beckham

Tue Aug 1  6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 

Learn More →

FREE

Pink Party on the Patio at Formento's

Thu Aug 3  6:30-9:30pm

Formento's is partnering up with Chicago Food Depository for a fun evening - Pink Party on the Patio!

We are inviting folks to come dressed in pink and partake in a night of sipping Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne and Smoke Tree Rosé Wine, all to support a cause. With the outdoor buzz on our patio, bites from Formento's, and themed beverages - it should all lead to a good time, with proceeds going to Chicago Food Depository! There will also be flower crown creations, a frosé machine and other fun libations on hand.

 

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From $25

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Aug 3  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. 

Learn More →

FREE

Lollapalooza

Aug 3 - Aug 6

Grant Park →

What started as a touring music festival in 1991 by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has become a definitively unique music experience. Today, Lollapalooza takes place every summer in historic Grant Park, Chicago, between the iconic Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Illinois Made Cruise

Fri Aug 4  8pm

Shoreline Sightseeing →

Experience an authentic “Taste Of Illinois” cruise featuring food and beverage from Illinois Made artisans. This 90 min cruise leaves from Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park. Must be 21 to attend. 

Learn More →

$49

Friday Art Markets at Daley Plaza

Fri Aug 4  8am - 6pm

Daley Plaza →

The Friday Art Markets feature over a dozen local artists, jewelry makers, photgraphers, and more in the iconic Daley Plaza. 

Learn More →

FREE

Twice, Thrice, Frice

Aug 5 - Aug 6  4pm-5:45pm

Silk Road Rising →

After news of an affair involving one of their husbands, long-held secrets begin to emerge in the lives of three Muslim women, threatening the friendship that binds them together. With humor and mischief, Twice, Thrice, Frice unleashes a debate about polygamy and fidelity, as each woman struggles with her sexuality and faith.

Learn More →

The Berlin Philharmonic: The Digital Concert Hall

Mon Aug 7  12:00pm

Goethe-Institut Chicago →

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

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel

  • Robert Schumann -Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”
  • Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold): Einzug der Götter in Walhall (Entry of the Gods into Valhalla) (concert version)
  • Richard Wagner - Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey) and Trauermarsch (Funeral March) (concert version)
  • Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Waldweben (Forest Murmurs) (concert version)
  • Richard Wagner - Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Walkürenritt (Ride of the Valkyries) (concert version) 

The orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is ideal for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Particularly with such a dynamic conductor as Gustavo Dudamel, pieces like the Ride of the Valkyries develop an impact that reaches even the very last row of the enormous auditorium. Like Wagner’s opera cycle, Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony leads us to the Rhine, inspiring the composer to vibrating and sonorous music.

Learn More →

FREE

Gallery Talk: Gauguin's Circle

Tue Aug 8  12pm-1pm

The Art Institute of Chicago →

Join Allison Perelman, research associate, for a discussion on the artwork made by Paul Gauguin's mentors, friends, and rivals as they explored the differing ideas of what art should be at the end of the 19th century. This tour complements the current exhibition Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist.

Learn More →

FREE w/ museum admission

Millennium Park Summer Film Series Full Moon Double Feature: Ghost and The Shining

Tue Aug 8  6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen.

Learn More →

FREE

Atrium Summer Sidewalk Sale

Aug 9 - Aug 11  8am - 6pm

Atrium at the Thompson Center →

The Atrium at the Thompson Center will hold their Summer Sidewalk Sale August 9–11 on the Ground Level of the James R. Thompson Center located at 100 W. Randolph St. Come check out Atrium shops and guest vendors open between 8am-6pm.

Learn More →

FREE

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Aug 10  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. 

Learn More →

FREE

Family Game Night On The Skating Ribbon

Fri Aug 11  4:30pm-6:30pm

Maggie Daley Park →

This free event will take place between 4:30 and 6:30 and include scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, face painting, sidewalk chalk, relay races and more! Children must have a parent or adult chaperone and be ages 4 and up. Event is free, and roller blades and scooters will be available for rent if you do not have your own.

Learn More →

FREE

Broadway In Chicago's Summer Concert at Millennium Park

Mon Aug 14  6:15pm - 8pm

Millennium Park →

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce their annual Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and hosted by Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago’s entertainment reporter and host of the entertainment and lifestyle program 190 NORTH on ABC 7. This year, there will be preview performances from Disney’s ALADDIN, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, the Pre-Broadway Engagement of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, LES MISÉRABLES, LOVE NEVER DIES, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK and WICKED.

Learn More →

FREE

Millennium Park Summer Film Series - Hidden Figures

Tue Aug 15

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 

Learn More →

FREE

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Aug 17  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. 

Learn More →

FREE

Shoreline Sightseeing Summer Brew Cruise

Fri Aug 18  8pm

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind beer experience complete with seasonal craft beer tastings, creative appetizer pairings, live music and remarkable views along a 90-minute Chicago River Cruise. 

Learn More →

$49

Dance For Life at the Auditorium Theatre

Sat Aug 19  7:30pm

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University →

Now in its 26th year, Dance for Life Chicago returns to the Auditorium Theatre with a program including Chicago’s premier dance companies – Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and The Joffrey Ballet.  The program also includes a three-part collaborative piece with Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and Trinity Irish Dance Company; Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography; and Visceral Dance Chicago. The evening will conclude with a celebratory finale choreographed by Randy Duncan.

Learn More →

Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours!

Aug 19 - Aug 20  4pm-5:30pm

Silk Road Rising →

A Muslim feminist responds to the hijacking of Islam by patriarchal extremists. Her unfiltered, stream of consciousness reflections provide a potent indictment of the surreal and sardonic world we now inhabit, and a welcome reminder that sisterhood is powerful. 

Learn More →

Millennium Park Summer Film Series - Five Heartbeats

Tue Aug 22  6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 

Learn More →

FREE

Family Game Night On The Skating Ribbon

Thu Aug 24  4:30pm-6:30pm

Maggie Daley Park →

This free event will take place between 4:30 and 6:30 and include scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, face painting, sidewalk chalk, relay races and more! Children must have a parent or adult chaperone and be ages 4 and up. Event is free, and roller blades and scooters will be available for rent if you do not have your own.

Learn More →

FREE

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Aug 24  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. 

Learn More →

FREE

ACTIVATE

Thu Aug 24  5pm - 10pm

ACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings. RSVP in advance to receive a free drink (21+). 

Learn More →

FREE

Millennium Park Summer Film Series - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Family Daytime Screening

Thu Aug 24  11am

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 

Learn More →

FREE

Millennium Park Summer Film Series - The Princess Bride

Tue Aug 29  6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 

Learn More →

FREE

Chicago City Market in Daley Plaza

Thu Aug 31  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. 

Learn More →

FREE

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.

Learn More →

FREE

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.

 

Learn More →

Chicago Design Museum - Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist

Apr 28 - Aug 12  Tuesday–Saturday, 12pm - 7pm

Chicago Design Museum →

Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist is a design exhibition that explores the work of designer and artist Dan Friedman (1945–1995). Curated by Friedman himself, it reaffirms the twentieth-century tenets of modernism, rejects corporate style, and advocates for expression and purpose in one’s work. A combination of objects, photography, and Friedman’s philosophy on work and life, the show celebrates risk, experimentation, and optimism.

Learn More →

FREE

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

Learn More →

From $8

Hamilton

Jun 1 - Jan 7

The PrivateBank 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. 

Learn More →

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.

Learn More →

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Jun 12 - Aug 21  Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30pm

Millennium Park →

The 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting line-up of FREE outdoor concerts every Monday and Thursday June 12 – August 21, 2017 (except where noted) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The music series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists – both established and emerging.

Learn More →

FREE

Grant Park Music Festival

Jun 14 - Aug 19

Millennium Park →

Acclaimed by critics and beloved by audiences, the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only summer-long outdoor classical music series of its kind, with free seats available for every concert. The 2017 season includes thirty spectacular concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, including a world premiere commission by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

Learn More →

FREE

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!

Learn More →

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. 

Learn More →

Unifest on the River

Jul 13 - Aug 17  4:30pm-8:30pm

Unifest is a new festival will celebrating culture and cuisine from seven of Chicago's 28 international sister cities every Thursday night on the Riverwalk between Wells and Franklin streets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Sunday. The weekly festival will last from 4:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 17, the mayor's office said. Admission is free, with food and drink tickets ranging from $2 for bottled water and pop to $10 for cocktails.

Learn More →

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.

 

Learn More →

La Havana Madrid

Jul 21 - Aug 20

The Goodman Theatre →

On the heels of critically-acclaimed sold-out runs at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Miracle Center in Logan Square, Teatro Vista’s La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado arrives at Goodman Theatre for an extended summer run, July 21 – August 20. Chicago’s fabled 1960s nightclub, La Havana Madrid, comes bursting back to life in “an immersive, wholly enjoyable experience” (Chicago Reader) complete with live music and “enough dancing and bonhomie to tempt you away from your little table down front” (Chicago Tribune). 

Learn More →

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.

 

Learn More →

$35+

An American in Paris

Jul 25 - Aug 13

Oriental Theatre →

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! 

Learn More →

Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Aug 5 - Aug 31

Gene Siskel Film Center  →

The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s annual showcase for films that tell stories, raise questions, or touch on issues that relate to the African American, Black African, and African disaporic experience. 

Learn More →

Sep

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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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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Hamilton

Jun 1 - Jan 7

The PrivateBank 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. 

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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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