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Weekend Alert: July 3-5

Navy Pier fireworks

Happy 4th of July Weekend, Chicago! One of the best times to visit Chicago is during America's birthday weekend, and we've got a heaping of activities in which you can take part. Are you into African, Caribbean and Latin American Culture? Look no further than the International Festival of Life. Food? That'd be Windy City RibFest. Or are you just into some good ol' fashioned fireworks? Watch the spectacular show at Navy Pier.

On the Beach & In the Park: Summer Music Outdoors in Chicago

Grant Park Music Festival

By Madeline Higgins

There's no summer quite like a Chicago summer: this mantra slips in and out of conversations with shifting frequency over the course of a calendar year. People utter it wistfully and occasionally in the dark of winter. Spring brings hopeful anticipation to their words. By midsummer, the usual unpredictable weather invites a sarcastic edge to Chicago's summer slogan. Through humidity and afternoon thunderstorms, Chicago remains an incredible place to enjoy the

Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza Hosts Local and National Talent

John Hancock Summer Concert Series - Julian Bell

It seems like during Chicago summers, there is always a free concert within walking distance. Now you can add another to your list with the Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza, presented by Music Dealers and HEARN. The shows take place every Thursday through September 10 from 5-7 p.m., and are free for all to enjoy at the foot of one of Chicago's greatest landmarks.

Weekend Alert: June 26-28

Pride Parade

If you're looking for some awesome outdoor activities to do this weekend, well everything listed here lets you bask in the glorious sun and warm weather (hand-picked by yours truly). We have the Logan Square Arts Festival, Chicago Dragon Boat Race, Elston Ave. Sausage & Music Fest, Randolph Street Market Festival, and the Chicago Pride Parade.

Let's do this. 

Weekend Alert: June 19-21

Pride Parade

How 'bout them Blackhawks, huh? Congrats to the Hawks for taking home their third Stanley Cup in six years! It's a great time to be in Chicago not just for our dynastic sports teams, but for the endless activities to partake in after some truly epic celebrating. Plan our your Chicago weekend right now, 'cause it might just be your best ever.

Make Music Chicago: A Day of Free Music Throughout Chicago

Make Music Chicago-1

Make Music Chicago, a completely free musical celebration across Chicago, is returning for its fifth annual event on the first day of summer and longest day of the year on Sunday, June 21. Celebrating the ability of everyone to participate in music-making, Make Music Chicago brings together people of all ages and backgrounds - amateurs and professionals alike - to perform live music of all genres in public spaces. It's Father's Day, too, and is a great event that can be enjoyed by kids

Chicago SummerDance June and July Highlights


Of the many arts and culture activities Chicago has to offer during the summer, few are as unique and exciting as Chicago SummerDance. Running June 26-September 13 in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden, SummerDance combines a basic dance workshop with a live music performance, making for the perfect night out. If you've always wanted to learn swing, mambo, salsa or any other traditional dance style, you'll have an amazing (and free!) opportunity

Chicago's 'Iron Heart' on Display at CTA Stations June 10-17


Your evening commute during the second and third week of June just got more interesting. Thanks to the Old Town School of Folk Music, a host of traditional musicians will descend upon 40 different CTA stations around the city, playing music that represents the patchwork of international communities around Chicago.

4 International Female Musicians to See Perform in June

Shonen Knife

By Madeline Higgins/

Local sounds have been molded by international influences - be they temporary visits or permanent relocations - for decades. In honor of that, we're highlighting 4 international female musicians you should see perform in Chicago throughout June.

Get Ready to Conga: 'On Your Feet' Opens June 2 | Interview with Gloria Estefan

On Your Feet

Take a gander at the plot for the new musical "On Your Feet," and you might think the tale's too fantastical to be true: two immigrant kids with no money but lots of pluck fall in love, defy their parents' wishes and scrap together a band. After years of hard work, they defy overwhelming odds and become international superstars. At the apex of their success, tragedy: A stormy night, a horrible bus crash and the leading lady is left

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