Held in the busy Lakeview neighborhood over the Memorial Day weekend, this warm-weather happening unofficially kicks off Chicago's summer street fest season. Highlights include the region's top tribute bands, plenty of food and libations, and arts & crafts. The Headliners Saturday: Wedding Banned Sunday: Catfight Photo credit: Special Events ... Read More
The 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week invites you to explore our city via great beer venues! The goal of Chicago Craft Beer Week is as always, to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich our community of beer ... Read More
Kick off the summer with a Memorial Day Weekend cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier! Taste Spirit's new buffet menu, dance to music from their onboard DJ and take in amazing views of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan.
With Memorial Day Weekend’s arrival comes the beginning of summer. Start the season on a high note with an extraordinary cruise aboard the sophisticated Odyssey at Navy Pier. Sailing all weekend long, join the crew out on Lake Michigan for creative plated cuisine, DJ entertainment, gracious service and stunning ... Read More
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be ... Read More
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Millennium Park
Gelato World Tour is a traveling international event where 16 gelato artisans compete to create the best gelato flavor in the world! Gelato tastings and free demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.
The Hypocrites present the world premiere of Johanna Faustus. Six actors tell a modern Faust story. The performers are also the design team, with purposeful limited resources they will enact the tale using the barest elements. In this new adaptation, Faust is a woman questioning her choices that brought ... Read More
Three Northwestern University Bienen School of Music ensembles plus the Apollo Chorus of Chicago join forces for a performance of Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection). This exploration of the afterlife and resurrection established Mahler's compositional style and launched his fame. Soprano Jessica Rivera has appeared in critically acclaimed ... Read More
Kick-Off the Summer with MB Bike the Drive! Once a year, people on two wheels own Lake Shore Drive during MB Bike the Drive! See a sunrise over Lake Michigan, hear the birds chirp and enjoy the views of Chicago’s skyline as you experience the best of the city ... Read More
MB Financial Park will kick off its free summer concert series Sunday, May 29 with a Memorial Day Cookout, featuring $2 tastings from all of MB Financial Park’s restaurants, live music from Maggie Speaks and The Blooze Brothers and a musical fireworks display to cap off the evening.
Tthe 7th annual Mole de Mayo festival will feature mole, pitting local chefs and restaurants against one another to find out whose version of the Mexican staple is best. In addition, the outdoor festival will also feature a number of the city's finest food vendors, an open-air Mercado/Market that ... Read More
The Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru in Holst's The Planets, which received its U.S. premiere by the CSO in 1920. Ibert's Bacchanale and the world premiere of a CSO-commissioned cello concerto by Dusapin round out the program. ... Read More
Thirty-eight "Undateable" profiles were placed on the world's most popular online dating site to see who would interact with them. The results were tracked with a shockingly hilarious outcome. #DateMe = months of research of REAL people talking to FAKE characters. A scientific experiment about the online search for ... Read More
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life’s tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it ... Read More
ARLA Productions presents the Midwest premiere of Alan Lester Brooks’ gripping post-World War II drama A Splintered Soul. Set in San Francisco in 1947, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors arrive from Poland, aided by the American Jewish community. Haunted by the death of their loved ones, they are ... Read More
Opening this May, this special exhibit will showcase the amazing world of amphibians - featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians - highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Within Amphibians, guests will immerse themselves in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, ... Read More
For over 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.
This leisurely ride takes you through our city’s "Green Necklace," a combination of streets and parks designed by William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen. Admire the eclectic architecture of both recreational and residential buildings and learn about the eccentric personalities who left their marks on the Humboldt Park and ... Read More
Experience a multi-sensory show that fuses theatrical spectacle and original music with comedy, art, vaudeville and science! The thrilling show is loved by all ages and its open run has just been kicked up another notch with new material, playing off technology with tablet computers of their own, "GiPads." ... Read More
This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum, and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified ... Read More
Maria Gaspar (b.1980 Chicago) explores the NMMA Permanent Collection in dialogue with ephemera from her own personal surroundings. By reproducing, manipulating and preserving artifactual materials from history to promotional mementos and images, Gaspar attempts to reimagine new and complex realities for a contemporary cultural identity. The installation serves as ... Read More
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
This group exhibition seeks to convey the variety of ways in which decades of political unrest and social upheaval have impacted the Iranian people through a mix of documentary photography, portraiture and fine art photography. Moving through urban and rural locales, the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to ... Read More
A Chicago native, Carlos Rolón, also known as Dzine, is recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and custom works. This solo exhibition will feature his signature works that address his own biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works. This exhibit is located ... Read More
Sideshow Theatre Company presents Caught. Inspired by the works and incredible story of dissident artist Lin Bo, Sideshow Theatre Company brings a new kind of play to Chicago, blending the mediums of theatre and visual art. Confinement gives way to freedom as layers of perception peel back, with reality itself ... Read More