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Events Calendar for the month of May 2017

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Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL 60613

Sports & Recreation
5/1/2017
See the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs play against the Philadelphia Phillies May 1-4 at Wrigley Field!

AMC River East 21 Theatres
322 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2017
The Festival will present 71 feature-length and 42 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival opens Friday, April 20 with the Chicago premiere of the Argentinian comedy 'One Night of Love' directed by Hernán Guerschuny and starring Sebastián Wainraich and Carla Peterson and ... Read More

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2017
The 2017 James Beard Awards Gala, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC's award-winning Modern Family, will take place on Monday, May 1, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields. Each award category ... Read More

Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2017
James Beard Eats Week is a weeklong culinary celebration inspired by James Beard, known as the "Dean of American Cookery." More than 130 restaurants will offer an inspired menu or dish for 11 days in honor of the culinary legend. James Beard Eats Week is a prelude to the ... Read More

Aragon Ballroom
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Music & Comedy
5/1/2017
Don't miss The xx's I See You Tour at Aragon Ballroom on Monday, May 1st!

Annoyance Theatre & Bar
851 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
5/1/2017
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.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
Spertus Institute presents 30 works by artist and activist Ben Shahn, who exposed injustice and inspired social change through his art. Throughout his career, Shahn explored themes of inequality, immigration, antisemitism, ethnic identity, fair labor, and urban life. These themes were critical in the decades he worked—from the early ... Read More

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
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

The Village Tap
2055 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60618

Music & Comedy
5/1/2017
CAMP: A Comedy Show is a free, year-round weekly summer camp-themed comedy show. Every Monday night at the Village Tap in their outdoor beer garden, you will see some of the best stand up comedy Chicago has to offer. Samantha Berkman and Tessa Orzech started this show because they ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
The first major career survey of the work of Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez, this exhibition will focus primarily on the artist's painting, from 1975 to the present. Born in Brooklyn and based in Chicago since 1988, Alvarez has been involved with both abstraction and representation in her work for ... Read More

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Millennium Park
5/1/2017
Millennium Park will unveil six recent sculptures by American artist Chakaia Booker in a new exhibition in the Boeing Galleries - running April 30, 2016, through April 2018. A seventh, site-responsive sculpture (a new work) will be added in September 2016 in the South Boeing Gallery. Ranging in height ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Music & Comedy
5/1/2017
Chamber Mondays explore a rich diversity of chamber music, featuring Chicago's most talented classical, jazz, and ethnic music instrumentalists and vocalists, year round.

Chicago's First Lady Cruises
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-982-2787

Tours & Attractions
5/1/2017
Named one of the top 10 tours in the United States by TripAdvisor reviewers, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offer locals and visitors breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago’s riverfront architecture with unmatched cruise commentary led by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Departing from Michigan Avenue and ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2017
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Theater and Dance Residencies give emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project and takes place in the ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
312-744-6630

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
This ongoing exhibition presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks features 72 black and white photographs of 24 landmarks and historic districts by Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall, and Stephen Beal.

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2017
Square dancing is alive and well in Chicagoland. Visit squaredancechicago.com to find out about upcoming dances, square dancing tips, lessons, news, and more!

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
Classicism, as an aesthetic ideal, is often associated with a conventional set of rules founded on supposedly timeless notions such as “order,” “reason,” and “decorum.” As a result, it can be understood as rigid, outdated, or stodgy. But classicism is actually far from a stable concept — throughout history, ... Read More

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
Destination Solar System is a live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes! From sizzling solar flares on the ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
This exhibition will reunite all 32 doors painted by Eugene Eda for the stairwells of the original, now demolished Malcolm X College. Painted in 1971 by one of the principal artists of the Wall of Respect, the monumental doors are a landmark of the Black Arts movement in Chicago. ... Read More

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones first ever major exhibit, delivered by DHL, allows you to experience the incredible journey of the most influential rock ‘n' roll band in the world from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world. With ... Read More

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
312-443-3600

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
The Art Institute presents Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably one of the most influential Latin American artists of the post–World War II period and is recognized for his contributions to ... Read More

Pritzker Military Museum & Library
104 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s exhibit, Hunting Charlie: Finding the Enemy in the Vietnam War, explores the United States’ enemy during the Vietnam conflict through rarely seen original art pieces. The exhibit displays a point-and-counterpoint perspective by pairing North Vietnamese propaganda art from 1956 to 1973 with photos, ... Read More

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions, Sports & Recreation
5/1/2017
From March 10 through May 21, Navy Pier guests will have the opportunity to engage with a new interactive art installation, Impulse. As part of the exhibit, 15 musical and illuminated seesaws will take over Polk Bros Park, inspiring fun and imaginative interaction for kids and adults, alike.

Laugh Out Loud Theater Chicago
3851 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613

Music & Comedy
5/1/2017
See a variety of improv shows almost every night of the week in North Center! Featuring family-friendly shows, drinking games for adults, storytelling and more, there's something for everyone at Laugh Out Loud Theater Chicago.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-642-4600

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2017
Explore the life and legacy of an enterprising Chicagoan who rose to the heights of the European fashion world at the Chicago History Museum’s newest costume exhibition. Chicago-born Mainbocher established a fashion house serving royalty, Hollywood and the social elite. Featuring thirty garments, fashion illustrations, and photography, this exhibition ... Read More

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