Ready for a fun weekend? Well of course you are, that's why you're here. But this time we've got an especially diverse lineup of activities for you to check out, including one of many music festivals, the incomparable Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute, a day on the racetrack, and the Air and Water Show. Let's do this.
ARLINGTON MILLION (8/16)
The 32nd Running of the Arlington Million, an Illinois tradition, brings horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans all together for one day of racing and merriment. Million Day at Arlington International is the must attend event of the summer. Experience the biggest day of racing in Illinois with exclusive ticketed packages, big ways to win, and a celebration of the best racehorses in the country.
This series of musical concerts sets out to establish the Westside of Chicago as a destination for music and summer festival fun, drawing in people from all across the city. The WSMF was created to fill a void in cultural programming outlets in the area and has now become a can't-miss outdoor party. This year's headliner is 112, a group that's been in the game for over 20 years, fusing the sounds of hip hop and soul with stirring gospel undertones.
CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW (8/17)
No summer in Chicago is complete without watching some super cool jets zoom by, so don't miss the 56th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach! This free, must-see spectacle is the largest show of its kind in the country, with aerial performers, parachute teams, and rescue vessels taking center stage on Lake Michigan and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for the new MV 22 Marine Osprey military aircraft.
This weekend, check out the Art Institute of Chicago's immensely popular Magritte exhibit, featuring more than 100 works of the influential surrealist. See the breakthrough word-image painting The Treachery of Images, featuring the legendary phrase "Ceci n'est pas une pipe," as well as other pieces that showcase the artist's questioning of the nature of appearances. Be sure to read our meditations on the exhibit. The Mystery of the Ordinary runs through Monday, October 13.
Cirque Shanghai returns to Navy Pier this summer with Warriors, combining the troupe's trademark acrobatics with the martial arts prowess of Chinese Kung Fu and Wu Shu masters. The result is a powerful display of athleticism and mastery of disciplines that formed the backbone of Chinese military might for thousands of years. The show ends at the end of the month, so be sure to make a trip to Navy Pier this weekend!
Cirque Shanghai Warriors photo courtesy of Carol Fox & Associates