Want to know what’s happening this weekend in Chicago? Look no further. Chicago is fully reopened and there’s a whole calendar of exciting events, exhibits, and activities taking place all over the city. This weekend, you can step inside cutting-edge art exhibits, catch a lakefront fireworks display, celebrate Juneteenth as it becomes a federal holiday, and so much more.

Check out just a few of the top things to do this weekend in Chicago, June 18 – 20.

The Obama Portraits
June 18 - 20
The Obama Portraits

In summer 2021 , the Art Institute of Chicago welcomes two acclaimed portraits to its galleries: Kehinde Wiley’s painting of President Barack Obama and Amy…

Friday June 18, 2021 — Friday June 18, 2021
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Navy Pier fireworks
June 19
Navy Pier fireworks

Navy Pier is back and resuming their beloved summer fireworks series! Catch the fireworks every Saturday in May.

Saturday May 8, 2021 Saturday September 4, 2021

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chinatown Lunch Tour
June 18 - 20
Chinatown Lunch Tour

On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Chinatown Adventure, you’ll enjoy seated dining at five restaurants and bakeries featuring upscale Chinese recipes while navigating Chicago’s historic Chinatown…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Tuesday November 30, 2021
Chinatown
2200 S. Wentworth
Urban Kayak tours
June 18 - 20
Urban Kayak tours

Explore the Chicago River or lakefront on these kayaking tours for all levels. Choose from historic tours, sunset tours, fireworks tour, and more.

Friday May 28, 2021 Saturday September 4, 2021

Urban Kayaks
Chicago Riverwalk & Monroe Harbor

Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum
June 18 - 20
Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum’s next major exhibition, Human+Nature by internationally renowned sculpture artist Daniel Popper of South Africa, will highlight the deep connections between people and trees. Five large-scale, 20- to 26-foot-tall sculptures will be featured amid the Arboretum’s magnificent and mature tree collections. Human+Nature will be included with Arboretum admission.

Friday May 28, 2021

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Art on theMART
June 18 - 20
Art on theMART

Join us on the Chicago Riverwalk nightly at 8:30 & 9:00 p.m. to view the Spring 2021 Projection Program. Artwork includes the Adler Planetarium's Astrographics and a…

Friday June 18, 2021 — Sunday July 4, 2021
theMART
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life
June 18 - 20
Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life

Wrightwood 659 is pleased to host the first U.S. exhibition devoted to the work of Yannis Tsarouchis (1910–1989), widely regarded as one of the greatest Greek painters of the…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Saturday July 31, 2021
Wrightwood 659
659 W. Wrightwood Avenue
The Northman Live Music Summer Series
June 18 - 20
The Northman Live Music Summer Series

The Northman Summer Music Series will run daily on our Pergola Stage, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The FREE live music series by the…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Monday September 6, 2021
The Northman Beer & Cider Garden on The Riverwalk
233 East Riverwalk
Gateway to the West Loop Food Tour
June 18 - 20
Gateway to the West Loop Food Tour

On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Gateway To The West Loop Food Tour, you’ll experience an impressive introduction and subsequent deep dive into the West Loop’s…

Friday June 18, 2021 — Tuesday November 30, 2021
West Loop
Washington & Morgan
Juneteenth Observance
June 19
Juneteenth Observance

Free event and open to the public Juneteenth Observance - - a time to CELEBRATE, EDUCATE, and REDEDICATE. City Clerk Anna Valencia will emcee, Treasurer…

Saturday June 19, 2021
Chicago
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
June 18 - 20
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts including original comic book pages, sculptures, interactive displays and costumes and props…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Sunday October 24, 2021
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh
June 18 - 20
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh

Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, a new venue within Chicago’s recently renovated landmark Germania Club Building, will open Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 with the U.S. premiere of…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Sunday November 28, 2021
Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place
108 W. Germania Pl.
Downtown Interior Architecture Walking Tour (“The World Within”)
June 19
Downtown Interior Architecture Walking Tour (“The World Within”)

Did you know that the #1-ranked tour in Chicago out of 340+ on TripAdvisor is a woman-owned small business consisting of ONLY ONE full-time employee…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Saturday December 18, 2021
Inside Chicago Walking Tours
Starting location given upon ticket purchase
The Music of Black Voices
June 18 - 20
The Music of Black Voices

‘The Music of Black Voices: Inspiring today’s youth through a choreographic reflection of our era and celebrating the history of black artists in music.’ Six…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Sunday August 8, 2021
Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall
June 18 - 20
Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

Step into the field to explore the trailblazing life and legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, from her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees to becoming an acclaimed…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Monday September 6, 2021
The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr,
Frida Kahlo: Timeless
June 18 - 20
Frida Kahlo: Timeless

The exhibition, on view June 5 to Sept. 6, 2021, will be the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Monday September 6, 2021
Cleve Carney Museum
425 Fawell Blvd
Sister Outsider
June 19
Sister Outsider

Sisters in Cinema is exploring South Shore with our new walking program, Sister Outsider, and we want you to join us! Sister Outsider is a…

Saturday June 19, 2021
Rosenblum Park
7547 S Euclid Avenue
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tours
June 18 - 20
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tours

Shoreline Sightseeing's award-winning Architecture River Tours depart daily from Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier and from the northeast corner of…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Tuesday November 30, 2021
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier 66 North Streeter Drive
“My Dazzling Queer Fantasy” Gallery Opening
June 18 - 20
“My Dazzling Queer Fantasy” Gallery Opening

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to be exhibiting Chicago-based artist TotesFerosh’s first solo exhibition this summer during Chicago Pride Month. “My Dazzling Queer Fantasy” opens…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Saturday June 26, 2021
Elephant Room Gallery
704 S Wabash Ave
Chicago: Home of House
June 18 - 20
Chicago: Home of House

Chicago: Home of House The Catacombs at Epiphany Center for the Arts May 8 to July 11, 2021   For more information on Chicago: Home…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Sunday July 11, 2021
Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 S Ashland Ave
Live on the Lake! at Navy Pier
June 19
Live on the Lake! at Navy Pier

Spend your weekend at the Navy Pier Beer Garden and enjoy a diverse array of musical performances. Navy Pier’s weekly live music series features Chicago's…

Saturday June 19, 2021 — Saturday August 14, 2021
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago Dance Month
June 18 - 20
Chicago Dance Month

See Chicago Dance, the dance industry's nonprofit service organization, is proud to announce that this June will see the return of its popular annual offering,…

Friday June 18, 2021 — Saturday September 4, 2021
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