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Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture
Jul23
Oct31
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture

Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture is a new exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Center honoring the late Chicago architect and style icon. Get to know…

Friday July 23
11:00 a.m.Sunday October 31
5:00 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Center
111 E. Wacker Drive
Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret Re-Opening
Aug1
Aug31
Theatre & Performing Arts

Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret Re-Opening

Celebrate with Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret as they re-open and welcome back patrons for LIVE shows this August! Check Davenport’s calendar of events for…

Sunday August 1Tuesday August 31
Davenport’s Piano Bar
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Field Explorers Camp
Aug2
Aug6
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Field Explorers Camp

There’s so much to learn about the natural world and the part we all play in its continued survival. Explore this and more with our…

Monday August 2
9:00 a.m.Friday August 6
3:00 p.m.
The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr,
Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai | Free Summer Screenings
Aug4
Aug5
Virtual Event

Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai | Free Summer Screenings

The world of sumo wrestling has always been something of a mystery to the world at large. Who are these gigantic athletes who willingly, violently…

Wednesday August 4
6:30 p.m.Thursday August 5
6:30 p.m.
Artists on the Lam’s 10th Anniversary Show: DECAHEDRON Online Art Exhibition
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Artists on the Lam’s 10th Anniversary Show: DECAHEDRON Online Art Exhibition

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Artists on the Lam. Celebrate with us! It was on Monday, June 6, 2011, that local artist, independent curator,…

Thursday August 5
Artists on the Lam
PO Box 47875
Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown

Greektown Chicago is proud to present its new outdoor art exhibit Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown, with 24 vibrant three-dimensional artworks lining…

Thursday August 5
Greektown Chicago
300 S. Halsted
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

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…

Thursday August 5
Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place
108 W. Germania Pl.
Sole e Amore (Sun and Love)
Aug5
Theatre & Performing Arts

Sole e Amore (Sun and Love)

Revel in the sounds of Italy with a virtual program awash with beautiful lesser-known musical gems by beloved Italian opera composers, curated and hosted by…

Thursday August 5
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Sweet Bitter Love
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Sweet Bitter Love

Sweet Bitter Love: An Initiative of Toward Common Cause presents Jeffrey Gibson’s reflections on representations of Indigenous people in cultural institutions. Responding to a series of…

Thursday August 5
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
The Music of Black Voices
Aug5
Virtual Event

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…

The Northman Live Music Summer Series
Aug5
Music & Comedy

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…

Thursday August 5
The Northman Beer & Cider Garden on The Riverwalk
233 East Riverwalk
Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40

Presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program, this multi-site exhibition uses the idea of “the commons” to explore the current socio-political…

Thursday August 5
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Steppenwolf Theatre Virtual Productions
Aug5
Virtual Event

Steppenwolf Theatre Virtual Productions

Steppenwolf NOW is a new virtual programming stream featuring six breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices, spotlighting the nation’s premier ensemble theatre. Offering…

Thursday August 5
Virtual
Virtual Event
The Devil Wears Prada
Aug5
Theatre & Performing Arts

The Devil Wears Prada

Andy, an ambitious young writer in New York City, lands a job at a prestigious magazine. Trying to survive under her stylish yet terrifying boss,…

Thursday August 5
The Obama Portraits
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

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…

Thursday August 5
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
African Diaspora: Chicago | An Exhibition Curated by Gallery Guichard
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

African Diaspora: Chicago | An Exhibition Curated by Gallery Guichard

Gallery Guichard, the most notable and respected gallery in Bronzeville — the largest African American art district in the country — is located on the…

Thursday August 5
6:00 a.m.8:00 p.m.
One Two Pru
180 North Stetson Avenue
Daley Plaza City Market
Aug5
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Daley Plaza City Market

Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds – at Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley…

Thursday August 5
7:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Daley Civic Center
50 W. Washington St.
SOAR Farmer’s Market on the MCA Plaza
Aug5
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

SOAR Farmer’s Market on the MCA Plaza

Every Tuesday, beginning June 1—rain or shine—shop the SOAR Farmer’s Market on the MCA Plaza and support local farmers and producers. This amazing group offers…

Thursday August 5
7:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
MCA Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave
Redemption: Adrian Dunn and Chicago Philharmonic
Aug5
Music & Comedy

Redemption: Adrian Dunn and Chicago Philharmonic

On June 5 2021, Chicago Philharmonic will collaborate for the first time with critically acclaimed multi-genre musical artist and social justice advocate Adrian Dunn for…

Thursday August 5
8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Teen Digital Learning Program
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Teen Digital Learning Program

The High School Science and Digital Learning Program introduces students entering grades 10–12 to the science and technology of the Field Museum. In this 6-week…

Thursday August 5
9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr,
Camp Shedd: Summer Splash
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Camp Shedd: Summer Splash

Camp is back! Are you ready to make a splash? Join us this summer at Shedd Aquarium for one of our week-long camps for kids…

Thursday August 5
9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Trailblazers Summer Camp
Aug5
Theatre & Performing Arts

Trailblazers Summer Camp

Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers is a unique summer arts program that engages 30 Chicago youth (ages 12-18) in an intensive 8-week creative journey. Under the…

Thursday August 5
9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
The Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble Street
Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

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…

Thursday August 5
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr,
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

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…

Thursday August 5
9:30 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
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