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WaterBodies
Jul16
Aug31
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

WaterBodies

WaterBodies features immersive relief prints by Amanda Lilleston and Lisa Matthias. Amanda Lilleston explores interconnected systems of biology and physiology. In her work, human beings…

Friday July 16
10:00 a.m.Tuesday August 31
6:00 p.m.
Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302
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.
Summer on the Patio – Staged Readings
Aug1
Theatre & Performing Arts

Summer on the Patio – Staged Readings

The Artistic Home is inviting the public to share in their process of play selection this summer by offering free admission each weekend to staged…

Sunday August 1
7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The Artistic Home
1376 W. Grand Ave.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Aug2
Music & Comedy

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

The Millennium Park Summer Music Series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from established and emerging artists. Admission continues to be free, but advance…

Monday August 2
6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Millennium Park
201 E Randolph Street
Jazzin’ at the Shedd
Aug4
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Jazzin’ is back! Live jazz revels at Shedd Aquarium! The popular midweek Jazzin’ at the Shedd series returns this August with a festival-worthy lineup of…

Wednesday August 4
5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour
Aug6
Theatre & Performing Arts

Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour

Acclaimed third-generation magician and mind reader Dennis Watkins’ long-running show, Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour is back at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton for in-person performances.…

Friday August 6
7:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Boxed Experience
Aug7
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Boxed Experience

An Interactive Theatrical Activation where we immerse you into a new, Transformative Adventure. In this world, you’ll have total control as you investigate and decide…

Saturday August 7
6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Collection Shops
150 W. Roosevelt Rd.
ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theatre
Aug10
Theatre & Performing Arts

ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theatre

A fun and safe outdoor movie experience every night at ChiTown Movies! Enjoy blockbuster and classic movies under the stars at our permanent drive-in located…

Tuesday August 10
8:00 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Chitown Movies
2343 S throop St
Blues On The Farm
Aug12
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Blues On The Farm

Blues On The Farm presents: Award Winning, Hall of fame band, “Vance Kelly and The backstreet blues band”. Live music, Drinks and Food!

Thursday August 12
5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
@metro Farms
4250 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Chalk Howard Street
Aug13
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Chalk Howard Street

The popular Chalk Howard Street festival returns to Rogers Park for its third year in a virtual format on August 13, repeating on every Friday…

Friday August 13
11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Howard Street between Ridge and Sheridan
Howard St.
The Art of Banksy
Aug14
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

The Art of Banksy

The world’s largest collection of privately-owned Banksy coming to Chicago. Seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, The Art of Banksy hosts prints, canvasses, screenprints, sculptures…

Saturday August 14
360 N. State St
201 S Ashland Ave
Guided Tour the Historic Former Wabash YMCA, the Birthplace of Black History Month
Aug14

Guided Tour the Historic Former Wabash YMCA, the Birthplace of Black History Month

The Wabash Y was the heart of cultural and economic progress for African Americans in the Bronzeville region of Chicago for over half a century…

Saturday August 14
10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Wabash YMCA
3757 S Wabash Ave
The Boxes Experience
Aug14
Dec1
Theatre & Performing Arts

The Boxes Experience

What is Boxed Experience? An Interactive Theatrical Activation where we immerse you into a new, Transformative Adventure. In this world, you’ll have total control as…

Saturday August 14
12:00 p.m.Wednesday December 1
9:00 p.m.
bookspace@boxedxp.com
150 W Roosevelt Rd
Blues On The Farm
Aug14
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Blues On The Farm

Blues On The Farm presents: Award Winning, Hall of fame band, “Vance Kelly and The backstreet blues band”. Live music, Drinks and Food!

Saturday August 14
5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
@metro Farms
4250 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Heat Lightning by Contretemps Contemporary Ballet
Aug14
Theatre & Performing Arts

Heat Lightning by Contretemps Contemporary Ballet

Contretemps Contemporary Ballet, Chicago’s first explicitly body-diverse contemporary ballet company, will debut its premiere performance Heat Lightning at the Drucker Center in Lincoln Park August…

Saturday August 14
8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
The Drucker Center Parking Lot, 1535 N Dayton St, Chicago, IL 60642
The Drucker Center Parking Lot, 1535 N Dayton St
Meet Me on The Mile: Sunday Spectacles
Aug15
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Meet Me on The Mile: Sunday Spectacles

Music & Motors: Sunday, August 15 at the Historic Water Tower Chicago is open, and it’s time to celebrate! Visit for live music, including the…

Sunday August 15
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
The Magnificent Mile
North Michigan Avenue
Yoga at Ohio Street Beach!
Aug15
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Yoga at Ohio Street Beach!

Come find your zen in the back drop of the city! Dig your toes into the sand while listening to the sound of the waves…

Sunday August 15
9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Ohio Street Beach
600 N Lake Shore Drive
Vintage Garage Chicago
Aug15
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Vintage Garage Chicago

Don’t fret if you missed our season opener in July, because we’re back again in Aug & Sept! Our vendors really show out and continue…

Sunday August 15
10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
1800 Maple Ave, 5th Floor, Evanston, IL
1800 Maple Self-Park Garage
Artists on the Lam’s 10th Anniversary Show: DECAHEDRON Online Art Exhibition
Aug17
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,…

Tuesday August 17
Artists on the Lam
PO Box 47875
Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown
Aug17
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…

Tuesday August 17
Greektown Chicago
300 S. Halsted
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh
Aug17
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…

Tuesday August 17
Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place
108 W. Germania Pl.
Sole e Amore (Sun and Love)
Aug17
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…

Tuesday August 17
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Sweet Bitter Love
Aug17
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…

Tuesday August 17
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
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