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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
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
Chicago In Tune
Aug19
Music & Comedy

Chicago In Tune

Chicago In Tune is a new citywide festival celebrating Chicago’s diverse and legendary music scene and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of…

Thursday August 19Sunday September 19
Millennium Park
201 E Randolph Street
Chicago Gourmet
Sep1
Sep30
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Chicago Gourmet

In 2021, Chicago Gourmet is reunited, and it tastes so good! All September, join top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists for a month of deliciousness. From…

Wednesday September 1
8:00 a.m.Thursday September 30
10:00 p.m.
Tight Ship Comedy! A live stand-up comedy show!
Sep2
Oct28
Theatre & Performing Arts

Tight Ship Comedy! A live stand-up comedy show!

Tight Ship Comedy has been entertaining the Chicago’s South Loop area with live the best local and national live stand up comedy. Located in the…

Thursday September 2
8:00 p.m.Thursday October 28
9:00 p.m.
755 S Clark St
755 South Clark Street
The Clinic
Sep9
Oct10
Theatre & Performing Arts

The Clinic

Congo Square Theatre Company (Congo Square), one of the nation’s premier African American theatres, launches its 2021-2022 season with THE CLINIC, introducing the old-school serial…

Thursday September 9Sunday October 10
Virtual
Neon and Light Museum
Sep9
Oct31
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Neon and Light Museum

The new Neon and Light Museum pop-up invites guests to stand in, under and around some seventy professional neon and light-based sculptures in a dazzling…

Thursday September 9
4:00 p.m.Sunday October 31
6:00 p.m.
Neon and Light Museum
325 West Huron
Tight Ship Comedy! A live stand-up comedy show!
Sep9
Oct28
Theatre & Performing Arts

Tight Ship Comedy! A live stand-up comedy show!

Tight Ship Comedy has been entertaining the Chicago’s South Loop area with live the best local and national live stand up comedy. Located in the…

Thursday September 9
8:00 p.m.Thursday October 28
9:00 p.m.
Half Sour
755 South Clark Street
SOUND FX
Sep16
Sep20
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

SOUND FX

The SOUND FX campaign was created to deconstruct FX shows into the sounds that are used to enhance the emotional viewing experience, then reconstruct sonic…

Thursday September 16
8:00 a.m.Monday September 20
6:00 p.m.
Congress Plaza Garden South
E Congress Plaza Dr
Oktoberfest Weekend Series
Sep17
Sep19
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Oktoberfest Weekend Series

Join us for a 4 weekend series celebrating all things Oktoberfest! Beginning Friday, September 17th and ending on Sunday October 10th, we party with free…

Friday September 17
11:00 a.m.Sunday September 19
10:30 p.m.
The Northman Beer & Cider Garden on The Riverwalk
233 East Riverwalk
A La Française: The French Way
Sep17
Dec31
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

A La Française: The French Way

This fall, join Springboard Arts for the opening of its next exhibition, “A La Française: The French Way.” Unprecedented events – like the pandemic –…

Friday September 17
11:00 a.m.Friday December 31
3:00 p.m.
Springboard Arts Chicago
1910 W. North Ave.
Chicago Avant-Garde
Sep18
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Chicago Avant-Garde

Chicago Avant-Garde puts the spotlight on Chicago as a site of historic, boundary-pushing experimentation in art, literature, and dance. At the center of the exhibition…

Saturday September 18
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Future Fossils: SUM
Sep18
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Future Fossils: SUM

Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, announces a major new sculpture exhibition by Chicago…

Saturday September 18
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave
Hello Helios: The warming suns of Chicago’s Greektown
Sep18
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…

Saturday September 18
Greektown Chicago
300 S. Halsted
Immersive Art Space LP presents Immersive Van Gogh
Sep18
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…

Saturday September 18
Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place
108 W. Germania Pl.
Sense & Sensibility (Audio Drama)
Sep18
Virtual Event

Sense & Sensibility (Audio Drama)

Lifeline Theatre concludes its first virtual season with a six-episode audio drama adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, adapted by ensemble member Christopher Hainsworth,…

Saturday September 18
Lifeline Theatre
Virtual Event
Sweet Bitter Love
Sep18
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…

Saturday September 18
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
The Art of Banksy
Sep18
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 September 18
360 N. State St
201 S Ashland Ave
Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40
Sep18
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…

Saturday September 18
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
African Diaspora: Chicago | An Exhibition Curated by Gallery Guichard
Sep18
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…

Saturday September 18
6:00 a.m.8:00 p.m.
One Two Pru
180 North Stetson Avenue
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
Sep18
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…

Saturday September 18
9:30 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago and Movies on the Midway
Sep18
Tours & Attractions

Chicago and Movies on the Midway

Join the only all-outdoor walking tour in Chicago that explores the Midway’s century-long relationship to the movies!

Saturday September 18
10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Midway Studios
6016 S. Ingleside Ave
Sister Outsider
Sep18
Sports & Recreation

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 September 18
10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Rosenblum Park
7547 S Euclid Avenue
Whispering Hills Fall Festival 2021
Sep18
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Whispering Hills Fall Festival 2021

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season with Whispering Hills! Stop by for a free-to-attend day of planned activities, art & craft goods fair, and…

Saturday September 18
10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center
8401 S Illinois Rte 31
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