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Dinos Everywhere!
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Dinos Everywhere!

The zoo’s popular Dinos Everywhere!, sponsored by Meijer, returns for a limited time through September 6, 2021. A few surprises will be featured on some…

Southwest Suburbs

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Thursday August 5
9:30 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Special Exhibit – Fan Favorites from the Lizzadro Collection
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Special Exhibit – Fan Favorites from the Lizzadro Collection

Special Exhibit – Fan Favorites from the Lizzadro Collection continues through August 29, 2021 Missing some of your favorite pieces in the Museum? Re-visit the…

Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Lizzadro Museum
1220 Kensington Road
Still Life in Real Life: Charles Ethan Porter
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

Still Life in Real Life: Charles Ethan Porter

We’re so happy to invite you to the 2021 Artist’s Garden exhibit Still Life in Real Life: Charles Ethan Porter. The garden will be filled…

Garfield Park

Event details
Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Thresholds Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Thresholds Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves

Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves presents artwork created in Thresholds’ Art Therapy Program. The exhibition examines the topic of identity through the lens of creative expression.…

Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 S Ashland Ave
Frida Kahlo: Timeless
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

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…

Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Cleve Carney Museum
425 Fawell Blvd
Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour

Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tours are a family favorite offering panoramic views of the city’s world-famous skyline on a relaxing 40-mintue cruise. Passengers learn about…

Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.7:00 p.m.
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier 66 North Streeter Drive
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tours
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

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…

Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.7:30 p.m.
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier 66 North Streeter Drive
Wendella’s Chicago Architecture Tour From The Riverwalk
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

Wendella’s Chicago Architecture Tour From The Riverwalk

Experience Chicago’s legendary architecture and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing legacy for all to admire. This family-friendly introduction to the Windy City’s rich…

Thursday August 5
10:00 a.m.8:00 p.m.
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: League of Nations
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: League of Nations

This exhibition is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council and Indiana University Northwest. Throughout the underpinning of modernist design, aspirations of efficiency and comfort…

Thursday August 5
11:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, 5th Floor
Paradigm Exhibit
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Paradigm Exhibit

This summer, join Springboard Arts for the opening of their third exhibition, “Paradigm.” As the world around us evolves, so must one’s disposition, and in…

Thursday August 5
11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Springboard Arts Chicago
1910 W. North Ave.
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

Discover Chicago’s world-famous architecture and dramatic history on Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architecture River Tour, named as TripAdvisor’s #1 Travel experience in the United states for 2020.…

Thursday August 5
11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier 66 North Streeter Drive
The Sindhu Project: Enigma of Roots
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

The Sindhu Project: Enigma of Roots

The Sindhu Project: Enigma of Roots is a multi-site exhibition debuting at the South Asia Institute in Chicago on June 17, 2021 and will run…

Thursday August 5
11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
South Asia Institute
1925 S. Michigan Ave.
Zg Summer Group Show
Aug5
Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Zg Summer Group Show

Join us on Friday, July 9th for our Zg Summer group show featuring 18 artists working in painting, sculpture and works on paper. Opening during…

Thursday August 5
12:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Zg Gallery
300 W. Superior St.
Gateway to the West Loop Food Tour
Aug5
Tours & Attractions

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…

Thursday August 5
1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
West Loop
Washington & Morgan
French Market at Gallagher Way
Aug5
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

French Market at Gallagher Way

Gallagher Way will host the French Market starting at 4 p.m. The European-inspired market will include more than 20 vendors, featuring a mixture of specialty…

Thursday August 5
4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Gallagher Way
3635 North Clark Street
Magnificent Mile Chicago
Aug5
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Meet Me on The Mile

The Magnificent Mile Association (MMA) with support from the City of Chicago, introduces Meet Me on The Mile, an outdoor activation series that supports area…

Thursday August 5
4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
The Magnificent Mile
North Michigan Avenue
That’s Weird, Grandma 20th Anniversary Special
Aug5
Virtual Event

That’s Weird, Grandma 20th Anniversary Special

PlayMakers Laboratory (PML) is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its popular sketch comedy revue That’s Weird, Grandma with a free digital special. PML…

Thursday August 5
5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky
Aug5
Theatre & Performing Arts

Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky

Music Director Sir Andrew Davis leads members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and star soloists in a rousing concert that celebrates his remarkable career at…

Thursday August 5
6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Lyric Opera House
20 N Wacker Drive
Karaoke at The Mount
Aug5
Music & Comedy

Karaoke at The Mount

Whether you want to spectate or take your talents to the stage, our Karaoke Nights are a blast for the whole crew! Meet us at…

Thursday August 5
6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
1001 Main St
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Aug5
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…

Thursday August 5
6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Millennium Park
201 E Randolph Street
Chicago Dance Month
Aug5
Theatre & Performing Arts

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,…

Thursday August 5
7:00 p.m.
Multiple Locations
Opera Festival of Chicago – Il Tabarro
Aug5
Music & Comedy

Opera Festival of Chicago – Il Tabarro

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled all live performances, opera returns to Chicago stages this summer with a new two-week festival. The…

Thursday August 5
7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall
1807 S Allport St
Chicago Magic Lounge Grand Reopening
Aug5
Music & Comedy

Chicago Magic Lounge Grand Reopening

The Chicago Magic Lounge is thrilled to announce we are opening our secret doors to the public on Monday, August 2nd, after a sixteen-month intermission!…

Thursday August 5
7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Chicago Magic Lounge
5050 N Clark St.
Rockin’ in the Park at Parkway Bank Park
Aug5
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Rockin’ in the Park at Parkway Bank Park

Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district welcomes summer with the return of “Rockin’ in the Park” free summer concert series! The 2021 series will feature…

Thursday August 5
7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Parkway Bank Park
5501 Park Place
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