What’s New and Happening in Chicago – Summer 2023
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 8, 2023) – Choose Chicago is delighted to announce that Chicago has been selected to host the Democratic National Convention in August 2024. Following a historic 6th year consecutive win as Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Big City,” we know the below tally of exciting new hotels, inventive restaurants, dynamic exhibitions, and eclectic festivals offers just a taste of what’s in-store this summer season.
Furthermore, brace yourself for the rush of adrenaline as elite hydrofoil catamarans take to the waters of Lake Michigan for the kick-off of the fourth season of SailGP and as NASCAR races through the downtown streets of Chicago during the brand’s first-ever Street Race Weekend. Music lovers will rejoice with the return of iconic Lollapalooza, while the best pitmasters and country music lovers in the nation will converge on the city for the return of Windy City Smokeout.
Come and discover big-city culture, Midwestern hospitality, and urban adventure; visit ChooseChicago.com for more information.
- Business Insider designated Chicago one of the 23 best places to travel to in the U.S. in 2023. The publication cited the city’s upcoming NASCAR race, the Art Institute of Chicago’s Van Gogh retrospective exhibit, and the forthcoming St. Regis Chicago hotel as a few reasons visitors should travel to the city.
- Money.com designated Chicago as one of the Best Places to Travel in 2023, particularly for solo travelers due to its affordable eats and ease of public transit.
- Chicago attractions were recognized in the following categories of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2023:
- 10 Best Urban Kayaking Destinations in the U.S. (#5)
- 10 Best Religious Museums in the U.S. (Loyola University Museum of Art, #8)
- 10 Best Zoos in the US for 2023 (Brookfield Zoo, #5)
- 10 Best Specialty Food Festivals in the U.S. (Pizza City Fest, #9 and Windy City Smokeout, #2)
- 10 Best Triathlons in the U.S. (Chicago Triathlon, #4)
- 10 Best Marathons in the U.S. (Bank of America Chicago Marathon, #4)
- 10 Must-See Fireworks Spectaculars This Summer (Navy Pier, #1)
- 10 Outdoor Concert Series This Summer (Millennium Park Summer Music Series, #6)
- 10 Incredible Splash Pads (Adams Park, #6)
- Top Places For Summer Vacation in the U.S. (Chicago, #5)
- Chicago won recognition from Food & Wine’s new Global Tastemakers Awards in several categories:
- 10 Best Cities for Neighborhood Restaurants in the U.S. (#4)
- Best Cities for Food in the U.S. (#6)
- The 10 Best Bars in the U.S. (The Violet Hour, #10)
- The 5 Most Creative Bars in the U.S. (The Violet Hour, #1, The Aviary, #2)
- Big Jones chef and owner, Paul Fehribach was recognized as a nominee for Best Chef in the Midwest, 2023 by the James Beard Foundation. When he is not in the kitchen, Fehribach has been writing his multi-year cookbook project “Midwestern Food: A Chef’s Guide to the Surprising History of a Great American Cuisine” available for purchase in mid-October 2023 from local booksellers online and at Big Jones.
- The prestigious James Beard Awards will be returning to Chicago to honor the best restaurants and chefs in America on June 5, 2023. The list of Chicago semifinalist contenders include:
- Smyth: Outstanding Restaurant
- Damarr Brown, Virtue: Emerging Chef
- Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining: Best New Restaurant
- Obélix: Best New Restaurant
- Sepia: Outstanding Hospitality
- All Together Now: Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program
- Diana Dávila Boldin, Mi Tocaya Antojería: Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2023
- Thai Dang, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen: Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2023
- Paul Fehribach, Big Jones: Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2023
- Tim Flores and Genie Kwon, Kasama: Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2023
- Zubair Mohajir, Wazwan: Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2023
- North America’s 50 Best Bars named Kumiko and Milk Room to their 2023 list.
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Real estate investors and developers Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum Global have partnered to launch Arlo Chicago, which opened in April 2023. The 218-room property, formerly the Hotel Julian, marks the debut of Arlo Hotels in the Midwest and Chicago and is the brand’s sixth hotel overall. Located in a historic tower originally designed by famed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall and that once served as Chicago’s landmark Atlantic Bank Building, Arlo Chicago is just steps from Millennium Park and major downtown attractions. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
The St.Regis Chicago is set to debut Summer 2023 as the 50th St. Regis globally. Through architectural ingenuity and a shimmering homage to sky and water, the 101-story St. Regis Chicago, designed by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang, has changed Chicago’s iconic skyline. It is now the third tallest building in Chicago, the 10th tallest in the United States, and the tallest building in the world designed by a female. The tower’s crystalline form was inspired by the facets of a shimmering gem and the building is coated in six varying shades of blue-green glass to reflect the changing colors of Lake Michigan. The hotel will comprise the first 11 floors of the building, featuring 192 luxurious guest rooms, multiple signature dining options, a 12,000-square foot world class St. Regis Spa, a fitness center, indoor pool and outdoor sunken terrace with scenic views, a 5,000-square foot ballroom, 3,000 square feet of executive and pre-function space, and the St. Regis Signature Butler Service. The hotel’s backyard is a six-acre botanical green space featuring a children’s play park, dog park, and attractive ornamental and water gardens. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Food and Libations:
A new barbecue restaurant in Canaryville, Bell Heir’s BBQ opened its doors in January 2023. Located at 704 W. 47th St., this casual spot offers diners brisket, ribs, burgers, and more. (Neighborhood: South Side)
Bistro Monadnock, a French bistro from the owners of Victor Bar and Love Street, will open in Spring 2023. Located inside the 130-year-old Monadnock Building at 325 S. Federal St., the menu will feature classic French dishes prepared by executive chef Johnny Besch. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
The Cauldron, a magic and wizard-themed restaurant and bar that brings fantasy to life through food and beverage spaces around the world, is pleased to announce the grand opening date of its third location in the U.S. in Wicker Park (1612 W Division St.) on May 4, 2023. As the brand’s largest U.S. location yet, The Cauldron Chicago fills the space of a 10,000-square foot former bank that will boast a ticketed and ever-evolving Potion-Making Experience, a walk-in restaurant and bar with weekly programming, and more. (Neighborhood: Wicker Park)
Dawn, a new brunch spot from the owner of Caribbean bar and restaurant 14 Parish, will open Summer 2023 at 1642 E. 56th St. at the former home of Piccolo Mondo. Restaurateur Racquel Fields, a South Side native, is planning to offer a combination of new American fare and Southern staples like fried green tomatoes. (Neighborhood: Hyde Park)
Diageo Beer Company will open the second location of its Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood in Summer 2023. Located at 375 N. Morgan St. in a revitalized historic railroad depot, the location will include a brewery with tours, taproom, outdoor patio space, and restaurant spanning 15,000 square feet. Some of the beers made on-site will only be available in Chicago. The company currently operates one other U.S. location in Baltimore. (Neighborhood: West Loop)
Vegan cuisine is on the menu at Don Bucio’s Taqueria in Logan Square. James Beard Award-nominated chef Rodolfo Cuadros opened the plant-based restaurant at 2763 N. Milwaukee Ave. in early 2023. (Neighborhood: Logan Square)
West Loop Mexican restaurant and bar Federales will open a second Chicago location in Logan Square at 2471 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Spring 2023. Four Corners, the hospitality group behind Federales, Ranalli’s, Benchmark, and Kirkwood, will transform the former Marcello’s Father & Son restaurant space into Federales’s Logan Square outpost. (Neighborhood: Logan Square)
Fioretta is a new steakhouse from the team behind Siena Tavern and Prime & Provisions set to open in Spring 2023. The menu at the 318 N. Sangamon St. location features Italian-American fare. (Neighborhood: Fulton Market)
After debuting Gordon Ramsay Burger in December 2021, celebrity chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay plans to pay homage to one of his most popular TV shows with Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen. Set to open in River North in 2023, the 18,000-square-foot two-story restaurant will be one of only a handful locations in the U.S. and will include a few unique-to-Chicago, to-be-determined menu items. (Neighborhood: River North)
Kindling | Downtown Cookout & Cocktails, a new concept from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, opened January 2023 inside the Catalog at Willis Tower. The 17,000-square-foot live fire show kitchen restaurant is helmed by James Beard Award winner Jonathon Sawyer, formerly of the Four Seasons Hotel’s Adorn Restaurant & Bar. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
New York City restaurant Kohoku-Ku Ramen is opening its first Chicago location in Spring 2023. The shop at 1136 W. Thorndale Ave. offers diners 12 different types of ramen with a variety of broths. (Neighborhood: Edgewater)
Michelin-star Chef Daniel Rose returned home after years in New York and abroad to open a French restaurant Le Select in Chicago with the industrious Boka Restaurant Group in January 2023. The menu features traditional French brasserie fare, showcasing the best ingredients and classic French techniques. (Neighborhood: River North)
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will open two new Ramen-san and Sushi-san restaurants in Lincoln Park later this year at 1962 N. Halsted St. and 1948 N. Halsted St., respectively. The Lincoln Park Ramen-san will open in early 2023, while the Sushi-san will open in late 2023. Ramen-san’s Lincoln Park outpost will mark the fourth location of the noodle shop. Sushi-san’s debut will signal the sushi restaurant’s third location. (Neighborhood: Lincoln Park)
- The first restaurant, Miru (pronounced mē-rōō), from Executive Chef Hisanobu Osaka will open Spring 2023 in tandem with the hotel. Miru, Japanese for “view,” will showcase Chef Osaka’s unique take on Japanese cuisine and boast two terraces and a dining room that overlooks the Chicago River and Navy Pier. The Japanese restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu will include sushi, sashimi, and raw selections from the sushi bar, complimented by a selection of Izakaya-style dishes like hand-made dumplings, skewers, fried rice, and hot pots, as well as a robust wagyu and seafood section.
- The second restaurant, Tre Dita (pronounced trā dē-tä), Italian for three fingers, is a nod to the thickness of a properly cut bistecca Fiorentina that the restaurant will be serving from its open-hearth wood fired grill. The Tuscan Steakhouse is in collaboration with award-winning Chef Evan Funke (Felix, Mother Wolf) and will open later in 2023.
- Netflix’s School of Chocolate winner and Jean Banchet Award nominee Juan Gutierrez has been named Executive Pastry Chef, while Lettuce mixology alum Diane Corcoran will oversee the restaurants’ beverage programs as Beverage Director.
Little Goat Diner, the newest location from James Beard Award-winning chef Stephanie Izard, will open its doors at 3325 N. Southport Ave. in Spring 2023. The menu features new takes on classic diner dishes like burgers, French toast, and chicken and dumplings. (Neighborhood: Lakeview)
The Oakville Grill & Cellar, another new restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, designed toevoke the effortless ease of Napa Valley dining, opened April 2023 at 163 North Green St. (Neighborhood: Fulton Market)
Exhibitions (Immersive Art & Museums):
The Art Institute of Chicago has a full slate of spring/summer programming. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
- The Arranged Flower: Ikebana and Flora in Japanese Prints (until July 9, 2023) – Ikebana is considered a form of Japanese high art, reflecting the principles of minimalism, asymmetry, and the appreciation of space. The arrangements are designed to create a sense of balance and harmony between the flowers and the environment in which they are displayed. Today, Ikebana is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds in Japan and around the world. There are many different schools and styles of ikebana, each with its own unique techniques and aesthetic principles. Several works on display are surimono—privately commissioned prints circulated among members of poetry circles on special occasions—featuring representations of this practice.
- Van Gogh and the Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape (May 14 – September 4, 2023) – Between 1882 and 1890, five artists—Vincent van Gogh, along with Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand—flocked to villages on the fringes of Paris. Each artist explored the use of discrete brushstrokes and strong colors in innovative ways, and in turn developed novel styles of painting: Divisionism, Pointillism, and Cloisonnism. More than 75 paintings and drawings from this intensely creative period—many from private collections and rarely publicly displayed—come together for this insightful presentation.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Portrait Drawings (July 1 – October 23, 2023) – It is not surprising that an artist’s work reflects their artistic influences and friendships. In the case of Ellsworth Kelly, his drawings show the impact of the artists he encountered during his travels to Europe in the 1940s, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. This exhibition spans most of Kelly’s 70-year career, showcasing his evolving and wide-ranging approach to both portraiture and drawing.
- Remedios Varo: Science Fictions (July 29 – November 27, 2023) – The exhibition brings together more than 20 paintings created by Varo during her time in Mexico from 1955 until her death in 1963. These paintings offer a glimpse into Varo’s distinct and diverse practice and are supplemented by additional materials from the artist’s archive, including large-scale cartoons, notebooks, sketches, detailed studies, ephemera, and personal possessions. Varo was a key figure in the Surrealist movement, and her work reflects many of the movement’s core values and beliefs. Furthermore, the exhibition marks a milestone in the museum’s efforts to expand the borders of the global Surrealist movement, as it is the Art Institute’s first solo exhibition dedicated to a woman Surrealist painter and to a woman artist working in Mexico.
Chicago History Museum’s exhibit Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection (until December 31, 2023) features 150 images from the Chicago History Museum’s Chicago Sun-Times. It is a first look at highlights from five million negatives spanning the 1940s-early 2000s, one of the largest newspaper photograph collections ever acquired by an American museum. As the Museum continues to process negatives from this extraordinary collection, new images will be shared through their online portal, CHM Images. (Neighborhood: Lincoln Park)
- Back Home: Polish Chicago – Opening May 20, 2023, the exhibition features more than 90 artifacts and documents as well as more than 100 reproduced photographs to help tell the story of the Chicago area’s vibrant Polish communities from the mid-1800s to today. Explore personal narratives, music, community involvement, as well as art installations from five local Polish artists. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more.
Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage will present Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America from June 3 – September 10, 2023. The Warhol exhibition will feature 94 works from “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America Collection” on loan through Bank of America’s Art in our Communities® program. Aside from the Bank of America collection, which will be on display in a dedicated space in the exhibition, there will also be over 100 works from the College of DuPage Permanent Art Collection. Educational and interactive elements will include a biographical exhibition highlighting key points in Warhol’s life and career, video installation, a Children’s Print Factory area, Studio 54 and Silver Cloud Room experiences, and Central Park-inspired outdoor space, creating an immersive, multifaceted exhibition focused on the life and work of one of the most influential artists of the past century. (Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
The Field Museum’s newest exhibition First Kings of Europe (open through January 28, 2024) explores how ancient farming villages led to the earliest tribal kingdoms in Europe, gathering together more than 700 exquisite objects from the Neolithic, Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages. The countries represented (and collaborating in this exhibition) include Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. Highlights include some of the oldest gold treasures in the world from the cemetery of Varna, the gold crown of a Thracian prince, masterpieces of swordmaking and armor, weapons, jewelry, and more. (Neighborhood: South Loop / Museum Campus)
Harry Potter: Magic At Play extends its worldwide debut run in Chicago through September 4, 2023 at Chicago’s iconic Water Tower Place. The first-of-its-kind experience allows fans of all ages to engage with the Wizarding World like never before through 30,000 square feet of hands-on magical interactivity including games, exploration, sensory activations, and more that celebrate Harry’s own journey in discovering the wizarding world. Guests can explore the Dursley’s living room, step onto a boat and prepare to cross the Great Lake, attend some of Hogwarts’ most beloved classes, practice Quidditch fundamentals, and more. (Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile)
The Hyde Park Art Center’s new exhibit, Destination/El Destino: a decade of GRAFT, the largest exhibition to date of the Puerto Rican artist, educator, and community organizer Edra Soto, will be on display through August 6, 2023. The exhibition features a new large-scale commission of the artist’s GRAFT series with porous sculptures, documentary photographs, drawings, and games that activate the Art Center’s indoor/outdoor main gallery. (Neighborhood: Hyde Park)
The Illinois Holocaust Museum presents The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódz Ghetto (May 18 – September 24, 2023). In I945, a diary was discovered in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp written by Rywka Lipszyc, a 14-year-old Jewish girl documenting her life in the Łódz Ghetto between October 1943 and April 1944. More than 60 years after its discovery, the diary traveled to the United States, where it was translated to English, supplemented with commentaries, and published. Rywka Lipszyc’s diary, a moving memoir of life and adolescence in the Łódz Ghetto, is the focal point of this exhibition. Selected excerpts of the diary are supplemented by expert commentary from historians, doctors, psychologists, and rabbis. Blended with original artifacts and fleeting candid photographs of others’ lives in the ghetto, these commentaries help us understand the experiences Rywka describes in her diary. Through historical artifacts and documents, interactive touch screens, documentary videos, and exceptionally rare photographs, The Girl in the Diary explores the story of a young girl’s fight for survival in the Łódz Ghetto and reconstructs what might have happened to Rywka after her deportation to Auschwitz and beyond. There are no known photographs of Rywka. She exists for us only through words she wrote. (Skokie, Illinois)
Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago’s current exhibition Mozart Immersive: The Soul of a Genius (running through the end of May 2023), has Massimiliano Siccardi, immersive art installation pioneer, using state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence as inspiration to craft astonishing visuals inspired by the 18th-century destinations of Mozart’s world. With video direction by Vittorio Guidotti, legendary dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov’s tortured portrayal of Leopold, Mozart’s father, will enthrall audiences. Luca Longobardi re-arranged and recomposed 17 selected works from Mozart’s repertoire for the eclectic soundtrack, which also features exclusive music from the Italian composer and was recorded by a 45-piece symphonic orchestra and conducted by four-time Grammy®-nominated Constantine Orbelian. (Neighborhood: Lincoln Park)
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) welcomes Gary Simmons: Public Enemy (June 13 – October 1, 2023), the first comprehensive career survey of the work of multidisciplinary artist Gary Simmons. Since the late 1980s Simmons has played a key role in situating questions of race, class, and gender identity at the center of contemporary art discourse. Notable for his early application of conceptual artistic strategies, Simmons exposes and analyzes histories of racism inscribed in U.S. visual culture. This exhibition covers thirty years of the artist’s career, encompassing approximately seventy works. (Neighborhood: Streeterville)
This summer, visitors can also enjoy “Tuesdays on the Terrace” when it returns from June 13 – August 29, 2023. This annual, free summer concert series on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden highlights artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned music community. For the first time, this year’s roster of performers extends beyond a purely jazz focus to include more diverse genres and styles that have unique Chicago roots, incorporating hip-hop, house, blues, bomba, and more.
The Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a series of exciting events including the museum’s first Meet Her! Katya Echazarreta event on May 13, 2023, which celebrates the first Mexican-born woman to go to space. Katya Echazarreta is featured in “Mission Unstoppable” on CBS, hosted the YouTube series “Netflix IRL,” and recently was honored with her own Barbie. She’s also an accomplished electrical engineer who worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (Neighborhood: Hyde Park)
Stage 773’s new immersive walk-thru experience, WHIM, blends carefully curated cocktails and a world where every art form comes together – paintings, music, sculpture, street art, and live performance – all by Chicago artists. The experience includes the “Lobby of Second Chances,” the “Second Shots Bar,” and the “Enchanted Forest,” featuring a live performance stage and a giant enchanted tree towering over it all. (Neighborhood: Lakeview)
WNDR Museum, Chicago’s original immersive art and technology experience will, starting May 12, 2023, debut a three story immersive infinity installation by the globally iconic Yayoi Kusam. Featuring a series of floating yellow and black polka dots alongside walk-in and peep-in installations, Dots Obsession will fill WNDR’s atrium and transport visitors into Kusama’s obsession with polka dots, repetition, celestial bodies, and the experience of the infinite. (Neighborhood: West Loop / Fulton Market)
Festivals & Events:
The Annual African Festival of the Arts (September 1 – 4, 2023) – The Festival is one of Chicago’s largest neighborhood festivals and the nation’s largest Labor Day Weekend celebration of Black global cultures. This traditional end-of-summer culturally immersive and interactive event brings the art, sights, tastes, sounds, and spirituality of African Diaspora cultures to Chicago in a replicated African village. Non-stop entertainment representing the full arc of global Black music expression is featured on two stages providing the entire family with an abundance of fun activities and memories at an affordable cost. (Neighborhood: South Side / Washington Park)
Bud Billiken Parade (August 12, 2023) – Now in its 94th year, the Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African American parade in the nation. Every summer since 1929, “The Bud” has united African Americans throughout the city with music, dance, food, and laughter, celebrating the historic roots of the South Side of Chicago. (Neighborhood: South Side)
The Chicago Air and Water Show (August 19 – 20, 2023), presented by the City of Chicago, is the largest free show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. (Neighborhood: Lakefront)
Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free Blues festival in the world, will return from June 8 – 11, 2023, in Millennium Park. With four days of top-tier talent performing across three stages, headliners include four-time Grammy® winners Los Lobos; one of the most decorated gospel music groups, honored by both the Grammys® and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, Blind Boys of Alabama, who will perform with two-time Grammy® winner, Bobby Rush; multi award-winning artist and eldest son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield; three of Chicago’s own living Blues legends John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, and the Jimmy Burns Band; B.B. King Entertainer and Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year winner Sugaray Rayford, and many more. Guests will enjoy a Blues-inspired food and drink pop-up in the Park, titled “Wally’s BBQ Pitt” catered by Eleven North Hospitality, in addition to a large-scale, historic Blues photography installation curated by Praize Productions. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Chicago Gospel Music Festival will return June 3, 2023, kicking off the summer season in Millennium Park. This inspirational music festival brings audiences of all ages and backgrounds together to celebrate the power of music. The 2023 lineup features Choir Nation opening for multiple Grammy® Award winners Karen Clark Sheard and Tye Tribbett on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Chicago House Music Festival and Conference (June 23, 2023 at Chicago Cultural Center; June 24, 2023 at Humboldt Park Boathouse) – Chicago’s favorite dance party takes over the beautiful Humboldt Park Boathouse lawn June 24, celebrating the genre born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally. DJs include Roy Davis Jr., Psycho-B, NoshaLuv, Emmaculate, DJ V, and more to be announced in the coming weeks. The House conference also returns to the Chicago Cultural Center June 23, with panel discussions relating to the culture, art, and business of House Music. As part of additional programming citywide throughout the weekend, the festival brings local DJs to spin at the historic Maxwell Street Market, June 25, 2023 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Neighborhood: The Loop, Humboldt Park)
Chicago Pizza Fest (August 27 – 28, 2023) – Over the past two years, a wave of new, exciting pizzerias has spread across the Chicago region. Chicago Pizza City Fest brings together 40 of the region’s best pizza makers for two days of pizza making and appreciation in the West Loop, baking live on 10 ovens, along with speakers, demos, and seminars. (Neighborhood: West Loop)
Chicago PrideFest (June 17 – 18, 2023) – The two-day street festival features live music on three stages, a Youth Pride Space for teens, best of Chicago drag performance, Proud Pet Parade, dance exhibitions, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, high heel race for prizes, guest speakers, and over 150 food and merchandise vendors. (Neighborhood: Northalsted / Lakeview)
Chicago Pride Parade (June 23, 2023) – The parade is one of the most popular LGBTQ+ events in the city, concluding the city’s month-long celebrations with a famous four-mile procession held on the last Sunday of June. Traversing through Northalsted, Uptown, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, the annual event has grown into one of the largest parades in the country. (Neighborhood: Northalsted / Lakeview)
Chicago SummerDance (July 15 – September 10, 2023; Select Dates) – The beloved Chicago SummerDance series returns this summer at parks throughout the city, during August and September. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in introductory dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Chosen Few Picnic & Festival (July 8, 2023) – What began as a small gathering of family and friends, and later dubbed the “old school picnic,” is now one of the largest and most highly anticipated house music festival events in the world, attracting over 40,000 house music fans from nearly every continent. (Neighborhood: South Side / Jackson Park)
Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo (June 17, 2023) – Savor a selection of more than 100 craft beers and ciders at the eighth annual Craft Brews beer festival, hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events. Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens during this one-of-a-kind, after-hours experience just for adults. Ticket holders will also enjoy food for purchase, music, lawn games, and—of course—the zoo’s amazing animals. (Neighborhood: Lincoln Park)
Disability Pride Parade (July 22, 2023) – Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the overall mission of the parade is to change the way people think about and define “Disability,” to break down and end the internalized shame among people with Disabilities, and to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride. (Neighborhood: South Loop)
Dragon Boat Race For Literacy (June 24, 2023) – Hosted by the Chicago Chinatown Chamber, the Dragon Boat Race for Literacy will take place at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago’s Chinatown. The event aims to promote Asian culture, especially the Chinese Dragon Boat Race which started over 2,000 years ago, as well as to help the neighborhood literacy programs. (Neighborhood: Chinatown)
Flavors of Albany Park (June 23, 2023) – Guests can eat their way around the world across 70 establishments that feature a global array of cuisine in Albany Park on this single-day restaurant crawl. (Neighborhood: Albany Park)
Fireworks at Navy Pier (May 27 – September 4, 2023) – Chicago’s favorite sky spectacle show returns Saturday nights at 10:00 pm and Wednesdays at 9:00 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Find a spot anywhere on the pier to take in this dazzling free display. Soundtracks feature dramatic and popular music with some special occasion soundtracks. (Neighborhood: Streeterville)
Grant Park Music Festival (June 14 – August 19, 2023) – The festival, a Chicago tradition for almost 90 years, features 10 weeks of free classical music concerts, artistic development initiatives, radio broadcasts, and community engagement and outreach programs. Attendees can grab a spot on the Great Lawn, set up a picnic, and kick back while Pritzker Pavilion’s state-of-the-art acoustic system delivers an extraordinary sonic experience — all with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop. This year’s season includes works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and more. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Hyde Park Summer Fest (June 17 – 18, 2023) – Enjoy local beers, food, music, and more at this popular neighborhood festival featuring major headlining acts. Hyde Park Summer Fest takes over the historic Midway Plaisance, a remnant of the 1893 World’s Fair, and has in the past attracted huge names in music, like Busta Rhymes and Lupe Fiasco. (Neighborhood: Hyde Park)
Logan Square Arts Fest (June 23 – 25, 2023) – Since 2009, over 300,000 guests have enjoyed this festival, raising tens of thousands of dollars for neighborhood non-proﬁts. Each year the LSAF features artists of varying disciplines, neighborhood restaurants, and locally produced beer and cocktails. The festival partners with neighborhood art organizations on the presentation of visual art across the festival grounds, and with local music venues to present a diverse array of music representative of our neighborhood. (Neighborhood: Logan Square)
Lollapalooza (August 3 – 6, 2023) – The four-day legendary music festival, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park, with a genre-defying lineup featuring some of music’s biggest names including headliners Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lana Del Ray. The full lineup includes more than 150 musical acts across multiple stages with local, national, and global names: Noah Kahan, Maggie Rogers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Diplo, Subtronics, Louis the Child, Lil Yachty, Mt. Joy, Portugal the Man, Yung Gravy, and more. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Midsommar Fest (June 9 – 10, 2023) – One of Chicago’s most legendary street festivals and Andersonville’s quintessential yearly celebration, Andersonville Midsommarfest, returns for its 57th year. Born out of Andersonville’s Swedish heritage, Midsommarfest will transport you back in time with charming old-world Swedish traditions. Dance around the Maypole, test flavorful international food, and experience it all without the use of a passport. Plus, family friendly activities will allow for children of all ages to enjoy a pet parade and face painting, all while appreciating a beautiful June weekend. (Neighborhood: Andersonville)
Millennium Park Summer Film Series (July 11 – August 29, 2023) – This summer, DCASE is pleased to present the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesday evenings. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies, from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to Clueless to Top Gun: Maverick, are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Millennium Park Summer Music Series (June 22 – August 21, 2023) – This summer series returns Monday and Thursdays in Millennium Park, featuring a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion.The kickoff event will be a tribute to Ramsey Lewis, one of the most iconic jazz pianists of all time. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Mole de Mayo Festival (May 26 – 28, 2023) – Get your taste buds ready to sample and cast your vote for the best mole at the annual Mole de Mayo. Held in the historic Pilsen neighborhood, this outdoor food fest is dedicated to finding the best Mexican staple, plus live entertainment and craft vendors. (Neighborhood: Pilsen)
Northalsted Market Days (August 12 – 13, 2023) – The 41st Northalsted Market Days is a weekend-long live music street festival celebrating the community in Chicago’s landmark Northalsted / Lakeview district. The half-mile-long summer festival features all-day lineups of live music on five stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJs/dancing, and more. Estimated attendance is 100,000 people from near and far, representing all colors of the rainbow. (Neighborhood: Northalsted / Lakeview)
Old Town Art Fair (June 10 – 11, 2023) – This festival in the heart of the charming Old Town Triangle Historic District features 200+ nationally acclaimed artists, an estimated 30,000 art lovers, a Garden Walk, live music, food court, and Children’s Corner. (Neighborhood: Old Town)
Pitchfork Music Festival (July 21 – 23, 2023) – The annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media and held in Union Park returns this year with headliners The Smile, Alvvays, Perfume Genius, Big Thief, Weyes Blood, King Krule, Bon Iver, Kelela, and Koffee. (Neighborhood: West Loop)
Pride in the Park Chicago (June 23 – 24, 2023) – This annual outdoor music festival held in Chicago’s Grant Park features LGBTQ+ performers, artists, vendors, and more. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Puerto Rican Festival Chicago (June 8-11, 2023) – This lively three-day event in Humboldt Park will feature authentic Puerto Rican food, traditional drinks, carnival rides and games for the whole family, and more. (Neighborhood: Humboldt Park)
And don’t miss the 45th Annual Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade on June 10, 2023. Established in 1978 on Paseo Boricua in Humboldt Park, the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade is community-focused and driven, showcasing Puerto Rican arts, culture, and music.
Pullman Railroad Days (May 20 – 21, 2023) – The second annual family-friendly weekend also recognizes the
50th anniversary of the Historic Pullman Foundation which has labored so long and hard to get Pullman finally recognized (in December 2022) as a National Historic Park. In partnership with Metra, and the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, visitors to the neighborhood will be able to explore historic Pullman rail cars from different eras and can also check out the opening of the Foundation’s new 50th anniversary exhibit, celebrating their decades of preservation work. (Neighborhood: Pullman District)
Silver Room Sound System Block Party (July 29 – 30, 2023) – Founded in Chicago in 2002, this multicultural, all-ages music and arts festival is known as a mainstay in Chicago summers. Its roots come from the historic sound system block parties in the Bronx that connected communities through music. Having grown from a modest event for friends and family, the Block Party now attracts over 35,000 guests and this year will be relocating to a more spacious location, Oakwood Beach. (Neighborhood: Oakland)
Sueños Music Festival (May 28 – 28, 2023) – Bringing the biggest Latin lineup Chicago has seen to Grant Park this May, guests can expect live performances by 20+ Reggaeton & Latin Artists, multiple bars, a huge main stage, delicious local food vendors, art, activities, a Ferris Wheel, merchandise. and more. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Sundays on State (July 16 – August 13, 2023) – The internationally acclaimed, award-winning event series, Sundays on State, will once again transform Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, when it closes to vehicular traffic this summer. Neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond unite for a free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, food, drinks, shopping, and local attractions in the heart of “everyone’s” neighborhood, The Loop. 92% of 2022 activation participants came from underrepresented business owners. (Neighborhood: The Loop)
Taste of Chicago, ahead of its main September festival in Grant Park, will host three neighborhood pop-ups in Humboldt Park (June 24, 2023), Pullman Park (July 15, 2023), and Marquette Park (August 5, 2023). (Neighborhood: The Loop, Humboldt Park, Pullman District)
Taste of Randolph Street (June 16 – 18, 2023) – Commemorating the iconic street festival’s 26th anniversary, Star Events and WLCO will bring together the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 16 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors. (Neighborhood: Fulton Market)
Windy City Smokeout (July 13 – 16, 2023) is Chicago’s top BBQ & Country Music Festival. This year’s festival features an impressive musical lineup of country superstars like Zach Bryan, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, and up-and-coming talent. Along with today’s hottest country acts, the lineup also includes some of the world’s best pitmasters serving up ribs, brisket, smoked meats, and more, highlighting styles from Kentucky, Nashville, Missouri, and Chicago. Local barbecue vendors include Bub City, Lillie’s Q, and Pearl’s Southern Comfort. (Neighborhood: Near West Side)
ART on THE MART, an innovative digital art project that transforms a Chicago architectural landmark into a larger-than-life canvas, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. It will start its 2023 programming with a new commission by internationally renowned artist Derrick Adams, Funtime Unicorn: Ruby Rides Through Four Seasons, which builds upon Adams’s famed Funtime Unicorn project celebrating Black joy, love, and play. This programming will be on view nightly at 8:30 p.m. until July 5, 2023. The season will also feature new projections by the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project, Gensler, and Chicago Public School Students.
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced the 2023 summer season of Chicago City Markets. Presented by Humana, the Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, unique Chicago-made products, and rare finds at Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza and a dozen more community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. The historic Maxwell Street Market returns to its home at 800 S. Desplaines St. every Sunday from May through October in alignment with the Chicago City Market schedule. The official kickoff of the Chicago City Markets summer season will take place on May 11, 2023, at the Daley Plaza City Market.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The only cruise narrated by CAC-certified volunteer docents who thrill guests with their wealth of knowledge about Chicago’s “canyon of architecture,” the 90-minute CAC River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady glides down all three branches of the Chicago River, providing guests with an unobstructed, open-air, 360-degree view of the city’s wide variety of architectural styles, including art deco, neoclassicism, mid-century modernism, and postmodernism.
To further enhance accessibility for guests, the CAC River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady will provide complimentary language translation services for the first time—making it the only Chicago architecture River Cruise to offer this service. Guests will have the opportunity to listen to a pre- recorded tour narration on their smartphone in four different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, and Korean. The translation service is accessible by downloading a free app that connects directly to a special wi-fi network onboard. The narration is triggered based on the location of the vessel at that time in the tour’s route, which will help ensure those who use the technology have the same experience as others listening to live narration.
The Morton Arboretum’s next large-scale sculpture exhibition, Of the Earth, will feature five exclusive new works by Polish American artist Olga Ziemska when it opens May 26, 2023. The exhibition will run through spring 2025. In Polish, Ziemska means “of the earth.” Her work will be created from reclaimed tree branches and other natural materials gathered from various locations throughout the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres.
Construction continues on the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. This amazing world-class museum will bring a spectacular new campus to Chicago’s South Side and provide a fabulous new gathering space for the Hyde Park community and residents. Upon completion, it will feature a museum, library, park and activity center, women’s garden, and much more.
At Navy Pier, explore the great achievements and contributions of Illinois’ finest in music in State of Sound: A World of Music From Illinois exhibition until August 27, 2023. This free, one-of-a-kind exhibit showcases artists from Muddy Waters to REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick to Earth, Wind & Fire, Chance the Rapper, and more.
Pixar Putt, the ultimate pop-up mini-golf experience made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films, returns to Navy Pier until September 10, 2023. Characters include fan favorites from Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Inside Out, and more.
Randolph Street Market, which celebrates 20 years as America’s largest urban antiques festival, kicks off the 2023 season with the Randolph Street Market Festival (May 27 – 28, 2023), bringing together 175 of the top independent vendors, makers, dealers, and designers from across North America to Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The festival will offer an ultra-curated, high-quality selection of antiques, vintage, and modern goods ranging from fashion to art, jewelry, décor, retro home furnishings, global goods, and more. The full summer season lineup is also available online.
At Shedd Aquarium, there are a variety of ways for guests to look nature in the eye:
- Calm Waters (August 6, 2023) – A series of low-sensory hours have returned for the summer where guests with disabilities and veterans can take part in a limited capacity and streamlined experience.
- Stingray Touch (Starting May 5, 2023) – Guests can look forward to the reopening of the seasonal Stingray Touch exhibition. This exhibit allows guests to get close and personal with one of the species of stingray living at the aquarium–the cownose ray–by gently touching its back as it swims by in the outdoor enclosure.
- The Great Penguin Party (May 12, 2023) – The Great Penguin Party is returning to Shedd Aquarium for a rip-roaring evening with live entertainment, dance lessons, and, of course, penguins. This after-hours adults-only celebration brings together hundreds of animal enthusiasts who will come together to waddle, dance, and swing with the penguins. This is a 21+ event and general admission tickets are $89.95.
- Kayak for Conservation brings participants on an engaging tour of the Chicago River and its wildlife as participants kayak through the heart of the city. Led by a Shedd nature expert, these tours focus on the impact of human behavior on river ecology and how participants can be advocates for this invaluable natural resource. This program uses a pay-what-you-can model ranging from $20-100 ($45 recommended to cover the base cost of the program).
- Jazzin’ at the Shedd (Wednesdays, June 7 – August 20, 2023) also returns this summer with a festival-worthy lineup of Chicago’s top jazz ensembles. Attendees can relax with a drink on the Shedd’s breezy terrace and take in the unbeatable city view or stroll the aquarium and experience the unbelievable animals that live inside.
Meetings, Conventions & Venues:
Chicago has been chosen to host the Democratic National Convention next year, which will take place August 19 – 22, 2024, at the United Center. Stay tuned for additional updates and information.
Theatre & Performing Arts:
Broadway In Chicago is proud to produce the following shows as part of its summer roster:
- Disney’s Aladdin (playing May 17 – 28, 2023, at the Broadway Playhouse Cadillac Palace Theatre) adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award®-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
- Hadestown (playing June 20 – 25, 2023, at the CIBC Theatre), winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is an acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin. Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — HADESTOWN invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love.
- MJ (playing August 1 – September 2, 2023, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre), is the multi Tony Award®-winning new musical centered around the making of Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous World Tour. Created by Tony Award®-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Michael Jackson into legendary status.
- To Kill A Mockingbird (playing August 8 – 13, 2023, at the CIBC Theatre), Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will come back to Chicago as part of a multi-year national tour across North America. Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch.
The second annual Chicago Cabaret Week, May 12 – 20, 2023, will showcase productions at clubs and theaters throughout Chicago and the suburbs. This nine-day festival features a lineup of Chicago’s top cabaret artists performing blues, jazz, burlesque, R&B, spoken word, comedy, Broadway, American Songbook, and world music. This year’s theme is “Get Carried Away by Chicago Cabaret,” with all shows being under $30. The week is presented in collaboration with Acts Of Kindness Cabaret, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and Working In Concert’s Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion and Black Voices in Cabaret.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (July 13 – August 20, 2023) at the Courtyard Theater this summer, based on the Academy Award® -winning Disney film and featuring such dazzling production numbers as the beloved title song and “Be Our Guest.”
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues its 2023 season with the following standout events:
- Renée Fleming & Evgeny Kissin (May 14, 2023) – Legendary soprano Renée Fleming and world-renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin join forces for an extraordinary program featuring songs by Rachmaninov.
- Ben Folds & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (May 30, 2023) – Multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and pianist Ben Folds brings his stirring melodies, brilliant lyrics, and wry humor to Symphony Center, joining forces with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Steven Reineke for one night only. Widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of his generation, Folds has created an enormous body of work that spans pop albums with Ben Folds Five, solo albums, and numerous collaborative records, including hits such as “Brick,” “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” and “The Luckiest.”
- Concert for Chicago (June 27, 2023) – Celebrate Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti’s remarkable tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at this free concert in Millennium Park. Enjoy performances of the heartfelt Andante moderato, written by longtime Chicago resident Florence Price, and Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating Fifth Symphony as the CSO closes the 2022/23 Season in style.
The Court Theatre ends its 2022/2023 season with:
- The Gospel at Colonus (May 19 – June 11, 2023): Soulful and stirring, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event breathes new life into the Oedipus myth with a score of powerful gospel music. A bold collaboration from an extraordinary team led by Mark J.P. Hood and Charles Newell, The Gospel at Colonus builds upon the strengths and experiences of its artists to bring this redemptive musical celebration to life on Chicago’s South Side. A series of accessible performances are available June 10, 2023 (Touch Tour/Audio Description) and June 11, 2023 (Open Captioning, ASL Interpretation).
- Antonio’s Song / I Was Dreaming Of A Son (Until May 28, 2023): A poetic journey of an artist/dancer/father questioning the balance of his passions—art, culture, family. From Brooklyn to Massachusetts to Russia, Antonio struggles to reconcile multiple ethnic identities. He wrestles with the legacy of stereotypes of masculinity while recognizing there is beauty in manhood and becoming a father.
- The Who’s Tommy (June 13 – July 23, 2023): Myth and spectacle combine in a fresh reinvention of The Who’s exhilarating 1969 rock concept album, Tommy—including the unforgettable anthems “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Sensation,” and “Pinball Wizard.” After witnessing his father shoot his rival, the young Tommy Walker is lost in the universe, endlessly and obsessively staring into the mirror. An innate knack for pinball catapults him from reticent adolescent to celebrity savior. Tony Award-winning composer Pete Townshend and Tony Award-winning original director Des McAnuff find powerful resonance reexamining this classic story for today.
The Joffrey Ballet is pleased to announce an evening of free public performances on June 25, 2023, in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Created as a gift to all Chicagoans, and the first event of its kind, The Joffrey Ballet’s “Joffrey for All Celebration” will feature dance workshops in the lawn and performances by Joffrey Company Artists, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and students from the Joffrey Community Engagement programs.
Lookingglass Theatre welcomes Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon (May 24 – July 16, 2023), which tracks a young couple as they rev it down quintessentially American highways and across stereotypic borders, fleeing expectation and trawling up trouble along the way. Fresh from his Broadway debut in “Almost Famous The Musical”, Artistic Associate Matthew C. Yee’s world premiere musical romp gives a nod to America’s past, takes tally of its present, and blows its future wide open.
Red Clay Dance Company will close out its 14th Season with the world premiere of its newest work, “Rest.Rise.Move.Nourish.Heal.” (June 8 – 10, 2023), a site-responsive dance ritual created by Founder and Artistic Director Vershawn Sanders-Ward and Company in collaboration with composer avery r. young, filmmaker Jovan Landry, Kelley KFLEYE Moseley, and Evelyn Danner. This new work was developed in relation to the urban farm, Art on The Farm in Grant Park, a space stewarded and visually designed by Erika Allen and Urban Growers Collective.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company concludes its 2022/2023 season with:
- Another Marriage (June 15 – July 23, 2023): Another Marriage is an intimate and beautifully rendered portrait of an ever-evolving relationship that may never be quite finished. Ensemble member Kate Arrington’s playwriting debut upends time and the typical romantic comedy to explore the liabilities of falling in and out of love.
- No Man’s Land (July 13 – August 20, 2023): In the drawing room of his stately Hampstead mansion, the wealthy, aging Hirst hosts his newfound acquaintance, the enigmatic Spooner, for an evening of endless beer, scotch, and vodka. The night winds on, the drinks keep pouring, and the ground keeps shifting—until two sinister younger men arrive and interrupt the bacchanal. Steppenwolf returns to Harold Pinter’s modern masterpiece: a generational power struggle, a tug of war between expert wordsmiths, a maze of murky meaning. Or perhaps it’s just two old English sots waxing nostalgic and waiting for the sun to rise. In No Man’s Land, you can never be certain, and nothing is as it seems.
The Chicago Bulls announced the second annual Bulls Fest scheduled to take place on the United Center campus August 12 – 13, 2023. As the largest interactive basketball experience in Chicago, this free, two-day festival will celebrate the sport of basketball, its influence on style, art, and culture, and all things Chicago Bulls. Bulls Fest will feature a variety of opportunities for basketball fans, including a large-scale 3v3 basketball tournament (open for registration with early-bird pricing through June 30) for all skill levels ages eight and older up to an elite division. This year, fans can also watch select FIBA-qualifying teams compete in an invite-only tournament.
- In partnership with All Star Press Chicago, the Bulls will host a second edition of the ‘Art of the Game’ fully immersive art show, which will include art inspired by the Bulls and basketball by a new group of local and international artists.
- Fans can also look forward to various photo opportunities, entertainment, youth basketball clinics, an interactive Bulls Kid Nation Zone for families, limited-edition retail collaborations, food, drinks, and more.
The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 will return on June 4, 2023. The race offers a uniquely Chicago half marathon experience, encouraging runners to get out of the Loop and explore the neighborhoods of Chicago’s West Side.
The 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will return on October 8, 2023. This elite athletic event is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world and is one of the six World Marathon Majors. Over 45,000 amateur and elite athletes from all 50 U.S. states and over 100 countries race through 29 of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The Chicago Triathlon, from August 26 – 27, 2023, is one of the world’s largest and most accessible triathlons. From first-timers to seasoned veterans, kids to grandparents, nonbinary competitors to paratriathletes, the Chicago Triathlon has an experience for everyone on the shores of Lake Michigan.
For the first time ever, the sights, sounds, and speed of NASCAR are coming to downtown Chicago on July 1 – 2, 2023. As part of NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season, the Chicago Street Race Weekend will feature the NASCAR Cup Series’ Grant Park 220 and NASCAR Xfinity Series’ The Loop 121 competing on a 12-turn, 2.2-mile street course that will take competitors past and through many of Chicago’s most renowned downtown landmarks, along with full-length concerts by The Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert with the support of The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett over Fourth of July Weekend.
Sail Grand Prix (SailGP), which competed in Chicago for the first time last year, is returning to Chicago’s Navy Pier on June 16 – 17, 2023, to open Season 4 of the annual racing season. Chicago will be SailGPs only fresh-water venue in the world. SailGP is one of the fastest emerging properties in world sports featuring exciting up-close action as teams race identical F50 catamarans – highly technical, hydrofoiling race boats that boast speeds in excess of 60 mph while flying over the water.
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