■ ONGOING HAMILTON Through January 7, 2018 The PrivateBank Theatre broadwayinchicago.com A hip-hop-fueled musical sharing the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. YEAR OF PUBLIC ART Through December 31 Citywide cityofchicago.org/yopa A new Public Art Festival, exhibitions and live performances are part of the city’s 2017 celebrations. STINGRAY TOUCH May–October Shedd Aquarium sheddaquarium.org Discover the unique texture and movement of a school of stingrays. ACTIVATE May 18–September 21 Citywide loopchicago.com/activate Iconic Loop alleys transform into monthly pop-up urban festivals featuring art, music and more; every third Thursday, monthly. NAVY PIER AON SUMMER FIREWORKS Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (Wednesdays & Saturdays) Navy Pier navypier.com/fireworks Navy Pier sets off spectacular fireworks synced to music every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day. JAZZIN’ AT THE SHEDD June–August Shedd Aquarium sheddaquarium.org JAZZIN' AT THE SHEDD Jazz, cocktails and fireworks next to the lake Wednesday nights. MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER MUSIC AND FILM SERIES June 12–August 29 Millennium Park millenniumpark.org Grab a seat by the stage or bring a picnic for the Great Lawn and enjoy the free outdoor movies and concerts at Chicago’s architectural gem, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. TUESDAYS ON THE TERRACE June 13–September 26 Museum of Contemporary Art mcachicago.org Free local jazz music Tuesdays on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s terrace and sculpture garden lawn. CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE June 23–September 10 Grant Park chicagosummerdance.org CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE Dancers of all ages are invited to free introductory, one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors, followed by live music and dancing in the park. CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS July–August Citywide chicagoshakes.com See The Bard’s masterworks for free in this summer series of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, including Romeo & Juliet. 2ND FRIDAYS ON THE CHICAGO CULTURAL MILE Ongoing Chicago Cultural Mile chicagoculturalmile.org Free and discounted concerts, cultural exhibitions, theater productions, city tours and other activities are held the second Friday of every month. ADLER AFTER DARK Ongoing Adler Planetarium adlerplanetarium.org This ever-changing event series, for guests ages 21 and up, takes place the third Thursday of every month. ART INSTITUTE AFTER DARK Ongoing Art Institute of Chicago artic.edu On select Friday nights, the Art Institute hosts tours of featured exhibitions, plus live music, appetizers and a cash bar. THE WINNER…OF OUR DISCONTENT Ongoing The Second City secondcity.com THE WINNER...OF OUR DISCONTENT AT THE SECOND CITY The acclaimed Second City comedy troupe takes aim at the political climate in this new sketch comedy show. ■ APRIL CHICAGO DANCE MONTH April 1–30 Citywide seechicagodance.com Explore this month long celebration of Chicago’s vibrant dance scene featuring discounted or free events, classes, and performances all over Chicago. NCAA® FROZEN FOUR® April 6 & 8 United Center ncaa.com/frozenfour The top four teams in the country will compete at the United Center for Chicago's first-ever DI Men's Ice Hockey Championship. DISNEY’S ALADDIN April 11–July 2 Cadillac Palace Theatre broadwayinchicago.com Disney's blockbuster musical tale of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine comes to Chicago during its first-ever national tour. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE April 15–June 11 Chicago Shakespeare Theater chicagoshakes.com This Oscar-winning comedy about young Will Shakespeare and his muse, Viola, lights up the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. CIMMFEST April 20–23 Citywide cimmfest.org The 9th annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) celebrates the connection between music and film with screenings, concerts and more. JAMES BEARD EATS WEEK April 21–May 1 Citywide choosechicago.com/jbf Celebrate James Beard and Chicago's vibrant culinary scene with a week of exclusive restaurant menus and dishes inspired by James Beard's American Classics recipes. The week leads up to the "Oscars of the food world," the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony, on May 1 at Lyric Opera of Chicago. ■ MAY GREEKTOWN MEDITERRANEAN WINE FEST May 6–7 S.Halsted St. and W. Jackson Blvd. chicagoevents.com Tasty foods and fine wines will take center stage at this new spring happening in the heart of Greektown. HARVEY May 11–June 11 Court Theatre courttheatre.org This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic comedy tells the tale of a man and his invisible friend: a 6-foot, 3-inch-tall rabbit named Harvey. CHICAGO CRAFT BEER WEEK May 18–25 Citywide chibeerweek.com Unique beer-centric events happen all over the city, including beer releases, tours, parties and more. LADY IN DENMARK May 19–June 18 Goodman Theatre goodmantheatre.org An inspiring tribute to an inspiring woman, Lady in Denmark brings Billie Holiday’s songs to life in this dramatic play. WRIGHT PLUS 150 ARCHITECTURAL HOUSEWALK May 20 Various locations in Oak Park flwright.org Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth during this tour of 10 structures designed by the esteemed architect and his contemporaries. CHICAGO MEMORIAL DAY PARADE May 27 State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren St. cityofchicago.org/dcase The City of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. ■ JUNE CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL June 2–3 Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center chicagogospelmusicfestival.us CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL Renowned local, national and international gospel music performers fill Millennium Park with soulful melodies at this free festival. MOBY DICK June 7–September 3 Lookingglass Theatre Company lookingglasstheatre.org Herman Melville’s classic tale of a whale and his would-be captor is brought to the stage in this powerful performance. CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL June 9–11 Millennium Park chicagobluesfestival.us This is the largest free blues festival in the world, with past performers that have included B.B. King, Ray Charles and Buddy Guy. GIORDANO DANCE CHICAGO SUMMER SERIES June 10 Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University giordanodance.org Lauded as America’s original jazz dance company, Giordano Dance Company is celebrating the end of its 54th season with this performance. GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL June 14–August 19 Millennium Park grantparkmusicfestival.com This unique outdoor event presents 10 weeks of free classical music concerts from the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. 2017 NHL DRAFT® June 23–24 United Center nhl.com The NHL Draft, held for the first time ever in Chicago, is one of the year's most hotly anticipated events for National Hockey League fans. MAMBY ON THE BEACH June 24–25 Oakwood Beach mambybeach.com House and techno artists, both well-known and up and- coming, perform at this annual two-day beach party in the city where house music was born. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS June 29 Wrigley Field cubs.com/tompetty TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Tom Petty rocks Wrigley Field on his band’s 40th Anniversary Tour, featuring special guest and country star Chris Stapleton. HIR June 29–August 20 Steppenwolf Theatre Company steppenwolf.org This drama about family dysfunction is one of the many highlights of Steppenwolf’s exciting 2017 season. ■ JULY FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS July 4 Navy Pier navypier.com/fireworks FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS See fantastic fireworks set to music burst in dazzling colors over Lake Michigan. TASTE OF CHICAGO July 5–9 Grant Park tasteofchicago.us The 37th annual foodie fair features the best of Chicago’s booming restaurant scene, plus cooking demos and free concerts. LUZIA July 21–August 20 United Center cirquedusoleil.com/luzia LUZIA The monarch butterfly’s migration to Mexico inspired this new Cirque du Soleil show, which features acrobatic feats that are both inspiring and mesmerizing. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS July 25–August 13 Oriental Theatre broadwayinchicago.com This Tony Award®-winning musical, with unforgettable songs by George and Ira Gershwin, tells the romantic story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl in post-war Paris. WICKER PARK FEST July 29–30 North Ave. And Milwaukee Ave. wickerparkfest.com Food, arts, kids’ entertainment, shopping and three stages packed with musical acts from across the country draw big crowds to this popular event. ■ AUGUST 2017 MLS ALL-STAR GAME August 2 Soldier Field mlssoccer.com Not just a match between the best of the MLS and a major international opponent, Chicago will host nearly a week of events leading up to the game. BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL August 4–31 Gene Siskel Film Center siskelfilmcenter.org This festival, now in its 23rd year, embraces the stories, images and history of the black experience and the African diaspora. BUD BILLIKEN PARADE August 12 Martin Luther King Dr. from 39th to 55th streets budbillikenparade.org The oldest and largest African American parade in the U.S., celebrated by the Washington Park/Bronzeville community, marks the end of summer and the start of the school year. NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS August 12–13 Halsted St. between Belmont Ave. and Addison St. northalsted.com Boystown, one of the largest LGBTQ neighborhoods in the U.S., hosts this six-block street fair, featuring a wide array of arts and crafts vendors and national talent. CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW August 19–20 North Avenue Beach chicagoairandwatershow.us Dozens of aerial and water stunts are visible along the lakefront from Fullerton Ave. to Oak St. SOUTH SHORE SUMMER FEST August 20 South Shore Cultural Center chicagoevents.com This free event, now in its seventh year, brings the South Side neighborhood together for a day of concerts, perfect for the whole family. AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS August 31–September 3 Oak Street Beach avp.com The top players in the world of beach volleyball compete at this championship meetup on the Lake Michigan shoreline. CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL August 31–September 3 Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center chicagojazzfestival.us This annual free event is known for attracting some of the top names in jazz for four days of blowout tunes. ■ SEPTEMBER WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO September 8–24 Citywide worldmusicfestivalchicago.org This 19th annual, multi-venue music festival has brought more than 650 artists from more than 80 countries to the city since 1999. EXPO CHICAGO September 13–17 Navy Pier expochicago.com The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art presents artwork from 140 international galleries. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL September 16–January 7, 2018 Citywide chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org Featuring renowned architects, public programs and full-scale installations, this exhibition previews the future of great architectural design. CHICAGO GOURMET September 22–24 Millennium Park chicagogourmet.org More than 150 Chicago restaurants, chefs, vintners and breweries offer tastings, live cooking demos, seminars, book signings and more. HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL September 23–24 Hyde Park hydeparkjazzfestival.org HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL This free two-day festival features the finest in local, national and international jazz artists; an outdoor dance floor; food/ beverage vendors and family friendly programming. CHICAGO CULTURAL CALENDARS ➜ THEATER ChicagoPlays.com has upcoming shows for over 200 theaters all in one calendar. ➜ ART ChicagoGalleryNews.com is Chicago’s source for art gallery news, exhibitions and events, including the city’s art walks. ➜ DANCE SeeChicagoDance.com is the most comprehensive source for dance performances and events.
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