Chicagoans are ready for Summer in the City fun events
June 4, 2016

By Susan Fong

Summer is a particularly special time of year in Chicago, when a variety of events provide fun for everyone. School is out, and there are plenty of things to do for both youngsters and adults. Take advantage of the season through the Gazette’s annual Summer in the City guide, which will help you enjoy unique activities and events while making the most of summertime fun.

Taste of Chicago kicks off its 36th year featuring food, music, and fun.

Taste of Chicago kicks off its 36th year featuring food, music, and fun.

DOWNTOWN AND LAKEFRONT

The 58th annual Chicago Air and Water Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, along the lakefront from Fullerton Ave. to the focal point, lakeside at North Ave. Beach. Both shows run 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are free; they will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights; the pilots will decide the program of the day. Log on to www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents or call 311.

The Gold Coast Art Fair will be held at Grant Park’s Butler Field at Monroe St. and Lake Shore Dr., on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature more than 350 international artists and include art demonstrations, live music, and fun art projects. Log on to http://amdurproductions.com/gold-coast-artfair-at-grantpark or call (847) 926-4300. There is a suggested donation of $5 for Chicago Park District Art programs.

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., is a lakefront recreation center that creates a broad range of multi-sensory experiences. On Tuesday, June 21, the park will join 700 cities around the world to host the largest single-day world-wide music event with a variety of artists of various ages and styles. This event is sponsored by Rush Hour Concerts. For a complete list of offerings, events, and programs, go to www.maggiedaleypark.com.

Millennium Park is bordered by Michigan Ave. to the east, Columbus Dr. to the west, Randolph St. to the north, and Monroe St. to the south. An award-winning locale for art, music, architecture, and landscape design, it features the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion, the interactive Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and the popular Cloud Gate sculpture (“the Bean”).

See architecture, landscapes, and public art via the Millennium Park greeter program through Sunday, Oct. 9 (except the Mondays of July 4 and Sept. 5). Walkers meet at Chicago Cultural Center Randolph St. lobby from 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. See www.choosechicago.com/thingstodo/tours-andattractions/millennium-park. At 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from Monday, June 6, through Thursday, Aug. 25, the park will offer the Millennium Park Music Series, 18 free concerts that will include both emerging and established artists from a range of music styles. (There will be no Monday concerts on Aug. 8, 15, and 22. A complete calendar of summer events is online at www.milleniumpark.org.

Navy Pier attractions include the Chicago Children’s Museum, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, boats and cruises, the IMAX Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Check for the lineup of live music at the Landshark Beer Garden. Enjoy Wednesday and Saturday fireworks shows all summer, from now through Labor Day. Navy Pier also will offer an Independence Day fireworks show on Monday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m. Log on to https://navypier.com for a complete list of events.

Taste of Chicago kicks off its 36th year on Wednesday, July 6, and runs through Sunday, July 10. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Taste is free. Music on the Bud Light Stage also is free; the stage is located at the south end of the Taste of Chicago area at Columbus and Balbo Drives. This year’s headlining musical lineup includes the Roots, the Kongos, the Decemberists, Billy Idol, and the Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley. For a complete list of performers, log on to www.cityofchicago.org/ or call 311.

The 57th annual Venetian Night will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at dusk around 8 p.m. at Navy Pier with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. In an hour long parade line near the shore, 30 or more boats will be outfitted in light displays and various decorations for audience enjoyment.

The Chicago Yacht Club and the city of Chicago sponsor the event. Go to www.choosechicago.com/event/Venetian-Night/24978/ or email info@chicagoyachtclub.org.

MUSIC AND DANCE

The 33rd annual Chicago Blues Festival will be held at Millennium and Grant Parks from Friday through Sunday, June 10 to 12. This is the world’s largest free blues festival; the three-day event will be held on five stages. The event features a celebration of Alligator Records’ 45th anniversary. The festival will present Lurie Bell, Shemekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, and many more acts. On Sunday, the festival closes with a tribute to Otis Rush. For a complete list of artists log on to www.cityofchicago.org.

The 38th annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 1 to 4, on Labor Day weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park. The event is sponsored by the City of Chicago and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. This year’s headliners include Orbert Davis; Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra directed by Carla Bley; the Benny Golson Quartet; the Anat Cohen Quartet; the John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet; and Bad Plus performing Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction featuring Tim Berne, Ron Miles, and Sam Newsome.

The festival will close with a celebration of Candido Camero’s 95th birthday, featuring M.F. Productions’ Latin Jazz All Stars. For more information, see www.chicagojazzfestival.org or call 311.

Glide across a 4,900-squarefoot open-air dance floor in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden at Chicago SummerDance, which runs Friday, June 24, through Sunday, Sept. 11. Dance swing, waltz, and cha-cha or simply enjoy music by 44 different bands this summer.

The Chicago Blues Festival closes Sunday, June 12, with a tribute to Otis Rush.

The Chicago Blues Festival closes Sunday, June 12, with a tribute to Otis Rush.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at the SummerDance Grill. See www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html/ or call 311 for times and days of the week.

The Grant Park Music Festival will be held Wednesday, June 15, through Sat. Aug. 20, in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The fest’s classical music lineup includes opening night with Carlos Kalmar conducting Poulenc’s jazzy Concerto for Two Pianos featuring Andrei von Oeyen and Fabio Bidini, followed by the popular Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Check the schedule for free afternoon open rehearsals before each concert and for concert lectures. For a list of artists, log on to www.grantparkmusicfestival.com or call 311.

Lollapalooza will be held in Grant Park Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through 31, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on eight stages with 144 American and international bands, highlighting alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronica. This year’s headliners include J. Cole, Lana del Rey, Radiohead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kidpalooza runs parallel to daytime events from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children and adults.

The Chow Town Food Court offers foods from local vendors with the best locally grown festival fare. For a complete lineup and other details, go to www.lollapalooza.com/.

Rush Hour Concerts’ Summer Concert Series takes place at River North’s historic St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., every Tuesday evening from June 7 through Aug. 30. These free chamber music events with world class musicians begin with refreshments at 5:15 p.m. in the cathedral foyer, followed by a 30-minute performance at 5:45 p.m. See www.rushhour.org.

OUTDOOR FUN

Chicago Bike Week runs Friday to Friday, June 10 through 17. Through a week-long calendar of bicyclerelated events, join other likeminded individuals in supporting Chicago as a great cycling center, culminating with the Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza on Friday morning, June 17, featuring giveaways, bike themed entertainment, and educational programming. See http://www.activetrans.org/bikeweek.

Bobby’s Bike Hike, 540 N. Lake Shore Dr., offers tours such as Lakefront Neighborhoods; Bike, Bites, and Brews; City Lights at Night; and Museum Parks at Sunset. All ages and fitness levels welcome. For families with children younger than ten, try Bobby’s Tike Hike: Kids Edition. Rentals include a bike, helmet, and printed guide. Check the calendar for various biking events in the city at www.bobbysbikehike.com or call (312) 245-9300.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth collaborative education play to enhance awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s architectural legacy. Visit www.architecture.org or call (312) 922-3432 for locations, dates, and pricing.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady will be offered through Sunday, Nov. 20. Trip-Advisor, the country’s largest travel website, named it one of the top ten tours. The ship departs from the Riverside Gardens at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

This summer, on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., enjoy the Capture Chicago photography cruise. CAF-certified volunteer docents lead all tours. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the dock, or at the CAF Shop at 224 S. Michigan Ave. Logon to http://cruisechicago.com/architecture-tours for schedules and times, or call (847) 358-1330.

The Chicago Challenge Urban Adventure Race, known as the ultimate urban scavenger race, will be held Saturday, July 9, with checkin from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Race starts at 1 p.m. Teams of two or more compete against each other in this scavenger race for prizes, cash, and a chance to compete in the Challenge Championship in a yet-to-be-decided city. The top five teams will be entered for free in the National Challenge race. Log on to http://cnation.squarespace.com/chicago or email info@challengenation.com.

Chicago Water Sport Rentals at the 31st Street Harbor offers the Flyboard, which allows users to soar over Lake Michigan on a pillar of water, as well as aquatic adventure equipment including banana boats, kayaks, paddleboards, jet skis, and equipment for other outdoor water sports. Call to enroll in a class or to plan a group outing or corporate team-building event.
Rentals are available from now through Friday, Oct. 28. Reservations recommended. Visit www.
chicagowatersportsrentals.com or call (312) 924-7994.

Glide across a 4,900-square-foot open-air dance floor in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden at Chicago SummerDance, which runs June through September.

Glide across a 4,900-square-foot open-air dance floor in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden at Chicago SummerDance, which runs June through September.

The L.A.T.E. Ride 2016 with Friends of the Parks will be held Saturday night, Aug. 13, through Sunday morning, Aug.14. The bicycle ride will fund Friends of the Parks education, stewardship, and public space planning programs in the city. Check back at www.lateride.org for more details.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS

The African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st St. at Cottage Grove Ave., Friday through Monday, Sept. 2 through 5. The park will come alive during Labor Day weekend as a simulated African village. Enjoy education and entertainment including music and dance, a wellness area, a books and authors pavilion, a food court, and a quilting pavilion.
Log on to http://aihafa.squarespace.com/african-festival/ for full description of events.

The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays Gallery Night is a monthly walking tour of more than 30 art and creative spaces at south Halsted and 18th Streets every second Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free; tour starts at 1821 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 738-8000, ext. 108.

Chicago’s Onesti Festa Pasta Vino will be held Friday through Sunday, June 17 through 19, in the Heart of Chicago community on Oakley Avenue and 24th Street. Traditionally held during Father Day’s weekend, festivities run from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy three stages of live music, including performances by the Buckinghams and the Bronx Wanderers. The festival ends Sunday with a Father’s Day salute to Dean Martin’s 99th birthday by Tony Ocean. This annual festival transforms a generations-old Italian neighborhood into the streets of Italy. Sample Italian food from La Fontanella, Bacchanalia, Ignotz’s, and Miceli’s Deli. Visit www.oshows.com or call (630) 962-7000.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Chicago Food Truck Festival 2016 will be held in the South Loop Green Space, 2400 S. Dearborn St. between Clark Street, 24th Street, Dearborn Street, and the Stevenson Expressway. The event is free, but an admission ticket is required and VIP tickets are available for $5 to $10 permitting entry an hour early. Tickets are available through www.eventbrite.com. Log on to http://www.chgofoodtruckfest.com for further details.

The 32nd annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest runs Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The fest is held on Dearborn St. between Congress Pkwy. and Polk St. and will host many authors, performers, and presenters in a variety of programming along with more than 200 vendors of new, used, and antique books. The event attracts more than 150,000 book lovers. All events are free, but reserve in advance for select programs. Log on to http://printersrowlitfest.org/.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens and Lakeside Bank will present VanderCook College of Music’s Graduate Band on Thursday, July 7, for the tenth annual South Loop Concert in the Park, 1827 S. Indiana Ave. The Toddlers, Tunes & Turtles program will begin at 5:30 p.m. A family drum circle demonstration, where kids can enjoy interactive creative music making with their families using rhythm, song, and dance to build community, foster self-confidence, and have fun, will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert is at 7 p.m. The park offers other events including the play The Princess, the Minstrel, and the Rabid Bat on Saturday, July 23 and Movies in the Park showing The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday, July 26, and Zootopia on Saturday, Aug. 20, at dusk. Check back for exact show times and other park events at www.chicagowomenspark.com.

The 38th annual Summer Fair will be held Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wentworth Ave. at Cermak Rd. Along with the Lion Dance procession, entertainment includes Chinese classical dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, and displays of ancient art forms and disciplines. Enjoy a taste of Chinatown’s many restaurants, items from gift shops, Chinese arts and crafts exhibits, street vendors, and a children’s area at 24th Pl. and Wentworth. See www.chicagochinatown.org or call (312) 326-5320.

The 16 annual Dragon Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St., will be held Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an awards ceremony at the end. Last year more than 10,000 visitors watched 30 teams compete in a fast-paced boat race along the south branch of the Chicago River on decorated dragon boats. Enjoy music, food, crafts, and entertainment.

Proceeds support literacy programs. See www.chicagochinatown.org or call (312) 326-5320. Festa di Tutti I Santi (All Saints Festival), sponsored by the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event begins with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a procession from the shrine to the Festa with members from various patron saint societies.

Reservations are required, and no outside food is allowed. Enjoy a picnic, music, the pot of gold raffle, kids’ games, and a bocce ball tournament along with live music and a photo exhibit. The price for a table of ten will be $140, which will include $20 worth of food tickets. Call (312) 421-3757 or email mlp@ourladyofpompeii.org to make reservations.

Fiesta del Sol, Pilsen’s annual alcohol- and tobacco-free family friendly festival, runs Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through 31, at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Hours are Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This festival attracts more than one million visitors. Enjoy live music by local talent, carnival rides, sports tournaments, an art pavilion for indigenous crafts, and authentic Mexican food and drinks. Fiesta del Sol is an annual fundraiser organized by the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council to support and promote community residents and businesses as well as immigrants’ civil rights and education reform. See www.fiestadelsol.org or call (312) 666-2663.

Lollapalooza will be held in Grant Park and feature alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronica.

Lollapalooza will be held in Grant Park and feature alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronica.

The McGuane Park Advisory Council will host a day of music, Make Music Chicago, at McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave., on Tuesday, June 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Known internationally as Fete de la Musique, McGuane’s event joins with similar ones in 700 cities across the globe, making it the world’s largest single day music celebration. The all-day celebration will include: tai chi accompanied by the Chinese American Cultural and Art Center musicians, Cantonese opera, a fitness team dance performance, Bodom, Famous Unknown, Drew Richelle Gawron, the Sweepes, the Mawgs, and the Full Circle Blues Band. Call (312) 265-0754.

Old St. Patrick’s Church’s 32nd annual World’s Largest Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Festival Lot, 1145 S. Morgan St. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Headliners on the main stage will be Seventh Heaven, JD McPherson, and Passion Pit. The block party benefits the church’s mission and outreach programs and attracts more than 18,000 people annually for mingling and dancing to live music on its two stages. Ticket prices cost between $30 and $90. Log on to www.worldslargestblockparty.com or call (312) 648-1021.

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) and Glessner House Museum will participate in several neighborhood events. Enjoy PDNA’s Toast of the South Loop to be held on Friday, June 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave. The evening event offers a choice selection of wine, beer, and food from South Loop and Near South Loop restaurants.

On Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., take the PDNA’s annual walk through time with a tour of Prairie Avenue mansions, starting at Glessner House. Also included on this tour is the historic Second Presbyterian Church. This year the Prairie Avenue walking tours will be held the Saturdays of June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, and Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, starting at Glessner House. Reservations recommended. Go to www.glessnerhouse.org for a schedule of other tours, children’s programming and lectures.

PDNA also will sponsor the New South Loop Beer and Cider Fest at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

The PDNA Movie in the Park and the Food Truck Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens. Get goodies from food trucks starting at 5:30 p.m. and watch the movie Zootopia at dusk. Call (312) 401-2688 for any questions on PDNA events; the organization’s new website is under construction.

The Randolph Street Market Festival at 1340 W. Washington St. is home to the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago, and the Holiday Market. Browse plentiful vintage items, with more than 150 vendors selling their favorite collectibles, and enjoy food and live music. Dates are the Saturdays and Sundays of June 25 and 26, July 30 and 31, Aug. 27 and 28, Sept. 24 and 25, Oct. 29 and 30, Nov. 19 and 20, Nov. 26 and 27, and Dec. 10 and 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking available. Call (312) 666-1200 or toll free at (877) 319-2643. Go to www.randolphstreetmarket.com for admission prices and more information.

St. Barbara’s Church will hold a four-day carnival on Throop Street between Lyman Street and Archer Avenue. There will be rides, carnival games, raffles, bingo, food, and music. The event runs Thursday, June 16, through Sunday, June 19, 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, following an outside polka mass. Call (312) 842-7979.

Greektown will host Taste of Greece, 100 to 400 S. Halsted St., on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28, noon to 11 p.m. Come and enjoy food and spirits from neighborhood eateries along with music and entertainment by Greek bands and belly dancers plus games for both kids and families. Admission is free. Go to www.greektownchicago.org/events.

Taste of Randolph Street will be held Friday through Sunday, June 17 through 19, to benefit the West Loop Community Organization. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Headline musical acts include Peter Bjorn & John, Atlas Genius, MS MR, and DeVotchaKa. Spanning six blocks around 900 W. Randolph St., the event will feature food from neighborhood restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and artisans and vendors selling their goods. Suggested entry is $10. For more information, call Star Events at (773) 665-4682 or go to www.StarEvents.com or http://westloop.org/.

The tenth annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana, organized by the University Village Association, will be held on Taylor Street east of Ashland Avenue Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 18 through 21. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Hear live musical performances between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and from 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy food and browse handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Call Star Events at (773) 665-4682 or log on to www.FestaItalianaChicago.com.

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host the Pitchfork Music Festival Friday through Sunday, July 15 through 17, at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Artists Beach House, Broken Scene, Carly Jae Jepsen, and others will perform. Single day tickets cost $65; a 3-day advance ticket is $165. Log on to www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com.

Also at Union Park, the North Coast Music Festival: Summer’s Last Stand will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2 through 4, presenting electronic music and hip hop. Performers include Odesza, Bassnector, Zedd, Glantis, Sleigh Bells, and Zomboy. Log on to www.northcoastfestival.com for a more complete lineup, schedules, and after party events.

The West Loop Art Fest takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., respectively. The Fest will be held on four blocks of Washington St. from Halsted St. on the east to Morgan St. on the west. A music stage and food will anchor the festival on the east end. The festival will be held in cooperation with the West Loop Community Organization, Amdur Productions, and Star Events. Call at (847) 926-4300 or email info@amdurproductions.com.

The Windy City Music Festival will feature bands performing outdoors, food, and merchandise Saturday, Aug. 13, at Teamsters City, 1645 W. Jackson Blvd. Tickets are $25 in advance. Participants are urged to bring a lawn chair. Call (312) 217-4801.

Chinatown’s Summer Fair will feature the Lion Dance procession, Chinese classical dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, and displays of ancient art forms and disciplines.

Chinatown’s Summer Fair will feature the Lion Dance procession, Chinese classical dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, and displays of ancient art forms and disciplines.

MUSEUMS

The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., will operate on its summer schedule Saturday, June 18, through Thursday, Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn about planets, watch the films, and test out materials in the Community Design Lab. Call (312) 922-7827 or go to www.adlerplanetarium.org.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free for Illinois residents on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Exhibitions include Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print through Sunday, Aug. 7; Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem through Sunday, Aug. 28; and America After the Fall: Paintings from the 1930s, until Sunday, Sept 18. Log on to www.artic.edu for current and upcoming exhibitions and installations.

Located at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., the Chicago Children’s Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; admission is free Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Experience “drive and collide” in the new ZoomRoom with more than 40 tracks up to 20 feet long and 12 feet high with hundreds of cars of all shapes and sizes. Children, infants, and parents welcome. Call (312) 527-1000 or go to www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., features exhibits related to Chicago, Illinois, and national history. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Log on to http://chicagohistory.org or call (312) 642-4600.

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., (773) 947-0600, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to all every Sunday. Join the museum on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, as it celebrates its 42nd annual arts and crafts festival: Connecting Black Art and History, Celebrating Excellence. The museum was founded to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African heritage. Log on to www.dusablemuseum.org.

The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., (312) 738-1503, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mondays. Current exhibitions include Estampas de la Raza through Sunday, Aug. 14, and Contemplations: Don Ramirez from the museum’s permanent collection. For a complete list of current and upcoming exhibits, log on to www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., offers summer hours from now through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and weekends. Visit the Shedd’s continuing special exhibit, Amphibians. The Shedd is the world’s largest indoor aquarium with more than 32,000 living creatures. Call (312) 939-2438 or log on to www.sheddacquarium.org.

FAMILY AND KIDS’ FUN

Kayak Chicago offers tours, lessons, and rentals for those wishing to experience Chicago along Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Kayak down the river at night to watch fireworks over Navy Pier, paddle through the sunset, or experience architecture tours. Also, learn how to paddleboard or execute expert techniques of kayaking. Call (312) 8-kayak-8 (312-852-9258) or go to www.kayakchicago.com.

Hubbard Street Dance will host its Summer Series devoted to a collaboration between Hubbard Street and Second City: The Art of Falling. Enjoy performances Thursday through Sunday between June 9 and 19, including matinees on Saturdays. Hubbard Street Dance is located at 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 850-9744 or go to www.hubbardstreetdance.com/summer for hours and prices.

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., (312) 742-2000, will host many summer events, including Second Saturday Garden Tours, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8. The Super Zoo Picnic welcomes families after hours on Friday, June 10, and includes obstacle courses, dancing, a pie eating contest, and train and carousel rides. The Twilight Safari, an after-hours stroll through the zoo, will be held on the Wednesdays of June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, and Sept. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Yoga at the Zoo is held for adults or for parents with toddlers who will do fun animal yoga poses through Saturday, Sept. 15 and engage in activities such as guided nature exploration and reading storybooks. New this year is Locally Sourced at the Patio on Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Café Brauer with music programming from Old Town School of Music. For information, call (312) 742-2000 or log on to www.lpzoo.org.

Chicago, Illinois, and national history comes alive at the Chicago History Museum, located in Lincoln Park.

Chicago, Illinois, and national history comes alive at the Chicago History Museum, located in Lincoln Park.

Razzmatazz Family Fun Center, 3900 S. Ashland Ave., is part of the Chicago Indoor Sports Complex and features 20,000 square feet of fun space housing four lanes of Route 66 bowling, a laser maze room, five large inflatables within the kids play area, an Eyeplay virtual indoor playground, more than 70 arcade games and video games, a prize wall, and three large birthday party rooms. The center has a full-service bar, food, and parking for more than 350 cars and can host parties and events of all sizes, all under one roof in an air-conditioned facility. Call (773) 376-2900 or log on to www.razzmatazzchicago.com.

Second City Kids Comedy Camps at 230 W. North Ave. allow kids ages eight to 18 to exercise their creative energies through improvisation and comedy writing. Campers play fun improv games to help access creativity, boost self-confidence, and develop spontaneity and playfulness. Students from all over the country and abroad come to camp eager to learn new skills, meet new friends, and enjoy Chicago in the summer. Call (312) 664-3959.