Hot fun in the summertime: Chicago is the place for great entertainment
June 3, 2017

By Susan Fong

Summertime is the bonus Chicagoans receive after another tough winter and damp spring. A variety of summertime events provide fun for everyone—there is plenty to do for both youngsters and adults. Enjoy the season through Gazette Chicago’s annual Summer in the City guide, which will help you take advantage of unique activities and events, making the most of the summer season.


The 59th annual Chicago Air and Water Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20, 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 decide the program each day. The water portion of the show includes simulated water rescues by the Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue Unit. Log on to

The 60th annual 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 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s fair welcomes more than 300 local and international artists offering art demonstrations, live music, and fun art projects. Sign up to win $200 in art bucks to spend. Log on to or call (847) 926-4300. Suggested donation is $5 to support Chicago Park District Art programs.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., in Preston Bradley Hall offers the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, a free weekly classical series Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. The International Music Foundation presents the series, which highlights emerging solo and ensemble talent. For a visiting artists listing, go to

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., is a 20-acre lakefront park and recreation center that creates a broad range of multi-sensory experiences. New this year is Chicago’s first climbing park, built to accommodate beginning and seasoned climbers. Bladers can now rent rollerblades to skate the ribbon surrounding the climbing wall. For a complete list of offerings, events, and programs, go to Hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Millennium Park is bordered by Michigan Ave. to the west, Columbus Dr. to the east, 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”). The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns with 14 feature films on Tuesdays from June 13 through Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s lineup kicks off with the 1980 Chicago classic The Blues Brothers, the second place finisher in last year’s audience choice vote. Other featured favorites are Caddyshack, presented by KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; a 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride; a full Moon double feature with Ghost and The Shining; a 25th anniversary screening of Wayne’s World; and a special daytime showing of the 1937 classic Snow White on Thursday, August 24. The series also includes Millennium Park’s first Spanish-language film showing El Norte on Tuesday, July 11. For a more detailed listing, go to

This year’s Millennium Park Summer Music Series will be held every Monday and Thursday, June 12 through Aug. 21, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The series features a wide selection of multi-genre music from top local, national, and international artists—both established and emerging. The lineup includes artists from the U.S. as well as Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Mali, Mexico, and Senegal such as Dayme Arocena, Otis Taylor, Gregory Porter, Jaga Jazzist, Natalie Prass, Totó la Momposina, Big Thief, Drive By Truckers, Amadou and Mariam, Youssou N’Dour, and Joshua Nelson. All concerts are free and open to the public. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place rain or shine. There will be no concerts on the Mondays of July 3 and 31 and August 14 nor the Thursdays of July 6 and 27 and August 3. Go to See architecture, landscapes, and public art via Chicago Greeter. Millennium greeters are stationed in the Chicago Cultural Center Randolph St. lobby, and tours leave twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. from now through October. Log on to See a complete calendar of summer events online at

Navy Pier attractions include the Chicago Children’s Museum, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, boats and cruises, the IMAX Theatre, a Centennial Ferris Wheel, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Exhibit Hall B houses the largest Rolling Stones retrospective in the world, called Exhibitionism and occupying 19,000 square feet. This “immersive and interactive” program details the Stones’ musical journey and its effect on world culture. Enjoy fireworks at Navy Pier on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. respectively, and shows all summer from now through Saturday, Sept 2. Navy Pier also will offer an Independence Day fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m. Log on to for a complete list of events. Taste of Chicago kicks off its 37th year on Wednesday, July 5, and runs through Sunday, July 9. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Taste is free. Petrillo Music Shell concert tickets range from $19 to $50, although lawn seating in Butler Field 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. New for 2017, on Thursday, July 6, Sabor de Chicago will celebrate Chicago’s Latino community and culture with dining, dancing, special performances at the Petrillo Music Shell, and local Latin artists on the Bud Light Stage. This year’s headliners are Alessia Cara & Eryn Allen Kane, Café Tacvba Esso!, Passion Pit, The Kickback, and the O’Jays. For a complete list of performers, log on to


The 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival will be held at Millennium and Grant Parks from Friday through Sunday, June 9 to 11. The world’s largest free blues festival, the three-day event will be held on five stages and features a celebration of Alligator Records’ 45th anniversary. Headliners include Billy Branch & the Son of Blues, Lurrie Bell, William Bell, and Theo Huff & the New Agenda Band. On Sunday, the festival closes with a tribute to Gary Clark, Jr. For a complete list of artists log on to

The 32nd annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival runs this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The show opens at the Cultural Center at noon and at 5:30 p.m. in Millennium Park on Friday. The fest represents both traditional and contemporary gospel music. On Saturday, June 3, at 8:30 p.m., in Millennium Park, Steller, Dove and Grammy Award-winning artist Tye Tribbett will headline. Other headliners are the Rance Allen Group and Jonathan McReynolds with special guests Anthony Brown and Travis Greene. For a complete list go to

The 39th annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, on Labor Day weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park with programming provided by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. This year’s event serves as a tribute and celebration of a spectrum of national and international jazz talent. The festival kicks off with George Freeman’s 90th birthday celebration. Performers and special programming include Dizzy Gillespie’s Centennial Celebration with John Faddis, Dana Hall’s Spring, tributes to Thelonious Monk, and an “Ellabration” of 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald. Sunday closes with local talent including Roscoe Mitchell, a celebration of 50 years of Nessa Records, and Sheila Jordon. For more information, see

Move across the 4,900 square foot open-air dance floor in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden at Chicago SummerDance, which runs Friday, June 23, through Sunday, Sept. 10. Dance lessons begin at 6 p.m.; music and dancing run 7 to 9 p.m. Dance swing, waltz, and cha-cha or simply enjoy music of 48 different bands this summer. Food and beverages available for purchase at the SummerDance Grill. See for times and days of the week. The SummerDance-Off invites residents to show off their footwork and steppin’ skills at a series of city-wide amateur competitions on the Saturdays of July 8, 15, 22, and 29 at various Chicago Park District sites. The winners of each local contest will compete at the Dance-Off finale at the Summer-
Dance Celebration in Millennium Park on August 26. Chicagoans also can enjoy SummerDance in the Parks, Thursday, July 13, through Thursday, Sept. 14, at eight neighborhood parks throughout the city as part of the Night Out in the Parks initiative. Lessons begin at 6 p.m., with live music and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit

The Grant Park Music Festival will be held Wednesday, June 14, through Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Conductor Carlos Kalmar opens this season with Alfven’s Festival Overture. Also featured will be Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Vadim Gluzman, and a medley from Porgy and Bess. Check the schedule for free afternoon open rehearsals and lectures the day before and day of concerts. For a list of artists and concert dates, log on to

Lollapalooza will be held in Grant Park Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 3 to 6, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on eight stages with 170 American and international bands, highlighting alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronica. This year’s headliners are Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, the Killers, and Blink-82. Kidzapalooza 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

The International Music Foundation and Rush Hour Concerts have merged under IMF’s banner. The Summer Concert Series takes place at River North’s historic St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., every Tuesday evening from June 6 through Aug. 29. 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

The 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8 through 24. This city-wide, multivenue, eleven-day festival has attracted more than 650,000 concertgoers and presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from more than 80 countries since it began in 1999. A complete list of artist and venues has not been announced yet; check for updates at


Chicago Bike Week runs Friday to Friday, June 16 to 23, starting with the Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza on Friday morning, June 16, featuring giveaways, bike-themed entertainment, and educational programming and ending the week with a dance party. Throughout the week, join likeminded individuals at numerous events supporting Chicago as a great cycling center. Last year Chicago was named the best bike city in U.S. by Bicycling magazine. For and event calendar go to or call (312) 427-3325.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth collaborative education play to raise awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s architectural legacy and why design is important. Interested in some walking? Take a walking tour of Riverwalk West, Chicago’s new coastline, from Lake Michigan to Lake Street. Also, enjoy Detour: Secrets of the Loop, a one-hour self-guided tour, downloaded to your cell phone. CAF river cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady run through Sunday, Oct. 8. The ship departs from the Riverside Gardens at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. On Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. this summer, enjoy the Capture Chicago Photography Cruise. Designed with the photographer in mind, the cruise’s boat pauses at three designated picturesque points to capture that perfect shot. Perhaps an evening cruise to witness the city transition from day to night is appropriate? Then join the Twilight CAF River Cruise nightly at 7:30 p.m. (excludes Wednesdays and Saturdays). CAFcertified volunteer docents lead all tours.
Visit or call (312) 922-3432.

The Chicago Challenge Urban Adventure Race, known as the ultimate urban scavenger race, will be held Saturday, July 8, with check-in 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 National Challenge Championship in a city to be decided. The top five teams will be entered for free in the National Challenge race. Log on to or email


The 28th annual African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st St. at Cottage Grove Ave., Friday through Monday, Sept. 1 through 4. The park will come alive during Labor Day weekend as a simulated African village. Enjoy education and entertainment including music and dance as well as a wellness area, books and authors pavilion, food court, and quilting pavilion. Log on to The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays Gallery Night is a monthly walking tour of galleries and artist studios centered around South Halsted Street beginning at 1711 and ending at 2005 S. Halsted every second Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free; tours include openings and receptions. For more information, call (312) 738-8000, ext. 108 or go to

Chicago Park District parks will host Movies in the Park this summer. Grant Park will show Jumanji on Tuesday, June 13, at Columbus Drive. Call (312) 742-3918. Mary Bartelme Park will show La La Land on Wednesday, June 14, 115 S. Sangamon St. Call (312) 746-5962. Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will show Pride and Prejudice on Thursday, June 15, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821. Anderson Playground Park will show Ghostbusters 2016 on Friday, June 16, 3748 S. Prairie Ave. Call (312) 747-6007. Cornell Square Park will show The Secret Life of Pets on Friday, June 16, 1809 W. 50th St. Call (312) 747-6097. Washington Park, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, will show Queen of Katwe, on Saturday, June 17, 740 E. 56th Pl. Call (312) 742-1134. Grant Park Grove 5 will show Dirty Dancing on Monday, June 19, 800 S. Columbus Dr. Call (312) 742-1134. Heritage Green Park will show Sing on Wednesday, June 21, 610 W. Adams St. Call (312) 746-5494.

The Onesti Festa Pasta Vino will be held Friday through Sunday, June 16 through 18, in the Heart of Chicago community on Oakley Avenue and 24th Street. It draws 25,000 visitors annually. Traditionally held during Father Day’s weekend, festivities run 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. This annual festival transforms a generations-old Italian neighborhood into the streets of Italy with Venetian-costumed performers, statues that line the street, and a Florentine market filled with finely crafted Italian merchandise. Sample Italian food from La Fontanella, Bacchanalia, and Ignotz’s. Visit or call (630) 962-7000. On Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Chicago Food Truck Festival 2017 will be held at a new location at 1600 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop. The event is free, but a limited free admission ticket is required and early bird VIP tickets are now available permitting entry an hour early. Tickets are available through Log on to for further details.

The 33rd annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest runs Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, beginning at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Near South Planning Board, the fest has grown to encompass five city blocks on South Dearborn from Harrison to Polk Streets. Programming will be held at Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Preparatory High School. More than 200 authors, performers, and presenters along with more than 100 booksellers of new, used, and antique books will be on hand. The event attracts more than 125,000 book lovers. All events are free, but reserve in advance for select programs. Log on to

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens and Lakeside Bank will present VanderCook College of Music’s graduate band on Thursday, July 6, for the 12th annual South Loop Concert in the Park, 1827 S. Indiana Ave. The Toddlers, Tunes, & Turtles program begins at 5:30 p.m. A family drum circle demonstration at 6:30 p.m. lets kids enjoy interactive creative music making with their families using rhythm, song, and dance to build community, foster self-confidence, and have fun. The concert begins at 7 p.m., presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District, the Glessner House Museum, the Greater South Loop Association, the Near South Planning Board, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, and the Spoke & Bird. The park, together with Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) offers four films this summer at its Movies in the Park. Thursday, June 15: Pride and Prejudice; Saturday, July 15: La La Land; Saturday, Aug. 12: Moana; and Saturday, Aug. 26: the Lego Batman Movie. Check back for show times and other park events, such as the Stargazing Party and South Loop Beer and Cider Fest, at

The 38th annual Chinatown Summer Fair will be held Sunday, July 16, 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 or call (312) 326-5320.

The 17th annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St., will be held Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an awards ceremony at the end. More than 10,000 visitors are expected this year to watch 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 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. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event begins with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a procession from the shrine to the festa in Victor Arrigo Park with members from various patron saint societies. Reservations are required for a table; no outside food allowed. A table of ten costs $140, which includes $20 worth of food tickets. Or bring lawn chairs and find a space in Arrigo Park. Enjoy a picnic, music, the pot of gold raffle, kids’ games, pony rides, and a bocce ball tournament along with live music and a photo exhibit. Call (312) 421-3757 or email to make reservations.

Fiesta del Sol, Pilsen’s annual alcohol- and tobacco-free family friendly festival, runs Thursday through Sunday, July 27 through 30, 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 is the largest Latino festival in the Midwest and 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 or call (312)

The Maxwell Street Foundation will host a free walking tour in conjunction with Blues Fest on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. Meet on the southwest corner of Maxwell & Halsted Streets (in front of Peet’s coffee shop, 1328 S. Halsted) in Chicago for a guided walking tour of the neighborhood. Also, visit the Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market Sunday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books, t-shirts and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history will be available. The market will take place on Desplaines from Polk to Taylor Streets. To register for the walking tour, email, gro.teertsllewxam@ofni. For more information contact, (312) 243-0394.

Make Music Chicago, known internationally as Fete de la Musique, on Wednesday, June 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., will join with others in 750 cities across the globe to make music around the city as a Summer Solstice do-it-yourself extravaganza. The event is presented by the International Music Foundation and takes place at venues throughout Chicago. The all-day celebration invites Chicagoans to celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability, or preferred style. Whether alone or in a group, amateur or professional, register and be matched with a venue. The event is free and open to the public. Call (312) 265-0754 or go to

Old St. Patrick’s Church’s 33rd annual World’s Largest Block Party is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 24, 2 to 10:30 p.m. at the Old St. Pat’s campus at West Monroe and South Desplaines Streets in the West Loop. All ages welcome. Tickets are $10 at the door. Headliners on the main stage will be Mike and Joe, Wedding Banned, Maggie Speaks, 7th Heaven, and Elevation. The block party benefits the church’s mission and outreach programs and attracts more than 18,000 people annually. For more details, log on to

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) and Glessner House Museum will partner once to offer the PDNA’s annual walk through time with a tour of Prairie Avenue mansions, starting at Glessner House, on Sunday, June 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour includes the historic Second Presbyterian Church. Prairie Avenue walking tours will be held the Sundays of June, 11, July 16, Aug. 20, and Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., starting at Glessner House. Reservations recommended. Go to 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, July 29, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Call (312) 401-2688 for any questions on PDNA events or go to

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 24 and 25, July 29 and 30, Aug. 26 and 27, Sept. 23 and 24, Oct. 28 and 29, Nov. 18 and 19, and Dec. 16 and 17. 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 for admission prices and more information.

St. Barbara’s Church returns with its four-day carnival at 2859 S. Throop St., featuring rides, carnival games, and sweet treats. Mega passes are available and include all four days for presale price of $50 until Sunday, June 11, when the price increases to $60. The event runs Thursday through Sunday, June 15 through 18. Hours are Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 2 to 10 p.m. Call (312) 842-7979. Greektown will host its 28th annual Taste of Greece, 100 to 400 S. Halsted St., on Friday, Aug. 25, 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27, noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy the flavors of Greece in Chicago’s neighborhood eateries along with music and entertainment by Greek bands and belly dancers plus games for kids and families. Admission is free. Go to

Taste of Randolph Street will be held Friday through Sunday, June 16 through 18, 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 are Dawes, Eden, and Emancipator Ensemble. 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. For more information, call Star Events at (773) 665-4682 or go to or

The 12th annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana, organized by the University Village Association, will be held on Taylor Street east of Ashland Avenue Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18 through 21. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella. Enjoy food and browse handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Call Star Events at (773) 665-4682 or log on to

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host the Pitchfork Music Festival Friday through Sunday, July 14 through 16. A Tribe called Quest, LCD Soundsystem, and Solange are among the headliners. Single day tickets cost $75; a 3-day advance ticket is $175. Log on to

Also at Union Park, the North Coast Music Festival: Summer’s Last Stand will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1 through 3, presenting electronic music and hip hop. Performers include Deadpans & Eric Prydz, Gucci Mane, Damian, and Ween and Tipper. Log on to for a complete lineup, schedules, and after party events.

The West Loop Art Fest takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., respectively. Organized by the West Loop Community Organization, Amdur Productions, and Star Events, the Fest will be held on four blocks of Washington St. from Halsted St. on the east to Morgan Street on the west. A music stage and food will anchor the festival on the east end. Call at (847) 926-4300 or email


The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has new hours, open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about Planet Nine, watch films, and test materials in the Community Design Lab. Visit the Universe and walk through space and time. Call (312) 922-7827 or go to

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 the Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards and Along the Lines: Selected Drawings By Saul Steinberg through Sunday, Oct. 29. See the painting Whistler’s Mother, on display until Sunday, June 11. Coming with the family? Then visit Drop In! Summer Open Studios or Artmaking in Galleries. Admission is free for children younger than 14 accompanied by an adult. Log on to for current and upcoming exhibitions and installations.

The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., 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. Bring kids of all ages and join in the multisensory experiences and hands-on projects. Want to build a fort? Enjoy the ultimate fort building experience with blankets, pillows, upside down tables, and more supplied and parents required to tidy up! Children, infants, and parents welcome. Call (312) 527-1000 or go to Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., features exhibits related to Chicago, Illinois, and national history. Visit the costume exhibit Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier (1890-1976). Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday until 7:30 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Log on to 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 every Tuesday. Come participate in the museum’s new community building exhibits, Kitahawa Chandelier and The Floating Museum: How to Give Life to a Mountain. Log on to 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. The museum celebrates its 30th birthday with Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey, through Aug. 13 to showcase the broad spectrum of contemporary artistic talent from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. For a complete list of current and upcoming exhibits, log on to

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., offers summer hours from Saturday, June 10, through Sunday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and weekends. The Shedd is continuing its special exhibit Amphibians through 2017. With more than 32,000 living creatures, this is the world’s largest indoor aquarium with many “meet the animal” and dozens of “touch the animal” exhibits along with creative hands-on activities. Call (312) 939-2438 or log on to


Hubbard Street Dance will host its Summer Series to kick off its 40th season. Enjoy performances Wednesday through Sunday, June 7 through 11, including a Sunday matinee. Hubbard Street Dance is located at 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 850-9744 or go to for hours and prices.

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., (312) 742-2000. Enjoy the United Run for the Zoo in a 5k or 10k or the kids’ Safari Stampede on Sun., June 4. Attend many children’s and adult events, including the annual second Saturday Garden Tours and third Saturdays Garden Workshops. The Twilight Safari, an after-hours stroll through the zoo, will be held the Wednesdays of June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, and Sept. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Yoga at the Zoo is held for adults through Sunday, Sept. 3, and Parent and Toddler Yoga will be held through Thursday, Aug. 31. Engage in activities such as guided nature exploration and reading storybooks. Locally Sourced at the Patio reappears this summer on Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Café Brauer with music programming from the Old Town School of Music. For a complete calendar of events, call (312) 742-2000 or log on to

Razzmatazz Family Fun Center, 3900 S. Ashland Ave., is part of the 20,000 square foot Chicago Indoor Sports Complex. Call for (773) 376-2900 for hours and reservations or log on to

Second City Kids Comedy Camps at 230 W. North Ave. allow kids eight through 18 to exercise their creative energies through improvisation and comedy writing. One- and two-week classes are offered from Thursday, June 8, through Friday, Sept. 1. Campers do improv to develop and 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. For scheduling, pricing, and more details, call the Training Center at (312) 664-3959 or email