Chicago is the place for memorable summer fun
June 7, 2019

SUMMER IN THE CITY—The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the many attractions to enjoy this summer. This year for the first time, British pilots from the Red Arrows Royal Armed Forces team will perform. See coverage of great things to do in the summer around Chicago on page 16. Gazette Chicago is happy to provide readers with this handy guide of events that will make summer 2019 memorable for you and your family.

By Susan Fong

It is that time of year again: summer, when the weather allows for outdoor activity. The Chicago area will provide plenty of special events to make summer 2019 memorable, from live music to great food to other fun filled activities for the whole family to enjoy. Gazette Chicago is happy to provide its readers with this handy guide.

DOWNTOWN AND LAKEFRONT

The British are coming to join the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 17 and 18. Chicago will be the first stop for the Red Arrows, the Royal Armed Forces aerobatic team, on its North American tour. Both shows run 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are free. A full rehearsal show on Fri., Aug. 16, also will draw crowds. The 2019 program includes military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues, and parachute teams and features the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy Leapfrogs. Log on to  www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., in Preston Bradley Hall offers the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, a free weekly classical series on the Wednesdays of June 12, 19, and 26 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The International Music Foundation presents the series, which highlights emerging solo and ensemble talent. For a visiting artists listing, go to http://imfchicago.org/calendar/dame-myra-hess-memorial-concerts-calendar.

See architecture, landscapes, and public art via Chicago Greeter. The program highlights points of interest and 25 neighborhoods throughout the city. Find downtown and Millennium Park Instagreeters stationed in the Chicago Cultural Center Randolph St. lobby, Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours leave every half hour. To schedule other, longer tours, go to http://chicagogreeter.com.

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., is a 20-acre lakefront park and recreation center offering a range of multi-sensory experiences. On Sat., June 8, from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m., the park launches Out of Sight, an interactive public art installation in the form of a hopscotch pattern. The event will feature speakers, dance, and music. Visit the skating ribbon and rent roller blades or a scooter for 30 minutes or longer. Located on the south end of the BP Bridge, enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course consisting of unique obstacles and challenging holes for more family-friendly fun. The course also features several replicas of iconic Chicago structures. For details, go to http://maggiedaleypark.com.

The world-famous “bean” (Cloud Gate) at Millennium Park is the site’s most iconic structure and a favorite meeting place for Chicagoans.

Millennium Park is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the north, and Monroe Street to the south. Take a selfie with Cloud Gate, splash around the Crown Fountain, or mosey around the Lurie Garden. This award-winning locale for art, music, architecture, and landscape design is an adventure for the senses and to people watch.  For more information about what the park offers, go to https://www.choosechicago.com/search/?q=Millennium%20Park.

The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns with films at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 11 through Aug. 20. The season begins with Frida and ends with My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Special events include a double feature on July 16—Moonlight and Pan’s Labyrinth—plus an additional show on Mon., Aug. 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For a complete list of films, go to www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park7.html.

This year’s Millennium Park Summer Music Series will be held Thurs., June 13, through Thurs., Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion. Concert days are Mon. and Thurs., with all events free and open to the public. This series presents a selection of multi-genre music including jazz, rock, and Indian fusion from top local, national, and international artists—both established and emerging. This summer’s lineup includes folk rocker Mt. Joy; Cory Harry and the Funk Apostles; Grammy winner Chucho Valdez & Jazz; and one of the best emissaries of Moorish music, Noura Mint Seymali. Go to https://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/parks-and-outdoors/millennium-park/summer-music-series/ for any changes or updates.

Navy Pier rings in summer with three programs highlighting local music, entertainment, and the cultural landscape of Chicago. The Live on the Lake! concert series returns to the Miller Lite Beer Garden through Mon., Sept. 2. The Wave Wall Wax live DJ series and Aon summer fireworks officially mark the beginning of the pier’s summer season. Fun is everywhere to be found through the pier’s selection of free and paid programming for children, youth, and adults. For dates and programs, go to https://navypier.com.

The 39th annual Taste of Chicago runs from Wed. through Sun., July 10 through 14, in Grant Park. A package of 14 tickets is $10. The festival will present a diverse mix of musical acts at the Petrillo Music Shell, including Courtney Barnett, Bomba Estéreo, Cultura Profética, De La Soul, the Strumbellas, Lovelytheband and India.Arie. The Goose Island Stage will feature five days of free programing with top local talent. New additions to this year’s program are the Theatre Garden at Taste of Chicago, which will showcase local theater talent with performances, a new Silent Disco where everyone is invited to test out the dance floor at Buckingham Fountain Plaza daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with headsets, and the Taste Playground on the west side of Columbus Drive. Tickets may be purchased in advance at tasteofchicago.us. For a complete list of performers, log on to www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago2.html.

MUSIC AND DANCE

Experience Chicago’s blues legacy at the 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival happening Fri. through Sun., June 7 through 9, in Millennium Park at 201 E. Randolph St. The festival will celebrate the genre’s music legacy in Chicago with live performances on six stages by local and national blues artists in the city’s premier outdoor music venue. All headliners play on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage and will perform from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening. They include the Jimmy Johnson Blues Band, Charlie Musselwhite with Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette, Don Bryant, Latimore, and Ruthie Foster. Music and entertainment throughout the park will begin at 11 a.m. each day. Admission to the Chicago Blues Festival is free. In addition to the main Jay Pritzker Pavilion, local and national blues musicians will perform throughout the day and evening at the Budweiser Crossroads Stage at the South Chase Promenade, the Visit Mississippi Juke Joint on the North Chase Promenade, and the Front Porch Stage in Wrigley Square. For complete details, visit ChicagoBluesFestival.us.

John Primer performing at Chicago Blues Fest, which celebrates Chicago’s great blues legacy in a downtown venue.

The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Fri. through Sun., Aug. 23 through Sept. 1, at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington St., and other venues throughout the city. Admission is free, and the festival will include a special tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole and a 50th anniversary celebration for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Before the Jay Pritzker Pavilion performances in the evening, hear music throughout the day at the Von Freeman Pavilion on the South Promenade from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion on the North Promenade from noon to 4 p.m. The Roof Top Jazz: Young Jazz Lions and NextGen Jazz stages will feature up-and-coming Chicago musicians on Sat., Aug. 31, and Sun., Sept. 1. Go to https://jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest.

The Grant Park Music Festival
is a free outdoor classical music series featuring ten weeks of concerts in Millennium Park with the Grant Park Orchestra and Choir. The season runs from Wed., June 12, through Sat., Aug. 17. For a schedule of performance dates and times, music, and visiting artists, log on to https://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/the-music/2019-season

Lollapalooza will be held in Grant Park Thurs. through Sun., Aug. 1 through 4, 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. Among the headliners are Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Twenty-One Pilots. Lolla features interactive areas with giveaways, tons of merchandise, a food court, and the Kidzapalooza mini-fest for children running parallel to the main concerts and offering parents and youngsters the opportunity to catch family-friendly music. Go to www.lollapalooza.com/.

The International Music Foundation returns with Rush Hour Concerts, short chamber music performances in an intimate and informal setting. Each free half-hour concert features top musicians from Chicago ensembles every Tues. through Aug. 13 at St. James Cathedral at 65 E. Huron St. Doors open at 5 p.m., pre-concert conversations begin at 5:15 p.m., and performances begin at 5:45 p.m. For a list of artists, check out http://imfchicago.org/programs/rush-hour-concerts.

Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., will feature jazz fusion ensemble the JuJu Exchange headlining Play On, a 40th anniversary celebration on Mon., June 24, at 7 p.m. at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. The school offers summer music camps designed to help young musicians in grades three through 12 build musical skills. Camps meet Mon.-Fri., available in one- or two-week sessions beginning June 24 and continuing through mid-Aug. Call (312) 786-9428 or log on to www.meritmusic.org.

SummerDance waltzes into its 23rd year, turning the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 48 different live bands and DJs and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Dance from sunset into the evening hours under the stars or simply enjoy the music. SummerDance runs Wed. through Sun., June 26 through Sat., Aug. 24. Dance lessons begin at 6 p.m.; music and dancing run 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For a list of dates, musicians, and park sites, go to https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance1.html

The 21st annual World Music Festival Chicago runs Fri. through Sun. Sept. 13 through 29. This citywide, multi-venue event features more than 60 artists from 25 countries at 20 venues, including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The festival embraces well known stars and emerging artists in genres that range from traditional to contemporary. The schedule has not been finalized, so check for a list of artists, venues, and programs at www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/world_music_festival.html.

OUTDOOR FUN

Chicago Bike Week features the Bike To Work Challenge extended to two weeks from Fri. through Fri., June 14 through 28. Workplaces compete over this period by earning points based on getting the most employees biking to work during the week. Log on to www.activetrans.org/bikeweek or call (312) 427-3325.

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), 111 W. Wacker Dr., formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offers tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth collaborative education and play to raise awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s architectural legacy. CAC River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady run through Sun., Nov. 24. The ship departs from the Riverside Gardens at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Try a 90-minute fast-paced Must-See Tour of Chicago highlights. Evening cruises allow participants to witness the city’s transition from day to night. Take a walking tour of Riverwalk West, Chicago’s new coastline guided tour, downloaded to smartphone. There are more than 85 tours offered. Visit www.architecture.org or call (312) 922-3432.

The X-Race has replaced the former Chicago Challenge Urban Adventure Race and will take place Sat., June 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. Put together a team of up to ten racers. Teams will compete against other teams located across the country, participating simultaneously. Teams must complete as many challenges as possible within three hours. Challenges may include creating a human pyramid inside an elevator or finding an 85-year-old to ask about the meaning of life. The race benefits two organizations working to cure childhood cancer, St. Jude’s and Alex’s Lemonade. The cost is $20 to $30 per person and includes a donation to both charities. For more information or to register go to www.XperienceAdventures.com/xrace    

A Chicago Architecture Center boat tour along the Chicago River is only one of the many attractions to enjoy this summer.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS

The 40th annual African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st St. at Cottage Grove Ave., Fri. through Mon., Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The festival grounds come alive in a simulated African village featuring interactive engagements, drumming, collectible artifacts, and handwoven fabrics and textiles. Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Log on to www.aihusa.org/african-festival-of-the-arts/.

The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays Gallery Night is a monthly walking tour of galleries and artist studios from 6 to 10 p.m. every second Friday. The route runs from about 1700 to 2000 S. Halsted St. Admission is free; tours include openings and receptions. For more information, call (312) 738-8000, ext. 108, or go to http://chicagoartsdistrict.org/events_main.asp.

The Chicago Park District will host its 19th season of Movies in the Park this summer. For participating parks and updates on programming, go to www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/movies-parks.

On Sat. and Sun., June 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Chicago Food Truck Festival will be held at its new location at 1600-1800 S. Wabash Ave. The event is free, but an admission ticket is required. Enjoy the music while tasting the fare from a choice of 40 food trucks with expanded beer and wine menu and/or the accompanying sangria fest. Log on to www.chgofoodtruckfest.com.

The 35th annual Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest runs Sat. and Sun., June 8 and 9, beginning at 10 a.m. This year the fest, with an expanded outdoor presence, has returned to its roots as a community event organized by the Near South Planning Board and situated along South Dearborn Street from Polk Street to the newly named Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway). The fest will offer more than 100 booksellers, seven stages, and more than 100 literary events. All events are free. Log on to http://printersrowlitfest.org/.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens opens its annual Clarke House Concert with the graduate band from VanderCook College of Music on Tues., July 9, behind Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Ave. The evening begins with the interactive family music program Toddlers, Tunes, & Turtles at 5:30 p.m. The hour culminates with a family performance at 6:30 p.m.  The Clarke House Concert begins at 7 p.m.

The park, together with Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA), opens its four-film series of Movies in the Park on Sun, June 30, with Dunkirk. Other films are Sat., Jul. 13, Incredibles 2; Thurs. Aug. 1, Jane Eyre; and Sat. Aug. 24, First Man. Films begin at dusk.

Summer highlights include the South Loop Beer and Cider Fest on Sat., July 27, the park’s Star Party on Fri., Aug. 23, and the PDNA Festival on Prairie Avenue on Sat., Sept 7. Call (312) 328-0821.

The Chinatown Summer Fair will be held Sun., July 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wentworth Avenue at Cermak Road. This neighborhood street festival opens with a lion dance procession at 12:30 p.m., followed by Asian performances including kung fu demonstrations, and an animal petting zoo. The fair will have a children’s area at 24th Place and Wentworth. The fair is sponsored by the Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation. Log on to https://www.cccfoundation.org/summerfair/ or call (312) 326-5320.

The 19th annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St., will be held Sat., June 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by Chicago’s Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. The tournament closes with an awards ceremony after 32 teams on decorated dragon boats compete along the Chicago River’s south branch. Along with the races will be cultural performances, exhibition booths, and children’s activities. Proceeds support literacy programs. Log on to 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 Sun., July 28, from noon to 5 p.m., immediately after a Unity Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by a procession from the Shrine to the Festa in Victor Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis St., with members from various patron saint societies. Reservations are required for a table. 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 mlp@ourladyofpompeii.org to make reservations.

Fiesta del Sol, Pilsen’s 47th annual four-day alcohol- and tobacco-free family friendly festival, runs Thurs. through Sun., July 25 through 28, at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Hours are Thurs., 5 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The largest Latino festival in the Midwest spans more than eight blocks with more than 100 booths. Taste the food while enjoying live music by local talent and carnival rides. Mega-passes are available for $45, $55, and $60 for unlimited carnival rides and free parking. Enjoy sports tournaments as well as art and indigenous crafts. Fiesta Del Sol is an annual fundraiser organized by the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council. See www.fiestadelsol.org or call (312) 666-2663.

Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will offer a Prairie Avenue Walking Tour starting at Glessner House on the Sundays of July 21, Aug. 18, and Sept 15. Get more history with the Motor Row Walking Tour: stroll down South Michigan Avenue and explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S. Tour dates are the Saturdays of July 13, Aug. 10, and Sept. 14. Reservations recommended. Go to www.glessnerhouse.org for tour schedules, children’s programming, and lectures.

Make Music Chicago, known internationally as Fete de la Musique, on Fri., June 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., will celebrate the Summer Solstice across 750 cities in 120 countries around the globe. Sponsored by the International Music Foundation, this annual event will feature performances at 64 Chicago locations. Make Music Chicago features every kind of musician—young and old, amateur and professional—taking to the streets, parks, plazas, and porches of Chicago to share music of all genres with friends, neighbors, and strangers. The event is free and open to the public. To find out locations call (312) 265-0754 or go to http://makemusicchicago.org/. 

This year the North Coast Music Festival will move to the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Dr. An electronic music fest, its dates and times are Fri. and Sat., Aug 30 and 31. See https://northcoastfestival.com.

Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture, with food and spirits from neighborhood eateries the main attraction.

Old St. Patrick’s Church’s 35th annual World’s Largest Block Party is scheduled for Fri., June 21, 5 to 10:30 p.m., with free entrance during happy hour between 5 and 6 p.m., and Sat., June 22, 2 to 10:30 p.m. at the Old St. Pat’s campus at West Monroe and South Des-plaines Streets. Music, drink, and food will abound. This year’s music lineup includes Stache, HelloWeekend, Motown Nation, Walkins, 7th Heaven, and 16 Candles. For those age 50 and older, enjoy the “50 and Better” party area on Sat., June 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard, hosted by the Encore Group. The block party also will offer a kidzone on site. General admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door; a limited number of $55 VIP tickets also are available. Log on to www.worldslargestblockparty.com.

The Onesti Festa Pasta Vino will be held Fri. through Sun., June 14 to 16, including Father’s Day, in the Heart of Chicago/Little Tuscany community on Oakley Avenue at 24th Street. Enjoy live music, performers in Venetian costumes, statues lining the street, and a Florentine market with finely crafted Italian merchandise. Sample food and wine from local restaurants. Call (630) 962-7000 or email festivals@oshows.com.

The Randolph Street Market Festival at 1341 W. Randolph St. hosts the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Holiday Market, and Modern Vintage Chicago. Browse the plentiful stalls, with more than 300 vendors selling collectibles, and enjoy food and live music. Dates are the Saturdays and Sundays of June 29-30, July 27-28, Aug. 24-25, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 26-27, Nov. 23-24, and Dec.14-15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking available. Call (312) 666-1200 or toll free at (877) 319-2643. Log on to www.randolphstreetmarket.com for more information.

Don’t miss St. Barbara’s Parish Carnival, 2859 S. Throop St. Hours are Thurs., June 13, 6 to 11 p.m.; Fri., June 14, 6 p.m. to midnight; Sat., June 15, 4 p.m. to midnight; and Sun., June 16, 1 to 10 p.m. Throop Street between Archer Avenue and Lyman Street will be shut down for the event. Take a chance to win a Mitch Trubisky autographed jersey. For more information log on to https://deholland615.wixsite.com/st-barbara-carnival.

The Greektown Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Taste of Greektown, 400 S. Halsted St., Fri., Aug. 23, 4 to 11 p.m., and Sat. and Sun., Aug. 24 and 25, noon to 11 p.m. Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture, with food and spirits from neighborhood eateries the main attraction. Enjoy plenty of music and entertainment including Greek bands and games for both kids and families. Log on to https://www.chicagoevents.com/events/tasteofgreektown/.

Taste of Randolph Street runs Fri. through Sun., June 14 to 16, with hours from 5 to 10 p.m. Fri. and noon to 10 p.m. Sat. and Sun. It will feature food from more than 16 restaurants, hot up-and-coming bands and musicians performing on two stages, and a DJ stage. Suggested admission is a $10 donation. Taste of Randolph benefits the West Loop Community Organization. For more information, call Star Events at (773) 665-4682 or go to www.StarEvents.com or http://westloop.org/.

The 13th annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana, organized by the Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association (LICNA) and Onesti Entertainment, will be held Thurs., Aug. 15, through Sun., Aug. 18, on Taylor Street east of Ashland Ave. Hours are Thurs, 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri., 5 to 11 p.m.; Sat., noon to 11 p.m., and Sun., noon to 9 p.m.  Fabulous food from award-winning area restaurants, several stages of continuous family entertainment, quality merchandise from Italy, and colorful cultural attractions make this event one of the summer’s most popular. The festa is produced by Ron Onesti of Onesti Entertainment. Email festivals@oshows.com, log onto www.oshows.com, or call (630) 962-7000 for updates.

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host the Ruido Fest music festival Fri. through Sun., June 21 through 23, with Latin alternative music featuring Auténticos Decadentes, Francisca Valenzuela, and Silvina Moreno. From Fri., July 19, through Sun., July 21, the Pitchfork Music Festival will feature Jeremih, Pusha T, Charli XCX, HAIM, Belle and Sebastian, Robyn, Earl Sweatshirt, and the Isley Brothers. For exact hours and show times, go to https://ruidofest.com/ or https://pitchforkmusicfestival.com respectively.

Chicago Children’s Museum provides fun for the youngsters at Navy Pier. The museum is open every day of the year except next Memorial Day.

MUSEUMS AND ZOOS

The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., has new hours, open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current exhibits include What is a Planet?, The Universe: A Walk through Time and Space, and Our Solar Systems. Learn about Planet Nine, watch films, dive into a challenge, and experiment and play in the Community Design Lab, where kids can test their ideas and solve problems creatively. Call (312) 922-7827 or go to www.adlerplanetarium.org.

The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., is open every day except Memorial Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; admission is free Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. A new program this summer is Sound Playground. This multi-sensory experience lets little ones (and curious grownups) explore all things sound—how we make it, what it feels like, and how we learn from it. Children, infants, and parents welcome. To learn about other programming and events, call (312) 527-1000 or go to www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., (773) 947-0600, is open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Check out DuSable’s free Evening Jazz Series performances on Wednesdays. Call (773) 947-0600 for dates and times. The museum is closed on Mondays, and museum admission is free every Tuesday. For information, go to www.dusablemuseum.org.

Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 9am-5pm daily. Visitors will enter Fantastic Bug Enounters, the world of bugs through large-scale, colorful models. The exhibition is built around four immersive chambers, where visitors experience the talents of insects. Hands-on interactive experiences let visitors test their reflexes, perform bug brain surgery, and fly their own origami butterflies in a wind tunnel. To learn more other temporary and permanent exhibits, call (312) 922-9410 or go to www.fieldmuseum.org.

The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., (312) 738-1503, is open Tues. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mon. Current exhibits are Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, through Sun., Aug. 18, in the main gallery; Best of Yollo Show, through Sun., Aug. 4, in the courtyard gallery; Abyss: Rocío Caballero in the Torres Gallery, through Sun., Oct. 13.  Log on to www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., (773) 755-5100. Hours are Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is a children- and family-friendly multisensory educational experience—learn about plants and animals, both inside and outside the museum. Attendees can learn about one of the most famous former marshes in the world, Chicago, or enter the renowned Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, as well as explore the secret world of animal homes such as an underground cave, a giant roped spider web, and a busy beaver lodge. For a listing of ongoing and traveling exhibits, go to www.naturemuseum.org or call (773) 755-5100.

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Obtain tickets for the aquarium’s exhibit Under Water Beauty. With more than 32,000 living creatures, this is the world’s largest indoor aquarium, featuring creative hands-on activities. Call (312) 939-2438 or log on to www.sheddacquarium.org.

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., (312) 742-2000. All ages are welcome. For a complete schedule of events, call (312) 742-2000 or log on to www.lpzoo.org. Take in a tall tale at story time, get messy at the process art station, and sift and scoop at the sensory bin. For ages one through five with a caregiver. Play Days take place around Farm in the Zoo grounds in warm weather and inside the main barn in cold or rainy weather. Sing, dance, and clap your hands with Chicago’s beloved Mr. Singer every Wed. and Fri. at 9:15 and 10 a.m. in the main barn of the Farm in the Zoo. Join Singer as he performs original songs while wee ones dance and sing along. Every show features a “kids’ choice” and a “grown-ups’ choice,” giving you the opportunity to request your favorite sing-along song. Also, experience a breezy new take on fitness: choose from more than 75 professionally taught classes. Call (312) 742-2000 or log on to www.lpzoo.org.