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July 2015 events calendar for Chicago

Plan out your July in Chicago with our calendar of the best events and things to do, including fireworks, theater, art and music

Taste of Chicago

The smell of barbecue is in the air, the beaches are packed, and festivals have taken over the streets and parks. Yes, summer is in full swing in Chicago and we're trying to enjoy everything that our fine city has to offer. The month kicks off with a Grateful Dead reunion and some explosive Fourth of July fireworks, leading into the city's annual culinary celebration at Taste of Chicago. If you're looking for some musical fun in the sun, you'll want to head out to Pitchfork Music Festival, Wicker Park Fest or the Tayor Swift show at Soldier Field. Start enjoying summer with the help of our July events calendar for Chicago. 

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Featured events in July 2015

The Grateful Dead

Critics' pick

They're going to need a new Ben & Jerry's flavor. But, seriously, this is a big deal. The Grateful Dead reunite with Trey Anastasio in Jerry's place. Who better? Joining the Phish man and original Dead guys Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are pianist Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The show comes nearly 20 years to the day after the Dead's final shows with Garcia at the Bears stadium, July 8, 9, 1995. The ticket prices are steep, but most of the audience is collecting retirement, so no big deal.

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Until Sun Jul 5

Fourth of July Fireworks

Critics' pick

The city of Chicago ditched its official fireworks show a few years back, but Navy Pier picks up the slack with its explosive Independence Day celebration. Revelers can head down to the pier or Millennium Park for an up-close view, but if you're not a fan of crowds you'll want to hit the lakefront or find a friend with a rooftop by the shore.

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Until Sat Jul 4

Taste of Chicago

Critics' pick

Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago's street fare. Hopefully what you gain in weight, you'll lose from your wallet. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, rainbow cone or deep dish pizza.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Square Roots Festival

Critics' pick

The Square Roots festival returns to Lincoln Square for a weekend of brews, food and music presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. More than 30 regional craft breweries will be tapping kegs so that you can wash down food from various local eateries. Once you're full, go see some folk, jazz and world music groups play on one of the festival's various outdoor stages.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Tour de Fat

Critics' pick

Ft. Collins’ New Belgium Brewery brings its signature celebration of bikes and beer to Palmer Square for another year of freaky fun. The day begins with a bike parade and continues with vaudeville acts, circus performers and live music in Palmer Park. The environmentally conscious festival raises funds for local non-profits and culminates with one lucky attendee trading his or her car in for a brand new bicycle.

Read more
11 Jul 2015

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Critics' pick

Have a jolly olde time and butcher your favorite European accent as you engage in live-action fantasy play, enjoy interactive riddles, cheer on your favorite jousting knight or revel in period performances from 1574. The festival takes place Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day in July, August and early September.

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Bristol Renaissance Faire, Kenosha, WI Saturday August 29 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

West Fest

Critics' pick

Befitting its location on the hip Chicago Avenue corridor, West Fest can be counted on for a great sleeper of a summer street fest bill. Empty Bottle books the main stage, bringing its typical blend of garage and art rock, while local house folks spin on the DJ stage. If you can stomach yet another summer street festival, it's the perfect lead-in to the Pitchfork Music Festival the following weekend.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Burgers and Beer 5K

Sure you could go for a jog around the block and buy yourself a burger and a beer, but wouldn't it feel better to earn that reward? That's the justification for this 5K race, which awards each participant with a juicy burger and a cold beer when they cross the finish line at Soldier Field. Victory has never tasted this good.

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Until Mon Jul 13

Pitchfork Music Festival

Critics' pick

The hub for indie music snobs celebrates its tenth anniversary in Chicago. Be prepared for another year of vintage clothing, dusty baseball diamonds and ironic mustaches as the most relevant™ musical acts rock out for a bunch of twentysomethings and nostalgic record collectors. This year, Wilco will reel in the cool dads (and moms) on Friday, reunited riot grrrls Sleater Kinney top the bill on Saturday and Chance the Rapper closes out the fest.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Wicker Park Fest

Critics' pick

The Crotch hosts this hipster-friendly fest that features three stages of Pitchfork-quality tunes on the cheap. This year's larger fest blocks off more streets for additional arts, crafts, food and family fun.

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Until Sun Jul 26

Concerts in July 2015

The Grateful Dead

Critics' pick

They're going to need a new Ben & Jerry's flavor. But, seriously, this is a big deal. The Grateful Dead reunite with Trey Anastasio in Jerry's place. Who better? Joining the Phish man and original Dead guys Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are pianist Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The show comes nearly 20 years to the day after the Dead's final shows with Garcia at the Bears stadium, July 8, 9, 1995. The ticket prices are steep, but most of the audience is collecting retirement, so no big deal.

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Until Sun Jul 5

Weezer

Critics' pick

These days, four years without new Weezer tunes is enough to pique curiosity, good or bad. Luckily for the faithful, the Gen X stalwarts ended the drought strong with a new LP, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, their best album since Clinton was in office. Catch the group at Taste to (God willing) fist-pump to "Say It Ain't So" like it'll never stop being ’94.

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Until Wed Jul 8

Morrissey

Critics' pick

Let's try this again. Moz was slated to play the Opera House last summer, too, but canceled. We're itching to see him perform World Peace Is None of Your Business, his best album in years, but maybe put this on your calendar in pencil.

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Until Thu Jul 9

Spoon

Critics' pick

The Texan indie veterans return to Chicago for a Taste of Chicago gig, led as ever by inscrutable frontman Britt Daniel. The deliciously stiff power-pop act keep cruising with new material from They Want My Soul, its first produced with Dave Fridmann. After the more deconstructed sounds of Transference, it seems as if Spoon wants to be biggest little band in American again. The new stuff is louder, punchier and funkier. Few bands have ever been this consistent.

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Until Sat Jul 11

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah

Critics' pick

The two strongest rappers of the Wu Tang Clan (sorry, RZA, GZA and Meth, we love you, but it's true) team up for Shaolin action.

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Until Tue Jul 14

Taylor Swift

Critics' pick

You'll have to make a choice: Taylor Swift or Pitchfork Fest? Oddly, that's no joke in today's pop climate. America's brightest young star has somehow managed to maintain credibility with music writers despite ditching her shallow country roots for banal mall jingles. There is a cult of people out there who will want to witness both the multimillion-dollar Soldier Field aww-shucks spectacle of T-Swift and whatever art-rock act headlines P4K. More power to 'em.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Critics' pick

As other retro-soul acts have tried to modernize (we're looking at you, Alabama Shakes), lifer Charles Bradley keeps mining that raw gold ore from R&B's classic era. At age 66, he still keep its 100, tearing his heart and throat up every night for your entertainment. Hot damn.

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Until Thu Jul 23

Mac McCaughan

Critics' pick

Mac has been on a tear. His label, Merge, is a major player without being a major, bringing Arcade Fire, She & Him and Spoon to massive success. His veteran band, Superchunk, returned after a decade's rest with arguably their two greatest records. Now, he's shedding his Portastatic monicker and touring his first eponymous solo album, Non-Believers. As with Portastatic, the mood is mellower and more keyboard-driven, though "Box Batteries" whips up his ageless power-pop storm. Support your indie heroes.

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Until Thu Jul 23

Van Halen

Critics' pick

'Merica's favorite and most 'Merican party metal band is back and still hot for teacher. I know what question is on all your minds: Is Eddie's kid Wolfgang still playing bass?! Yes. Yes, he is. Oh, and David Lee Roth is the singer this time. So expect some dungarees and arthritic kicks. There's a big VH album reissue campaign this year, too, so expect some deep catalog diving.

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Until Fri Jul 24

Laura Marling

Critics' pick

The elegant folk songstress plays a Chicago shows, channeling Fleetwood Mac with the soaring, emotional vocals and electric strumming of her new album Short Movie. Marling may look fragile, but she has a voice that resonates with depth and maturity and a great back catalogue of affecting songs.

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Until Wed Jul 29
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Festivals in July 2015

Eyes to the Skies Festival

Critics' pick

In Lisle, the Fourth of July features plenty of airborne eye candy, including fireworks and hot air balloons. On July 2-4, balloons launch daily at 5:30am and 6:30pm, filling the sky with colorful inflatables of all shapes and sizes. In the evening, the balloons come down and the fireworks begin. Attendees can also check out the festival's carnival, kids area, live music and craft fair.

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Until Sun Jul 5

Naperville Ribfest

Critics' pick

For more than two decades, this pork party has been serving up grilled grub along with rock- and country-flavored tunes. On July 4th, the evening concludes with a firework display at 9:30pm—just show up after 7:30pm to enter free of charge.

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Until Sun Jul 5

African Caribbean International Festival of Life

Critics' pick

Get together and feel all right at the 23rd annual African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Union Park. The festivities promote cultural awareness with a weekend full of reggae, dancing, soccer, art and delicious Afro-Caribbean food.

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Until Sun Jul 5

Windy City Ribfest

Critics' pick

Flew your jaw muscles and stretch that waistline at this seventh annual 'cue fest in Uptown during Fourth of July weekend. Expect plenty of ribs and some live music, including national acts and regional cover bands.

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Until Sun Jul 5

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic

Chicago is known for the blues music that used to fill South Side clubs, but its also the birthplace of modern house music. Each July, a group of house DJs that formed in the late '70s called the Chosen Few reunite to spin some records at this annual music festival. The party goes down in Jackson Park, where you'll be able to pack a picnic lunch and get your groove on with 40,000 other fans.

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04 Jul 2015

Fourth of July Fireworks

Critics' pick

The city of Chicago ditched its official fireworks show a few years back, but Navy Pier picks up the slack with its explosive Independence Day celebration. Revelers can head down to the pier or Millennium Park for an up-close view, but if you're not a fan of crowds you'll want to hit the lakefront or find a friend with a rooftop by the shore.

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Until Sat Jul 4

Glen Ellyn's Fourth of July Fireworks

Critics' pick

Looking to escape to the suburbs to celebrate the nation's independence? Glen Ellyn's Fourth of July festivities are an all-day event, including a four-mile run, a picnic and a parade at noon. The festivities culminate with a fireworks display in Lake Ellyn Park that rivals Navy Pier's explosive show, beginning at dusk.

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Until Sat Jul 4

Taste of Chicago

Critics' pick

Since 1980, Grant Park has been hosting what has become the granddaddy of food festivals. You know the drill: Trade tickets for a taste of Chicago's street fare. Hopefully what you gain in weight, you'll lose from your wallet. As always, there will be music at Petrillo for you to listen to while you devour your turkey leg, rainbow cone or deep dish pizza.

Read more
Until Sun Jul 12

The Comedy Exposition

Critics' pick

This DIY comedy festival, organized by local comedians and producers, returns for its second year. The fest will consist of showcases at multiple venues in a different ’hood each night: Lakeview on Friday July 10, Wicker Park on Saturday July 11 and Old Town on Sunday July 12; the lineups will be a mix of local and out-of-state stand-ups chosen from submissions by the organizers, and headliners including Todd Glass, James Adomian, Sara Schaefer, Baron Vaughn, Adam Cayton-Holland, Phoebe Robinson, Megan Gailey and Kate Berlant.

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Until Sun Jul 12

RuidoFest

Critics' pick

Another three-day summer music festival in Chicago, you say? We'll take it! This one fills an empty void—Latin American rock en español, pop and electro. The party goes down in Pilsen, and promotors Metronome, Riot Fest, Rock Sin Anestesia and Star Events have lured some huge acts. Café Tacuba, the sort of Radiohead of Mexico, headlines alongside fellow Mexican alternative-rock juggernaut Zoé, who do a bigger arena Britrock sound. Bringing the boogie are the funky Kinky and booming Nortec Collective. The deep bill also brings Molotov, Ozomatli, Argentina's Los Estelares, Chile's very cool Astro and so many more. It's very rare to get all these acts together this far north and a very big deal.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Square Roots Festival

Critics' pick

The Square Roots festival returns to Lincoln Square for a weekend of brews, food and music presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. More than 30 regional craft breweries will be tapping kegs so that you can wash down food from various local eateries. Once you're full, go see some folk, jazz and world music groups play on one of the festival's various outdoor stages.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Irish American Heritage Festival

Didn't get your fill of Irish-themed activities during St. Patrick's Day? The Irish American Heritage Center will fill the shamrock-shaped void in your life with its Irish American Heritage Festival, featuring three days of Irish and American music, dance and family activities.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Windy City Smokeout

Critics' pick

The annual celebration of grilled meats and country music returns to River North with ample amounts of pork, beer and tunes from the likes of Pat Green, Chris Young and Lee Brice. Attendees will be able to sample smokey culinary creations from various local barbecue restaurants while licking sauce from their fingers.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Barrington Brew Fest

The 12th annual Barrington Brew Fest brings beer lovers to this northern suburb for some celebratory sampling. Each attendee will receive 20 three ounce samples from brewers like Southern Tier, Lakefront and Boulevard. Burgers, brats and barbecue will be available for anyone with an empty belly accompanied by musical entertainment.

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Until Sat Jul 11

Mamby on the Beach

Critics' pick

React Presents, the fine folks behind Spring Awakening, deliver another killer festival—on a beach! The South Side sand show brings in some impressive acts in its inaugural year. Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun headline the two days, while Phantogram, Röyksopp, James Murphy, Cut Copy, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Tanlines and tons fill out the very dance-able bill.

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Until Sun Jul 12

West Fest

Critics' pick

Befitting its location on the hip Chicago Avenue corridor, West Fest can be counted on for a great sleeper of a summer street fest bill. Empty Bottle books the main stage, bringing its typical blend of garage and art rock, while local house folks spin on the DJ stage. If you can stomach yet another summer street festival, it's the perfect lead-in to the Pitchfork Music Festival the following weekend.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Critics' pick

It's no secret that we unabashedly love burgers, so you can imagine how much we're anticipating Roscoe Village's annual celebration of succulent, beef patty cuisine. Loosen your belt and prepare to taste grilled creations from local restaurants while enjoying live music and ample libations.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Taste of Lakeview

Formerly known as Rock Around the Block, this Lakeview festival combines live music with mouth-watering cuisine from local restaurants and vendors. From deep dish pizza to gelato, the whole family can find something to eat at this summer event which benefits the West Lakeview Neighbors organization.

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Until Sun Jul 12

Tour de Fat

Critics' pick

Ft. Collins’ New Belgium Brewery brings its signature celebration of bikes and beer to Palmer Square for another year of freaky fun. The day begins with a bike parade and continues with vaudeville acts, circus performers and live music in Palmer Park. The environmentally conscious festival raises funds for local non-profits and culminates with one lucky attendee trading his or her car in for a brand new bicycle.

Read more
11 Jul 2015

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Critics' pick

Have a jolly olde time and butcher your favorite European accent as you engage in live-action fantasy play, enjoy interactive riddles, cheer on your favorite jousting knight or revel in period performances from 1574. The festival takes place Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day in July, August and early September.

Read more
Bristol Renaissance Faire, Kenosha, WI Saturday August 29 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

Taste of River North

This riverfront bash offers samples of dishes from trendy area restaurants like Farmhouse, Taco Joint and Blackfinn Ameripub in addition to great view of the skyline. The shindig also includes a family fun area and live music from Waters, Sixteen Candles, Santah and more.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Pitchfork Music Festival

Critics' pick

The hub for indie music snobs celebrates its tenth anniversary in Chicago. Be prepared for another year of vintage clothing, dusty baseball diamonds and ironic mustaches as the most relevant™ musical acts rock out for a bunch of twentysomethings and nostalgic record collectors. This year, Wilco will reel in the cool dads (and moms) on Friday, reunited riot grrrls Sleater Kinney top the bill on Saturday and Chance the Rapper closes out the fest.

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Until Sun Jul 19

BenFest

If you're really lucky, you'll walk away from BenFest with $10,000 in your pocket. Even if you don't win the cash raffle, there's still plenty to see and do at this annual benefit for the St. Benedict Parish in North Center, including live music and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the kids.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Naperville Ale Fest

Ever wondered what it might be like to quaff ale in a historical village? Pack up your tankard and head to Naperville Ale Fest, where the beer is fresh and the buildings are old. The historic Naper Settlement will play host to brewers like Central Waters, Deschutes and Great Lakes.

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18 Jul 2015

Southport Art Festival

The Southport Corridor hosts its annual two-day art festival, bringing together a variety of artists and local vendors near neighborhood landmarks like the Music Box Theatre. Guests can peruse pieces, shop at Southport Avenue stores or get up early and enjoy the annual Gospel Brunch on Sunday morning.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Celebrate Clark Street

Residents of Rogers Park and visitors from around town hit the streets to celebrate diversity at this multi-cultural event, celebrating its 10th year. Featuring two stages of live world music, delicious ethnic food and carnival games for the kids, this street festival aims to please just about everyone.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

Critics' pick

Foamy, flat macrobrewed suds in a plastic cup not exactly your idea of a good time? Unleash your inner sophisticate at this Lincoln Park fest, which serves up more than 100 local, regional and national craft beers. Purchase tickets before making your way to the tasting session each day from 11:30pm-4:30pm—each ticket is good for one 3-oz sample of beer.

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Until Sun Jul 19

Chinatown Summer Fair

Critics' pick

Celebrate Chinese culture at this annual Chinatown event, featuring food, art and music from the Far East. Experience the Lion Dance Procession, take in a classical Chinese dance performance or sit in on a martial arts demonstration. Men can take part in a "hot legs" contest while young attendees can participate in the "cutest baby" competition.

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Until Sun Jul 19
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Free events July 2015

"In All Good Company: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Art"

Need some new dancing bears or grinning skulls to adorn your walls? PhanArt's Grateful Dead-themed art show coincides with the last performances by the group's "core four," bringing a huge collection of posters, clothing, pins, tye-dyes, books and photography to Congress Plaza Hotel.

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Until Sun Jul 5

Downtown Sound: Antibalas

Critics' pick

You may have heard Antibalas' horn section on the unescapable Mark Ronson single "Uptown Funk," but the Brooklyn afrobeat band's buoyant original music is just as accessible. The soulful Motown-inspired ensemble Sonny Knight and the Lakers provide support at this free Downtown Sound concert.

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Until Thu Jul 2

4th on 53rd Parade

Enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July parade in Hyde Park. In addition to performances on the main stage, the afternoon’s festivities include face painting, an inflatable bouncy house, a chess challenge, balloons, origami, a petting zoo and the International Horsemen’s corral. There will also be classic games, such as the seed spit, make a mummy, fish pond, clown bean bag toss and the milk spill.

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Until Sat Jul 4

PBR Bingo

On the first Monday of every month, Boiler Room turns into a hip, Logan Square nursing home for its monthly PBR Bingo night. Guests can grab a few slices, sip a beer and wait for their numbers to be called while competing for various Pabst Blue Ribbon-themed prizes.

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Boiler Room, Logan Square Monday September 7 2015 - Monday November 2 2015

"Tip Your Delivery Boy"

Nothing brings people together like a good, old fashioned pizza pie. Saki is celebrating the communal spirit of the greasy dish with a charitable art show, featuring pizza-themed art by local artists. On the show's opening night, guests will be able to enjoy slices from Dimo's and music performances by Glyders and Skip Church. All proceeds from art sales will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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Until Sat Aug 22

Tour de Fat

Critics' pick

Ft. Collins’ New Belgium Brewery brings its signature celebration of bikes and beer to Palmer Square for another year of freaky fun. The day begins with a bike parade and continues with vaudeville acts, circus performers and live music in Palmer Park. The environmentally conscious festival raises funds for local non-profits and culminates with one lucky attendee trading his or her car in for a brand new bicycle.

Read more
11 Jul 2015

Downtown Sound: Ondatrópica + Helado Negro

Colombian musician Mario Galeano and English producer Will Holland join forces in Ondatrópica, a project that explores the tropical sound of Colombian music. Bilingual Brooklyn artist Helado Negro brings his high-energy live show to Pritzker Pavilion to open this edition of the Downtown Sound concert series.

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Until Thu Jul 16

ZRG Film Festival

This free, week-long screening series returns to Pioneer Court, featuring Chicago-related films like The Dark Knight and The Blue Brothers displayed on a 350-square-foot LED screen. Arrive early to get a seat, take a picture in the red carpet photo booth and stick around after the movie for a chance to win a prize.

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Until Sun Jul 26

"North Korean Perspectives"

Critics' pick

North Korea is one of the world's most reclusive nations, a place where the flow of information is strictly controlled by the government. Because of this, there are contrasting views of the state which this exhibition explores by using government imagery as well as photographs taken by imbedded photojournalists. The collection seeks to reconcile the way North Korea's government presents itself with the way it is viewed by the rest of the world.

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Museum of Contemporary Photography, South Loop Until Sunday October 4 2015

Newberry Library Book Fair

Critics' pick

More than 200,000 used books will be up for sale at this popular book bonanza. Prices are low, and the selection is vast, including cookbooks, music, fiction, art books, children's literature, collectibles and much more.

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Until Sun Jul 26

Theater in July 2015

Grand Concourse

A volatile young volunteer (Brittany Uomoleale) threatens to upend the careful routine of a nun (Mariann Mayberry) who manages a Bronx soup kitchen in Heidi Schreck's 2014 play. Yasen Peyankov directs the Chicago premiere, which also features Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper and Victor Almanzar.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lincoln Park Until Sunday August 30 2015

Kinky Boots

The Tony-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, based on the British film about a Northampton shoe factory that reverses its flagging fortunes by catering to drag queens, returns to the city where it had its pre-Broadway tryout in 2012.

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Until Sun Jul 26

Brilliant Adventures

Critics' pick

Steep Theatre stages the U.S. premiere of British playwright Alistair McDowall's 2011 work about a teen with a physics-defying invention. Robin Witt directs a cast that includes Peter Moore, Ty Olwin, Brandon Rivera, Ryan McBride, Will Kinnear and Curtis Edward Jackson.

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Steep Theatre, Edgewater Until Saturday August 29 2015

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Northlight Theatre staged this charming meta-musical about four friends creating a musical in 2012, but the Brown Paper Box Co. has the first production in the city proper and on a storefront scale. Neala Barron, Matt Frye, Yando Lopez and Anna Schutz star.

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Until Sun Aug 16

Loving Repeating

Critics' pick

First produced by Chicago's About Face Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006, Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty's musical adaptation of the works of Gertrude Stein gets a revival via Kokandy Productions. Allison Hendrix directs.

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Theater Wit, Lakeview Until Sunday August 30 2015

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's fourth annual parks tour is a theatrical mash-up of scenes from the Bard's best-known plays and current popular music, as conceived by Barbara Gaines and directed by Dominic Missimi.

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Until Sun Aug 16

Pippin

Critics' pick

The Tony-winning revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus with circus elements created by Gypsy Snider of Montreal's 7 Fingers, comes to the Cadillac Palace for a scant two weeks. The national touring cast includes Sasha Allen as the Leading Player, Kyle Selig in the title role and Tony winner John Rubinstein, the original Pippin of 1972, as Charles.

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Until Sun Aug 9

Art in July 2015

"Degas: At the Track, On the Stage"

The Art Institute devotes a gallery to the work of Edgar Degas, an Impressionist who celebrated the human form with his paintings of ballet dancers and jockeys. Comprised of several loans and pieces from the museum's collection, "At the Track, On the Stage" showcases Degas' love of movement and his ability to depict it on a canvas.

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Art Institute of Chicago, Loop Until Monday February 1 2016

"The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now"

Critics' pick

Last year the MCA explored the multifaceted world of rock music through the lens of David Bowie's career. This summer, the museum turns its eye to avant-garde jazz, exploring experimental music and its relation to visual art. Visitors will be able to view archival photographs, posters, sheet music and record covers along with pieces by contemporary artists while examining the creative influence that the 1960s avant-garde birthed.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Gold Coast Until Sunday November 22 2015

"Tip Your Delivery Boy"

Nothing brings people together like a good, old fashioned pizza pie. Saki is celebrating the communal spirit of the greasy dish with a charitable art show, featuring pizza-themed art by local artists. On the show's opening night, guests will be able to enjoy slices from Dimo's and music performances by Glyders and Skip Church. All proceeds from art sales will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Read more
Until Sat Aug 22

"Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints"

Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and theater, is the focus of this new exhibit, which examines how Renaissance and Baroque printmakers were influenced by Classical sculptures. Assembling ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and a collection of prints dating back to the 15th century, the exhibit demonstrates the ways in which each generation of artists has drawn inspiration from the past.

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Art Institute of Chicago, Loop Until Monday February 15 2016

"North Korean Perspectives"

Critics' pick

North Korea is one of the world's most reclusive nations, a place where the flow of information is strictly controlled by the government. Because of this, there are contrasting views of the state which this exhibition explores by using government imagery as well as photographs taken by imbedded photojournalists. The collection seeks to reconcile the way North Korea's government presents itself with the way it is viewed by the rest of the world.

Read more
Museum of Contemporary Photography, South Loop Until Sunday October 4 2015

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