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June 2015 events calendar for Chicago

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

Photograph: Max Herman
The 43rd Annual Pride Parade, June 24, 2012

Summer is finally here, the beaches are open and snow-covered streets seem like a distant memory. There are many reasons we love Chicago, and June is one of the months that reinforces our civic pride. We're ready to enjoy the beautiful weather and eat outside in patios and gardens. Music festival season is in full swing with Blues Fest and Spring Awakening. Street festivals take over the city every weekend, including Taste of Randolph and Ribfest Chicago. Plus, it's Pride Month, which means Pride Fest is just around the corner, followed by the colorful Pride Parade. Start off summer with the help of our June events calendar for Chicago.

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Featured events in June 2015

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

Critics' pick

Get your lit fix as the city's historic former bookmaking hub hosts the Midwest's biggest free outdoor ode to literature. Publishers, booksellers, literacy and cultural organizations advocate books and related merchandise in different lanuages and genres, while authors participate in panels and discussion. The kiddies can enjoy special activities at the Lil' Lit Park.

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Printers Row Until Sun Jun 7 Free

Ribfest Chicago

Critics' pick

Head to Northcenter to dig into over 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ and don't forget to grab some napkins. The annual celebration of saucy pork will also play host to RibMania, the Midwest's only sanctioned rib-eating contest, which invites amateur and professional competitive eaters to chow down for a cash prize.

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Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue Until Sun Jun 14 Free

Spring Awakening Festival

Critics' pick

Local promoter React Presents keeps making its mammoth EDM festival so more mammother, with bigger stages, acts and bass drops. This year, heavyweights like Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Jack Ü headline. If you're looking for mellow, run away. This is an orgy of neon, skin and low end frequencies. A couple of c-notes might seem steep for a concert, but that's VIP bottle service to see just one of these A-listers.

Read more
Soldier Field Until Sun Jun 14

Chicago Blues Fest

Critics' pick

In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition brings in living legends and local 12-bar grinders. The theme this year is a tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, with Billy Branch, Mud Morgenfield and more leading the charge. Those with a looser definition of the blues might want take note of hunky, bruised crooner Hozier, who hits Pritzker Pavilion on June 10.

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Grant Park Until Sun Jun 14 Free

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Critics' pick

Get ready to dance around the Maypole at Andersonville's annual celebration of its Swedish heritage. The LGBT-friendly event showcases international performers, Nordic cuisine and an array of family activities. Skål!

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Clark Street and Foster Avenue Until Sun Jun 14

World Naked Bike Ride

Critics' pick

The annual clothing-optional bike ride takes over the streets of Chicago, attracting hundreds of scantily clad riders who help raise awareness about cyclists and positive body image. The route and start time won't be revealed until the day of the event, so make sure to check ChicagoNakedRide.org if you're interested in participating in or observing the ride. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park Until Sat Jun 13 Free

Taste of Randolph

Critics' pick

In the heart of restaurant row, on the same streets as some of Chicago's (and America's) best-known restaurants, this West Loop fest boasts six blocks of food, drink and music. The bookings at this sleeper festival are always solid.

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Randolph St Until Sun Jun 21

LakeShake Festival

Critics' pick

Chicago gets another three-day summer music festival, though this new LiveNation endeavor fills a empty niche: country music. Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line headline a Nashville-rich bill. Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope and more have been announced for the hoedown on Northerly Island. (Note: Single day passes are not available.

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FirstMerit Bank Pavilion Until Sun Jun 21

Green Music Fest

Critics' pick

This environmentally conscious Wicker Park festival takes over Damen Ave, bringing green vendors, food and biodiesel- and bicycle-powered (you can electrify a stage by pedaling a stationary bike) live music to the neighborhood for two nights. If you're not digging the music, just head over to Big Star and order a couple tacos.

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Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St Until Sun Jun 21

Chicago Pride Parade

Critics' pick

Chicago's LGBT community comes out to celebrate with a parade that attracts over one million attendees. You'll want to head to the parade route early to grab a spot before the procession starts rolling down from Montrose to Diversey.

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Pride Parade Route Until Sun Jun 28 Free

Concerts in June 2015

Nick Waterhouse

Critics' pick

R&B disciple Nick Waterhouse makes a studied but lively revival of the kind of music the Velvet Fog specialized in during his younger days, jazzy but rockin'. Back then, it was considered pretty cool, and to Waterhouse, it still is. You could easily be mistaken into thinking the name of his sophomore effort, Holly, is for Buddy. He leads a jumping live band that smokes, sharpened by dozens and dozens of regular club gigs in L.A. and Vegas. They do, in fact, still make 'em like they used to.

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Empty Bottle Until Mon Jun 1

Afropunk Chicago

Organized by the folks behind the similarly-named festivals in Brooklyn and Paris, Afropunk Chicago brings the some big names to town for a free show. The lineup includes performances by Detroit rapper Danny Brown, comedian Hannibal Buress and recent GOOD Music signee Holt. You just need to RSVP and queue up at the "secret location" to get in. Here's a hint: The venue rhymes with "ball-e-uh tall."

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Thalia Hall Until Thu Jun 4 Free

Will Butler

Critics' pick

Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and former Northwestern poetry major Will Butler pops back into Chicago for a dirt cheap gig promoting his first solo album of uptight new-wave Policy.

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Hideout Until Fri Jun 5

Purity Ring

Critics' pick

The glitchy, dubby and atmospheric boy-girl duo is fronted by Megan James whose vocals give Purity Ring a pop edge. Beatmaker Corin Roddick drums on a cool custom light-up electronic rig that is as much art instalation as percussion instrument. The Canadians take a big step up in venue size on the heels of sophomore album, Another Eternity.

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Riviera Theatre Until Mon Jun 8

My Morning Jacket

Critics' pick

The epic, kinda weird Americana rock act returns to Chicago for a three night stand. The Kentucky beardos have a new record to promote, The Waterfall, and if one song is any indication (it's not), then "Big Decisions" signals a return to a more straightforward rootsy sound, something less proggy. Then again, there's a new tune called "Compound Fracture (Miami Jungle Version)," so they're probably keeping blissfully a little strange. Those Grateful Dead tickets are impossible to come by, so why not settle for a kind of modern analogue?

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Chicago Theatre Until Thu Jun 11

Hozier

With vocals to die for and an inborn nack for soul, this scruffy Irish musician got his start singing with Celtic choral group Anúna. He treaded into bluesier waters in 2013 with the release of his EP Take Me to Church, whose title track shot to ubiquity. The contemporary bluesman hits Millennium Park just before Blues Fest to play from his '14 release, From Eden.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion Until Wed Jun 10

Wire presents Drill: Chicago

Critics' pick

Venerable veteran post-punk band Wire puts together an interesting three-day art-rock festival spread over three venues. On Thurday, local jazz-skronk man Ken Vandermark performs and also stretches out with Wire on “Map Ref. 41°N 93°W” (21+), the best song from the group's 1979 album, 154. On Friday, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and White Lung kick out the jams (17+), while St. Vincent pops in to improvise with Wire on a longform version of "Drill," an industrial epic around which they once based an entire album. Finally, on Saturday, Wire performs its perfect debut Pink Flag in full (18+). Tim Hecker and local krautrockers Disappears open that one.

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Hideout Until Sat Jun 13

Hippo Campus

Critics' pick

Yeah, the name is rather regretful, but this brainy Minneapolis quartet has been catching our attention for months on their hometown radio station, The Current. Vampire Weekend is an obvious comparison to the polished, preppy, Afrobeaty guitar-pop, but they take enough jammy twists and turns to stand apart. The quartet recorded its debut EP, Bashful Creatures, with Alan Sparhawk of Low.

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Lincoln Hall Until Fri Jun 12

Spring Awakening Festival

Critics' pick

Local promoter React Presents keeps making its mammoth EDM festival so more mammother, with bigger stages, acts and bass drops. This year, heavyweights like Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Jack Ü headline. If you're looking for mellow, run away. This is an orgy of neon, skin and low end frequencies. A couple of c-notes might seem steep for a concert, but that's VIP bottle service to see just one of these A-listers.

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Soldier Field Until Sun Jun 14

Rush

Critics' pick

Rush has always had a devoted following, but this most recent period of the Canadian power-proggers' history has no doubt been extra special for the trio's faithful fans. First came a definitive 2010 documentary, Beyond the Lighted Stage; then a brilliant new concept LP, 2012's Clockwork Angels; and finally, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2013. Now, the band tours North America to celebrate 40 years together (though the band dates back to 1968, Peart joined in '74).

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United Center Until Fri Jun 12
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Festivals in June 2015

Lagunitas Beer Circus

Critics' pick

After a successful first year, Lagunitas is bringing its Beer Circus back to its gigantic Douglas Park brewing facility. The event will assemble circus performers, live music, food trucks, carnival rides and plenty of beer for an afternoon of drunken fun that could make you reconsider your irrational fear of clowns.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company Until Sat Jun 6

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

Critics' pick

Get your lit fix as the city's historic former bookmaking hub hosts the Midwest's biggest free outdoor ode to literature. Publishers, booksellers, literacy and cultural organizations advocate books and related merchandise in different lanuages and genres, while authors participate in panels and discussion. The kiddies can enjoy special activities at the Lil' Lit Park.

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Printers Row Until Sun Jun 7 Free

57th Street Art Fair

Critics' pick

The oldest juried craft fair in Hyde Park features paintings, sculptures, jewelry and ceramics from more than 200 artists. This year's event will feature pop-up artist talks as well as an artist-at-work area, where attendees can observe the process of creation.

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57th St between Kenwood and Kimbark Aves Until Sun Jun 7 Free

Remix Chicago

Remix Chicago takes over a strip of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square for a weekend of repurposed crafts, workshops, music and food. Enjoy music, eco-friendly workshops, sustainable food options and cold berverages as you learn more about recycled art.

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Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton Ave and California Ave Until Sun Jun 7

Pilsen Food Truck Fest

Critics' pick

More than 40 trucks will show up to sling sample portions of tasty grub on the street outside of Thalia Hall at the very first Pilsen Food Truck Fest, which will benefit the Illinois Food Truck Association. Empty Bottle will be booking the musical entertainment, so you'll have some great tunes to listen to while you chow down.

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Thalia Hall Until Sun Jun 7

Wire presents Drill: Chicago

Critics' pick

Venerable veteran post-punk band Wire puts together an interesting three-day art-rock festival spread over three venues. On Thurday, local jazz-skronk man Ken Vandermark performs and also stretches out with Wire on “Map Ref. 41°N 93°W” (21+), the best song from the group's 1979 album, 154. On Friday, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and White Lung kick out the jams (17+), while St. Vincent pops in to improvise with Wire on a longform version of "Drill," an industrial epic around which they once based an entire album. Finally, on Saturday, Wire performs its perfect debut Pink Flag in full (18+).

Read more
Hideout Until Sat Jun 13

Spring Awakening Festival

Critics' pick

Local promoter React Presents keeps making its mammoth EDM festival so more mammother, with bigger stages, acts and bass drops. This year, heavyweights like Zedd, Hardwell, Tiësto and Jack Ü headline. If you're looking for mellow, run away. This is an orgy of neon, skin and low end frequencies. A couple of c-notes might seem steep for a concert, but that's VIP bottle service to see just one of these A-listers.

Read more
Soldier Field Until Sun Jun 14

Chicago Blues Fest

Critics' pick

In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition brings in living legends and local 12-bar grinders. The theme this year is a tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, with Billy Branch, Mud Morgenfield and more leading the charge. Those with a looser definition of the blues might want take note of hunky, bruised crooner Hozier, who hits Pritzker Pavilion on June 10.

Read more
Grant Park Until Sun Jun 14 Free

Ribfest Chicago

Critics' pick

Head to Northcenter to dig into over 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ and don't forget to grab some napkins. The annual celebration of saucy pork will also play host to RibMania, the Midwest's only sanctioned rib-eating contest, which invites amateur and professional competitive eaters to chow down for a cash prize.

Read more
Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue Until Sun Jun 14 Free

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Critics' pick

Get ready to dance around the Maypole at Andersonville's annual celebration of its Swedish heritage. The LGBT-friendly event showcases international performers, Nordic cuisine and an array of family activities. Skål!

Read more
Clark Street and Foster Avenue Until Sun Jun 14

Official Star Trek Convention

Creation Entertainment sets its phasers to stun and brings its Official Star Trek Convention comes to Chicago, welcoming actors from every generation of the long-running franchise. Guests at this year's event include George Takei, Karl Urban, Walter Koening and Colin Meany, in addition several other actors who have appeared on series like Deep Space 9 and The Next Generation. Attendees can also look forward to additional programing and more merch than you can shake a Tribble at.

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Westin O'Hare Until Sun Jun 14

World Naked Bike Ride

Critics' pick

The annual clothing-optional bike ride takes over the streets of Chicago, attracting hundreds of scantily clad riders who help raise awareness about cyclists and positive body image. The route and start time won't be revealed until the day of the event, so make sure to check ChicagoNakedRide.org if you're interested in participating in or observing the ride. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park Until Sat Jun 13 Free

Neighbors of West Loop Craft Beer Festival

Critics' pick

Though it's no longer the closing event of Chicago Craft Beer Week, the city's very first craft beer festival returns for a boozy blowout in the West Loop. While tasting beer from nearly 40 local brewers, attendees can avoid a nasty hangover with the help of food from French Market vendors like Saigon Sisters and Pastoral.

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Chicago French Market 13 Jun 2015

Lombard Ale Fest

Critics' pick

Lombard's second annual craft beer festival showcases more than 100 seasonal beers from breweries across the country, including Central Waters, Lakefront Brewing and Stone Brewing Co. Thirsty attendees will gather in the downtown Lombard Metra station to sample brews and wash down savory dishes from Chicagoland food trucks.

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Lombard Metra Station 13 Jun 2015

Brew to Be Wild

Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for a night of craft beer, music and lawn games amid a menagerie of wild animals. The inaugural event will have more than 75 specialty brews to sample from more than 35 local and regional breweries. General admission is $49 and includes up to 20 three-ounce samples and a souvenir glass.

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Lincoln Park Zoo Until Sat Jun 13

Wells Street Art Festival

See the work of more than 200 juried artists and bid on original photography, paintings, jewelry and more at the two-day silent auction in Old Town. Food options include fare from local restaurants like Adobo Grill and Woodie's Flat while the slate of entertainment features 16 Candles, Trippin Billies and daily performances by the Jessie White Tumblers.

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Wells St between North Ave and Division St Until Sun Jun 14

Old Town Art Fair

Old Town hosts its 66th go-round this year, featuring the work of 250 juried artists. Other highlights of the festival include a self-guided tour through 60 urban gardens, plenty of vendors, food from local eateries and a stage featuring live music.

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Old Town Triangle Park Until Sun Jun 14

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas

Critics' pick

When summer starts, the party in Humboldt Park never seems to end. The neighborhood’s fiesta season begins with a four-day festival that culminates with the Puerto Rican People's Parade on Division Street (Saturday at 2pm). Originating in 1964, this Puerto Rican heritage celebration includes performances by Latin entertainers, carnival rides and food vendors.

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Humboldt Park Until Sun Jun 21 Free

Chicago Ale Fest

Critics' pick

Head to Buckingham Fountain for two sessions of beer tastings, featuring more than 200 different craft brews. Take in the skyline whicle knocking back drafts from 4 Hands Brewing, Southern Tier, Marz Brewing, Rogue and more. Each ticket includes 20 3oz samples.

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Buckingham Fountain Until Sat Jun 20

Taste of Randolph

Critics' pick

In the heart of restaurant row, on the same streets as some of Chicago's (and America's) best-known restaurants, this West Loop fest boasts six blocks of food, drink and music. The bookings at this sleeper festival are always solid.

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Randolph St Until Sun Jun 21
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Theater and dance in June 2015

Once

The intimate Tony-winning musical, based on the equally gentle Irish indie film about a pair of Dublin folk musicians' whirlwind not-quite-romance, makes a brief return stop on its national tour.

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Cadillac Palace Theatre Until Sun Jun 7

On Your Feet!

Critics' pick

Is the rhythm, indeed, gonna get us? We'll find out when Chicago gets the first look at this new Broadway-bound musical "based on the life and music of" pop star Gloria Estefan and her producer husband, Emilio Estefan. Featuring hits drawn from Estefan's pop catalog and a book by Alexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet! is directed by Jerry Mitchell with choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

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Oriental Theatre Until Sun Jul 5

Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t

Critics' pick

A gay teen sets out to prove that the 16th president shared his orientation in this time-jumping comedy by Bixby Elliot (Girl You Know It's True). About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff helms the Chicago premiere, with a cast that includes Matt Farabee, Dana Black, Jessie Fisher, Lane Flores, Nathan Hosner and Derrick Trumbly.

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Greenhouse Theater Center Until Sun Jul 5

The Birds

Irish playwright Conor McPherson's 2009 work is inspired by the same Daphne DuMaurier story of winged attackers as Alfred Hitchcock's film, though like Hitchcock, McPherson uses DuMaurier as a jumping off point for a tale that departs from the original, with three strangers coming together to hide from the birds in an abandoned seaside house. Kevin Kingston directs the Chicago premiere for Griffin Theatre, featuring actors Jodi Kingsley (Diane), David Krajecki (Tierney), Keith Neagle (Nat) and Emily Nichelson (Julia).

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Theater Wit Until Sun Jul 19

Hubbard Street Dance: Summer Series

Critics' pick

Hubbard Street Dance returns to the Harris Theater, presenting a special program dedicated to the work of resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. The evening will include the world premiere of Cerrudo's latest piece in addition to performances of "Extremely Close" and "Little mortal jump."

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Harris Theater Until Sun Jun 14

The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote

Critics' pick

The Royal Ballet back to Chicago after a 37-year absence, presenting Carlos Acosta's production of Don Quixote. Accompanied by Chicago Sinfonietta, the vibrant production marks the close of the Auditorium Theatre's 125th anniversary dance season.

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Auditorium Theatre Until Sun Jun 21

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Critics' pick

Christopher Durang's Tony Award–winning comic riff on Chekhov gets an overdue Chicago premiere. Steve Scott directs a stellar cast, including Janet Ulrich Brooks, Mary Beth Fisher, Ross Lehman, E. Faye Butler, Jordan Brown and Rebecca Buller.

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Goodman Theatre Thursday July 30 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015

All Our Tragic

Critics' pick

The Den Theatre remounts the expansive All Our Tragic, adapting all 32 surviving Greek tragedies into an eight-act, 12-hour, often surprisingly funny and totally singular experience.


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The Den Theatre Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015

Art in June 2015

"Art Paul: Hard Heads, Sweet Knees, Forked Tongues"

As the founding art director of Playboy magazine, Chicago-born artist Art Paul set the tone for an entire generation of print designers with his creation of the iconic rabbit-head logo. "Hard Heads, Sweet Knees, Forked Tongues" documents Paul’s career as an artist after he retired from Playboy, including a revealing collection of portraits, paintings and sketches.

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Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Until Sun Jul 26 Free

"Golden Spike: Rock Shop of the Anthropocene"

In June, Comfort Station becomes a roadside rock shop in the middle of Logan Square, displaying a selection of geological curiosities selected by artist and organizer Stella Brown. The exhibition includes rocks, minerals and metals that reflect the effects of human activity on both a geological and environmental level.

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Comfort Station 28 Jun 2015 Free

"David Hartt: Interval"

Critics' pick

Canadian artist David Hartt investigates how culture and values change over time in "Intervals," a new exhibition featuring films and photographs from two isolated locales: Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon and Sakhalin Island, a Russian territory.

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Art Institute of Chicago Until Sunday October 11 2015

"Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions"

After seeing a watercolor by Theodore Rousse, James McNeill Whistler met the young artist and began working side-by-side with him, developing new lithography and color etching techniques. The Art Institute's new exhibition explores the partnership, displaying the resulting innovation through 175 objects, including etchings, lithographs, drawings, paintings and artist-designed frames.

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Art Institute of Chicago Until Sunday September 27 2015

Free events in June 2015

The 606 Opening Weekend

Critics' pick

After a slight delay, the 606 is finally opening, bringing foot and bike traffic to a formerly abandoned stretch of elevated rail in Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park. The celebration begins with ribbon cuttings (8am), processions on the trail and a street festival on Humboldt Blvd (10am–9pm) on Saturday and concludes with a pancake breakfast at the West Trailhead on Sunday morning.

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Humboldt Blvd and Cortland St Until Sun Jun 7 Free

Art Institute Family Festival

Spend an art-filled day at the Art Institute's Ryan Education Center with a live storytelling concert, gallery walk-through, interactive art installation and studio project. There will also be an opportunity to meet artist-in-residence Tom Burtonwood.

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Art Institute of Chicago 07 Jun 2015 Free

"Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music"

Critics' pick

Gathering memorabilia, interviews and equipment, the Chicago Cultural Center's latest exhibition delves into the history of house music, charting its origins in Chicago clubs during the 1980s and its recent resurgence in pop music.

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Chicago Cultural Center Until Sunday August 16 2015 Free

The Nosh presents Four40 Eats

Critics' pick

Each Thursday this summer, the Nosh's outdoor lunch market returns to the Chicago Board of Trade and gives you an excuse to eat outside. Weekly vendors this year include pastrami sandwich from Fumare Meats, husk-wrapped treats from Dia De Los Tamales and freshly grilled peri-peri chicken from Cluckson's Chicken. Every market will feature two to three additional vendors, DJs spinning tunes and outdoor seating.

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440 S LaSalle St Thursday July 30 2015 - Thursday August 20 2015 Free

Chicago Blues Fest

Critics' pick

In its 32st year, the Grant Park tradition brings in living legends and local 12-bar regulars. The theme this year is a tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, with Billy Branch, Mud Morgenfield and more leading the charge. That all goes down on Sunday. If you're looking for just one day to attend: Buddy Guy headlines on Saturday at 8pm at the Petrillo Music Shell, after Taj Mahal warms up the stage. South Side soul underdog Syl Johnson headlines at the same place and time on Friday, which should be hot. Those with an even looser definition of the blues might want take note of hunky, bruised crooner Hozier, who hits Pritzker Pavilion on June 10.

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Grant Park Until Sun Jun 14 Free

Movies in the Parks

Critics' pick

From June through September, more than 240 movies will screen in parks all over Chicago as part of the city's annual Movies in the Parks program. From recent blockbusters like Maleficent and Gravity to classics like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Space Jam, you're sure to find good something to watch (for free!) beneath the stars this summer. Screenings typically begin at 8:30pm each evening. Take a look at the full list of movies and participating parks.

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Various venues Until Thursday September 3 2015 Free

Schubas Bike Bash

Critics' pick

Time to dust off your bike and ride over to Schubas, where local shops will be on hand to perform tune-ups, demos and workshops. Attendees can fuel up on BBQ and Revolution beer while supporting the Working Bikes Cooperative, a local non-profit that helps repair and recycle bikes.

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Schubas 13 Jun 2015 Free

World Naked Bike Ride

Critics' pick

The annual clothing-optional bike ride takes over the streets of Chicago, attracting hundreds of scantily clad riders who help raise awareness about cyclists and positive body image. The route and start time won't be revealed until the day of the event, so make sure to check ChicagoNakedRide.org if you're interested in participating in or observing the ride. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park Until Sat Jun 13 Free

"Liminal Infrastructure"

Critics' pick

See photographs taken with the Liminal Camera, a massive portable camera fashioned from a shipping container, at this new DePaul Art Museum exhibition. The collection features newly-commissioned photographs made in and around Chicago by Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen and Tristan Duke. A companion exhibit, "Liminal Portraits", will be on display simultaneously at Co-Prosperity Sphere.

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DePaul Art Museum Until Sunday August 9 2015 Free

Chicago Pride Parade

Critics' pick

Chicago's LGBT community comes out to celebrate with a parade that attracts over one million attendees. You'll want to head to the parade route early to grab a spot before the procession starts rolling down Halsted and Broadway between Montrose and Diversey.

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Pride Parade Route Until Sun Jun 28 Free

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