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August 2021 events calendar for Chicago

Plan your August in Chicago with our events calendar of the best things to do, including concerts and art exhibits

By Zach Long and Emma Krupp

Welcome to the city's hottest month, when the nights are muggy and the water at Chicago beaches is finally warm enough to go for a dip without making your teeth chatter. Embrace the balmy weather with Chicago's packed roster of summer festivals and events happening in August, from the classical concerts of the Grant Park Music Festival and hip hop tunes at Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash to the many Movies in the Parks screenings throughout the city's green spaces in the evenings. Sick of the heat? Strip down to your undies for the annual World Naked Bike Ride, or escape the sun for a few hours and catch the last few weeks of "The Obamas in Chicago" at The Art Institute of Chicago—by the time you've finished browsing, you'll be ready for summery drinks at the best rooftop bars in Chicago. Raise a glass to summer and check out all the best things to do in Chicago this August. 

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