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August 2020 events calendar for Chicago

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

Air & Water Show Sunday, August 21, 2016
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Somehow, it's already August, which means that summer in Chicago is halfway over—time to make the most of your remaining weeks of Chicago beach weather and street festivals. The month kicks off with sets from pop stars like Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and the Chainsmokers at Lollapalooza and continues with an array of festivals devoted from everything from hot dogs to sangria to house music. If you're looking for reasons to get out, you can look up and catch the Air and Water Show, run a 5K while eating Stan's Donut or nerd out among the celebs at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Fill in your calendar through Labor with our guide to things to do in Chicago in August.

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Featured events in August 2020

Photograph: Stephanie Jensen
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ACTIVATE: Scene Change at Auditorium Theatre Alley

icon-location-pin Gene Siskel Film Center, Loop

Chicago Loop Alliance's pop-up party series returns to alleys and other unexpected downtown locations this summer, giving you a good reason to hang out downtown after work. The third of four events will be hosted in an alley behind the Auditorium Theatre, hosting interactive tech, DJs, live performers and body painting curated by local creative production agency SONIDOS. Guests can RSVP to receive one free drink ticket when they arrive. Look out for one more ACTIVATE event on September 26 at a soon-to-be-announced urban space around the Loop.