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July 2016 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 2016

Fourth of July Fireworks

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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 Mon Jul 4

Taste of Chicago

Recommended

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. RECOMMENDED: Out complete guide to the Taste of Chicago food festival

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Until Sun Jul 10

Square Roots Festival

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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 10

Tour de Fat

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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.

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09 Jul 2016

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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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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Until Mon Sep 5

West Fest

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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 10

Newberry Library Book Fair

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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 31

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 18

Pitchfork Music Festival

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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 17

Wicker Park Fest

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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 24

Lollapalooza

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Set between Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, Lollapalooza is the city's largest music festival, boasting numbers of attendance well in the six digits on a regular day. This year Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, LCD Sounsystem and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, this year there will be four days of music (instead of three).

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Until Sun Jul 31

Festivals in July 2016

Eyes to the Skies Festival

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In Lisle, the Fourth of July features plenty of airborne eye candy, including fireworks and hot air balloons. Balloons launch daily, 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 3

Naperville Ribfest

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For more than two decades, this pork party has been serving up grilled grub along with rock- and country-flavored tunes. This year, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow and Lee Brice serve as the suburban fest's headlining musical acts. As always, on July 4th the celebration concludes with a firework display.

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Until Mon Jul 4

Windy City Ribfest

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Flex your jaw muscles and stretch that waistline at this 'cue fest in Uptown during Fourth of July weekend. Expect plenty of ribs and some live music, including national acts and regional cover bands. This year, vendors include BBQ King Smokehouse, Chicago BBQ Company, Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ and more great meat purveyors.

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Until Sun Jul 3

Mamby on the Beach

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React Presents, the fine folks behind Spring Awakening, deliver another killer festival—on a beach! The South Side sand show takes place on Oakwood Beach, featuring a mix of indie, electronic and hip-hop acts. The 2016 lineup includes Animal Collective, Santigold, Chet Faker and Chromeo. There's also an extra stage to the south of the beach the year, for even more lakefront fun.

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Until Sun Jul 3

Chosen Few DJs Music Festival,

Chicago's annual celebration of house music, the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, gets a makeover this summer, transforming into a full-fledged two-day music festival in Jackson Park. On Saturday, guests can pack a basket and take in performances from the event's namesake DJs, as well as guests like Joe Claussell, Harry Dennis and Curtis McClain. Sunday's lineup highlights soul, R&B and jazz performers, including vibraphone player Roy Ayers and R&B singer Cheryl Lynn.

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Until Sun Jul 3

Square Roots Festival

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Alt-country and Americana music are the two presiding genres at the annual Square Roots festival, which returns to Lincoln Square in July. Presented in conjunction with the nearby Old Town School of Folk Music, attendees can take in sets from more than 70 bands spread across two indoor stages and two outdoor stages. This year's lineup includes performances by Lydia Loveless, Cracker, My Brightest Diamond, Debo Band and more. Meanwhile, a craft beer tent serves up more than 30 different brews, including special batches and limited released procured for the event.

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Until Sun Jul 10

Windy City Smokeout

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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 Billy Currington, Old Dominion and Big & Rich. 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 17

Barrington Brew Fest

The 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 Alarmist, Half Acre 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 9

West Fest

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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 programs the main stage, pulling together a lineup that includes reunited indie rockers Luna, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and grunge-y Nashville act Bully. The DJ stage boasts sets from local selectors Mark Farina, Derrick Carter and Jevon Jackson. 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 10

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

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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. This year Fatso's Last Stand, Dive Bar and Chubby Weiners get in on the fun.

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Until Sun Jul 10

Tour de Fat

Recommended

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 circus performers and live music in Palmer Square Park—this year, Dr. Dog and Mucca Pazza headline. The environmentally conscious festival benefits West Town Bikes and culminates with one lucky attendee trading his or her car in for a brand new bicycle.

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09 Jul 2016

Chinatown Summer Fair

Recommended

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 17

Taste of River North

This riverfront bash offers samples of dishes from trendy area restaurants like Farmhouse, Taco Joint and El Hefe in addition to great view of the skyline. The shindig also includes a family fun area and live music from Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, Sixteen Candles, Sidewalk Chalk and more.

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Until Sun Jul 24

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

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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 80 local, regional and national craft beers from 40 brewers. 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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24 Jul 2016

SausageFest Chicago

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This year's SausageFest finds a new home on Weed Street, where attendees will be able to dig into some of the city's finest encased meats. The highlight of the event is the crowning of the Sausage King of Chicago, an attendee who proves his worthiness by raising donations and awareness for a charitable cause.

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Until Sun Jul 24

Wicker Park Fest

Recommended

The Crotch hosts this hipster-friendly fest that features three stages of Pitchfork-quality tunes on the cheap. While you're not shopping at record stores and vintage shops, drinking beer or eating donuts, you can catch concerts on three different stages. In 2016, hyper-literate folk trio the Mountain Goats, reunited San Diego punks Rocket from the Crypt, cheerful indie pop act Alvvays and scrappy Canadian rockers Pup headline the fest.

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Until Sun Jul 24

Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival

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Grab your djembe and head to Jefferson Park, where a drum circle is just one of the many highlights of this annual community festival. Munch on grub from local food trucks, sip on a beer from local breweries or peruse the juried art show.

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Until Sun Jul 31

Free events July 2016

Fourth of July Fireworks

Recommended

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.

Read more
Until Mon Jul 4

Taste of Chicago

Recommended

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 10

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

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Bring your blanket and your favorite movie snacks and sprawl out on the Millennium Park lawn. This season’s film offerings include some ’80s classics, films made in Chicago and even some musicals you can sing along to as they're broadcast on the park’s 40-foot-wide LED screen. July screeningsing include A League of Their Own, Thelma and Louise, as well as a double feature of Moonstruck and Silence of the Lambs.

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Until Tue Aug 30

Tour de Fat

Recommended

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 circus performers and live music in Palmer Square Park—this year, Dr. Dog and Mucca Pazza headline. The environmentally conscious festival benefits West Town Bikes and culminates with one lucky attendee trading his or her car in for a brand new bicycle.

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09 Jul 2016

"Paul Catanese: Visible From Space"

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After experimenting with camera-equipped kites, drones and rockets, interdisciplinary artist Paul Catanese became obsessed with the creation of Earthly drawings that could be seen from the moon. Without a lunar module to launch toward our orbiting satellite, Catanese decided to simulate these large-scale drawings with his latest solo exhibition, "Visible From Space." Using various props and mediums, Catanese will create large drawings on the floor of the Chicago Cultural Center and then use a 12-foot helium-filled blimp to capture footage from above. Stop by to see the artist at work, creating and then filming his latest additions to the Earth-bound tapestry.

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Until Tue Sep 27

ACTIVATE

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Each month, Chicago Loop Alliance throws a party in a nondescript downtown alley with the help of local artists and DJs. The roving event takes on a new theme—this summer, ACTIVATE will celebrate each of the five senses. Guests can RSVP to receive a free drink when they arrive.

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Various venues , Loop Thursday October 13 2016

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force + ProbCause

The eldest son of famed Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and joined his father’s band while still a teenager. In the ’80s, he started his own band, the Positive Force, drawing inspiration from big band funk and jazz. Chicago rapper ProbCause, who has collaborated with fellow native sons such as Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, opens up the show. This free concert is part of the 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series.

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Until Mon Jul 11

Chicago SummerDance

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All ages and skill levels are welcome at this annual series of jives, twirls and jumps. The dancing breaks out Thursday through Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. A professional instructor conducts dance lessons for the first hour before you cut a rug on the 4,900 square-foot recycled-materials dance floor.

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Until Sun Aug 28

King Sunny Adé + Ugochi & The Afro Soul Ensemble

Nigerian singer-songwriter King Sunny Adé was scheduled to perform at Pritzker Pavilion last year, but had to cancel the show due to visa problems. He'll make it up to us this year with a set of his distinctive juju music, which blends traditional African music with Western pop stylings. Local Afro-soul singer Ugochi kicks off the evening, backed by the Afro Soul Ensemble. This free concert is part of the 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series.

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Until Mon Jul 18

Tuesdays on the Terrace

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Each Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free concert in its Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. The lineup features performers from the Chicago jazz community, including Mike Reed and Joshua Abrams. Attendees can order food à la carte from the outdoor grill or pig out at the buffet (it's $27 per person). If it's raining outside, the event moves indoors to the MCA Café.

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Until Tue Sep 27

Chinatown Summer Fair

Recommended

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.

Read more
Until Sun Jul 17

Newberry Library Book Fair

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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 31

Theater in July 2016

Bat Boy: The Musical

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Like The Onion eventually did, Weekly World News mined some of its best material from recurring characters. And what "Diamond" Joe Biden is for The Onion today, Bat Boy was for WWN's heyday, turning into a sort of mascot. A hybrid half-bat, half-boy—it was what it said on the tin—purportedly discovered in a cave by spelunkers, Bat Boy became the inspiration for this satirical musical, which premiered in 1997 in Los Angeles—five years after Bat Boy's first Weekly World News cover—but has somehow taken nearly 20 years to reach a Chicago premiere.

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Until Sun Jul 24

War Paint

Theater divas Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star as cosmetics magnates and competitive rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively, in War Paint, a new musical debuting at the Goodman with an eye toward Broadway. The project will reunite the Grey Gardens creative team of songwriters Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, book writer Doug Wright and director Michael Greif. The musical draws material from a book by the same name by Lindy Woodhead, as well as a documentary, The Powder & the Glory, by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. Tickets for the special engagement are only available to subscribers and groups.

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Until Sun Aug 21

Company

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Bachelor Bobby contemplates those good and crazy people, his married friends, in the 1970 musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. William Brown directs Writers Theatre’s revival.

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Until Sun Aug 7

The Book of Mormon

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Ding-dong! The smash hit musical comedy from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez returns for its third Chicago engagement, a seven-week summer mission at the Oriental.

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Until Sun Aug 14

Chimerica

Taking her storytelling cue from a shot seen ’round the world, British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s 2013 work extrapolates an assessment of Chinese-American relations today from the famous photo of a Chinese man standing up to tanks in the 1989 Tiananmen Square showdown. In Kirkwood’s version, American cub reporter Joe Schofield (Coburn Goss) was one of a handful of photographers to capture the image and smuggle it out of the country without having it confiscated by Chinese forces. Nearly two and a half decades later, in 2012, a rudderless Schofield gets wind that the subject of the photo might improbably be alive; Joe sets off on a transpacific wild goose chase to find his man.

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Until Sun Jul 31

Death & Harry Houdini

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This episodic biography of the early 20th century’s most famous escape artist and illusionist was the House Theatre of Chicago's inaugural show back in 2001, with illusions designed by actor-magician Dennis Watkins. The show has become to the company what Lookingglass Alice is to Lookingglass—a signature piece that it revisits periodically. The 2016 edition is its first staging in three years.

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Until Sun Aug 21

The Hairy Ape

Director Monty Cole stages Eugene O'Neill's 1922 expressionist take on the plight of the worker with an all African-American, all-male cast featuring Julian Parker, Tony Santiago, Bradford Stevens, Rashaad Hall, Michael Turrentine and Breon Arzell. Oracle Productions’ winter hit gets a summer remount as part of Theater on the Lake.

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Until Sun Jul 17

The Grapes of Wrath

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Taking Frank Galati’s sweeping adaptation of John Steinbeck’s even more sweeping novel The Grapes of Wrath and cramming it into a 50-seat theatre is a choice that could have ended like the Joad family—which is to say, poorly. Luckily for Chicago audiences, director Erica Weiss has created something else entirely at the Gift Theatre in Jefferson Park: a portrait of poverty as claustrophobia. Whereas Steinbeck’s story is one of wide open plains and endless roads and lush, rotting valleys, this Grapes of Wrath is one of human bodies squeezed into the back of a rusting jalopy.

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Until Sun Aug 14

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody

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The first show to be staged in Writers Theatre’s new studio space delivers exactly what it says on the tin: a parody mash-up of several chestnuts of 20th-century American drama. Developed in conjunction with the Second City, the new show engineers a meeting between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, Willy Loman and George and Martha all in the same New Orleans rooming house, together with Our Town’s folksy Stage Manager. The characters’ interaction allows for smart and goofy metacommentary on their original plays (with nods to several others), while also poking fun at the very nature of theater—and theatergoers.

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Until Sun Aug 14

Northanger Abbey

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In Lifeline’s delightful new musical adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Catherine Morland (Stephanie Stockstill), the daughter of a poor clergyman, has spent her life with her nose in a book, awaiting her own adventure. When a wealthy neighbor (Jenifer Tyler) takes her to the affluent enclave of Bath to meet an appropriate suitor, a whirlwind romance ensues. The play’s whimsy and charm are largely contingent on Catherine. As her fantasies and realities intertwine on set, we’re anchored by Stockstill’s splendid performance. Her beautiful soprano shines throughout the entire score, and she makes Catherine’s charming naiveté bewitching.

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Until Sat Aug 13

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Puck up: First Folio Theatre stages Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of lovers, faeries and mechanicals on the lush grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate.

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Until Sun Aug 14

Twelfth Night

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks’s mobile theater hits 19 parks this summer with an abridgement of the mistaken-identity comedy, adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly.

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Until Sun Aug 14

The SpongeBob Musical

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Part of the charm of SpongeBob SquarePants, that waterlogged optimist who’s been a Nickelodeon star since 1999, is his nearly unflappable positivity. SpongeBob really believes that every single day in Bikini Bottom is the best day ever. You and I know, of course, that not every show can similarly be the best show ever. But I’d venture that The SpongeBob Musical, a strikingly inventive piece born of both corporate interests and a markedly motley creative team, is at this point very darn good.

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Until Sun Jul 10

WOZ: A Rock Cabaret

This cabaret show, which revisits The Wizard of Oz using ’80s and ’90s power ballads and rock anthems, was conceived by Kimberly Lawson and William S. Rogers and first performed last spring at Davenport’s, followed by a brief remount at Victory Gardens. That's where WOZ will return this summer for five performances, with special guest André De Shields joining the cast as the Wizard.

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Until Sun Jul 17

We Gotta Bingo

This Tony n' Tina's Wedding–style interactive dinner theater experience pits dueling parishes—one Irish, one Italian—against each other in a German beer hall over bingo and lasagna.

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Until Sun Jul 31

Pygmalion

Amanda Drinkall stars as flower girl Eliza Doolittle in Oak Park Festival Theatre’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s play; Jason Gerace directs.

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Until Sat Jul 16

Art in July 2016

"Paul Catanese: Visible From Space"

Recommended

After experimenting with camera-equipped kites, drones and rockets, interdisciplinary artist Paul Catanese became obsessed with the creation of Earthly drawings that could be seen from the moon. Without a lunar module to launch toward our orbiting satellite, Catanese decided to simulate these large-scale drawings with his latest solo exhibition, "Visible From Space." Using various props and mediums, Catanese will create large drawings on the floor of the Chicago Cultural Center and then use a 12-foot helium-filled blimp to capture footage from above. Stop by to see the artist at work, creating and then filming his latest additions to the Earth-bound tapestry.

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Until Tue Sep 27

"The Propeller Group"

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the team of artists that make up the Propeller Group specialize in video projects that explore subjects ranging from Vietnamese history to the tools of international war. The MCA's exhibition includes several multi-part videos made within the past five years, including films that examine Vietnam's fake antique trade and global funerary traditions.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday November 13 2016

"Witness"

Examining the relationship between photographers and their subjects, "Witness" probes the various ways in which the circumstances surrounding the capturing of an image can define its message. Beginning with Walker Evans' vernacular photos from the 1940s and ending in a large-scale installation by Alfredo Jaar, the exhibit explores photography's changing role throughout the history of the medium.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday February 19 2017

"50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards"

Recently, the Chicago Architecture Foundation tasked 50 designers and architects with proposing projects that would address the needs of residents in each of the city's 50 wards. The results of this undertaking are on display in a new exhibition at the Foundation's Atrium Gallery, showcasing ideas like a continuous park promenade beneath the Brown Line and a kayak park that restores wetlands and provides a new mode of transportation.

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Chicago Architecture Foundation , Loop Until Thursday December 1 2016

"Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy"

For years, oil refineries have piled petcoke—a fine dust of carbon and toxic heavy metals—on the southeast side of Chicago. This collection of photographs and essays examines the environmental and societal impact of this hazardous waste product while seeking to raise awareness of its presence within the city.

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Museum of Contemporary Photography , Loop Until Sunday October 9 2016

"Alice Hargrave: Paradise Wavering"

Local photographer and professor Alice Hargrave presents a selection of large-format photos that examine the complex emotions that can be conjured by images that are associated with personal memories. Her moody shots of vacation locales and everyday objects inspire reminiscence with subjects that are at once recognizable and relatable.

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24 Jul 2016

"Aaron Siskind: Abstractions"

With photos of chipped paint peeling from walls and carefully framed landscape shots, Aaron Siskind brought the sensibilities of the Abstract Expressionist movement to photography. This exhibition of 100 of his images demonstrate the New York native's eye for detail and irregularity throughout his decades-long career.

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14 Aug 2016

"Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds"

The drawings, paintings and collages of Tony Fitzpatrick have graced the cover of records by the likes of Lou Reed, Steve Earle and the Neville Brothers. When he's not designing for musicians, the Chicago-based artist is usually drawing birds—his favorite source of inspiration. "The Secret Birds" (originally exhibited at the Poetry Foundation in 2014) collects some of Fitzpatrick's most recent avian-centric work, completed before he decided to pursue a degree in—you guessed it—ornithology.

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14 Aug 2016

"Kerry James Marshall: Mastry"

As an African American man who was born in Alabama before the passage of the Civil Rights Act and witnessed the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Kerry James Marshall is acutely aware of what it means to be black in America. His paintings confront race head-on, incorporating black figures into scenes that would historically exclude subjects who are not white. The Museum of Contemporary Art's survey of Marshall looks back at 35 years of his work, including his iconic 1980 piece, Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self.

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25 Sep 2016

"Carlos Rolón/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely…"

Chicago-native Carlos Rolón brings his immersive, site-specific installations to the Chicago Cultural Center, which examine the concept of luxury and the touchstones of urban life. Visitors can walk through a recreation of a boxing trophy den, a Caribbean courtyard and other reconstructed environments that reflect Rolón's experience as a first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican decent.

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Until Sun Jul 31

"Design Episodes: The Modern Chair"

In anticipation of the Art Institute's permanent design exhibition (opening in 2017) this display explores the many variations of the modern chair. From shiny tubular steel chairs to sleek plywood seats, you'll want to sit down after taking in this survey of 20th century perches.

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11 Sep 2016

"America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s"

During the Great Depression, American artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Grant Wood created iconic paintings that examined the nation's identity during trying times. “America after the Fall” collects 50 pieces created in the 1930s, unraveling the ways in which artists reinterpreted the American dream in an era of intense economic and political change.

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Until Sun Sep 18

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