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June 2017 events calendar for Chicago

Jump into summer in Chicago with our picks for the best art, music, beaches, events and festivals

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

What in the entire world is lovelier than June in Chicago? After months of bundling up, dreaming of beach weather, the time is here. Chicago’s infamous (and endless) street festivals are already in full swing, the patios are open and summer music festivals are already eating up our weekends. Plus, June is Pride Month—as if you needed an excuse to celebrate—so we’ve got the incredible Pride Parade to cap off a gorgeous month. Kick off your summer with a bang and the help of our June events calendar.

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Featured events in June 2017

Maifest

It's Oktoberfest (even though it's June), as the traditionally German neighborhood of Lincoln Square throws down with all the beers, cheers, oompah, Lederhosen and pretzels you'd expect.

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Lincoln Square , Lincoln Square Thursday June 1 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

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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 , Downtown Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Do Division Street Fest

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Do Division, the street shindig booked by Empty Bottle and Subterranean, kicks off the summer festival season during the first weekend of June. Spanning 10 city blocks, the annual celebration brings a selection of local vendors and restaurant to Division Street, as well as family activities, a sidewalk sale and a runway fashion show. The music lineup is solid (as usual).

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Division St between Damen Ave and Wood St , East Village Friday June 2 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017
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Ribfest Chicago

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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 Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Spring Awakening Music Festival

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With the Copa América Centenario international soccer tournament taking over Soldier Field throughout June, Chicago's biggest EDM festival is moving to Addams/Medill Park this summer. In its new location, local promoter React Presents is planning the biggest Spring Awakening to date, featuring more than 100 acts, five stages and carnival rides. Headliners for the 2016 fest include Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Flying Lotus, A-Trak more of the biggest and best electronic acts.

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Addams/Medill Park , Little Italy, UIC Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Chicago Blues Festival

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The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music. Those expecting Blues Brothers cover bands should steer clear (though you're likely to hear a few renditions of "Sweet Home Chicago")—past editions have brought artists such as Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Syl Johnson to the stage.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion , Millennium Park Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017
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Andersonville Midsommarfest

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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 , Andersonville Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

World Naked Bike Ride

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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. Check-in for the ride begins at 6pm in the West Loop and the ride usually runs from 8pm-11pm—for specific route details (typically announced the day of the event) check ChicagoNakedRide.org. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park , River West/West Town Saturday June 10 2017

Taste of Randolph

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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. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the event is welcoming 20 restaurants, including Belly Q, Gus's Fried Chicken, Publican Quality Meats and Cemitas Puebla. Swedish indie-pop act Peter, Bjorn and John, electro duo MS MR and Australian rockers Atlas Genius headline the music lineup.

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Randolph St , West Loop Friday June 16 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017
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Windy City LakeShake Festival

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After a successful first year, the Windy City LakeShake Festival returns to Northerly Island for three days of country music. This year, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn headline a Nashville-rich bill. The lakefront hoedown also features Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Thomas Rhett—dust off your cowboy hat and polish those boots. (Note: There are no single-day tickets available for this festival)

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Huntington Bank Pavilion , Downtown Friday June 23 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017

Green Music Fest

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This environmentally conscious Wicker Park festival takes over Damen Avenue, bringing green vendors, food and biodiesel- and bicycle-powered (you can help electrify a stage by pedaling a stationary bike) live music to the neighborhood for two nights. The 2016 lineup boasts rootsy rockers Black Joe Lewis and Langhorne Slim as well as King Khan & The Shrines, Waxahatchee and Broncho.

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Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St , New City Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Chicago Pride Parade

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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 , Uptown Sunday June 25 2017
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Concerts in June 2017

U2 + The Lumineers

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Now that the backlash to U2's covert delivery of Songs of Innocence to every iTunes library has become a distant memory, Bono and company are hitting the road once more. After selling out five shows at the United Center in 2015, the band will come to Soldier Field to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album, The Joshua Tree. U2 will be performing the record in its entirety, including setlist staples like "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," but you may also hear some cuts from the group's forthcoming 14th studio album. Folk rockers the Lumineers will support.

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Soldier Field , Museum Campus Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Chicago Blues Festival

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The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music. Those expecting Blues Brothers cover bands should steer clear (though you're likely to hear a few renditions of "Sweet Home Chicago") but anyone with an appreciation for blistering guitar riffs and soulful singers can get their fix here.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion , Millennium Park Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Spring Awakening Music Festival

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Chicago's largest EDM festival returns each June, armed with some of the biggest DJs and electronic acts in the world. Just like last summer, the fest will take up residence in Addams/Medill Park—an upgrade (in terms of space and aesthetics) from the somewhat cramped confines of the event's former home in Soldier Field. Expect bass drops, pyrotechnics and dancing bros galore.

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Addams/Medill Park , Little Italy, UIC Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017
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Otis Taylor + Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native

Though his music oozes with the kind of experience that only comes with time, bluesman Otis Taylor isn't a career musician—for several decades he was an antique dealer and professional bicycle team coach. Eventually, the guitarist was drawn back to the 12-bar arrangements that filled his teenage years, and 15 albums later he's solidified himself as a figurehead of the genre. His latest LP, Fantasizing About Being Black, looks back on the history of African-American life, from the horrors of slavery to the continuing struggle for civil rights. Cellist and folk singer-songwriter Ben Sollee and his band Kentucky Native open the show. This free concert is part of the 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion , Millennium Park Monday June 12 2017

No BS! Brass Band + Dayme Arocena

As its name suggests, the Richmond, Virginia-based No BS! Brass Band is a horn-filled outfit that doesn't pull any punches. Bringing a New Orleans-style brass treatment to funk, R&B, soul and jazz arrangements, the 13-piece outfit fills out any stage it graces with trumpets, trombones and some punk rock attitude. Cuban jazz singer Dayme Arocena opens the show. This free concert is part of the 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion , Millennium Park Thursday June 15 2017

Seu Jorge

Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge is best known for his role in Wes Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, in which the musician sang David Bowie songs in Portuguese, accompanied by an acoustic guitar. Paying tribute to the the recently departed musical legend, Jorge digs back into Bowie's catalog throughout his new live show, backed by an intricate stage set modeled after a boat (complete with sails).

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Ravinia Pavilion , Suburbs Thursday June 15 2017
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The Hold Steady

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Fronted by Midwestern-raised singer-songwriter Craig Finn, the Hold Steady has always worn its flyover state origins on its sleeve. The group's seminal 2006 release Boys and Girls in America was a Bruce Springsteen-inspired suite of songs about people frustrated with small town life, but unable to escape it. More than a decade later, the group is embracing its past, welcoming instrumentalist Franz Nicolay back into the fold and reissuing it first three records. Finn and company will hold down two nights at Thalia Hall before playing a special show at the Empty Bottle, celebrating the venue's 25th anniversary.

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Thalia Hall , Lower West Side Thursday June 15 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017

Taste of Randolph

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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. This year Americana act Dawes, electronic one-man band Robert DeLong, indie jam band Moon Taxi and costumed funk outfit Here Come the Mummies headline the festival. Standing around all day will make you hungry, so look forward to grub from Nando's Peri Peri, Publican Quality Meats, Formento's and more.

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Randolph St , West Loop Friday June 16 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017

Aretha Franklin

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After more than half a decade, the reigning Queen of Soul is still putting her formidable pipes to work singing classic songs like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools." During her appearance at Ravinia, there's a good chance that Frankline will dig into her most recent release, The Great Diva Classics, which includes soulful renditions of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Etta James's "At Last."

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Ravinia Pavilion , Suburbs Saturday June 17 2017
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Metallica + Avenged Sevenfold

With its name scrawled in the margins of countless high school notebooks and a catalog of songs that have achieved veritable classic rock status, Metallica has weathered decades of heavy metal history with relative grace. Sure, there have been well-documented breakdowns, band therapy sessions and faulty microphones, but what's metal without a bit of well-placed anger? Metallica's latest album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct is a calculated throwback to the rapid tempos and thrashing riffs of the band's early days. The latest material might sound a bit forced at times, but the group clearly knows its strengths—played alongside "Master of Puppets" in a rowdy arena, you'll hardly notice the difference.

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Soldier Field , Museum Campus Sunday June 18 2017
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Festivals in June 2017

Maifest

It's Oktoberfest (even though it's June), as the traditionally German neighborhood of Lincoln Square throws down with all the beers, cheers, oompah, Lederhosen and pretzels you'd expect.

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Lincoln Square , Lincoln Square Thursday June 1 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Two Brothers Summer Festival

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Every summer, the Two Brothers Brewing Company puts together a weekend full of beer and music while rasing money for charity. This year, the festival moves to RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora, where X Amassadors, saint Motel, Blind Pilot, Knox Hamilton and Savoir Adore will headline the two-day event. 

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RiverEdge Park , Suburbs Friday June 2 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017

57th Street Art Fair

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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. Attendees can shop for artwork created in a variety of mediums, including glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics or fiber.

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57th St between Kenwood and Kimbark Aves Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017
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Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

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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 , Downtown Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017
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Ribfest Chicago

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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 Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Spring Awakening Music Festival

Recommended

With the Copa América Centenario international soccer tournament taking over Soldier Field throughout June, Chicago's biggest EDM festival is moving to Addams/Medill Park this summer. In its new location, local promoter React Presents is planning the biggest Spring Awakening to date, featuring more than 100 acts, five stages and carnival rides. Headliners for the 2016 fest include Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Flying Lotus, A-Trak more of the biggest and best electronic acts.

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Addams/Medill Park , Little Italy, UIC Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Lombard Ale Fest

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Lombard's 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 , Suburbs Saturday June 10 2017
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Pilsen Food Truck Social

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More than 25 trucks will show up to sling sample portions of tasty grub on the street outside of Thalia Hall at the Pilsen Food Truck Social. A percentage of the proceeds benefits the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association, the St Procopius Church soup kitchen and food panty and local after school programs.

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Dusek's Board and Beer , Lower West Side Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Chicago Blues Festival

Recommended

The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music. Those expecting Blues Brothers cover bands should steer clear (though you're likely to hear a few renditions of "Sweet Home Chicago")—past editions have brought artists such as Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Syl Johnson to the stage.

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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion , Millennium Park Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Recommended

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 , Andersonville Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017
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World Naked Bike Ride

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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. Check-in for the ride begins at 6pm in the West Loop and the ride usually runs from 8pm-11pm—for specific route details (typically announced the day of the event) check ChicagoNakedRide.org. Remember to wipe down your Divvy seat the day after.

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Eckhart Park , River West/West Town Saturday June 10 2017

Old Town Art Fair

Old Town hosts another go-round this year, featuring the work of 250 juried artists. Other highlights of the festival include a self-guided tour through over 50 urban gardens, plenty of vendors, food from local eateries and a stage featuring live music.

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Old Town Triangle Park , Austin Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017
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Brew to be Wild

Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for this after-hours spirit tasting event, featuring beers, food pairings, music and prime views of the venue's animal residents. The annual event has more than 75 beers to sample from local brewers.

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Lincoln Park Zoo , Lincoln Park Friday June 16 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017

Chicago Ale Fest

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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. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Grant Park Conservatory.

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Butler Field, Grant Park , Downtown Friday June 23 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017

Taste of Randolph

Recommended

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 event is welcoming 20 restaurants, including Belly Q, Gus's Fried Chicken, Publican Quality Meats and Cemitas Puebla. Dawes, Moon Taxi and Emancipator Ensemble headline the music lineup.

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Randolph St , West Loop Friday June 16 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017
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6 Corners BBQ Fest

Celebrate Father's Day weekend by pigging out with your dad at 6 Corners BBQ Fest, which features food by local and national barbecuers, live music, arts and crafts and professional wrestling shows.

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Six Corners , Portage Park Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Windy City LakeShake Festival

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After a successful first year, the Windy City LakeShake Festival returns to Northerly Island for three days of country music. This year, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn headline a Nashville-rich bill. The lakefront hoedown also features Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Thomas Rhett—dust off your cowboy hat and polish those boots. (Note: There are no single-day tickets available for this festival)

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Huntington Bank Pavilion , Downtown Friday June 23 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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Theater and dance in June 2017

Hamilton

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Let’s not mince words, since we’ve already spilled so many of them: Hamilton, writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as refracted through a hip-hop, pop and R&B lens, is a sprawling, stunning, singular achievement. By filtering the story of the American Experiment’s beginning into modern, meticulously rhymed vernacular and populating the stage with performers of color to play the likes of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, Miranda and his regular collaborators (director Thomas Kail, music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) make the founding fathers feel fresh and, miraculously, human. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Hamilton Chicago Weeks out from the country’s naming its 45th president, Hamilton’s new Chicago company arrives to remind us our democracy has always been messy, political, personal, and worth fighting for. Kail and Blankenbuehler fill designer David Korins’s spare set—which suggests that, like the country, it’s still under construction—with movement as thrilling and dense as Miranda’s lyrics. (The few moments of stillness are also used to great counter effect.) The nearly all-new Chicago cast (ensemble member Emmy Raver-Lampman is the sole transfer) easily lives up to the originals while finding their own new moments and shades. Miguel Cervantes is a rather more grounded Hamilton than the more frenetic Miranda, who originated the role, but Cervantes conveys the man’s vital, fatal

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The PrivateBank Theatre , Loop Until Sunday September 17 2017

That's Weird, Grandma

Want to look cool to your favorite pipsqueak (and adult friends, too)? Introduce them to Barrel of Monkeys' joyously long-running public show. The troupe conducts writing workshops with CPS grade school students by day, then transforms the kids' stories into hilarious or heartfelt skits and songs, performed with abandon by a spirited ensemble.

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Neo-Futurarium , Uptown Monday May 1 2017 - Monday August 28 2017

Cupid Has a Heart On

This long-running, lovey-dovey musical sketch show has found the perfect home in Stage 773's cabaret theater. It's refreshingly raunchy for date night, although its quaint take on dating in the age of social media feels a little rusty and outdated at times.

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Stage 773 , Lake View Saturday April 29 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017
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Art in June 2017

“#Aiweiwei”

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was taking photos that bluntly confront political and social issues long before Twitter or Instagram was invented. You’ll find some of his best shots (including one of him giving the White House the bird) collected in this exhibit, which is based around diaristic photographs he took during the 1980s and '90s in New York and Beijing. 

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Museum of Contemporary Photography , Loop Until Sunday July 2 2017

"L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters"

Immortalized on the walls of cafés, bistros and dorm rooms across the nation, vintage French posters are a decorative staple that date back to the late 1800s. The Driehaus Museum's latest exhibition presents 45 turn-of-the-century French posters from its collection, celebrating the affichomania (the "poster craze") that inspired art collectors to acquire these impressionistic creations from the streets of Paris.

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Richard H. Driehaus Museum , River North Until Sunday January 7 2018

“Eternal Youth”

Larry Clark’s infamous photograph series “Kids” (taken during the filming of the scandalous 1995 film of the same name) is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which examines the portrayal of youth in contemporary art. Grappling with the simultaneous innocent and sexualized depiction of young people, the MCA fills "Eternal Youth" with work by Dawoud Bey, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jack Pierso and more.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday July 23 2017
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"The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and Legacies"

As part of Chicago's Year of Public Art, the Chicago Cultural Center pays tribute to the Wall of Respect, a seminal mural that inhabited the side of a building at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue in 1967. Exhibit curators Romi Crawford, Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach examine how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture designed and gathered artists to paint the mural, which depicted black leaders and icons.

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Chicago Cultural Center , Loop Until Sunday July 30 2017

“Vostell Concrete, 1969–1973”

Best known for encasing a Cadillac in concrete, German artist Wolf Vostell adopted the material as a motif, using it to demonstrate permanence, urban renewal and unrest. "Vostell Concrete" collects 45 of the artist's sculptures, films, collages and prints, examining the motivation behind his use of materials and what they signified.

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Smart Museum of Art , Hyde Park Until Sunday June 11 2017

"Above, Before & After"

A painter may insist on hanging their canvases on a gallery wall, but some artists prefer to blur the line between their work and the environment in which it is presented. In "Above, Before & After," the MCA assembles a collection of two- and three-dimensional works that exploit the relationship between art and the viewer, including intricate mobiles by Alexander Calder and lightbox sculptures by Alfredo Jaar.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday June 18 2017
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"Tania Pérez Córdova: Smoke Nearby"

Using borrowed items—such as a cell phone SIM card or a single earring—Mexican artist Córdova creates sculptures that force viewers to consider the interactions involved in obtaining her materials. In "Smoke Nearby," Córdova's first solo U.S. museum exhibition, she showcases a selection of works featuring found objects, which she calls "contemporary relics."  

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday August 20 2017

"MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls"

The MCA's latest exhibition in its ongoing DNA series confronts the gender inequality that still haunts the art world. Named after the ‘90s feminist punk movement, "Riot Grrrls" showcases paintings by notable female artists like Mary Heilmann, Charline von Heyl and Judy Ledgerwood. The exhibition also features work by younger artists, including Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Amy Feldman.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday June 4 2017

"Classicism"

Art historians have long debated the exact meaning of the term "classicism," which typically denotes a reverence for Ancient Greek and Roman art. The latest Smart Museum exhibition explores how interpretations of classicism have evolved, assembling more than 70 paintings, sculptures and replicas that draw inspiration from ancient art forms.

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Smart Museum of Art , Hyde Park Until Sunday June 11 2017
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"Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language"

Ahead of the Fall 2017 opening of the Art Institute's permanent display of architecture and design works, the museum exhibits examples of postmodern design in the 1970s and ’80s, including colorful pieces by Italian group Memphis and architectural firm Coop Himmelblau.

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Art Institute of Chicago , Grant Park Until Sunday June 25 2017
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Free events in June 2017

Chicago Blues Fest

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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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Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion , Millennium Park Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Movies in the Parks

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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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Until Thu Sep 3

World Naked Bike Ride

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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 , River West/West Town Saturday June 10 2017
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Chicago Pride Parade

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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 , Uptown Sunday June 25 2017

Slo ’Mo

At this polysexual Logan Square dance-off, party purveyor Kristen Kaza and DJ Tess drop the needle on love-drenched classics by Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Prince and the queen of lovers' rock, Sade.

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The Whistler , Logan Square Thursday May 18 2017 - Thursday June 15 2017

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