WED/1
Theater on the Lake: Moby-Dick
Through August 5. An adaptation of the classic American novel put on by Building Stage. 2401 North Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

Dancin Sprouts: Leonardo
Through Aug 29. Gather for a musician for all young ages with summer fun songs. Outdoor concert, Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 5:30pm. Free.

Grant Park Music Festival: Scheherazade
Two musicals, Carpenter’s Adventures in a Perambulator and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, will be fused into a combination on stage using music from John Alden Carpenter. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, É Proibido Fumar”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.

Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
THU/2
World Class Jazz: Roots and Routes
Made in Chicago’s Makaya McCraven lets his listeners experience a span of cultures within his music. Melvin Butler, Greg Ward, and others join McCraven. North Michigan and Randolph, Millennium Park, 6:30pm. Free.
Hot Summer Nights: Alan Gresik Swing Music
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
Chicago SummerDance Festival
Thursdays-Sundays, through Sept 16. This dance series is back for its sixteenth year. Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 South Michigan, (312)742-4007. 6pm-9:30pm. Sundays 4pm-7pm. Free.
Full Moon Dinner Cruise: The Odyssey
Hop on the 749-passenger ship to experience a full moon, along with dinner and Lake Michigan waters. Departs from Navy Pier,(866)305-2469. Board 6pm. Cruise 7pm. Price $98-$124 per person. Reservations required.
FRI/3
Grant Park Music Festival: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Aug 3-4. A spice of Latin American and Spanish songs. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.
Lollapalooza
Aug 3-5. This year’s festival brings the sounds of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, The Shins, Calvin Harris, Band of Skulls and many more to Chicago. Grant Park, 500 South Columbus, (888)512-7469. Ticket info at lollapalooza.com
SAT/4
Edge Fest
Aug 4-5. Featuring some of Chicago’s best entertainment. Join the crowd in Edgewater for two days in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. 5800-5900 North Broadway, (773)665-4682. Saturday, noon-10:30pm. Sunday, noon-10pm. Free.
Grunsfeld Growing Garden Family Drop-In Activities
Through Sept 30. Bring the kids to learn how plants grow and function with tons of activities, including dissecting seeds, pollinating flowers, composting with worms, and more. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. Saturday and Sundays, 11am. Free.
Garden Chef Series
If you are looking for new recipes for a summer party or just for your family, come watch these demonstrations. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Free.
Wrigleyville Summerfest
Aug 4-5. Immerse yourself in the Wrigleyville neighborhood with meals, drinks, live music and all kinds of activities for your little ones too. 3300 N. Seminary, Wrigleyville. Aug 4, noon-10pm. Aug 5, 11am-9pm. $5 suggested donation.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,  É Proibido Fumar”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.

Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
SUN/5
Farmer’s Market
Through Oct 21. Meet local vendors, including lectures for you to tune in on. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 9am-3pm. Free.
Family Fun Festival: Architecture Week: Building Chicago
Jul 30-Aug 5. Join in on a series of events including a 10am Wiggleworm sing-along, followed by an 11am reading circle, and 1pm family performances. End the day with craft projects and activities, which focus primarily on building Chicago. Family Fun Tent, Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North, (312)742-1168. Every day from 10am-3pm. Free.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
MON/6
Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nederlander Organization. Music from “Sister Act,” “Les Miserables,” the pre-Broadway world premiere “Kinky Boots,” “I Love Lucy” and more. Millennium Park, (312) 977-1700. 6:15pm. Free.
Carillon Concert Series: Chelsea Vaught
Enjoy the sounds Chelsea Vaught creates using bells during a 45-minute musical performance. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.
TUE/7
Tuesday Morning Music: Kerry Leung
Kerry Leung plays instruments such as the bamboo flute, the grand lute, the second fiddle, the moon guitar, the mandolin and the gourd flute. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 10am. Free.
Rush Hour Concert: Music of Enrique Granados, Joaquin Turin, Jesus de Monasterio
Enjoy this classical concert featuring Francisco Fullana, Maire O’Brien, and Mark Riggleman in the St. James Cathedral. 65 East Huron, (773)338-9480. 5:15 beverage reception with artists. 5:45pm concert. Free.
Music on the Esplanade: Buffalo Grove Jazz Band
Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer, with a different genre every week. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
Tuesdays on the Terrace: Mwata Bowden
Live jazz on the MCA’s garden lawn. Lawn chairs available for rental for $5. Hotdogs and burgers from the grill, and locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $24 dinner buffet.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
WED/8
Grant Park Music Festival: Brahms’ Double Concerto
Featuring the German music tradition, prepare to listen to Beethoven’s Corioloan Overture, Brahms’ Double Concerto, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.
Dancin Sprouts: Bari Koral
Bring young ones to meet the “Sheryl Crow for kids”. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Fukushima Hula Girls, Gabappe Hula Girls!” 
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.

Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
THU/9
Hot Summer Nights: Lamajamal with Erika Ochoa
Erika Ochoa provides dancing to middle eastern vocals, clarinet sounds, and wild instruments. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
The Grand Illumination of Evening Island
Through Sept 3. Every evening there is a glow over the lakeside. After-hour events take place during the illumination. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. At twilight. Free.
Austin Town Center Farmers Market
Through Oct 25, every Thursday. Free programs also take place during the market. Austin Town Center, Lake and Central. 2pm-6pm. Free.
FRI/10
Wood Dale Prairie Fest
Aug 10-12. Carnival rides, food, beverages, live music, arts, crafts and special events. At the end of the festival, say goodbye to the festival with a fireworks display. 100 East Commercial, Wood Dale Town Square. 6:30pm. (773)868-3010. Free.
Grant Park Music Festival: Haydn: The Seasons
Aug 10-11. Presenting a sound full of thunderstorms, hunting expeditions, and peasant dances, this performance will provide you an experience of the natural world. Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. Friday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 7:30pm. Free.
Ginza Holiday Festival
Aug 10-12. Marking the fifty-seventh annual festival year, it includes stage performances, drumming, martial arts performances, and many more showcases. Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee, (312)943-7801. Aug 10 from 5:30-9pm. Aug 11 from 11:30am-9:30pm. Aug 12 from 11:30am-6pm. Adults $6; Seniors/Students $5; under 12 years free.
SAT/11
Northalsted Market Days
Aug 11-12. One of the largest two-day street festivals, with over 400 food, arts, and craft vendors. Special events include a performance by Olivia Newton John. 3656 North Halsted, (773) 584-6631. Saturday and Sunday noon-10pm. Entrance suggested $8 donation.
Retro on Roscoe
Aug 11-12. Three main stages will be set up throughout the festival grounds, along with six blocks of artists and samplings. A car show is also provided featuring specialty vehicles and motorcycles. Kid-friendly. Roscoe Village, 2000-2300 West Roscoe, 12pm-6pm both days. Free.
Taste of Edgewater and Uptown
Experience Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Swedish, West African dining cultures through these North Side neighborhoods. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, (312)742-1190. 10am-2:30pm. Adults $55; Seniors/Students/Children $50.
Kite Festival
Aug 11-12. Kite flying and kite-making will be available during this event. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 11am-4pm. Free.
Bud Billiken Parade
Robert S. Abbott started this parade in 1929 in appreciation of paper boys. Considered to be the back-to-school parade. Celebrities, entertainers, state bands, drill teams, car clubs, and many more activities after the parade. Bronzeville, 39th and South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, (773)536-3710. 10am-6pm. Free.
International Summer Screenings Program: “Fukushima Hula Girls, Gabappe Hula Girls!” 
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.
Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
SUN/12
Pedal Oak Park Tour
Through Sept 23. Every Saturday and Sunday. Take a journey on wheels to see twenty-two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures. Tour begins and ends at Greenline Wheels, 105 South Marion Street, Oak Park. 9:30am-11:30am, (312)994-4000. Members $30, non-members $35. Tickets and information at GoWright.org.
Grant Park Music Festival: The Book with Seven Seals
Aug 12-13. Franz Schmidt’s music creates the apocalypse tale. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 6:30pm; Saturday 7:30pm. Free.
Ecuador Parade
Floats, Andean music and dancing, in order to celebrate Ecuadorian Independence. On Montrose from California to Kimball.Time TBA. Free.
Summer Flea Market
The Vintage Bazaar will be hosting an indoor/outdoor flea market representing 150 vintage vendors including decor, furniture, clothing, jewelry, a mini farmers market, food trucks, music, cocktails and more. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 West Lawrence, (773)318-1760. 12-5pm. Admission $5. Kids under 12 are free.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
MON/13
Family Fun Festival: Science and Exploration
Aug 13-19. Join in on a series of events including a 10am Wiggleworm sing-along, followed by an 11am reading circle, and at 1pm family performances. End the day with craft projects and activities, which focus primarily on science and exploration. Family Fun Tent, Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North, (312)742-1168. 10am-3pm. Free.
Carillon Concert Series: Sue Bergren
Soak in the lights on Evening Island. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.
Driehaus Museum Twilight: Help Wanted: The Summer Servants Tour
Through Sept 14. If you haven’t heard of the Nickerson family, this tour will be an eye-opening experience inside of their old mansion. The tour also provides a special interview with one of their servants. Come see the secret stairwells and and doors. 40 East Erie, (312)482-8933. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 5:30pm. $15 per ticket.
TUE/14
The Field Museum: The Romance of Ants
Through Sept 30. Dr. Corrie Moreau takes her visitors along a journey as she shares her passion to study ants. Through the use of photos and other drawings, Moreau uses live ants to teach the importance of why the earth needs ants. The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore, (312)922-9410, 9am-5pm. Free with basic admission to museum.
Chicago SummerDance
July 19-Sept 15. Join professional instructors in the garden for one-hour dance lessons. Two hours of additional music and dance to follow lessons. Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, 601 South Michigan, (312)742-4007. Thursday-Saturday 6pm. Sunday 4pm. Free.
“Get Up and Go!” Neighborhood Conversations: Lincoln Square
RedEye columnist Mark Bazer will lead a group through Lincoln Square. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 5th Floor Millennium Park Room.(312)742-1190. Conversations begin at 12:15pm. Tours range $30-$55.
Rush Hour Concert: Thomas Adès: String Quartet “Arcadiana”
Featuring the Spektral String Quartet in the St. James Cathedral. 65 East Huron, (773)338-9480. Beverage reception with artists 5:15pm, Concert 5:45pm. Free.
Music on the Esplanade: Fernandez + Kimball
Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer, with a different genre every week. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
Tuesdays on the Terrace: Fred Lonberg-Holm
Live jazz on the MCA’s garden lawn. Lawn chairs available for rental for $5. Hotdogs and burgers from the grill, and locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $24 dinner buffet.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
WED/15
Ryan Opera Center: Mozart and Strauss
The rising opera voices from the Lyric Opera perform well-known opera scenes. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.
Dancin Sprouts: Zak Morgan
Known for lifting a child’s confidence and giving them a desire to read books. Outdoor concert, Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.
Farm Dinners
Have a meal served to you by farmers, food artisans, including creators of wine, beer, and spirits. Only local and seasonal ingredients will be served outdoors. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 5-8pm. $200 per person.
International Summer Screenings Program: “Black Brown White”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.
Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
THU/16
World Class Jazz: By A Little Light
Matt Ulery brings a combination of small-group jazz and Eastern European folk. Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.
Lurie Garden: Bringing Nature Home
Doug Tallamy, offers easy ways to make big ecosystem changes in your home, specifically with your lawn. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington, 5th floor Millennium Park Room, 12:30pm. Free.
Butterflies and Blooms
Through Sept 3. Be surrounded by butterflies from all over the world while learning about their life transformation and lifespan from a professional. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. Open daily, 10-5pm weather permitting. Adults, $5. Ages 3-12, $3.
Hot Summer Nights: Guitarra Azul Spanish Guitar and Flamenco
This Chicago band performs rumba, flamenco, Latin jazz and world sounds. Their music is accompanied by dancers. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
FRI/17
Dvorák: The Spectre’s Bride
A classic tale of a girl swept away by a ghost on a horse. Be prepared for a rising and suspenseful show. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Also, Aug 18 at 7:30pm. Free.
Edison Park Fest
Aug 17-19. Food, music, games, a parade, craft fair, a dog show, other entertainment shows, and even live animals. 6730 North Olmstead, (773)631-0063. Starts on Fri 6pm, Sat 11am parade, Sun noon. Free.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival
Aug 17-19. Hundreds of artists and open studios, with three outdoor stages. Glenwood between Lunt and Farwell, 6950 North Glenwood, (773)761-4477. Aug 17 6pm-10pm, Aug 18-19 noon-9pm. Free.
SAT/18
Air and Water Show
Aug 18-19. Featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other planes, this is a show to keep you looking up at the sky. There will also be water performers. Flown on lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as a highlight, (312)744-3315. 10am-3pm both days. Free.
North Side Summer Fest
Aug 18-19. 4050 N. Lincoln, (773)665-4682. Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm. Free.
Stargazing
All ages welcome to stare up at the sky. Make sure to bring a blanket to lay on and learn all about how our planets and stars move above us. Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White, (312)742-4600. 7:15pm-9:30pm. Free.
Millennium Park Workout
Pump up your muscles and kickstart your metabolism. The sessions last 45 minutes and welcome any level of physical ability. Millennium Park. Yoga 8am, Pilates 9am, Zumba 10am, (312)742-1168. Free.
International Summer Screenings Program: “Black Brown White”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.
Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
SUN/19

Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House
Currently in the midst of restoration, this Rogers Park home was one of Wright’s last Prairie-style homes. The tour is led by preservation architect T. Gunny Harboe. 7415 North Sheridan Road. 11am-12:30pm. gowright.org/bach. Tours are limited to ten people; $65 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Members and $75 for non-members.

Midwest Young Artists and Lang Lang Foundation
Young talent performs, specifically handpicked from the Lang Lang Foundation, following a week of workshops and master classes. Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.

Lurie Garden Family Workshop: Stories and Songs
Through Aug 19. Shana Harvey leads this family event focusing on folk songs from all over the globe. The Lurie Garden, 201 E. Randolph, south end of the Lurie Garden boardwalk, (312)742-1168. 11am-12pm. Pre-registration required. Free.
Chicago SummerDance
July 19-Sept 15. If you are attempting to learn dancing, join professional instructors in the garden for one-house dance lessons. Two hours of additional music and dance to follow lessons. Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, 601 South Michigan, (312)742-4007. Thursday-Saturday 6pm. Sunday 4pm. Free.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
MON/20
Family Fun Festival: Cultural Exchange: Explore Swedish Traditions
Aug 20-26. Join in on a series of events including a 10am Wiggleworm sing-along, followed by an 11am reading circle, and at 1pm family performances. End the day with craft projects and activities, which focus primarily on exploring the culture of Swedish traditions. Family Fun Tent, Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North, (312)742-1168. 10am-3pm. Free.
Carillon Concert Series: Jim Fackenthal
Listen to these carillonneurs bells create a symphony throughout the garden. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.
Chicago Dancing Festival: Chicago Dancing
The dancing festival aims to keep Chicago known for a great culture full of unique dancers. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, (773) 609-2335. 7pm. All events are free, but tickets for the indoor performance showcases must be reserved in advance.
TUE/21
Summer Studios: Transparent Towers
Create your own transparent city landscape through this activity. Family-friendly. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, MCA Plaza, (312)397-4010. 11am-2pm, Gardens 5pm-8pm. Free.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Fred Anderson Legacy Band
Dish up your plate with a summer buffet created by Puck’s Cafe as you listen to the band play into the summer night. MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art Terrace, 220 E. Chicago. 5:30-8pm.(312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $24 dinner buffet. Free.

Rush Hour Concert: Music of Mozart and Schubert
Enjoy this classical concert featuring the Avalon String Quartet in the St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron, (773)338-9480. Beverage reception with artists 5:15pm, Concert 5:45pm. Free.
Music on the Esplanade: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer, with a different genre every week. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
WED/22
My Morning Jacket
Bring your coolers and blankets for a summer party evening on the lawn. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Tickets start at $19.
Chicago Dancing Festival: Dancing East and West of Chicago
Dancers included in this show are Pacific Northwest Ballet guest artists, Ballet Arizona, Stars of San Francisco Ballet Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo, Martha Graham Dance Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Stars of New York City Ballet Gonzalo Garcia and Ana Sophia Scheller. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. (773)609-2335. 7:30pm. All events are free, but tickets for the other indoor festival performance showcases must be reserved in advance.
International Summer Screenings Program: “Intimate Grammar, Hadikduk HaPnimi”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.
Dancin Sprouts: Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies
Sing along with this swing, rock, and samba family band as they create music for kids to dance and sing to. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 5:30-7:30pm. Free.
Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
THU/23
Clark After Dark
Your donation helps fund troops and  Illinois troop families. Food, music, and a lot of other entertainment. 420 N. Clark, 4-10pm. Suggested donation $10.
World Class Jazz: Frank Rosaly: Todos de Pie! (Everyone Stand Up!)
Made in Chicago series continues with a Puerto Rican sound mixed together with electronics. Millennium Park,(773)609-2335. 6:30pm. Free.
Hot Summer Nights: The Country Doctors Country Western
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6-8pm. Free.
FRI/24
Chicago Triathlon
Aug 24-26. Whether in water, on land or on a bicycle, this is the ultimate race for athletes. Cheer on the participants with some Chicago noise, (773)404-2372. Start at 4:15am, Race at 6am.
Chicago Dancing Festival: Chicago Now
Professional companies discuss what is going on with dance in Chicago today with a  lecture and demonstration. Museum of Contemporary Art/MCA Stage, (773)609-2335. 6pm. All events are free, but tickets for the indoor festival performance showcases must be reserved in advance.
SAT/25
Chicago Dancing Festival: Celebration of Dance 
Dancers included are the Houston Balley, Martha Graham Dance Company, Stars of San Francisco Ballet, Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzea, Bolero Chicago, After School Matters, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park, (773)609-2335. 7:30pm. All events are free, but tickets for the indoor performance showcases must be reserved in advance.
International Summer Screenings Program: “Intimate Grammar, Hadikduk HaPnimi”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.
Saturday Morning Buzz Workout
Pump up your muscles and kickstart your metabolism. Sessions last 45 minutes and welcome any ability. Millennium Park. Yoga 8am, Pilates 9am, Zumba 10am, (312)742-1168. Free.
Fleet Feet Sports Supersprint
A high challenge race for fifteen years and older, including a 375 meter swim in Lake Michigan, 10 kilometer bike ride, and 2.5 kilometer run. Foster Beach, (312)742-1168. Race starts 7:30am Visit www.chicagosupersprint.com to register.
Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
SUN/26
Loops and Variations: John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit
Revisit the sounds that surround us every day in our city through John Luther Adams’ percussion tones. Millennium Park, (312)742-1168. 5:30pm. Free.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Through Sept 3.  Off I-94 at the IL/WI Border, Russell Road exit, (847)395-7773. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-7pm. Adults $20. Children $10. Visit www.renfair.com for more details.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
MON/27
Family Fun Festival: Garden in the City
Aug 27-31. Join in on a series of events including a 10am Wiggleworm sing-along, followed by an 11am reading circle, and at 1pm family performances. End the day with craft projects and activities. Family Fun Tent, Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North, (312)742-1168. 10am-3pm. Free.
Carillon Concert Series: Kimberly Schafer
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.
TUE/28
National Museum of Mexican Art: Mariachi Divas
Mariachi Divas bring Mexican history and culture to the stage. Jay Pritzer Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.
Rush Hour Concert: Lyric Shorts: Hansel and Gretel
Enjoy this classical concert featuring the members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, happening in the St. James Cathedral. 65 East Huron, (773)338-9480, beverage reception with artists 5:15pm, Concert 5:45pm. Free.
Music on the Esplanade: Swing Gitan
Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer, with a different genre every week. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
Tuesdays on the Terrace: Fred Anderson Legacy Project
Live jazz on the MCA’s garden lawn. Lawn chairs available for rental for $5. Hotdogs and burgers from the grill, and locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $24 dinner buffet.
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. This walking tour highlights the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and the stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.
WED/29
Dancin Sprouts: Little Miss Ann
Bringing the sound of folk and rock for the kids to hear. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Free.
International Summer Screenings Program: “La Matineé”
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-two films from around the world. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.
Green City Market
Through Oct 25. Bring a bag with you to stock up on local farmer’s veggies and fruits . Located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton, (approximately 1790 N. Clark), (773)880-1266. 7am-1pm. Free.
Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Catch the fireworks from Navy Pier while drifting across the lake on one of three cruise ships, each providing dinner, entertainment and a great view. Times and prices vary by ship. Reservations required. Odyssey: (866)305-2469, odyssey.com. Spirit of Chicago: (866)273-2469, spiritofchicago.com. Mystic Blue: (877)299-7783, mysticbluecruises.com.  Seadog Cruises: (888)636-7737, seadogcruises.com $25-$96.
THU/30
Hot Summer Nights: Morry Sochat & The Special 20’s with Nicolle Wood
City blues with some rock-and-roll. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.
Exquisitely for Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Ella turns 95 this year. Join Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee and Spider Saloff as they perform in a tribute concert to her. Millennium Park, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.
The Chicago Fringe Festival
Aug 30-Sept 9. Watch fifty shows being performed by theatre artists who are involved in the Fringe movement worldwide. Some perform tricks, others dance, and some use puppets, plus other surprise performances. Various venues in Pilsen. (773)428-9977. $5 for a button to get into the festival, $10 per show. Visit chicagofringe.org for more information about upcoming detailed locations.
FRI/31
Lincoln Park’s Zoo Edible Garden
Through Oct. Created and maintained by the Green City Market, it gives kids an opportunity to figure out the way food grows for us to eat. Activities include planting, weeding, composting, and understanding the tools you need to run a garden. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Located in the Farm-in-the-Zoo. 2001 North Clark Street, (312)742-2000. 10am-1pm. Free.
Chicago Jazz Festival: Roy Haynes
One of the original founders of the Beebop era join the stage. Other feature artists include Jaleel Shaw, David Wong, and Martin Bejerano. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, (312)427-1676. 6:30pm. Free.
Full Moon Dinner Cruise: The Spirit of Chicago
Hop on the four-story ship to experience  a full moon, along with dinner and Lake Michigan waters. Departs from Navy Pier,(866)305-2469. Board 6:30pm. Cruise 7pm. Price $78-$97 per person. Reservations required.
(Compiled by Desiree Cole)