May

FRI/27
Chicago Lakefront Beaches Season Opening
May 27-September 6. Take advantage of Chicago’s 26 miles of beachfront open for the summer. Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty 11am-7pm daily, unless otherwise posted. (312)742-3224 or (312)742-7529. Free.

Seadog Cruises
Take a lakefront speedboat ride with Seadog Cruises. (Dogs welcome!) Choose from the standard lakefront ride, extreme thrill, river and lake architectural tour, or fireworks speedboat cruises. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Weekdays 10am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-midnight. (888)636-7737. seadogcruises.com. $14.95-$32.95.

SAT/28
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
May 28-29. Rock out in Lakeview with bands like Libido Funk Circus and Wedding Banned at this street party. On Sheffield between Belmont and School. Noon-10pm. $5.

Chicago Memorial Day Parade
Honor the nation’s fallen soldiers with Grand Marshal General Raymond T. Odierno. State from Lake to Van Buren. Noon. Free.

Randolph Street Market Festival
May 28-29. Check out antiques, vintage furnishings and collectibles. The festival runs monthly throughout the summer, and May’s theme is “Garden Party.” You can find everything you need to revamp your patio and garden in time for summer entertaining. 1350 W. Randolph. “Early Buying” Saturday 8am-10am. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.  (312)666-1200. $8 online, $10 at the gate, $5 student. “Early Buying” $20 online, $25 at the gate.

SUN/29
Bike the Drive
Grab your bike for the one day a year Lake Shore Drive shuts down for cycling. Proceeds benefit the Active Transportation Alliance. Columbus and Jackson. 5:30am-9:45am. Register online: bikethedrive.org/signup. $42 for non-ATA members.

ROOF Sundays: A Daytime Affair
Sundays May 15-July 31. Grab a cocktail or sit down to brunch at the Wit Hotel’s rooftop bar for a daytime party with live music, DJs, dancers and performers. 201 N. State. 11am. Make reservations at (312)239-9502 or roofonthewit.com

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting 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 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

MON/30
Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays—Justin Townes Earle with Andre Williams and the Goldstars
The third season of the outdoor summer music series kicks off with blues musician Justin Townes Earle. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

June
WED/1
Fireworks Dinner Cruises aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue

Wednesdays and Saturdays June 1-Sept 3. 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. $79.90-$123.90.

International Summer Screenings Program: “The Officer’s Wife”
May 4-Sept 4. Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center present their eighth annual summer screenings series featuring twenty-0ne films from around the world. “The Officer’s Wife” is a Polish documentary about memory and family, as director and Chicago native Piotr Uzarowicz explores his family history after his father’s death. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Focus On: Brass—Black Bear Combo
Take in a new genre of music every day of the week with Millennium Park’s lunchtime concert series. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

THU/2
The Chicago Landmark Project
June 2-July 10. Each of this project’s twelve plays is set in a different Chicago zip code and tells a story based on a specific Chicago location or landmark, in order to tell the Chicago story from as many different perspectives as possible. The plays are split into two programs, with Program A running Thursday-Saturday and Program B running Friday-Sunday. Program A: 7:30pm, Program B: 9pm Friday and Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday. Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, (773)404-7336. theatreseven.org. Each program $18, $25 for both.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Amplified—Detholz!
The Chicago alt-rock band says they’ll be performing songs referencing “ghastly souls, traitors and Europe’s finest secret police.” Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Maifest Chicago
June 2-5. Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Food, dancing, live entertainment and German Gemutlichkeit. mayfestchicago.com. Lincoln and Leland Avenues. Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm.

11th Annual Sketchbook Festival
Thursday-Monday June 2-June 25. An amalgamation of video installations, live music and visual art by both new and experienced artists, with both written and devised short plays around the theme “Evolution.” Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, (312)226-9633. Tickets online at collaboraction.org. $15-$25.

Summer Music Series at the Underground: DJ Eric D-Lux
Some of the nation’s top deejays hit Chicago every Thursday June 2-July 28. Enjoy creative cocktails from sponsor Absolut Vodka. The Underground, 56 W. Illinois, (312)644-7600. 10pm. $20 cover.

FRI/3
Just the Guys Bike and Hike Overnight at the Morton Arboretum

June 3-4. Spend a father-son evening hiking around Lake Marmo, then take a bike ride in the morning. Bikes and helmets required. 9 to 11-year-olds with an adult. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630)968-0074. 6:30pm-9am. $51 for non-members.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Chicago House—DJ Ron Trent
The DJ and producer performs live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

SAT/4

5th Annual Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale
June 4-5. Shopping, live music and entertainment come together in the open air along ten blocks of West Division to showcase the best the neighborhood has to offer. Division between Ashland and Leavitt. Noon-10pm (Family Fun Fest open noon-6pm). $5 donation requested to benefit local nonprofits.

Family Art Adventure at the Morton Arboretum
Observe local artists and try your hand at creating nature art inspired by the Nature Unframed: Art at the Arboretum” exhibit. Sycamore Room, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Noon-4pm, (630)968-0074. $22 for non-members.

57th Street Art Fair
June 4-5. Head down to Hyde Park for Chicago’s oldest juried art fair, where you can talk with artists from around the country in a family-friendly environment. There’s something for everyone, from glass to jewelry to ceramics and photography. 57th between Dorchester and Kimbark. Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “The Officer’s Wife”
“The Officer’s Wife” is a Polish documentary about memory and family, as director and Chicago native Piotr Uzarowicz explores his family history after his father’s death. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.

June Jam
June 4-5. This end-of-the-school-year festival is held partially on the grounds of Roscoe Village’s Audubon School, featuring games, contests, live music and food. 3500 N. Hoyne. Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-9pm. $5 donation requested.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Chicago House: Electric Picnic—DJ Traxman + Chicago Footwork
Nothing says lunchtime like a midday electronica dance party. Footwork is a style of Chicago music and dance that involves some fast footwork, and usually takes place in a battle. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Morning Workouts
Saturday mornings June 4-Sept 10. Start your weekend with free 45-minute exercise classes from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. All skill levels can try Yoga, Pilates and Zumba while listening to live music. Great Lawn, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 8am-11am. Free.

Pedal Oak Park
Every Sunday morning June 4-Aug 27. Experience all twenty-two of Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on this two hour bicycle tour held every Sunday morning. Bring your own bike, or one will be provided for you. Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion, Oak Park. 9:30am. Purchase tickets online: GoWright.org. $35 for non-members.

Printers Row Lit Fest
June 4-5. Explore five blocks of poetry slams, writing workshops, speakers and book signings. Dearborn from Congress to Polk. Free.

SausageFest Chicago
June 4-5. Enjoy your favorite encased meats with continuous live music in Wrigleyville. Sixteen Candles and Smoking Popes headline. The person who raises the most money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation will be crowned Sausage King of Chicago. Sheffield and Addison. Noon-10pm. $5 donation until 5pm, $7 donation after, to benefit Lake View Citizen’s Council.

Walk for Peace
The Alliance of Local Service Organizations in Logan Square presents its 16th annual Walk for Peace, which aims to promote violence prevention programs in the Chicago area. This year’s theme is “Life is My Life: Ending Violence Starts with Me.” After an hour-long walk, which begins at 11am, there will be a celebration with food, games and entertainment, including a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Logan Square Eagle Monument at Kedzie and Milwaukee to Palmer Square at Kedzie and Palmer. 10am-2:30pm.

SUN/5
Lunchbreak Music Series: American Roots—Folksongs of Illinois
Don’t let blues and jazz get all the attention: Illinois has a folk heritage too. Folksongs of Illinois is a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, which released a 3-CD set of ballads, early country tunes, polkas and more. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

MON/6
Carillon Concert Series: Tim Sleep
Mondays June 6-Sept 5. Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays—Iron and Wine with The Head and the Heart
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Jazz, Blues and Beyond—CALJE
The Latin jazz band plays live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

TUE/7
Lunchbreak Music Series: First Look Open Rehearsals
Open rehearsals for the Grant Park Music Festival. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 11am-1:30pm. Free.

Music on the Esplanade: The Dang-Its
Tuesdays June 7-Aug 30. 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: Junius Paul
Tuesdays June 7-Sep 27. Bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair ($5) to enjoy live jazz concerts on the garden lawn of the MCA. Enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers from the grill or try the gourmet, locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. The season kicks off with Chicago native Junius Paul, an electric and acoustic bassist. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $23 dinner buffet.

WED/8
International Summer Screenings Program: “Au Revoir Taipei”
This Taiwanese film centers around Kai, who pines after his girlfriend who has just left for France, dreaming of a way to get to her. When a neighborhood gangster offers to help, he cannot refuse. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Focus On Brass—Chicago Chamber Musicians
Chicago’s society of professional chamber musicians performs. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

THU/9
Hot Summer Nights/
Country Western: The Country Doctors
Thursdays June 9-Sept 1. Professional dance instructors give mini lessons that correspond with the genre of the night, including tango, samba, and Hawaiian. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Amplified—Cloudbirds
The local folk band plays live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Music Without Borders: Hanggai with Aurelio Martinez
Traditional, folk and pop artists from around the globe make their Chicago debut in the sixth season of this concert series. Enjoy the sounds of Mongolian folk music with Hanggai and a blend of Caribbean and West African traditions with Honduran native Aurelio Martinez. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Chicago Children’s Choir and Concert Dance
June 9-Sept 11. Relax on the lawn and have a picnic as you listen to music under the stars. 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. Gates open at 5pm, Children’s Choir 7:30pm, Concert Dance, Inc. 8:30pm. Children’s Choir tickets $45 reserved, $10 lawn; Concert Dance, Inc. $10 reserved. (Lawn ticket prices increase by $5 at the gate)

Summer Music Series at the Underground: DJ Cobra
The Underground, 56 W. Illinois, (312)644-7600. 10pm. $20 cover.

FRI/10
Chicago Blues Festival
June 10-12. Check out the largest free blues festival in the world and Chicago’s largest music festival. Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, (312)744-3316. 11am-9:30pm. Free.

Chitown JerkFest
June 10-12. Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month at the third annual festival, dubbed the “Taste of the Caribbean.” 1501 W. Randolph at Union Park, chitownjerkfest.com.

Family Twilight Adventure at the Morton Arboretum
Grab the family and explore the arboretum after dark, with a short hike, marshmallow roasting and a silent tram ride through the woods. Children’s Garden, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630)968-0074. 7pm-9pm. $23 for non-members.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Chicago House—DJ Heather
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Neon Marshmallow Music Festival
June 10-12. A new experimental music festival featuring music from all over the world, from free jazz to noise to musique concrete. The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. 7pm. Tickets at neonmarshmallowfest.com. $25.

Old Town Art Fair
June 10-12. An independent jury of professional artists, curators, and gallery owners selects work from 260 nationally acclaimed artists to display. Highlights include “Gallery of the Gardens,” when you can walk through nearly fifty urban home gardens. Proceeds benefit various youth and neighborhood organizations. Lincoln and Wisconsin, (312)337-1938. $7 donation requested.

Party at St. Mike’s
June 10-12. Live music and street fair to benefit the Old Town parish. St. Michael’s church, 1633 N. Cleveland. Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 3pm-10pm, Sunday 2:30pm-8pm. Suggested donation $5, VIP passes $20.

Ravinia Festival: The Judds and Concert Dance
The Judds 8pm, Concert Dance Inc. 8:30pm. 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. The Judds $75 reserved, $27 lawn; Concert Dance Inc. $10 reserved.

Ribfest Chicago
June 10-12. Nearly 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ from over two dozen restaurants makes this music festival stand out in the sea of summer events. Check out the Midwest’s only professional rib eating contest on Friday. Northcenter, 4000 N. Lincoln. Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday noon-10pm. $5 donation requested.

SAT/11
Andersonville Midsommarfest
June 11-12. Andersonville celebrates its Swedish heritage with international food, music, a festive dance around a Maypole and Nordic folk dancers. 5200 N. Clark. 11am-10pm. $5 donation requested.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Au Revoir Taipei”
This Taiwanese film centers around Kai, who pines after his girlfriend who has just left for France, dreaming of a way to get to her. When a neighborhood gangster offers to help, he cannot refuse. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Electric Picnic—Reagenz
The house duo, whose name means “test tube” in German, plays live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Metronome Celebration
June 11-12. Logan Square’s eclectic music festival features separate stages for Latin rock, indie rock, punk and folk. Milwaukee between Armitage and Rockwell. $5.

Ravinia Festival: Ko-Thi Dance Company and The Moody Blues
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. Ko-Thi Dance Company 11am, The Moody Blues 7:30pm. Ko-Thi $10 reserved, $5 lawn; The Moody Blues $85 reserved, $27 lawn.

Wells Street Art Festival
June 11-12. A total of 300 exhibitors will showcase their work at what the Illinois Federation of Festivals has named Chicago’s “Best Community Festival,” with food, entertainment and an elaborate silent auction. Wells between Division and North. 10am-10pm. Donation requested: $7 before 5pm, $10 after 5pm.

What’s Out There Weekend

June 11-12. A free celebration of Chicago’s parks, gardens and public spaces. The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), in collaboration with Chicago Park District, offers expert guides to provide free tours of Chicago parks and open spaces designed by some of America’s greatest landscape architects. Tours will be scheduled to allow visitors to attend as many sites as possible and free trolley service will be available between most of the twenty-five urban parks. Go to tcif.org for information about all the locations and a schedule of tours. Free.

SUN/12
Lunchbreak Music Series: American Roots—Hoyle Brothers
The country band (pro tip: they’re not actually brothers) perform live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7pm. $65 reserved, $19 lawn.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

Summer Papermaking Workshop at the Morton Arboretum
Learn to make your own, one-of-a-kind paper using traditional techniques and colorful dyes. Thornhill Education Center, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630)968-0074. 11am-4pm. $90 for non-members.

MON/13
Carillon Concert Series: Sue Bergren
Mondays June 6-Sept 5. Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays—Phosphorescent with Campbell Brothers
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

Family Fun Festival
Every day June 13-Aug 21. Pop into the Family Fun Tent to entertain kids of all ages, with music lessons from the Old Town School of Folk Music each day at 10am, a daily reading circle at 11am and concerts at 1pm, plus crafts and educational activities throughout the day. Chase Promenade North, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 10am-3pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond—Zora Young
The “Princess of the Blues” belts it out in the park. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

TUE/14
Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks
June 14-Sept 16. Watch some of your favorite films in parks across Chicago, from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “The Social Network.” Films begin at dusk. For a full schedule and locations, call (312)742-1134 or visit chicagoparkdistrict.com. Free.

Music on the Esplanade: Rio Bamba
Tuesdays June 7-Aug 30. 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: Tatsu Aoki’s Project
Tuesdays June 7-Sept 27. Bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair ($5) to enjoy live jazz concerts on the garden lawn of the MCA. Enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers from the grill or try the gourmet, locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $23 dinner buffet.

WED/15
Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night: Symphonie fantastique
June 15-Aug 20. Classical music takes over Millennium Park as the Grant Park Orchestra performs two French musical explorations: Ravel’s encounter with American jazz and Berlioz’s journey into heartbreak and hallucination. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 6:30pm-8pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Themba”
Themba, a gifted soccer player from South Africa’s South Cape, dreams of becoming a professional player, but first he must overcome the obstacles presented by his unstable home life and economic hardship. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

ShowPlace ICON Summer Opera Series: “Madame Butterfly”
Wednesdays June 15-July 27. Check out “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” screenings of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s recently performed shows. The series starts with Puccini’s tragedy “Madame Butterfly.” Patrick Summers conducts. 150 W. Roosevelt. 312-564-2104. 6:30pm. $15.

Theater on the Lake: The Improvised Shakespeare Company
June 15-June 19. The Chicago Park District presents theater from June until early August on its open-air stage. The season kicks off with an improvised Shakespearean masterpiece based off audience suggestions. 2401 N. Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

THU/16
35th Annual American Spanish Dance and Music Festival
June 16-26. Immerse yourself in the dance, culture and music of Spain with classes, performances and exhibits. For a full schedule, see ensembleespanol.org.

Hot Summer Nights/Cajun: Chicago Cajun Aces
Thursdays June 9-Sept 1. Professional dance instructors give mini lessons that correspond with the genre of the night. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.

Music Without Borders: Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices featuring Hakim with Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Start your evening with Alim Qasimov Ensemble, a six-member band featuring one of the foremost mugham singers of classical Azerbaijansong, then check out Hakim’s blend of indigenous Egyptian music with urban beats and lyrics peppered with street slang. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Robert Plant and The Band of Joy
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8pm. $80 reserved, $22 lawn.

Summer Music Series at the Underground: DJ Stonerokk
The Underground, 56 W. Illinois, (312)644-7600. 10pm. $20 cover.

FRI/17
Bike to Work Rally
Celebrate the benefits of bicycle commuting with your fellow cyclists. Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn. 7:30am.

Grant Park Music Festival: Mendelssohn and Peace on Earth
An early work by Schoenberg followed by Mendelssohn’s ode to the power of books and human ingenuity. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 6:30pm. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Steans Music Institute Jazz Showcase plus The Go-Go’s and the B-52s
Jazz Showcase 6pm; The Go-Go’s and the B-52s 7:30pm. 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. Jazz Showcase $10; Go-Go’s $60 reserved, $22 lawn, $70 dance floor.

25th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games
June 17-18. The largest Scottish Festival in the Midwest, with exhibits, vendors and events celebrating Scottish culture and tradition. Proceeds benefit the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, the oldest nonprofit in the state. Hamilton Lakes, I-290 and Thorndale, Itasca. Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-9pm. Friday: Adults $9, children free; Saturday: Adults $14, children 3-12 $3.

Taste of Randolph Street
June 17-19. The top-rated restaurants of the West Loop come together for this culinary festival featuring cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and eclectic vendors. Randolph between Peoria and Racine. Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 2pm-11pm, and Sunday 2pm-10pm. $10 donation requested.

SAT/18

Arts of Life Summer Carnival and Fundraiser Event
The Arts of Life, which aims to create an artistic culture for people with and without disabilities, will hold a fundraiser carnival at their North Shore Studio, including all the usual carnival excitement: bucket toss, dunk tank, face painting and more. Raffle prizes include artwork by Arts of Life artists. 1963 Johns, Glenview. 4pm-8pm. Advance tickets at artsoflife.org $30 adults before June 11, $40 at the door, children free.

Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts
June 18-19. An Evanston tradition with 400 arts and crafts exhibitors, 30 different restaurants represented, live music and performances like a Native American Dance Troupe and the Evanston School of Rock. Chicago and Main, Evanston. 10am-9pm.

Grant Park Music Festival: Mendelssohn and Peace on Earth
An early work by Schoenberg followed by Mendelssohn’s ode to the power of books and human ingenuity. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 7:30pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Themba”
Themba, a gifted soccer player from South Africa’s South Cape, dreams of becoming a professional player, but first he must overcome the obstacles presented by his unstable home life and economic hardship. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Electric Picnic—Luke Vibert
The British electronica artist and producer spins some beats. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Puerto Rican People’s Parade
Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican community will celebrate their heritage with their 33rd annual parade. Division between Western and Sacramento.  Free.

Ravinia Festival: Deep Purple
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30pm. $60 reserved, $22 lawn, $70 dining package.

6 Corners BBQ Fest
June 18-19. If Ribfest wasn’t enough, head to Portage Park for some mouth-watering BBQ and entertainment. 4000 N. Milwaukee. Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-8pm. $6 donation requested.

SUN/19
Ravinia Festival: Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Dave Brubeck & Sons
Ravinia celebrates Father’s Day first with a children’s concert, then with a jazz quintet. 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. Funtime Band 1pm; Dave Brubeck 7pm. Funtime Band $10 reserved, lawn free; Dave Brubeck $70 reserved, $16 lawn, $80 dining package.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

MON/20
Carillon Concert Series: Trevor Workman
Mondays June 6-Sept 5. Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays—Low with Glen Hansard
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond—Come Sunday
This ensemble is made up of instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Listen to their unique blend of jazz and gospel. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

TUE/21
Lunchbreak Music Series: First Look Open Rehearsals
Open rehearsal for the Grant Park Music Festival. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 11am-1:30pm. Free.

Make Music Chicago
Celebrate the first official day of summer with a city-wide music festival inspired by France’s national holiday “Fête de la Musique.” Performances from more than 100 musicians in different genres will occur beginning in midmorning around the city, including at both Apple stores, the John Hancock Center, the University of Chicago and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Grand finale at St. James Cathedral Commons, 65 E. Huron, (773)850-0662. For more information, check makemusicchicago.com.

Music on the Esplanade: Guy King Band
Tuesdays June 7-Aug 30. 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.

Summer Studios: Moving Is Drawing
June 21-Aug 30. Interactive and creative projects based on themes from the exhibition “Mark Bradford” and “Pandora’s Box.” Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 11am-2pm in the plaza and 5pm-8pm during Tuesdays on the Terrace. Free.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Brent Kimbrough
Tuesdays June 7-Sept 27. Bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair ($5) to enjoy live jazz concerts on the garden lawn of the MCA. Enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers from the grill or try the gourmet, locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $23 dinner buffet.

WED/22
Grant Park Music Festival: Regina Carter
Violinist Regina Carter performs Billy Child’s Violin Concerto, a lament for those lost in the Iraq War, followed by work from her latest CD, the Reverse Thread Project. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 6:30pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Giovanna’s Father”
This Italian film centers around Giovanna, a mentally unstable teen in war-torn Fascist Italy placed in a psychiatric hospital after committing a heinous crime, and her father, the only one still willing to care for her. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as various Second City alumni haunts and stories that go with them. Tour begins at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

ShowPlace ICON Summer Opera Series: “Don Pasquale”
Wednesdays June 15-July 27. Check out “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” screenings of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s recently performed shows, at this South Loop movie theater. Music director James Levine conducts this comedy. 150 W. Roosevelt, 312-564-2104. 6:30pm. $15.

Theater on the Lake: “A Doll’s House”
June 22-26. The Infamous Commonwealth Theatre’s production tells the story of Nora Helmer, a woman who feels lost in New York City in 1962. When a dark secret arises from her past, she must confront the realities of her carefully constructed life. 2401 N. Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

THU/23
Hot Summer Nights/Celtic Music and Dance: The Boils
Thursdays June 9-Sept 1. Professional dance instructors give mini lessons that correspond with the genre of the night. Chicago Botanic Garden,1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.

Music Without Borders: RAM with Sexteto Tabala
The outspoken political musicians RAM embody the mizik rasin musical movement, an art form originating in Haiti in the late 1980s combining rock and roll and Voodoo culture, while Afro-Colombian group Sexteto Tabala combines Spanish influences with African beats. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

Ravinia Festival: k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8pm. $55 reserved, $22 lawn.

Summer Camp at Rhapsody: Get Your Grill On! The Basics and More
If you’re still nostalgic for childhood summers, go back to camp with Rhapsody’s six-session Summer Camp series, where you can learn about everything from Italian cheeses to pig roasting to making a Mai Tai. To kick off, Chef Dean Zanella will be offering tips and techniques on the basics of good grilling. 65 E. Adams, (312)786-9911. 5:30pm-7:30pm. $45 per session.

Summer Music Series at the Underground: DJ Reach
The Underground, 56 W. Illinois. (312)644-7600. 10pm. $20 cover.

FRI/24
Chicago Pride Fest
June 24-25. Show your pride with some of the finest entertainers in the gay community. Immediately before Chicago’s iconic Pride Parade, highlights include drag shows and a pet pride parade. Proceeds go to the Northalsted Business Alliance, Halsted and Waveland. Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm. Suggested donation.

“Flamenco Passion” at the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival
June 24-26. Take in the extraordinary costumes and stage settings at this gala performance that fuses traditional folkloric Flamenco and dramatic theatrical production. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie, Skokie. For tickets call (847)673-6300 or visit northshorecenter.org. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 3pm. $26-$46.

Grant Park Music Festival: Latin Works for the Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar conducts a tour of his native continent, with works from Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, the Chicago-based Elbio Barilari, Argentina’s Ginastera and more. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 6:30pm. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Piano Prowess—Beethoven and Liszt
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8pm. $40-$60 reserved, $10 lawn.

Taste of Chicago
June 24-July 3. Sample food from sixty vendors along the lakefront while enjoying music at the world’s largest outdoor food festival. Grant Park, Michigan and Congress. 11am-8:30pm. Free.

SAT/25
Chicago Green Music Fest: Yo La Tengo
June 25-26. Discover new ways to be environmentally conscious at the green technology-themed festival while enjoying outdoor music and arts and crafts in Wicker Park. Damen between North and Schiller. Noon-10pm, Yo La Tengo at 8:30pm, (312)850-9390. $5 donation requested.

Chicago Summerfest
June 25-26. Take a day in the park, to visit artisan booths, take a historical tour with the Mid-North Association and watch performances from All About Dance. 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday noon-9pm. $5.

Family Twilight Adventure at the Morton Arboretum
Grab the family and explore the arboretum after dark, with a short hike, marshmallow roasting and a silent tram ride through the woods. Children’s Garden, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630)968-0074. 6pm-8pm. $23 for non-members.

Grant Park Music Festival: Latin Works for the Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar conducts a tour of his native continent, with works from Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, the Chicago-based Elbio Barilari, Argentina’s Ginastera and more. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 7:30pm. Free.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Giovanna’s Father”
This Italian film centers around Giovanna, a mentally unstable teen in war-torn Fascist Italy placed in a psychiatric hospital after committing a heinous crime, and her father, the only one still willing to care for her. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 2pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Electric Picnic—Poirier
The Montreal DJ performs live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Organic Gardening De-Mystified at the Morton Arboretum
Learn how to grow produce to store for the colder months, from soil care to preserving. Thornhill Education Center, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Register online at mortonarb.org/education or call (630)719-2468. $35 for non-members.

Randolph Street Market Festival
June 25-26. Check out antiques, vintage furnishings and collectibles. The festival runs monthly throughout the summer. You can find everything you need to revamp your patio and garden in time for summer entertaining. “Early Buying” Saturday 8am-10am. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. 1350 W. Randolph, (312)666-1200. $8 online, $10 at the gate, $5 student. “Early Buying” $20 online, $25 at the gate.

Ravinia Festival: Miriam Fried and Friends plus a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. Garrison Keillor 4:45pm, Miriam Fried 6:30pm. Garrison Keillor $35-$65 reserved, $10 lawn; Miriam Fried $30-$50 reserved, $10 lawn, $60 dinner package.

SUN/26
Chicago Green Music Fest: Les Savy Fav and The Thermals
June 25-26. Discover new ways to be environmentally conscious at the green technology-themed festival while enjoying outdoor music and arts and crafts in Wicker Park. Damen between North and Schiller, (312)850-9390. Noon-10pm, The Thermals at 7:15pm, Les Savy Fav at 8:30pm. $5 donation requested.

Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade
One of the largest gay pride parades in the country. Noon. Step off at North Halsted and Belmont. chicagopridecalendar.org. Noon. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: American Roots—Mar Caribe
Bluegrass with a tropical twist. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Daryl Hall and John Oates with Company of Thieves
“Do What You Want, Be Who You Are” Tour, 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. . 7pm. $80 reserved, $27 lawn.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting 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 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

MON/27
Carillon Concert Series: James M. Brown
Mondays June 6-Sept 5. Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 7pm. Free.

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays—Kings Go Forth with Ben L’Oncle Soul
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond—Satoko Fujii
The pianist and composer performs live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

TUE/28
Grant Park Music Festival: American A Cappella
The Grant Park Chorus performs eclectic new American work while recording their first-ever a cappella CD. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, near Columbus and Randolph. 6:30pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: First Look Open Rehearsals—Ryan Cohan
The pianist performs live. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Music on the Esplanade: Fernandez + Kimball
Tuesdays June 7-Aug 30. 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. Also, August 30.

Ravinia Festival: Steans Music Institute Master Class
With Miriam Fried. Bennett Gordon Hall, 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 2pm. Free.

River North Challenge
Grab a team of 4 and explore River North by answering trivia and competing in physical challenges, then head to the afterparty at Zed451. Register at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center. 5:30pm-9:30pm. For questions, call (312)645-1047. Individual tickets $35, group of 4 $125. Register online at rivernorthassociation.com

Summer Studios: Networks of Lines
June 21-Aug 30. Interactive and creative projects based on themes from the exhibition “Mark Bradford” and “Pandora’s Box.” Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 11am-2pm in the plaza and 5pm-8pm during Tuesdays on the Terrace. Free.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Jason Adasiewicz
Tuesdays June 7-Sept 27. Bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair ($5) to enjoy live jazz concerts on the garden lawn of the MCA. Enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers from the grill or try the gourmet, locally grown cuisine from the MCA Farmer’s Market. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 5:30pm-8pm, (312)397-4034 for dinner reservations. $23 dinner buffet.

WED/29
International Summer Screenings Program: “The Necessities of Life”
Inuit hunter Tivii finds himself quarantined in a Quebec City sanitarium after being diagnosed with TB in this Canadian film, in French and Inuktitut with English subtitles. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, 2nd floor, (312)683-0121. 6:30pm. Free. Also screened on Saturday, July 2.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Focus On Brass—Environmental Encroachment
A performance from the Chicago-based marching band and performance art troupe. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Wednesdays May 29-Oct 30. This walking tour both entertains and informs by highlighting 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 N. Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

ShowPlace ICON Summer Opera Series: “Simon Boccanegra”
Wednesdays June 15-July 27. Check out “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” screenings of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s recently performed shows, at this South Loop movie theater. Plácido Domingo sings in Verdi’s gripping political thriller. 150 W. Roosevelt, (312)564-2104. 6:30pm. $15.

Theater on the Lake: “Dental Society Midwinter Meeting”
June 29-July 3. When scandal strikes, the North Shore Regional Dental Society must come together to debate the future of Midwestern Dentistry in this performance from At Play Productions and the Chicago Dramatists. 2401 N. Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

THU/30
Grant Park Music Festival: American A Cappella
The Grant Park Chorus performs eclectic new American work while recording their first-ever a cappella CD. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, near Columbus and Randolph. 6:30pm. Free.

Hot Summer Nights/ Argentine Tango: Alma de Tango
Thursdays June 9-Sept 1. Professional dance instructors give mini lessons that correspond with the genre of the night. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.

Lunchbreak Music Series: Amplified—California Wives
Need more synth in your life? Check out this indie rock quartet. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. Noon. Free.

Music Without Borders: Diogo Nogueira with Freshlyground
Diogo Nogueira is one of Brazil’s rising stars of samba and a 2008 Latin Grammy nominee for Best New Artist. Freshlyground, hailing from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, combines traditional African rhythm with jazz, blues and folk. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm-9pm. Free.

Ravinia Festival: Maroon 5 with P.J. Morton
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8pm. $70 reserved, $27 lawn.

Summer Music Series at the Underground: DJ Vice
The Underground, 56 W. Illinois, (312)644-7600. 10pm. $20 cover.