FRI/25
Chicago Lakefront Beaches Season Opening 
Through September 3. Take advantage of Chicago’s twenty-six 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.

SAT/26
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
May 26-27. Rock out in Lakeview with bands like Our Name is Jonas and 2nd Generation Pilots. On Sheffield between Belmont and School. Noon-10pm. $5.

Chicago Memorial Day Parade
Honor the nation’s fallen soldiers with CIA Director General David H. Petraeus. State Street from Lake to Van Buren. 11am wreath-laying ceremony. Noon parade. Free.

Randolph Street Market Festival
May 26-27. 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 West Washington. “Early Buying” Saturday 8am-10am. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. (312)666-1200. $8 online, $10 at the gate, $5 student. “Early Buying” $20 online, $25 at the gate.

SUN/27
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. $45 for non-ATA members. $40 for ATA members.

Theater on the Lake: “Broke-ology”
Through July 1. Two brothers with very different takes on life find themselves inevitably at odds when the question of who will take care of their ailing father is raised. Sibling rivalry underscores this provocative drama from eta Creative Arts Foundation. 2401 North Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

ROOF Sundays: A Daytime Affair
Sundays, May 27-September 2. 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 North State. Noon. Make reservations at (312)239-9502 or roofonthewit.com

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. 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 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

Theatre Seven of Chicago: “Exit, Pursued by a Bear”
Through July 15. Nan decides it’s finally time to leave her abusive husband Kyle and make a run for it… but not until she’s tied him up, surrounded him with venison and invited the neighborhood bear in for a snack. Greenhouse Theater Center’s Downstairs Main Stage, 2257 North Lincoln, (773)404-7336. Times vary. $15-$30.

MON/28
Downtown Sound: Kelly Hogan and Scott Lucas and the Married Men
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park near the corner of Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

TUE/27
Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. 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 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

WED/30
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.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Venice Wenejca”
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.

Riverfront Theater’s Inaugural Season: 12 tenors, Irish Classics
May 30-June 3. riverfronttheater.com (312)226-6727.

THU/31
Maifest Chicago
May 31-June 3. 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.

FRI/1
6th Annual Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale

June 1-3. 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.

SAT/2
Walk for Peace

The Alliance of Local Service Organizations in Logan Square presents its seventeenth annual Walk for Peace, which aims to promote violence prevention programs in the Chicago area. This year’s theme is “Preventing Children’s Exposure to Violence.” After an hour-long walk, which begins at 11am, there will be a celebration with food, games and entertainment, including a three-on-three basketball tournament. Logan Square Eagle Monument at Kedzie and Milwaukee to Palmer Square at Kedzie and Palmer. 10am-noon. Free T-shirt for first 1,000 people.

57th Street Art Fair
June 2-3. 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.

SausageFest Chicago
June 2-3. 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.

Chicago Botanic Garden: Butterflies
Through Sep. 3. Hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world will be shown. 10 am-5 pm. $5 for adults. $3 for children (ages 3-12) Members get $1 off each ticket. chicagobotanic.org/calendar/butterflies

International Summer Screenings Program: “Venice Wenecja”
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/3
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.

SausageFest : Ha Ha Tonka Live
West Addison and North Sheffield. Free. (773)694-5300.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. 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 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

MON/4
Downtown Sound: Jonathan Richman and Deep Blue Organ Trio
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park near the corner of Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

TUE/5
Music on the Esplanade: David Specter
Through Aug 28. 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 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 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

Free Classical Music: Make Music Chicago
Through Aug. 28. 5:15 food and 5:45 show every Tuesday. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Free food and admission.

Chicago’s “Get up and Go!” community conversations
Through Aug. 28. Every Tuesday. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street, 5th Floor, Millennium Park Room. Forty minutes of talks. Tour is one hour. Reserve a seat at explorechicago.org/tours

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Ernest Dawkins
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.

WED/6
International Summer Screenings Program: “Moments of Love”
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.

11th Annual Sketchbook Festival
June 6-July 15. An amalgamation of video installations, live music and visual art by both new and experienced artists, with both written and devised short plays. Chopin Theatre, 1543 West Division, (312)226-9633. Tickets online at collaboraction.org. $20-$45.

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/7
Summer Music Series at the Underground: DJ Sye Young

Some of the nation’s top DJs hit Chicago every Thursday. Enjoy creative cocktails from sponsor Absolut Vodka. The Underground, 56 West Illinois, (312)644-7600. 9pm. $20 cover.

Hot Summer Nights/Country Western: The Country Doctors
Through Aug. 30. Professional dance instructors give mini lessons that correspond with the genre of the night, including Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian, and country. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. 6pm-8pm. Free.

Hot Summer Nights/Cajun: Chicago Cajun Aces
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.

Ravinia Festival
More than 120 separate events from June 7 to Sep. 9, featuring classical, chamber music, rock, R&B, jazz, country, dance, world, kids concerts and the summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tickets at (847)266-5100 or Ravinia.org.

Millennium Park Concerts: “Loops and Variations”
Through July 12, plus Sunday Aug. 26. 6:30 pm. Bands: Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion and Inuksuit. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Free.

FRI/8
Ribfest Chicago
June 8-10. Nearly 50,000 pounds of ribs and BBQ from over two dozen restaurants makes this music festival stand out. Check out the Midwest’s only professional rib-eating contest on Friday. Northcenter, 4000 North Lincoln. Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday noon-10pm. $5 donation requested.

Andersonville Midsommarfest
June 8-10. Andersonville celebrates its Swedish heritage with international food, music, a festive dance around a Maypole and Nordic folk dancers. 5200 North Clark. 11am-10pm. $5 donation requested.

Park at the Rosemont: “Rockin’ in the Park”
Jimmie Van Zant will be heading the show. Eleven bands. Food and drink. Free admission.
June 8, 5pm-11pm. June 9, 1pm-11pm, June 10, 1pm-7 pm. (773)327-3830×103, rosemont.com.

SAT/9
Old Town Art Fair
June 9-10. 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,” where 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.

Printers Row Lit Fest
June 9-10. 10am-6pm Explore five blocks of poetry slams, writing workshops, speakers and book signings. Dearborn from Congress to Polk. Free.

Chicago Blues Festival
June 9-10. 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.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Moments of Love”
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.

Morning Workouts
Saturday mornings June 9-Sep. 1. 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. 7am-10am. Free.

Pedal Oak Park
Every Saturday and Sunday morning through Sept. 23. 9:30am. Two hours. Experience all twenty-two of Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on this two hour bicycle tour. Bring your own bike, or one will be provided for you. Greenline Wheels, 105 South Marion, Oak Park. 9:30am. Purchase tickets online: GoWright.org. $35 for non-members. $30 for Preservation Trust members.

Family Twilight Adventure at the Morton Arboretum
Saturdays through Aug. 18. 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. $19 for non-members.

Wells Street Art Festival
June 9-10. 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.

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/10
Vintage Bazaar
Food, music, clothes, flea market. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 West Lawrence, Sundays: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, 12-5pm, Admission $5 (kids under 12 free), thevintagebazaar.com.

Second City’s Old Town Neighborhood Tour
Sundays and Tuesdays through Oct 28. 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 North Wells, (312)337-3992. 1pm. $15.

MON/11
Downtown Sound: The Eternals and Wild Belle
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park near the corner of Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

Carillon Concert Series
Mondays through Aug. 19. Free outdoor music at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer. Browse the garden or have dinner while you listen. Cook Carillon Plaza, GVSU Allendale Campus (847)835-5440. 8pm. Free.

Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks
Mondays through October 26. Watch some of your favorite films in parks across Chicago, from “Vertigo” to “Footloose” to “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Films begin at dusk. For a full schedule and locations, call (312)742-1134 or visit chicagoparkdistrict.com. Free.

TUE/12
Metronome Celebration
June 12-13. Logan Square’s eclectic music festival features separate stages for Latin rock, indie rock, punk and folk. Milwaukee between Armitage and Rockwell. $5.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Kevin Nabors
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.

Music on the Esplanade: Rio Bamba
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/13
Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night: Elgar and Dvorák
Wednesdays through Aug. 18. Classical music takes over Millennium Park as the Grant Park Orchestra performs Elgar and Dvorák with German cellist Alban Gerhardt. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park near Michigan and Randolph. 6:30pm-8pm. Free.

Theater on the Lake: “Sweet Confinement”
Through June 17. One in a group of friends attempts suicide, and the aftermath has consequences for everyone involved. 2401 North Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Héroes”
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/14
36th Annual American Spanish Dance and Music Festival
Through June 24. Immerse yourself in the dance, culture and music of Spain with classes, performances and exhibits. For a full schedule, see ensembleespanol.org.

FRI/15
Bike to Work Rally
Celebrate the benefits of bicycle commuting with your fellow cyclists. Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn. 7:30am.

26th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games
June 15-16. 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 Avenue, Itasca, 4-10pm June 15 and 8am-9pm June 16 Friday: $12, free kids 12 and under. Saturday: $20, $5 kids 3-12, free 2 and under

15th Annual Taste of Randolph Street
June 15-17. 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/16
June Jam
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 North Hoyne. Saturday noon-10pm. $30 at the Gate for a limited time only.

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. $10 donation requested.

Puerto Rican People’s Parade
Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican community will celebrate their heritage with their 34th annual parade. Division between Western and Sacramento. Free.

Hooters Yacht Party
Two-time “best American DJ” winners Gabriel and Dresden to perform. Regular ticket $95, VIP $750. Boarding at 11:30pm and yacht sails from midnight to 3am. (312)226-6990, globaladrenaline.net

Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts
June 16-17. An Evanston tradition with 400 arts and crafts exhibitors, thirty restaurants represented, live music and performances like a Native American Dance Troupe and the Evanston School of Rock. Chicago and Main, Evanston. 10am-9pm.

6 Corners BBQ Fest
June 16-17. If Ribfest wasn’t enough for you, head to Portage Park for some mouth-watering BBQ and entertainment. 4000 North Milwaukee. Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-8pm. $5 donation requested.

Spring Awakening Festival
June 16-17. Datsik, Destructo, Felix Cartal, and Krewella to perform. Soldier Field.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Héroes”
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/17
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/18
Downtown Sound: Cloud Cult and Judson Claiborne
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park near the corner of Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

TUE/19
Summer Studios: Moving Is Drawing
Through Aug. 28. Interactive and creative projects based on themes from the exhibition “Mark Bradford” and “Pandora’s Box.” Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago. 11am-2pm in the plaza and 5pm-8pm during Tuesdays on the Terrace. Free.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Ken Chaney
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.

Music on the Esplanade: The Hoyle Brothers
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.

WED/20
Theater on the Lake: “Or”
Through June 17. Restoration-era playwright Aphra Behn is the protagonist of this farce by Liz Duffy Adams. 2401 North Lake Shore, (312)742-7994. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 6:30pm. $17.50.

International Summer Screenings Program: “The Sandman Der Sandmann”
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/21
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.

Make Music Chicago
Celebrate the first official day of summer with a city-wide music festival in its 30th year inspired by France’s national holiday “Fête de la Musique.” Performances from more than 100 musicians in different genres will occur beginning 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.

FRI/22
Chicago Pride Fest
June 22-23. 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 22-24. Take in the vibrant 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.

SAT/23
Ravinia Festival: “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor
200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park, (847)266-5100 or ravinia.org. Garrison Keillor 4:45pm. $35-$65 reserved, $10 lawn, $60 dinner package. Gate opens at 3pm.

Chicago Green Music Fest: Dinosaur Jr. and Hey Rosetta
June 23-24. 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. $5 donation requested.

Chicago Summerfest
June 23-24. Take a day in the park, to visit artisan booths and take a historical tour with the Mid-North Association. Plus, how about a luau in the park that boasts a pig roast? 2045 North Lincoln Park West. Saturday noon-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-10pm. $5.

International Summer Screenings Program: “The Sandman Der Sandmann”
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/24
Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade
One of the largest gay pride parades in the country in its forty-third year. Noon. Step off at North Halsted and Belmont. chicagopridecalendar.org. Noon. 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/25
Downtown Sound: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and Chico Trujillo
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park near the corner of Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.

TUE/26 
River North Challenge
Grab a team of four 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 West Mart Center. 5:30pm-9:00pm. For questions, call (312)645-1047. Individual tickets $35, group of 4 $135. Register online at rivernorthassociation.com

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Jason Stei
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.

Music on the Esplanade: Bopology
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/27
International Summer Screenings Program: “Café de Fiore”

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.

SAT/30
Wavefront Music Festival
Through July 1. The lineup for this two-day electronic music festival includes DJ Eric Prydz, Bad Boy Bill and Nic Fanciulli. Montrose Beach, Montrose and Lake Shore. Single-day tickets $49, two-day pass $89. For more information visit wavefrontmusicfestival.com.

International Summer Screenings Program: “Café de Fiore”
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

(Compiled by Andrew Miller)