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Summer Entertainment: Concerts, Outdoor Events, Activities In and Around Chicago This Week


Electronic Music at the Beach

July 14, 2018

Volleywood Electric Beach is an electronic beach party with DJ music, a beer garden, and a volleyball tournament at North Avenue

Beach for age 21+.

Ale Festival

July 14, 2018

Naperville Ale Fest showcases 200 craft beers with live music and restaurant food on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement.

R&B Concert

July 14-15, 2018

Billed as “the biggest summertime R&B and throwback event in the city,” Summer Block Party brings 11 top acts to Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Saturday includes Keith Sweat, Ne-Yo, and Ja Rule. Sunday includes Ludacris, Boyz II Men, and Brandy.

Block Party & Garden Walk

July 14 - 15, 2018

Hamburger Festival

July 14-15, 2018

Enjoy BBQ or burgers (beef or veggie or turkey), plus music, arts & crafts, and a kids’ zone at Roscoe Village Burger Fest on Belmont Avenue (from Damen to Oakley). Donation.

Southport Street Fair

July 14-15, 2018

Southport Art Festival is a mellow event with live music, artists, food, and a kids’ area on N Southport Ave. at Waveland. Donation.

African Art Festival

July 14-15, 2018

The Arts and Crafts Festival at DuSable Museum features traditional, ethnic, and experimental fine arts and crafts with African-American themes. Free.

Thomas Train Ride

July 14-15 and July 21-22, 2018

Day out with Thomas includes a 20-minute train ride, stories, videos, music, and crafts for kids at Illinois Railway Museum in Union.

Dark Underworld Fantasy

July 14-Aug. 12, 2018

Deep below the streets of London lies a Neverwhere inhabited by a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, which two heroes must navigate as they seek to uncover a dark conspiracy at Lifeline Theatre.Ticket deal $20

Renaissance Fair

July 14-Sept. 3, 2018 (weekends)

Watch knights joust, shop an artisan market, mingle with costumed minstrels, play games, and attend shows at Bristol Renaissance Faire in 16th Century England (also known as Kenosha, WI).

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 15, 2018

Chinatown Summer Fair features a lion dance procession, food vendors, artisans, live music, martial arts, and a children’s area on S. Wentworth Ave. at Cermak Rd. Free.

African Book Fair

July 15, 2018

Soulful Chicago Book Fair “is a celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora” with food vendors on E. 61st Street (from Cottage Grove Ave. to M.L.K. Drive). Free.

Interactive Melodrama

July 15-29, 2018

All 30 members of the audience get to walk around the actors during Southern Gothic [website has sound], a retro drama about four Southern couples that takes place in a 1962 house inside Windy City Playhouse.

Tickets $80 to $100

Tap Dance Festival

July 16-21, 2018

Watch stage performances of tap and percussive dance during Rhythm World, with classes available.

Monday Movies on the Lake

July 16-Aug. 20, Mondays 7 pm)

Watch 10 different movies “that are sure to get you singing, clapping, and dancing along” during Water Flicks at Polk Bros Park. Free.

•July 2 - Sing (PG)

•July 9 - Pitch Perfect (PG-13)

•July 16 - Charlie & Chocolate Factory (PG)

•July 23 - Selena (PG)

•July 30 - Viva Las Vegas (PG)

Movies in Millennium Park

July 17-Aug. 21, 2018

Get a seat or sit on the lawn to see films on a 40-foot screen at Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays plus July 9. Free.

•July 17 - International Media Mixer (PG)

•July 24 - Get Out (R)

•July 31 - Wall-E (G) & Crash (R)

County Fair

July 18 - 22, 2018

Kane County Fair is an old-fashioned fair with farm animals, a petting zoo, midway, live music, bull riding, truck pull, and fair food in St. Charles.

Mind Reader

July 18-Oct. 31, 2018 (Wednesdays 8 pm)

Chicago Tribune calls mentalist Mark Toland “mind blowing.” He can tell you your birthday, where you grew up, and what you did last summer in his show of psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind at Greenhouse Theater Center for age 16+.

Ticket deal $13

Adult Night at the Planetarium

July 19, 2018 (6:30 to 10:30 pm)

Adler after Dark offers open access, science talks, planetarium shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. The July theme is “super heroes & villains” from Marvel & DC.

Art Festival

July 20-22, 2018

Shop for a wide variety of art made by 100 juried artists at the new Artfest Michigan Avenue. Free.

Health Marathon & Fitness Expo

July 20-22, 2018

Fri. & Sat. at McCormick Place. The 5K is Saturday, and the Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 10K are Sunday in Grant Park, followed by an after-festival at Butler Field.


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