Summer Hot List: Event Details

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57TH STREET ART FAIR 6/5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 6/6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 57th Street from Kenwood Avenue to Kimbark Avenue; 773-493-3247, 57thstreetartfair.org

DOWNTOWN SOUND She & Him 6/7 at 6:30 p.m., Kid Sister 7/19 at 6:30 p.m. Series runs Mondays 5/24-7/26; see website for full schedule. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street; 312-742-1168, millenniumpark.org

MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS Howlin’ Wolf Centennial 6/10 at 6:30 p.m. Series runs Thursdays 6/3-7/22; see website for full schedule. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street; 312-742-1168, millenniumpark.org

PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST 6/12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free) and 6 to 10 p.m. ($10), 6/13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free). See website for schedule. Dearborn Street and Polk Street; 312-222-3986, printersrowlitfest.org

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO 6/17 at 5 p.m. Free. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600, artinstituteofchicago.org

CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE 6/17-8/29. Thursdays-Saturdays 6 to 9:30 p.m., Sundays 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-744-6630, explorechicago.org

JUST FOR LAUGHS 6/15-19. Locations and prices vary; see website for schedule. 800-745-3000, justforlaughschicago.com

CHERRYWOOD Opening 6/17. $18-$22. Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., 735 W. Sheridan Rd.; 773-871-0442, maryarrchie.com

DEAD LETTER OFFICE 6/9-18. $17-$22. Dog & Pony Theatre Co. at Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.; 312-742-8497, dogandponychicago.org

SKETCHBOOK 6/10-27. Fest passes $20-$100. Collaboraction at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St.; 312-226-9633, collaboraction.org

RAVINIA Steve Martin 6/12 at 7:30 p.m., Jethro Tull 6/20 at 7 p.m., Garrick Ohlsson 6/28 at 8 p.m., Bernstein and Copland tribute 7/11 at 5 p.m., The Swell Season 7/14 at 8 p.m., Christoph Eschenbach 7/24 at 7:30 p.m. Season runs 6/3-9/7; see website for full schedule. $5-$115 per concert. Lake Cook Road and Green Bay Road, Highland Park; 847-266-5100, ravinia.org

RUSH HOUR CONCERTS Series runs Tuesdays 6/1-8/31. Reception at 5:15 p.m.; concert at 5:45 p.m. See website for full schedule. Free. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.; 773-338-9480, rushhour.org

TUESDAYS ON THE TERRACE Series runs Tuesdays 6/1-9/28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; see website for full schedule. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org

ALEXANDER CALDER AND CONTEMPORARY ART: FORM, BALANCE, JOY 6/26-10/17. $7-$12; free Tuesdays. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org

A PARALLELOGRAM 7/1-8/29. $20-$70. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.; 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 7/1 from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., 7/2 from 4:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., 7/3 from noon to 3 a.m., 7/4 from noon to 2 a.m. See website for schedule. $25-$30 per day; $100 four-day pass. FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn; 708-788-2118, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com

FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL 7/10-11 from noon to 10 p.m. $5-$10. Old Town School of Folk Music at Welles Park, Lincoln Avenue and Montrose Avenue; 773-728-6000, chicagofolkandroots.org

CHICAGO DANCING FESTIVAL 8/26-28. Performers and venues TBA; performances free with tickets. Sign up at chicagodancingfestival.com to receive updates.

PITCHFORK 7/16-18; see website for schedule. One-day ticket $40; three-day passes sold out. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

LATE: A COWBOY SONG 7/17-8/22. $23-$25. Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston; 847-866-8049, piventheatre.org

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: THE MODERN CENTURY 7/24-10/3. $12-$18; free Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600, artinstituteofchicago.org

GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL A Child of Our Time (with John Relyea, Anita Krause, and Garrett Sorenson) 7/23 at 6:30 p.m. and 7/24 at 7:30 p.m.; Christian Tetzlaff 8/4 at 6:30 p.m. Fest runs 6/16-8/21; see website for full schedule. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street; 312-742-7638, grantparkmusicfestival.com

DUSK VARIATIONS Portland Cello Project 8/2 at 6:30 p.m. Series continues Mondays at 6:30 p.m. through 8/23; see website for full schedule. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street; 312-742-1168, millenniumpark.org

LOLLAPALOOZA 8/6-8; see website for schedule. $215 for a three-day pass; see website for price updates. Grant Park, Columbus Drive and Congress Avenue; lollapalooza.com

JAZZ CLUB TOUR 9/1 at 7 p.m. $25-$30. Locations TBD; see website for updates. 312-427-1676, jazzinchicago.org

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL 9/4-5 from noon to 9:30 p.m.; see website for schedule. Free. Grant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive; 312-742-1168, chicagojazzfestival.us

 

SCIENCE FUN »

SUE’S ANNIVERSARY Sue Hendrickson 5/29-31; call for hours. Robo Sue: The T. rex Experience: 5/26-9/6. $8-$28. Field Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-922-9410, fieldmuseum.org

FERMILAB Ask-a-Scientist Guided Tour 6/6 at 1 p.m. Free. Family Outdoor Fair 6/13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Pine Street and Kirk Road, Batavia; 630-840-3092, ed.fnal.gov

AMERICAN SCIENCE & SURPLUS STAR PARTY 6/18 at 8:30 p.m. (rain date 6/19 at 8:30 p.m.); see website for additional star parties. Free. 33W361 Roosevelt Rd., Geneva; 630-232-2882, sciplus.com

DEARBORN OBSERVATORY Open every Friday from 9 to 11 p.m.; reservations recommended. Free. Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston; 847-491-7650, ciera.northwestern.edu/observatory.php

DISSECT AN EYE AT MSI Daily at 3 p.m. Age 10+. Free with museum admission, $11-$15. Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive; 773-684-1414, msichicago.org

ZERO GRAVITY CORPORATION $165,000 for private charter; $4,950 for individual seats (not available until 2011). Reservations required. 954-756-1000, gozerog.com

MOTO 945 W. Fulton Market; 312-491-0058, motorestaurant.com

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy 8/1 at 8 p.m. $12-$50. Ravinia, Lake Cook Road and Green Bay Road, Highland Park; 847-266-5100, ravinia.org

CHICAGO COMIC CON 8/19-22. $25-$150. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont; wizardworld.com

 

RESTAURANTS & FOOD »

GRAHAMWICH 615 N. State St.; no phone yet, grahamwich.com

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN WINE FESTIVAL 6/12 from noon to 7 p.m., 6/13 from noon to 6 p.m. $10-$30. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440, chicagobotanic.org

BUSSE LAKE Open daily from around 8 a.m. to sunset. South of Higgins Road, between I-290 and Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village; 708-366-9420, fpdcc.com. For fishing licenses, call 800-705-4164 or visit wildlifelicense.com/il.

THE FISHGUY MARKET 4423 N. Elston Ave.; 773-283-7400, fishguy.com

CHICAGO’S DOWNTOWN FARMSTAND 66 E. Randolph St.; 312-742-8419, chicagofarmstand.com

PINK MARTINI 6/23 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Part of Grant Park Music Festival, 6/16-8/21; see website for full schedule. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street; 312-742-7638, grantparkmusicfestival.com

GREEN CITY MARKET CHEF’S BBQ 7/15 at 6 p.m. $25-$100. Lincoln Park, 1750 N. Clark St.; 773-880-1266, chicagogreencitymarket.org

PIEROGI FEST 7/23-24 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7/25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Indianapolis Boulevard and 119th Street, Whiting, Ind.; 219-659-0292, pierogifest.net

CITY PROVISIONS’ LIVE-TO-PLATE FARM DINNER 8/21 at 10 a.m. $295. Faith’s Farm, 1227 N. 8000W Rd., Bonfield; 773-293-2489, cityprovisions.com

TASTE OF MELROSE PARK 9/3 from 5 to 11 p.m., 9/4 from noon to 11 p.m., 9/5 from noon to 10 p.m. Free. Village of Melrose Park Complex, 1000 N. 25th Ave., Melrose Park; 708-450-0555, melrosepark.org

CHICAGO GOURMET 9/25 from noon to 6 p.m., 9/26 from noon to 5 p.m. One-day pass $150; two-day pass $250. Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street; 312-380-4128, chicagogourmet.org

 

SPORTS & RECREATION »

BIKE THE DRIVE 5/30 from 5:30 to 9 a.m. $37-$42. Start in Grant Park at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive; 312-427-3325 ext. 251, bikethedrive.org

BIKE TO WORK RALLY 6/18 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.; 312-744-3315, explorechicago.org

L.A.T.E. RIDE 7/10-11 from midnight to sunrise. $45. Starting and ending point: Buckingham Fountain, 500 S. Columbus Dr.; 773-918-7433, lateride.org

TOUR OF ELK GROVE 7/30-8/1. See website for times and prices. Race registration fees run from free to $175; free to watch. All races start and finish at Elk Grove Boulevard and Ridge Avenue in Elk Grove Village; 773-584-6610, tourofelkgrove.com

BOULEVARD LAKEFRONT TOUR 8/29. Day-of registration begins at 6 a.m. (also available online ahead of time); rides begin between 7 and 9 a.m. $25-$30. See website for starting locations; 312-427-3325 ext. 251, boulevardtour.org

USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CRITERIUM CHAMPIONSHIP 8/14; see website for starting times. Free to watch. Vernon Avenue and Hazel Avenue, Glencoe; 773-584-6610, glencoegrandprix.com

SMALL BAR 2049 W. Division St.; 773-772-2727, thesmallbar.com

WRIGLEY FIELD GUIDED TOURS Usually available on away-game days through 10/3; see website for schedule. $25. Gate D, at Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street. Reservations required. 773-404-2827, chicago.cubs.mlb.com

PATIO PARTY AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD $20.50-$41. Gate 4, 333 W. 35th St.; 312-674-1000, grouptickets@whitesox.mlb.com

DRAGON BOAT RACE FOR LITERACY 7/24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free for spectators; $750 per team; race registration deadline is 7/1. Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.; 312-326-5320, chicagochinatown.org

C & M CANOE RENTAL Reservations available through November, weather permitting. $45-$80. 3401 E. 2062nd Rd., Ottawa; 815-434-6690, cmcanoerental.com

STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING 5/29-9/6 through Great Lakes Board Company. Call for lesson rates and times. Kiosk on Glencoe Beach, 160 Hazel Ave., Glencoe; 312-622-0121, greatlakesboardcompany.com

TOPGOLF Call for rates and times. 699 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale; 630-595-4653, topgolfusa.com

OPENLANDS LAKESHORE PRESERVE Free. Enter the preserve at the top of Bartlett Ravine, near the intersection of Lyster Road and Westover Road in Fort Sheridan; 312-863-6250, openlands.org

CHICAGO TRIATHLON 8/29 at 6 a.m. $155-$165. See website for details on registration and check-in. Start at Monroe Harbor, between Balbo Avenue and Jackson Drive at the lake; 773-404-2372, chicagotriathlon.com

LEBOWSKI FEST Movie screening 9/17 at 8 p.m. Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.; $18-$22. Bowling party 9/18 at 8 p.m. Diversey River Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey Pkwy.; $25-$30. Fest pass $40. 502-583-9290, lebowskifest.com

 

FUN FOR KIDS »

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR 6/4 at 7:30 p.m. Free (for kids under five) to $45. Ravinia, Lake Cook Road and Green Bay Road, Highland Park; 847-266-5100, ravinia.org

ART THERAPY CONNECTION ANNUAL CHALK FESTIVAL 6/5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling St.; 312-523-5768, arttherapyconnection.org

BEHIND THE LIONS DAY 6/5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12-$18; free for kids under 14. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-857-7628, artinstituteofchicago.org

KAYAK TRIPS Paddle into the Past trips Saturdays and Sundays, 6/5-9/26, at 10 a.m.; see website for more themed paddles. $55-$60. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.; 312-642-4600, chicagohistory.org

ROBIN HOOD THEATRE-HIKE Saturdays and Sundays 7/10-31, except 7/3-4. $8-$19. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle; 630-968-0074, mortonarb.org

CHICAGO RED STARS VS. PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENCE 7/10 at 6 p.m. $15-$50. Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview; 708-496-9500, womensprosoccer.com/Chicago

CIVIL WAR DAYS 7/10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7/11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free (for kids under four) to $8 per day; $6-$12 two-day pass. Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176 and Fairfield Road, Wauconda; 847-968-3400, lakecountydiscoverymuseum.org

MCCORMICK DAY 7/30 at 10 a.m. Free; parking $5. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton; 630-668-5161, cantigny.org

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 7/28-30 at 7 p.m.; 7/31 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.; 8/1 at 1 and 5 p.m. $19.50-$69.50. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont; 800-745-3000, dinosaurlive.com

SIXTH ANNUAL KITE FESTIVAL 8/7-8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440, chicagobotanic.org

AEROBALLOON rides daily May through September. Sundays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. $15-$35. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.; 312-595-7437, navypier.com

BROOKFIELD ZOO’S JUNIOR ZOOKEEPER PROGRAM Wednesdays 6/9-8/18 from 10 a.m. to noon. For ages 7-12 only; children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. $250-$300. 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield; 708-688-8361, czs.org

MOCKINGJAY RELEASE PARTY 8/23 at 11 p.m. Free with a preordered copy of the book, $14.40-$17.99. Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park; 708-848-0770, magictreebooks.com

 

LUXURY & PAMPERING »

BEACHES OPEN 5/28-9/6. Swimming hours daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at most locations; chicagoparkdistrict.com

SCREEN AT THE WIT $625 for two-hour rental; catering extra. Reservations required. 201 N. State St.; 312-467-0200, screenatthewit.com

WORK SPACES, CHIC PLACES TOUR 6/5 at 1 p.m. $45. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.; 312-642-4600, chicagohistory.org

LESLIE HINDMAN June Marketplace preview 6/13-15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; sale 6/16-17 at noon. August Marketplace preview 8/22 from noon to 5 p.m., 8/23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 8/24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; sale 8/25-26 at noon. Free admission. 1338 W. Lake St.; 312-280-1212, lesliehindman.com

WRIGHT Mass Modern preview 7/5-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; sale 7/10 at 10 a.m. Free admission. 1440 W. Hubbard St.; 312-563-0020, wright20.com

TERZO PIANO 159 E. Monroe St.; 312-443-8650, terzopianochicago.com

HOTEL PALOMAR’S MASTERPIECE Package starts at $18,000. Reservations required. 505 N. State St.; 312-755-9703, hotelpalomar-chicago.com

RACE TO MACKINAC 7/24 at 11:30 a.m. Registration is closed; free to watch. Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E. Monroe St.; 312-861-7777, chicagoyachtclub.org

VEUVE CLICQUOT VIEW ON THE WATER 7/24 at 11 a.m. $85. Burnham Harbor, 425 E. McFetridge Dr.; 312-404-5800

ELYSIAN SPA & HEALTH CLUB 11 E. Walton St.; 312-646-1310, elysianhotels.com

MARC JACOBS 11 E. Walton St.; 312-649-7260, marcjacobs.com

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