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Map & Calendar

Use this guide to chart your next summertime adventure


1. Lady Elgin
2. The Straits of Mackinac
3. Underwater forest
4. David Dows
5. Material Service
6. Wells Burt
7. Tacoma


8. Spring Bluff Nature Preserve
9. Illinois Beach State Park
10. Magic Hedge
11. Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary
12. Northerly Island
13. Wooded Island
14. South Shore Cultural Center Nature Sanctuary
15. Hegewisch Marsh
16. Miller Woods


17. Forest Park Beach
18. Gillson Park
19. Leone Beach
20. Kathy Osterman Beach
21. North Avenue Beach
22. Ohio Street Beach
23. Rainbow Beach
24. Miller Beach

A selective guide to big events on the lake

June 11-August 3: Theater on the Lake (Fullerton Parkway and Lake Shore Drive)
Off-Loop theatre, with the lake as backdrop. Highlights include The House Theatre of Chicago's The Attempters. $17.50. chicagoparkdistrict.com

July 19: Race to Mackinac (Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E. Monroe Dr.)
A record 460 boats will compete in the 100th race to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Catch the 10 a.m. launch or follow along in real time at chicagoyachtclub.org/racetomackinac.

July 26: Venetian Night (lakefront, from Roosevelt Road to Monroe Street)
It's more like Venice by way of Disney, but locals love this illuminated boat parade (8:30 p.m.; fireworks 9:30). Free. venetiannightchicago.us

August 15-17: Chicago Air and Water Show (North Avenue Beach, North Avenue at the lake)
More necks crane upward for this spectacle than for any other in the country. New for year 50 is a kickoff with the Blue Angels. Fri 3-9; Sat, Sun 9-4. Free. chicagoairandwatershow.us

September 6: Red Bull Flugtag (North Avenue Beach)
Build a flying machine and pilot it over (or into) the lake, or just watch others make fools of themselves. redbullflugtagusa.com

Ongoing: Northerly Island's Charter One Pavilion (1300 S. Linn White Dr.)
Concert highlights include namesake rock-'n'-rollers Chicago (June 20; $34.50-$120) and the seventies prog-rock outfit Yes (July 18; $31-$145.50). charteronepavilion.com

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