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A sculpture from the ‘Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World’ exhibit
Photograph: Dave Blake/Cantigny

1 Fantastic Beasts

Mexican artists created dozens of chimeras for Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World, an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Wheaton’s Cantigny Park celebrating the mythical hybrids associated with the Day of the Dead. June 1–Oct. 30.

2 Ancestral Lines

In the evening-length program Rejoinder at Links Hall, experimental company Dropshift Dance presents new movement work inspired by its dancers’ family histories. June 3–4.

A painting from the ‘Hooking Up’ exhibit
Photograph: Michael Hurson

3 Your Art’s Desire

Marking the rebranding of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery as the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, Hooking Up shows pieces from the institution’s permanent collection — including works by artists from Rembrandt to Kehinde Wiley — alongside those by contemporary Chicago artists. June 4–Aug. 7.

4 Stable Condition

After winning the Grulke Prize, awarded to developing acts breaking creative ground, at this year’s South by Southwest, teenage rock trio Horsegirl celebrates the release of Versions of Modern Performance, its debut album for Matador, on a bill with other young local bands at Thalia Hall. June 5.

Sarah Sherman
Photograph: Luke Taylor

5 Make ’Em Squirm

You could sense which sketches on the recent season of Saturday Night Live came from the brain of new cast member Sarah Sherman: They were the weirdest ones. The former host of local showcase Helltrap Nightmare, the outré comedian (a.k.a. Sarah Squirm) comes home for four shows at Sleeping Village. June 9–10.

6 Midsommar Lovin’

The ne plus ultra of Chicago street fests, Andersonville Midsommarfest has been a neighborhood staple since the 1960s. The Swedish-ish celebration returns after a two-year hiatus with local entertainers on five stages along Clark Street. June 10–12.

Puerto Rican Day People’s Parade
Photograph: Vashon Jordan Jr./Chicago Tribune

7 Taste of Puerto Rico

The 43rd annual Puerto Rican Day People’s Parade marches down Paseo Boricua, the half-mile stretch of Division Street in Humboldt Park bookended by soon-to-be-landmarked Puerto Rican flag sculptures. June 11.

8 Good Grief

In Canadian composer and playwright Britta Johnson’s musical Life After, a teenager struggles to reckon with the loss of her father. The Goodman Theatre mounts the Chicago premiere of the work, which won six of Toronto’s Dora Awards in its original staging. June 11–July 17.

‘Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry’
Photograph: Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

9 The Wordy City

More than 160 contemporary poets and artists sing odes to our city in the pages of Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, newly published by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. You might be able to nab some signatures at the book launch party at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. June 13. chicagoliteraryhof.‌org

10 Summer Beats

Quench your thirst for hip-hop at the Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash. The top-tier fest brings more than 60 artists to three stages in Douglass Park; this year’s headliners include Post Malone, Playboi Carti, and a joint set by Young Thug and Gunna. June 17–19.

The Fly Honey Show
Photograph: Eric Stromm

11 Catch More Fly Honeys

Landing somewhere between burlesque, cabaret, and dance party, there’s nothing quite like the Fly Honey Show. The raucous sex- and body-positive performance troupe arrives at Thalia Hall for a Pride weekend blowout packed with dancers, DJs, and a live band. June 23–25.

Black Trans Lives Matter supporters at the Chicago Pride Parade
Photograph: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune

12 Loud and Proud

The Chicago Pride Parade regularly draws upward of a million spectators to its North Side route. After two pandemic years off, and amid a rise in right-wing attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, expect this year’s rainbow to be extra bright. June 26.

Dancers in ‘Broken Compass’
Photograph: Kip Conwell

13 Elevated Action

A company of 20 dancers takes to the air in Broken Compass, a new 90-minute performance piece created by choreographers Chloe Jensen, Karen Fisher Doyle, and Tracy Von Kaenel for Aerial Dance Chicago. July 8–9.

14 Musicals in Millennium Park

Hear some show tunes under the stars on the lawn at Pritzker Pavilion when the Grant Park Orchestra pays tribute to musical theater greats from George Gershwin to Lin-Manuel Miranda in Lights on Broadway. July 8–9.

15 The Old College Try

Represent your alma mater or just run for the fun of it in the Big Ten Network Big 10K, which kicks off from Soldier Field and culminates in a post-race tailgate. July 10.

Photograph: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

16 ’Fork in the Road

The Pitchfork Music Festival returns to its usual summer slot at Union Park with a typically eclectic slate of headliners, including the National, Mitski, and the Roots. July 15–17.

17 It’s Actually Cerulean

Chicago gets a first look at the new musical The Devil Wears Prada. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel (and its 2006 film adaptation) about an Anna Wintour–type fashion editor, the Broadway-aimed show has a score by Elton John. July 19–Aug. 21.

18 Sunday Best

The Chicago Loop Alliance’s Sundays on State program returns for a second year, turning that great street into a pedestrian-friendly block party on selected Sundays into September. July 24.

The crowd at Lollapalooza
Photograph: Vashon Jordan Jr./Chicago Tribune

19 Whatever Lolla Wants, Lolla Gets

The biggest behemoth of Chicago’s summer music fests, Lollapalooza packs Grant Park with more than 160 acts over its four-day span, with headliners ranging from rock statesmen Metallica and Green Day to pop queens Dua Lipa and Doja Cat. July 28–31.

20 Killin’ It

Hosted by Zako Ryan, the monthly standup showcase Sorry for Killin’ recently settled into new digs at the Laugh Factory. With quality lineups of local comics on the rise, the higher profile is deserved. July 28.