Summer Guide

Plan your summer adventures with the Chicago Sun-Times Summer Guide. We bring updates on the best festivals, trips, outdoor excursions and ways to keep cool.

From stand-up to improv, comedy will be everywhere on area stages in the months ahead.
“Something I always tell myself when I’m writing is, ‘Don’t give them what they want. Give them what they did not know they need,’” the comedian says.
There’s no better way to spend summer than with local bites, brews and tunes at festivals across Chicago.
Now it in its 6th year, returning after COVID stalled it in 2020 and diverting to a smaller footprint in 2021, the Winnetka Music Festival makes a full return in the downtown Elm Street district.
The duo created have just released a new album “Come Morning,” a collection of 10 songs in which they tackle past demons and process heartbreaking losses and challenges ideas.
Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, the musical theater team behind the hit show “Murder for Two,” transform the film, which was based on a Ray Bradbury story, into a new stage musical.
There’s plenty of fancy footwork heading to Chicago’s stages and neighborhoods in the months ahead.
The works of Verdi, Haydn, Mozart, and “Rush Hour Concerts” are sure to entertain classical music fans in the months ahead.
Keep the kiddos busy all summer long with these kid-friendly outings, festivals, tours and more in and around Chicago.
Catch live tunes all summer long at venues — indoors and out — across the Chicago area.
35 years ago this month, summer audiences first relished the rich dialogue, imaginative plot and intriguing locales of Brian De Palma’s crime classic.
“We are thrilled to continue welcoming guests back to the lakefront safely,” Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner said in a news release.
The festival — which moves to Montrose Beach this year — runs Aug. 23-24 and features live music, beach-friendly games and interactive activities.
The Midwest’s largest electronic festival is happening June 7-9 this year — and for the first time, it’s in the ‘burbs. Here’s what you need to know.
Street fests in neighborhoods across Chicago pop up faster than you can pencil them in on your calendar. Whether it’s down the street, along the lakefront or at the county fairgrounds, there’s something happening every day, all summer. Here are some of the area’s best festivals.
A look at the can’t-miss music events in Chicago and the ‘burbs this summer.
Whether you’re looking to take it easy or get your adrenaline flowing, there are tons of awesome ways to have fun in the area this summer.
You can’t beat a hasty retreat to one of these nearby spots for an escape from the city.