The Mix

A weekly guide to cool things to do in the Chicago area, compiled by editors at the Sun-Times.

Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Magic Flute,’ a concert by Nashville’s Sarah Jarosz and the Chicago Botanic Garden’s orchid show are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, a play starring Dana Delany and a ‘Ted Lasso’ star’s comedy shows are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
The Fillet of Solo Festival, Allison Russell in concert, and MLK Day celebrations are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
The Young Playwrights Festival, Smokey Robinson in concert, winter flower shows, and Handel’s “Messiah” at Symphony Center are among the highlights in the coming weeks.
A Grinch musical, a hip-hop ‘Nutcracker’ and holiday concerts from jazz, blues and CSO musicians are among the highlights of the week ahead.
A Doja Cat tour stop, Cirque du Soleil’s holiday show and several ‘Nutcracker’ productions are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
The Joffrey ‘Nutcracker,’ Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, and a Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace are among the highlights in the week ahead.
A revival of ‘The Wiz,’ a Pentatonix holiday concert and the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
“Boop! The Betty Boop Musical,” the City’s official tree lighting ceremony, and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival area among the cool things to check out in the week ahead.
Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, a relocated ‘Twelfth Night’ and a museum exhibit on Jewish delis are among the entertainment highlights this week.
A Kim Petras concert, the Frankenstein story as both ballet and comic musical, and several Halloween happenings are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
Bonnie Raitt’s post-Grammy victory tour, a Broadway-bound Louis Armstrong musical and the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns are among this week’s entertainment highlights.
The ‘Destinos’ theater festival, shows by Dave Chappelle and Peter Gabriel, and the arrival of a touring 12-foot puppet are among the highlights in the week ahead.
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the World Music Festival and Lyric Opera’s “The Flying Dutchman” are among the highlights in the week ahead.
The Harris Fest: Music + Dance in the Park, the return of “Hamilton” and Taste of Chicago are among the highlights in the week ahead.
Brandi Carlile at Ravinia, the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park and North Coast Music Fest are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
The Chicago Air and Water Show, the Marriott Theatre’s ‘Gypsy’ and a Chance the Rapper show are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
The Bud Billiken Parade, Pink in concert, Retro on Roscoe and Fan Expo are among the highlights in the week ahead.
Four days of Lollapalooza, Bruce Springsteen shows at Wrigley Field and the return of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ are among the week’s highlights.
Beyonce in concert, Pitchfork music festival and a Taste of Lincoln Avenue are among the cool things to check out in the week ahead in Chicago.
Steppenwolf’s ‘No Man’s Land,’ an Alicia Keys concert and the country-fried Windy City Smokeout are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
Millennium Park movies, the Chosen Few picnic and the Square Roots festival are among the entertainment highlights of the week ahead.
The Antojitos Fest Latin American comedy festival, African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, and Navy Pier’s annual Independence Day Fireworks are among the highlights in the week ahead.
A revamped staging of “The Who’s Tommy,” “Memoirs of Jazz in The Alley,” and the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade are among the cultural and entertainment highlights in week ahead.