Things To Do

Take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer with our highlights of events, activities and entertainment in and around the city.

The return of ‘Wicked,’ the Hyde Park Jazz Fest, two performances of the Kyiv Ballet and the Reeling film festival are among the things to see and do in the Chicago area.
The annual music extravaganza returned to Douglass Park in full force this year.
“Anastasia,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Chicago House Music Festival and Conference, and Chicago SummerDance Celebration are among the cool things to see and do in the week ahead.
It’s the only place you can show up, get married at an onsite wedding chapel if you’re so inclined, take a victory lap on a Ferris Wheel and enjoy a whole lotta live music all in one day.
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Renegade Craft Fair, and Third Percussion in concert are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
The circus performers, known for giving an interactive show, are looking forward to Chicago’s enthusiastic audiences.
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With more than 250 sculptures from cultures across the continent, it is the largest show to date to explore the aesthetic appreciation of these objects through the eyes of their African makers and users and to make clear that their appearance is intimately tied to their function.
There’s an avalanche of incredible music heading to Chicago this fall. We highlight 10 concerts you won’t want to miss.
As the weather cools down, take advantage of family-friendly fall activities, like pumpkin picking, theater shows and special events in the Chicago area.
The Kyiv City Ballet undertakes its first-ever American tour Sept. 16 through Oct. 24, including performances at the Auditorium Theatre.
Big names including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Kevin James will be performing at the area’s clubs, theaters and arenas.
“The Notebook” musical debut at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, North Coast Music Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
Labor Day weekend will be filled with the sounds of jazz emanating from Millennium Park.
James Caan tribute also is part of Noir City: Chicago, back after a three-year pandemic hiatus.
The Chicago Dance Crash, the Taste of Greektown and “Dreamgirls” are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
Not since the Dave Matthews Band Caravan in 2011 has there been a jam band event of this scale in the area, with dedicated stages for fans of Americana, psych rock and other experimental styles.
Aykroyd and Jim Belushi will team up to perform at the fest, which also features local blues music and a re-creation of Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market.
The Chicago Air and Water Show, Chicago Ribfest, and Sunday in the Park with Lyric are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead.
Lady Gaga at Wrigley, the Bud Billiken Parade, Dance for Life and a ‘Zorro’ musical are among the cool things to see and do in the week ahead.
The Windy City Smokeout, Northalsted Market Days, Out of Space and Festa Italiana are among the cool things to see and do in the week ahead.
The orchestra has become one of the most important classical institutions in Central America and the Caribbean Basin.
Lollapalooza, ‘Fun Home’ and the Newberry Book Fair are among the highlights in the week ahead.
Starting Nov. 11, ‘Magic at Play’ will offer hands-on wizarding experiences at Water Tower Place.