5 Things to Do in Chicago and the Suburbs: July 30 – August 1

Somehow it is already the last weekend of July, and it’s going to be a beautiful one. For those not heading to Lollapalooza, avoid the (hopefully vaccinated) crowds with these great events happening around the city and the suburbs.

Ravinia Festival

Yacht Club Revue. Photo by @WillByington and courtesy of Ravinia Festival.

Ravinia is finally back, and this weekend will not disappoint. On Friday, July 30, Brian McKnight will headline and on Saturday, July 31, groove to the best of the Seventies and Eighties during Yacht Rock Revue. The music flows through Sunday, with Michael Feinstein and Betty Buckley performing on Sunday, August 1. Grab your tickets online, and learn more about Ravinia’s summer schedule in our Ravinia Festival Guide.

200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park

Ladies Night Sip and Sweat

Courtesy of PowHERhouse Fitness Studio

The Rose Hotel in Rosemont has partnered with Park Ridge-based PowHERhouse Fitness Studio for a Ladies Night Sip and Sweat event on Friday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. The exclusive event will include a complimentary 45-minute workout class, Kendra Scott jewelry to shop and themed cocktails and appetizers available for purchase at the hotel’s Thorn Restaurant & Lounge. Even better, 20% of each Kendra Scott purchase will be donated to PAWS Chicago. To RSVP, visit Rose Hotel’s website

5200 Pearl St, Rosemont

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Courtesy of the Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Running through August 15 at Oakbrook Center, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition showcases the artist’s renowned Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes in a breathtaking journey. Paintings are reproduced photographically and displayed in their original size, allowing guests to take in the sheer size and detail of the infamous artwork, along with an audio guide. Grab your tickets before the exhibit packs up in a few weeks.

100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

[email protected] Welcomes Mickey & Friends

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Calling all Disney fans, the main Mouse and his pals are taking over [email protected], a series of pop-up shopping experiences and exclusive merchandise rotating every four to six weeks at select Nordstrom locations. [email protected] Welcomes Mickey & Friends features a curated collection of limited-edition pieces, plus handpicked and custom-made pre-owned and upcycled clothing, all starring the Sensational Six — Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto and Goofy. The shop launched July 23 online and at nine Nordstrom locations around the country, including the Michigan Avenue store.

In the shop you’ll find Mickey & Friends–themed apparel and accessories from top brands like Love Your Melon, Levi’s, and Crocs, home decor and lifestyle products from Barefoot Dreams, Basin Bath, Society6, and more, and phone accessories from Popsocket and CASETiFY.

“I’ve always loved the nostalgia of Disney, and the characters they’ve created. Those characters were each of our friends from generation to generation.” said Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects and Home at Nordstrom. “Friendship is something that is always worth celebrating, and what better way to celebrate than being with our friends including Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang.” 

55 E Grand Ave, Chicago

The Obama Portraits

First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald.
First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald.

Head to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the famous official portraits of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, these groundbreaking paintings made history as the first African-American artists assigned to create official president portraits.

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

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