99 Days of Summer: Memorial Day–June 2015


May 25: “Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago

Fashionistas, spend your long weekend getting an inside look at what made the Mag Mile one of the most recognized and fashionable streets in the world. The exhibit closes Aug. 16.

Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.

May 26: PTC Classic Car Show
Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St., Deerfield

Come see classic and antique cars, like a 1929 Ford Model A Special Coupe and 1941 Packard Model 120 Convertible Coupe, and talk to their owners.

May 27: Next Level Sailing Chicago
Lake Michigan

Set sail in famous Americas Cup yachts “Stars and Stripes” or “Abracadabra.” Until Oct. 31, private charters will take place Monday-Friday, Firework Sails will occur on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and the America’s Cup Racing Experience is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.

May 28: Grapevines & Wines
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Sip on wine from Cello Via, Coopers Hawk, Round Barn, Wollersheim Winery and more while enjoying the Botanic Garden’s summer views.

May 29-31: Festival del Taco
2600 S. Kostner (at 26th Street), Chicago

Visit the Little Village neighborhood for music, arts & crafts and delicious tacos from local restaurants.


Begins June 1: MB Financial Open Bags Night
MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont

Make your Mondays a little more fun with this weekly bags competition. Equipment is first-come, first-served and available for those who bring a photo ID.

June 2: Museum of Science and Industry Free Day
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Visit MSI for free and get a look at the newest exhibit, “Robot Revolution,” and other favorites like “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze” and “Materials Science.”

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Opens June 3: Chagall for Children
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

Introduce your children to the work of Marc Chagall with this exhibit featuring 14 multi-sensory exploration stations that will allow kids to create flower arrangements, explore light with stained glass, weave a simple tapestry and more. 

June 4: Milwaukee Art Museum’s Free First Thursday
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee

Take a quick road trip and enjoy free admission at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Then, make a day of it by exploring all the dining, shopping and entertainment options the city has to offer.

June 5: Chicago Sky vs. Indiana Fever
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont

The Sky open their 2015 season against Indiana and will host special events throughout the summer, including Pride Night (June 30), African American Heritage Night (July 21) and Breast Health Awareness Night (August 7 and 9).

June 5-6: Pony Rides
Glen Grove Equestrian Center, 9453 Harms Road, Morton Grove

Kids 6 years old and younger can ride ponies for $5 every Saturday and Sunday, spring through fall. 

June 6: World Environment Day
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Meet and learn about conservation from CBG scientists, horticulturists and chefs, as well as Danielle Niereenberg, co-founder of Food Tank.

June 6-7: Redhead Days Festival
City Hall Park, 17 Highwood Ave., Highwood

The Redhead Days Festival originated in Breda, Holland, and is coming to the U.S. for the first time ever. Walk through Highwood as you shop ginger gear, drinks and goodies, participate in the Carrot Cake Contest or join the photo of the largest number of redheads assembled together in the country.

June 8: Chicago Sinfonietta’s “United We Stand”
Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Don’t miss Chicago Sinfonietta’s final performance of the season, a tribute to service members that will include photos submitted by both patrons and musicians.

June 9: Cravings on Clark
2558 N. Clark St., Chicago

Take a walk along Clark Street and Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park and sample favorites from local restaurants, including Vanille Patisserie, Dunlays On Clark, KC Chocolatier and Eleven Lincoln Park.

Begins June 10: Jackman Park Summer Concert Series
Jackman Park, Leigh Avenue and Prairie Street, Glenview

Bring food, a folding chair or blanket, and some friends to Jackman Park every Wednesday night until July 29 for live music. The series kicks off with the Glenview Concert Band.

June 11: Art in Motion
Northwestern’s Lurie Center Ryan Family Atrium, 303 E. Superior St., Chicago

The 13th Annual Art in Motion event benefitting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago opens with a night of awards and celebration on June 11. The gallery is open to the public until June 18.

Begins June 12: “Ithamar Has Nothing to Say”
Donny’s Skybox Theatre in The Second City Training Center, 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago

Second City alum Ithamar Enriquez is back in Chicago with a silent one-man comedy show. Yes, silent. Enriquez’ TV credits include “Arrested Development,” “The Office” and “Law and Order.”

June 13-14: Old Town Art Fair
Old Town Triangle District, Chicago

Visit one of the top fine arts fairs in the country, displaying the work of 250 artists (more than 100 of which are new to the fair in 2015) in the beautiful tree-lined Old Town Triangle neighborhood.

Photo by Laura E. Meyer.

June 15-19: Little Brushes Camp
Pinot’s Palette, 2011 Tower Drive, Glenview

Kids ages 7 to 12 will spend the morning painting with a professional artist who specializes in children’s art education before breaking for lunch and then completing a unique craft in the afternoon. Participants can sign up for the entire week or just one day.

June 17: Judy Blume
Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark St., Chicago

Beloved author Judy Blume is back with her latest novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” available June 2. This book was inspired by a three-month period during Blume’s childhood in which multiple passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, N.J.

Photo by Elena Seibert.

Begins June 18: Chicago Women’s Funny Festival
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago

For four days, 500 performers in more than 160 groups will put on more than 80 hilarious shows.

June 18: Oak Street Summer Shop-Around
Oak Street Shopping District, 116 E. Oak, Chicago

Join Make It Better and the Oak Street Council for a day of shopping as participating boutiques and salons will donate 10 percent of sales to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Win-win!

June 19-21: 6 Corners BBQ Fest
4000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

This Portage Park fest is celebrating its fifth year by expanding to three days of music, arts & crafts, kids activities, pro-wrestling and, of course, mouth-watering barbecue.

June 21: Make Music Chicago

It’s a good thing this festival takes place during the summer solstice because with more than 200 performances and events with more than 1,000 musicians in 70 locations in 20 neighborhoods, you’ll need as much sunlight as you can get.

Photo by Elliot Mandel.

Sponsored Listing: June 21: Ricky Birdsong Memorial Race Against Hate
Long Field, Evanston

Featuring technical “wicking” t-shirts, great giveaway bags, a scenic course along Lake Michigan, fun for the whole family AND a great cause, this is a positive community event you won’t want to miss! Join our team here.

Begins June 22: Summer Brain Games
Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry’s eight-week Summer Brain Games program is back and provides free science experiments you can do in your own backyard. Register and you’ll receive a voucher for one free admission ticket to the museum.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Begins June 23: Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago

You now have something to do every Tuesday night this summer. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and make your way downtown for a relaxing evening as you watch a classic film or new hit. And to top it all off, it’s free!

June 24-28, June 30-July 5: Summerfest

The world’s largest music festival has done it again, securing artists like Florida Georgia Line, Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Pat Benatar and Kansas. Oh, and did we mention The Rolling Stones?

June 24-28: Walldogs
Delavan, Wisc.

Walldogs, a group of artists that create murals, will make their way to Delavan to paint the history of this town.

June 26-28: Long Grove Strawberry Fest
Downtown Long Grove

Walk around historic downtown Long Grove while enjoying creative strawberry treats and merchandise from local businesses.

June 27-28: Fountain Square Art Festival
Sherman and Church streets, Evanston

This is the oldest fine arts fair on the North Shore and features the wares of more than 170 artists. You can also enjoy art activities for kids, live jazz and food.

June 29: “City of Angels
Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Two stories come to life at once—one on stage and one on screen—as you’re transported to 1940s Los Angeles.  

Begins June 30: Chicago Musical Theatre Festival
The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Musical theater fans won’t want to miss this second annual festival featuring the world-premieres of 13 musicals by Chicagoans. Storylines range from a look at the city’s mayoral race to a prom in the 1980s.