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Top Ten Upcoming Events in and Around Chicago

Ryan Bluestone takes a look at the latest special events Chicago has to offer.

Heading to the Windy City this Summer? There’s always something happening in Chicago!

The largest city in Illinois, famed for its art, culture, sports teams, museums, architecture, and – perhaps most importantly – its deep-dish pizza, has an endless supply of hot happenings for residents and tourists of all ages. Ryan Bluestone takes a look at the latest special events this city has to offer.


Enjoy two full days of interactive experiences, food, and live music while dancing on the sand at Volleywood, Chicago Sport and Social Club’s annual beachfront festival. Runs July 15-16.

Little Red Riding Hood

Bring the little ones to see Little Red Riding Hood, presented by the Chicago Kids Company – Theater for Children (CKC), now through August 4. This hour-long musical adaptation encourages plenty of audience participation!


The renowned musical festival Lollapalooza comes to Chicago’s Grant Park on August 3 – August 6. Headliners include Carly Rae Jepsen, Diplo, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Maggie Rogers, Fred Again, and many more.

Destination/El Destino: a decade of GRAFT

Art lovers are getting the opportunity to experience “Destination/El Destino: a decade of GRAFT,” Edra Soto’s largest solo exhibition to date, for free at the Hyde Park Art Center through August 6. Soto is a Chicago-based Puerto Rican artist, educator, and community organizer.

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross

Avengers assemble…at the Elmhurst Art Museum! The work of renowned comic book artist (and Chicagoan) Alex Ross is on exhibition in “Marvelocity” through August 20. Workshops and family-friendly activities will also be available.

Harry Potter™: Magic at Play

Through September 4, young muggles can play pretend at Harry Potter™: Magic at Play at Water Tower Place. This unique interactive experience allows fans of all ages to immerse themselves in scenes from the Wizarding World.

“Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop” | Works from the Bank of America Collection

Experience 94 works of pop art from master Andy Warhol at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) in the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) on exhibition through September 10.
Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night at On the Rocks Edison Park
The title says it all – Chicago fandom nerds who want to meet friends, show off their knowledge, and enjoy a cocktail can head out on recurring Thursdays through September 28 to enjoy some classic pub trivia.

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Chicago City Markets – through October 28

Shoppers can wander the stalls at Chicago City Markets through October 28 to sample locally made products, produce, food, flowers, and more. This farmers market has several locations in various neighborhoods throughout the city to choose from.

Rush Hour Concerts

Stop by Chicago’s St. James Cathedral on the way home from work on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 PM throughout the Summer to check out the Rush Hour Concerts presented by Classical Music Chicago. A series of classical chamber musicians will be putting on free 45-minute performances.

Enjoy All Chicago Offers

Whether it’s shopping at the farmers market or getting your groove on at Lollapalooza, the possibilities are endless this Summer 2023 in Chicago!

By Ryan Bluestone

Ryan Bluestone