Arts and Entertainment
Repertory Theater / Bailiwick Arts Center
W. Belmont, Chicago 60657
N. Beacon, Chicago, IL 60610
W. Randolph St., Chicago 60601
Theater/Ford Center for the Performing Arts
W. Randolph St., Chicago 60601
W. Monroe, Chicago 60603
N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657
Opera Theater has been advancing the cause of opera as
a vital, living American art form, developing the artists
who create it and expanding the scope and diversity of
the audience. Operas, which are performed in English,
are presented at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport.
E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
known as Shakespeare Repertory Theater, the Chicago Shakespeare
Theater is Chicago's only professional theater dedicated
to the works of William Shakespeare. In a single decade,
it has grown into Chicago's third-largest nonprofit producing
Play Touring Theatre
W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647
Merle Reskin Theatre
E. Balbo Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
City Theatre Company
N. Southport, Chicago 60614
Creative Arts Foundation
S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago 60619
W. Belmont, Chicago 60657
over 25 years, the voice of the playwright has always
taken center stage at Victory Gardens. Home to more world
premieres than any other Chicago theater, Victory Gardens
enters each anniversary season with an unwavering commitment
to new voices in American theater and Chicago playwrights.
55 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
city's dedication to the arts and beautification of Chicago's
lakefront and downtown continues with the Millennium Park
project. The 24.6-acre park, which covers the area from
Randolph to Monroe Street (north/south) and Columbus Drive
to Michigan Avenue (east/west), will include: the McCormick-Tribune
outdoor ice rink, the Peristyle, the Outdoor Music Pavilion,
a garden, a public fountain, the Ameritech Plaza, a music-dance
theater, a bike garage, a special-events tent and several
restaurants. The ice rink is free to the public, faces
Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison streets,
and will be used as an outdoor restaurant and activity
center during non-winter months.
than a park, it is a breathtaking showcase for the visual
and performing arts and a permanent homage to the vitality
and creativity of our world-class city.
50 East Congress Parkway
151 West Randolph Street
220 South Michigan Avenue
175 North State Street
Center for the Performing Arts
24 West Randolph Street
170 North Dearborn
20 North Wacker Drive
22 West Monroe Street
Bergman Gallery, Cobb,
Established in 1915, The Renaissance Society is Chicago's
oldest contemporary art museum and maintains an international
reputation as one of the finest resources for contemporary
art. It also sponsors concerts, performances, film and
video screenings, and talks by noted artists and critics.
beaches line Lake Michigan all the way up north into the
suburbs and Wisconsin, and southeast through Indiana and
into Michigan. The best known is Oak Street Beach, the
location of which at the northern tip of the Magnificent
most popular is North Avenue Beach, about 6 blocks farther
north, which has developed into a volleyball hot spot
and recently rebuilt its landmark steamship-shaped beach
house and added a Venice Beach-style outdoor gym.
more seclusion, try Ohio Street Beach, an intimate sliver
of sand in tiny Olive Park, just north of Navy Pier,
are officially open with of lifeguards on duty beginning
about June 20.
is a great way to see the city, particularly along the
lakefront bike path that us.
city's premier skating destination is the McCormick-Tribune
Ice Rink at Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave. (tel.
312/742-5222). The location is unbeatable; you're skating
in the shadows of grand skyscrapers and within view of
the lake. The rink is open daily from 9am to 9pm November
through March. Admission is free, and skate rentals are
Chicago Park District maintains about 30 indoor pools
for lap swimming and general splashing around, but none
are particularly convenient to downtown. The lakefront
is open for swimming until 9:30pm Memorial Day to Labor
Day in areas watched over by lifeguards (For more information,
call the park district's beach and pool office (tel.
is imprinted in the national consciousness as part of
Chicago, not because of victorious dynasties, but rather
because of the opposite : the Black Sox scandal of 1919
and the perennially losing Cubs.
Cubs. The Cubbies haven't made a World Series appearance
since 1945 and haven't been World Champs since 1908, but
when the team plays in so perfect a place as Wrigley Field,
with its ivy-covered outfield walls, its hand-operated
scoreboard, its view of the shimmering lake from the upper
deck, and its "W" or "L" flag announcing
the outcome of the game to the unfortunates who couldn't
attend, how could anyone stay away? After all the strikes
and temper tantrums and other nonsense, Wrigley has managed
to hold on to something like purity. Yes, Chicago Tribune-owned
Wrigley finally installed lights a decade ago, but by
agreement with the residential neighborhood it occupies,
the Cubs still play most games in the daylight, as they
matter how the Cubs are doing, tickets go fast; most weekend
and night games are sold out by Memorial Day. Your best
bet is to hit a weekday game, or try your luck buying
a ticket on game day outside the park (you'll often find
some season-ticket holders looking to unload a few seats).
W. Addison St.
the Red Line to the Addison stop or the No. 22 bus, which
runs up Clark Street.
order tickets in person, stop by the ticket windows at
Wrigley Field, Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm,
Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and on game days.
Field, which was built in 1914 and has played host to
Major League Baseball for over 90 years.
Field has been the site of such historic moments as:
Babe Ruth's "called shot," when Ruth allegedly
pointed to a bleacher location during Game 3 of the 1932
World Series ... Ruth then hit Charlie Root's next pitch
for a homer.
Gabby Hartnett's famous "Homer in the Gloamin' "
September 28, 1938, vs. Pittsburgh's Mace Brown.
the great May 2, 1917, pitching duel between Jim "Hippo"
Vaughn and the Reds' Fred Toney ... both Vaughn and Toney
threw no-hitters for 9.0 innings before Cincinnati's Jim
Thorpe (of Olympic fame) drove in the only run in the
10th inning ... Toney finished with a no-hitter.
Ernie Banks' 500th career home run May 12, 1970, vs. Atlanta's
Sammy Sosa's 60th home runs in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Cellular Field - home of the Chicago White Sox
333 W. 35th St.
in the South
White Sox Park was originally built in 1910 by Charles
A. Comiskey and soon became known as Comiskey Park. The
park served as the home of the White Sox for the next
80 years until New Comiskey Park opened in 1991.
2003, the Chicago White Sox and U.S. Cellular forged a
unique partnership, renaming the ballpark US Cellular
Field. The agreement calls for U.S. Cellular to pay $68
million to the White Sox over the next 20 years in exchange
for naming rights through 2025. All revenue from the deal
will go directly to improving the "fan experience"
at the ballpark.
agreement created the opportunity for dramatic, fan-focused
renovations and improvements to the park. A fully renovated
U.S. Cellular Field is expected to be completed by Opening
United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.
the Bulls play, feels like an airplane hangar-size funeral
parlor these days. For the time being, tickets, once impossible
to come by, are worth about as much as the paper they're
printed on. So grab yourself a courtside seat : there
are plenty to go around.
Lake Shore Drive and 16th Street
Bears play at the newly renovated Soldier Field
which replaced the original, built to commemorate the
soldiers of World War I, which was badly in need of repair.
original stadium's most distinctive feature: its classically-inspired
colonnade, was retained, and a large addition was added
Blackhawks play at the United Center
W. Madison St.
Blackhawks have a devoted following of fans that turn
out to cheer for the team which produced past Hawks legends
Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito.
Plaisance Park Ice Skating
59th Street between University and Ellis Avenues
Recreational ice skating, ice skating classes, and ice
hockey in the winter. Skate rental is available. Inline
skating, outdoor movies, and concerts in the summer.
Wolves at Allstate Arena
team has been consistently excellent over the past few
years, and the games are geared toward all ages, with
fireworks before the show and a tradition of on- and off-ice
W. Euclid Ave.
S. Laramie Ave.
major-league soccer team, the Chicago Fire, plays at Soldier
Field from late May through October
have a family feel, with plenty of activities for children
and affordable ticket prices.
Hyde Park Events
Street Art Fair
June, 500 exhibitors show their handiwork during the Midwest's
oldest outdoor juried art fair.
bike tour of Chicago's historic boulevards and scenic
neighborhoods starts and finishes on the Midway Plaisance.
More than 5,000 bicyclists participate each June. See
www.chibikefed.org for more info.
on 53rd Parade
this annual Fourth of July celebration, a parade of citizens
and community groups winds through Hyde Park and ends
up in Nichols Park, where family activities are held.
Street Children's Book Fair
September, books come to life for children and their families
through storytelling, singing, bookmaking, and make-believe.
September nearly 6,000 runners take part in the 13.1-mile
run, which starts and finishes at the Museum of Science
Music Festival Chicago
fall festival is part of a citywide celebration of music
from around the world. Check out the artists and locations
project of the Hyde Park/Kenwood Interfaith Council in
partnership with Rockefeller Chapel; the community service
is oriented toward children.
Winter Celebration in Lights
View holiday lights and beautiful plants in the largest
glass greenhouse in the U.S. Bring the kids and enjoy
interactive events in the Elizabeth Mores Genus Children’s
Garden. Located at The Garfield Park Conservatory, 300
N. Central Park Avenue through the first week of January.
Call (312) 746-5100 for more information.
the Coyote Winter Festival
Attend this annual studio walk and view works from over
400 artists including art performances in the Wicker Park
and Bucktown neighborhoods. This event is sponsored by
the resident artists and takes place during the first
week of February. Call (312) 744-2400 for more information.
Goldberg Machine Contest
Teams come out to compete at building a machine that takes
an allotted number of steps to complete a certain task.
Hosted by the Chicago Children’s Museum. Located
at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Avenue, in the middle of February.
Call (312) 527-1000 for more information.
Come to one of the country’s oldest expos of contemporary
cars. Get a firsthand look at what’s new. Located
at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lakeshore Drive, for two weeks
in the middle of February. Call (312) 791-7000 for more
Check out the annual bike show where bike manufacturers
and bike clubs come together in one location. Located
at the Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, usually held at
the end of March. Call (312) 595-PIER for more information.
Patrick’s Day Parade
Come out and join the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day
Parade. For the past 40 years, the Chicago river has turned
green in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The
parade begins at noon on Dearborn Street, between Wacker
and Van Buren, then down the State Street Mall on March
17. Call (312) 744-3315 for more information.
Play miniature golf on this city like course with each
hole depicting a Chicago landmark or Chicago's culture.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Epilepsy Foundation
of Greater Chicago. Located in the Crystal Gardens at
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, 10 AM - 5 PM daily, later
on the weekends. Usually held the second week in March.
Call (312) 595-7437 for more information.
Fools Day; Easter/ Children’s Museum
Join storytellers as they help the children get acquainted
with what the museum has to offer. There are games, too.
Located at the Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Avenue, April 1
and 15, 10 AM - 5 PM. Call (312) 527-1000 for more information.
Antique Poster Fair
Enjoy this annual exhibition of vintage posters. Hosted
by The Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue. Usually held in
the middle of April. Call (800) 856-8069 for more information.
View the most current films from Latin America, Spain,
Portugal and the U. S. at the Latino Film Festival. Hosted
by the International Latino Cultural Center at Columbia
College, 600 S. Michigan, starting the 3rd Friday April,
from 6 PM - 11 PM each evening. Call (312) 431-1330 for
Come out and honor our country’s veterans. Begin
with a ceremony at the Logan Memorial (Grant Park, Michigan
and 9th St.) at 11 AM. Then watch the parade starting
at noon on Columbus Drive, between Balbo and Monroe Streets.
Call (312) 744-5648 for more information.
Visit 200 international galleries at this annual art fair.
See contemporary and modern art. Located at Festival Hall,
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue. This event is usually
held in the middle of May. Call (312) 587-3300 for more
Laugh the night away with comedians from all over the
world as they entertain you through improv, stand-up and
sketches. Located at several venues including the Vic
Theater, Chicago Theatre and the Apollo Theater. This
event is held the last weekend in May. Call (847) 304-6624
for more information.
Blues Festival; Chicago Gospel Festival
Hear the most talented blues musicians in the world at
the biggest blues festival. THis festival also coincides
with the Gospel Festival. Located at the Petrillo Music
Shells at Grant Park, Lake Shore Drive and Jackson Boulevard,
the second week of June. Call (312) 744-3315 for more
See the latest in technology at this state of the art
exhibition. This is the place for vendors, professionals
and the public to view and discuss the newest technology.
Enjoy live music and food from local restaurants. Located
at Hubbard Street, between Noble and Armour Street, usually
the third week in June. Call (312) 563-1750 for more information.
Come out and watch the Annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade,
during the last week in June. In addition, during the
month of June, PRIDEChicago sponsors several events in
a variety of venues. Call (773) 348-8243 for more information.
This ten day festival is packed with food, activities
and entertainment. Over 60 restaurants showcase their
food. This is a festival you don’t want to miss.
Located in Grant Park (Lake Shore Drive and Jackson Boulevard),
the last week in June through the first week in July,
daily from 11 AM - 9 PM. Call (312) 744-2400 for more
Dance the nights away during this festival where approximately
40 different live bands will perform a variety of dance
music and styles. Free dance instruction will be available.
Located at the Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan
Avenue, between Harrison and Balbo. This event continues
through the month of August. Call (312) 744-1424 for more
Garden Walk and Heritage Festival
Walk through some of the loveliest gardens in the Gold
Coast neighborhood during this annual garden walk. Enjoy
food, music and fun for the kids, too. Located at Dearborn
Street, between Division Street and North Avenue, usually
in the middle of July. Talk with award-winning gardeners
about their blooms. Call (312) 944-1521 for more information.
Air and Water Show
Join two million spectators as they watch military aircraft
perform amazing aerial stunts. Located at the Lakefront,
Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, beginning the 3rd Saturday
of every August. Admission is free. Call (312) 744-3315
for more information.
Experience the largest underground film festival in the
country. View independent features, documentaries and
experimental films by film makers with an independent
vision. Located at the Fine Arts Theatre, 418 S. Michigan
Avenue, starting the 3rd week of August. Call (312) 744-2400
for more information.
Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival
Come out and enjoy the Latin beat. Dance to tropical,
merengue, salsa and much more. In addition to the music,
you'll find traditional food and merchants selling authentic
Hispanic items including artwork and jewelry. Located
at Grant Park, usually the last weekend in August. Admission
is free. Call (312) 744-5648 for more information.
Enjoy the world’s largest jazz festival featuring
local, national and international musicians. This event
is free and is sponsored by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
The event is located at Grant Park, on the first weekend
in September. Call (312) 427-1676 for more information.
Enjoy homemade jams, garden demonstrations, pony rides,
pie-eating contests, face painting and live music. In
addition, check out the Chapungu stone carving demonstration.
Located in the Garfield Park Conservatory at 300 N Central
Park Avenue, usually held the third week of September.
Call (312) 746-5100 for more information.
Street Mexican Independence Day Parade
Come out and celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Watch
the floats, street dancing and mariachi bands. In addition,
enjoy mexican food and merchandise. Lcoated at 26th Street
from Albany Avenue to Kostner Street, usually in the middle
of September. Call (773) 521-5387 for more information.
Ninety two international galleries and dealers will exhibit
at the Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art Exposition,
bringing the decorative and fine arts together. Located
at the Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. This event
is usually held around the second week in October. Call
(312) 595-5200 for more information.
View a collection of amazing feature films from all over
the world. See works from promising new directors. This
event is located at the Chicago and Music Box Theatres
and at Loews Cineplex during the first two weeks in October.
Call (312) 425-9400 for more information.
Join Chicago’s professional ghosthunter, Richard
T. Crowe, as he reveals Chicago’s haunted sites,
ghosts and other unexplainable phenomena. The tours leave
from the Goose Island Brewery, 1800 N. Clybourn Road,
in the middle of October. Call (708) 499-0300 for more
Wow Tribute to All Veterans
Enjoy Native American dancing, authentic crafts and food
at this three day festival. Located at the Chicago Theatre,
175 N. State Street, beginning on the 2nd Friday of every
November. Call (312) 902-1500 for more information.
Enjoy Native American singing, dancing and arts and crafts
at the American Indian Center of Chicago’s annual
Pow Wow. Located at the University of Illinois at Chicago
(UIC) Pavilion, 525 S. Racine, in the middle of November.
Call (312) 413-5740 for more information.
Join thousands as they watch the annual Tree Lighting
Ceremony. See the 85 foot Christmas tree covered with
hundreds of lights, beautiful ornaments and fancy, holiday
bows. Check out the holiday marketplace and Santa Claus.
Located at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street, during
the last week in November. Call (312) 744-3370 for more
to the Animals
Join local choral groups and sing to the animals at the
zoo's annual Caroling to the Animals event. See Santa
feed the animals, too. Located at the Lincoln Park Zoo,
at 2200 North Cannon Drive, during the first week of December.
Call (312) 742-2293 for more information.
Visit this outdoor European village with over 44 original
timber booths offering holiday items. Located at the Daley
Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street, a few weeks before Christmas.
Admission is free. Call (312) 644-2662 for more information.
Listen to the Apollo Chorus as they sing their version
of Handel’s Messiah. Located at the Symphony Center,
220 S. Michigan Avenue, the week before Christmas. Call
(312) 427-5620 for tickets or for more information.
Around the World
See how the world celebrates Christmas with Christmas
displays from around the world. Located at the Chicago
Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, through the
first week of January. Call (312) 346-3278 for more information.
Flower and Train Show
Check out the amazing flowers or take a train ride through
a Christmas town at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2400
N. Stockton Drive, through the first week of January.
Call (312) 742-7736 for more information.