Shakespeare's Best (since 2012). -2017.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Fr 08.18: Ridge Park, 1817 W 96th St, 6:30pm Sa 08.19: Ridge Park, 1817 W 96th St, 6:30pm Su 08.20: Steelworkers Park, E 87th St. at Lake Michigan, 4pm We 08.23: Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St, 6:30pm Th 08.24: Piotrowski Park, 4247 W 31st St, 6:30pm. chicagoshakes.comVarious City Parks. chicagoparkdistrict.comMAPSHARE
**Air and Water Show (since 1959). WORLD CLASS EVENT!!! -Sunday Yearly. 9a-4p.
Water show 9-11a, air show 11a-4p. Narrated on WBBM (780AM) so bring a radio, swimming, vending, megapeople, dangerous UV so use sunscreen. Arrive early, bring water, prepare for extreme crowds. Consider watching from alternate points such as Montrose, a cruise, or hi-rise. Blue Angels, Lima Lima, Navy SEALs, bi-planes, F15, F14, F18, F117, B1b, B2, C141, KC135, AH64, A10 aircraft. chicagoairandwatershow.usPeaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North. explorechicago.orgMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
*Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-9p.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!" Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. berlinchicago.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p. kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. uptownunderground.netMAPSHARE
FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2017.09.02 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists. Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine. stage773.comMAPINFOSHARE
Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly. All ages. Free.
Fr 08.18: Hairbangers Ball and Ginger Road 5:30-11:30pm. Sa 08.19: Aj Ghent Band and Guests (W/ Billy Strings and Unity) 2-11:30pm. Su 08.20: Old Town School Of Folk Lamajamal and Booty Movement Coalition 2-8pm. We 08.23: Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel 5:15-9:30pm. Th 08.24: Pier Dance Euphony and Snoopy King 7-9pm. Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Miller Beer Garden at the Tip. navypier.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2017.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 08.18: Harriet Krijgh: Chopin & Myaskovsky cello sonatas; Schumann Romances; Rachmaninoff Elegy. BGH 6:00p Fr 08.18: CSO: The Lord of the Rings-The Fellowship of the Ring live with film. PAV 7:00p Sa 08.19: CSO: The Lord of the Rings-The Two Towers live with film. PAV 7:00p Su 08.20: St. Charles Singers: Dominick Argento Walden Pond. BGH 1:00p Su 08.20: CSO: The Lord of the Rings-The Return of the King live with film. PAV 7:00p Mo 08.21: Behzod Abduraimov: Bach Toccata and Fugue; Liszt & Prokofiev sonatas. MT 7:30p Tu 08.22: Martina Filjak: Liszt fantasies & legends; Haydn sonata & variations. BGH 6:00p Tu 08.22: Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with James Gaffigan: Brahms Symphony 1; Rossini William Tell Overture; InMo Yang plays Bruch Concerto 1. PAV 8:00p We 08.23: Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with James Gaffigan: Beethoven Symphony 4; Wagner Siegfried Idyll; Behzod Abduraimov plays Rachmaninoff Concerto 2. PAV 8:00p Th 08.24: Christina & Michelle Naughton: John Adams Roll Over Beethoven & Hallelujah Junction for two pianos; Mendelssohn & Mozart variations. BGH 6:00p. Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. ravinia.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Deep fried fun, animals on parade, sights and sounds, contests, performers, honest mid-western fun. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sagamon, Springfield. agr.state.il.us/isfMAPSHARE
Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2017.09.03 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot. Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs. renfair.com/bristolMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2017.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour. chicagosummerdance.orgGrant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2017.08.20 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical several days a week. 312/742-7638 grantparkmusicfestival.comGrant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2017.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
*Long Grove Chocolate Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Freshly made chocolate dipped everythings; fruits, popcorn, donuts, martinis, etc. Chef demos, specialty shops, two entertainment stages. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town. Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE