Upcoming Downtown Events

Thursday
City Club of Chicago presents Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871. Tullman is also General Managing Partner for Chicago-based venture capital funds Chicago High Tech Investment Partners and G2T3V. Over the past 45 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
Thursday
Job Floris, architect and co-founder of the Dutch architecture firm Monadnock, will present a talk about the firm’s practice and their participation in Graham Foundation’s current exhibition, Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth. 6 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.
Friday – Performance
Explore the vivid history of America’s largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees, a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Yee’s longtime collaborator Joshua Kahan Brody directs her offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one’s rich ancestral heritage and the conflict that ensues. March 31 through April 30. Tickets: $10-40. Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.
April 3
City Club of Chicago presents Valerie Jarrett, the longest-serving Senior Advisor to President Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and she chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 3
Streeterville residents are invited to attend a Town Hall with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly. He will discuss the State of the Ward in Streeterville. 6 p.m., Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 East North Water Street. Registration at 5:30 p.m. RSVP with questions for Alderman Reilly to cthomas@soarchicago.org. Map. More info.
April 3
A Quiet Passion: A film about the life of Emily Dickinson directed by Terence Davies. Cynthia Nixon personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. This advance showing will feature a post-screening conversation with Davies. 7 p.m., Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 North State Street. Map. More info.
April 5
City Club of Chicago presents Dr. James Madara, CEO, American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 6
Graham Foundation hosts a talk by artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, an artist and writer of Ghanaian descent and based in London. Her work is included in the permanent collections of a number of institutions including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 7 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.
April 5-8 – Performance
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Battlefield, an interpretation of the great Indian epic The Mahabharata. The world’s longest epic poem, The Mahabharata tells the story of an apocalyptic civil war between rival members of the same family. Refined and presented in just over an hour, Battlefield focuses on the aftermath of the war. Co-presented with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 7:30 p.m., April 5 through April 7, with an extra 3 p.m. performance on April 7. Tickets: $40. Map. More info.
April 10
City Club of Chicago presents Colleen Connell, Executive Director, ACLU of Illinois. Connell is the first woman attorney to lead the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. As Executive Director, she has expanded the organization’s legislative and communications programs, as well as presided over an ambitious expansion of the organization’s national security and informational privacy docket, and an expansion of the ACLU of Illinois’ institutional reform litigation, with active cases challenging conditions in state facilities or state subsidized facilities for children, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, the physically disabled, and people detained at correctional facilities. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 11
City Club of Chicago presents Congressman Danny Davis. Davis represents the 7th Congressional District of Illinois in the United States House of Representatives. First chosen by the people in 1996, he has been re-elected by large majorities to serve in each successive Congress. Davis is on the Ways and Means Committee. He is also Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources and is a member of several Congressional Caucuses. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 15 - August 20
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Smoke, nearby, the first U.S. solo exhibition of Mexico City-based artist Tania Pérez Córdova. Exploring the idea of forms becoming memories, objects growing into experiences, and sculptures turning into events, Córdova’s work confronts audiences with partial narratives – what the artist has chosen to show within the formal frame of her work is intended to make you think of what is outside of it.

By embedding a stranger’s SIM card in a porcelain block or an active debit card in a wood-fired clay platter, Córdova’s sculptures contain traces that connect them to an active life elsewhere. As the exhibition title suggests, if there is smoke nearby, then something is burning – even if you cannot see the fire.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
Through April 16 – Performance
The plot twists, outrageous circumstances, and fast-paced narrative style of the telenovela arrive on the Goodman stage in Destiny of Desire. Filled with original live music performed in English and Spanish, Destiny of Desire is a smart, subversive and comic study of the clashes of the haves and have-nots that simultaneously honors and parodies the beloved Latin American TV serial drama. Tickets: $20-75. Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.
April 19
City Club of Chicago presents State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. A Certified Public Finance Officer, Frerichs acts as the state’s Chief Investment Officer. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 19 – Panel Discussion
MAS Context editor-in-chief Iker Gil will present the most recent issue of the journal dedicated to the city of Bilbao, Spain. After the presentation, Gil will moderate a conversation about Bilbao and Chicago with MarySue Barrett, president of Metropolitan Planning Council, and Philip Enquist, FAIA, partner in charge of Urban Design and Planning at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. 6 p.m., Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 West Ohio Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
April 20
Hop Into Spring, a fundraising event for Children’s Miracle Network at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Light hors d’oeuvres, draft beer, wine, and Spring signature cocktails. Tickets: $25. Raffle tickets are $10 and prizes include two-night stays in Cancun, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and other resorts. 5-7 p.m. at Raised, the hotel’s new urban rooftop bar. Map. More info.
April 21-22
Third annual Lake FX CreativeCon, the Midwest’s largest free conference for emerging artists and creatives. Keynote address on April 21 at 5 p.m. will be Kevin Liles, Co-Founder of 300 Entertainment and CEO of KWL Management. Liles will share his knowledge and experience as a successful brand expert and music and entertainment executive.

In addition to keynote speakers, the event will feature professional development workshops, an interactive resource fair, networking opportunities, and auditions in front of leading A&R label executives for selected musicians.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street. Map. More info.
April 23 – Performance
Matthew Duvall and Guests: Whisper(s), a concert exploring sound and volume led by the percussionist and co-Artistic Director of Eighth Blackbird and featuring the world premiere of composer Marta Ptaszynska’s Voice of the Winds. Duvall crafts a program that finds form and meaning in dynamic extremes, from a focused scream to the expansive edge of silence. 3 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets: $12. Map. More info.
April 24
City Club of Chicago presents Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director, Office of Emergency Management and Communications. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 26
City Club of Chicago presents Dan Cronin, Chairman, DuPage County Board. First elected DuPage County Board Chairman in November 2010 and reelected in 2014, after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years, Cronin brings his passion for fiscal accountability and efficient government to DuPage County, where he has reduced the budget by more than $40 million and reformed costly employee benefits that will save $20 million over the next two decades. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets. 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
April 27
World Tour of Rosé, a tasting event perfect for wine lovers, featuring samples of rosé from Spain, South America, Australia, South Africa, France, Greece, and Italy. Rosé experts will be on site to provide insider tasting notes for guests to savor and appreciate the unique flavor of rosé, a warm-weather wine and a perfect reminder to guests that spring is around the corner. Guests will receive a sampling of wine from each country and light food pairings. Tickets: $25 per person. 5-7 p.m., Staytion Market & Bar, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive. Map. More info.
May 2
City Club of Chicago presents Audra Hamernik, Executive Director of Illinois Housing Development Authority. Appointed to lead the organization in February 2016, Hamernik is a longtime housing executive with more than 20 years of public and private industry experience. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
May 8 – Performance
World premiere of Objects in the Mirror by Charles Smith, inspired by the playwright’s real-life friendship with a Liberian refugee-turned-actor. A five-member cast brings to life the gripping account of one Liberian refugee’s attempts to find peace by exposing a potentially dangerous lifelong secret. May 8 through June 4 at Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street. Tickets: $20-75. Map. More info.
May 9 – Panel Discussion
City Club of Chicago presents Immigration: The American Dilemma with Jesus García, Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board, Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, Juan Rangel, President of Mastery Consulting, and John Rowe, Chairman Emeritus of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
May 11
Official kick-off of the Chicago City Markets. 11:30 a.m., Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street. Map. More info.
May 13
25th Annual Chicago River Day. Join over 2,000 volunteers clearing 20 tons of trash at over 60 geographically diverse sites for a meaningful day of hands-on activities benefiting the river and local wildlife. This year, Friends of the Chicago River is partnering with musician Jack Johnson on the All at Once social action campaign and auctioning off a pair of tickets for his Chicago summer concert. Whether you’re North or South Side, city or suburban, there’s a river-edge site for you. Help make our river healthy and accessible for all the people and wildlife that use, live, and love it. More info.
May 19 – Performance
Ten years after their critically acclaimed collaboration on King Lear, Artistic Director Robert Falls and stage and screen star Stacy Keach – both 2015 Theater Hall of Fame inductees – reunite for the world premiere of Pamplona by Jim McGrath.

Keach stars as Ernest Hemingway, one of the most acclaimed novelists and short story writers of the 20th century, in this explosive tour de force drama, set during the author’s haunted years following his Pulitzer and Nobel Prize honors.

May 19 through June 18 in Goodman’s Owen Theatre. Tickets: $20-60. Map. More info.
Through May 21
Ride illuminated, musical seesaws at Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park. The interactive public art installation, Impulse, was designed by Canadian companies and has appeared in Montreal, London, Switzerland, Brussels, and in Scottsdale, Arizona. Map. More info.
May 22
City Club of Chicago presents Thomas Dart, Sheriff of Cook County. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets. 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
May 28
MB Bike the Drive. With Chicago recently named the top bicycling city in America by Bicycling magazine, what better way to celebrate than with a ride on the city’s crown jewel roadway, Lake Shore Drive. You’ll enjoy the city skyline and stellar views of Lake Michigan on the only day of the year when Lake Shore Drive is open exclusively to people biking and closed to car traffic. More info.
June 2-3 – Performance
Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street). The free admission festival showcases the best in local, national, and international Gospel music performers. Map. More info.
Through June 4
Museum of Contemporary Art presents Riot Grrrls, an exhibition that celebrates the profusion of brash and adventurous paintings by female artists and also responds to the charges of sexism that pervade the art world, from male artists garnering the highest prices for their work, to their disproportionate representation in exhibitions. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
June 7 – Panel Discussion
Baby Boomers and Millennials are moving back to urban areas, but are expecting to keep their active outdoor lifestyles. Learn how outdoor amenities give the city a competitive advantage at the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Downtown Futures Series – Get Outside. 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., 1871, Merchandise Mart, Suite 1212. A light breakfast and networking will precede the panel discussion 8-9 a.m. Tickets: $20 for non-members. Map. More info.
June 9-11 – Performance
34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival. This year, the festival is celebrating the influence of the urban blues with performances by the genre’s leading artists that include traditional blues, soul, R&B, hip hop, and more on four stages and multiple entertainment areas in the park.

Festival headliners performing on the main stage at Jay Pritzker Pavilion over the three days include: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Rhymefest, John Primer and The Real Deal, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, William Bell, Gary Clark Jr., Rhiannon Giddens, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Theo Huff and the New Agenda Band.

5:00-9:30 p.m., Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
June 13
Friends of the Chicago River Big Fish Ball gala on the riverfront at Westin Chicago River North. Map. More info.
June 15
First ACTIVATE of the season. A downtown alley, soon to be selected, will transform into a creative exhibition space to bring artists and the public together for an evening of exploration, interaction, and celebration of the arts. The 2017 ACTIVATE theme is Off Street. Each event will explore the “alleyness” of alleys and take advantage of the physical attributes of this very Chicago space. More info.
Through July 1
Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, a new exhibition at Graham Foundation. Using historical projects as a touchstone – from 19th Century toy theaters to Aldo Rossi’s Little Scientific Theater (1978), David Hockney’s set design for Magic Flute (1977–78), and projects by Charles Moore and Emilio Ambasz – this exhibition invites contemporary practitioners to rethink the ways in which architecture is created in relationship to theatricality and how it oscillates between reality and scenography to answer questions about space, depth, context, facade, and representation. Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.
July 17
Cardinal Blase Cupich, appointed by Pope Francis last November after serving the Archdiocese of Chicago for two years. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
September 16
Backstroke of the West, the first-ever survey of the work of Chicago-based Iraqi-American Michael Rakowitz. His work explores recent contested social, political, and cultural histories. Drawing on personal experiences and research on these subjects, as well as history and popular culture, Rakowitz creates illustrated objects, installations, and performances that invite viewers to contemplate their complicit relationship to the political world around them, recognizing that hospitality and hostility are interlinked. September 16, 2017 through March 4, 2018. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
September 16
Museum of Broadcast Communications 35th Anniversary gala. Black tie, all-star. Map. More info.
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