Upcoming Downtown Events

Streeterville safety forum, hosted by Streeterville Organization of Active Residents. Participants include representatives of Chicago Police Department, Northwestern University Police Department, Navy Pier Security, and FBI. SOAR will roll out the new WhistleStop program by distributing whistles for personal and community safety to all attendees. 6 p.m., Northwestern University, Robert H. Lurie Center, 303 East Superior Street. Cost: $10. Space is limited. Call 312-280-2596 to RSVP. Map.
North Branch Chicago Water Taxi service starts. Includes stops at North Avenue/Sheffield and Chicago Avenue. More info.
Executive Speaker Series presents Truth or Dare: Challenges to the Power of the Press. Join The Metropolitan Club of Chicago to hear from experts in media and marketing about how to confront the changing role of the Fourth Estate and deteriorating trust in the media. Presenters: Matthew Winkler, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief emeritus Bloomberg News, and Jay Porter, President of Edelman Chicago. 7:30-9:30 a.m., The Metropolitan Club, 233 South Wacker Drive, 67th Floor. Cost: $50. RSVP tiffany.moy@clubcorp.com. Map. More info.
Harriet Reading Series: Harmony Holiday, author of the poetry collections Hollywood Forever, Negro League Baseball, which won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize, and Go Find your Father/A Famous Blues, a collection of poetry, letters, and essays. In October 2016, Holiday was a featured blogger for Harriet, the blog for the Poetry Foundation. 7 pm, Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Free and open to the public on first come, first served basis. Map. More info.
Strides For Peace Fourth Annual Run/Walk Against Gun Violence. The rallying point to raise funds, friends, and awareness about what is being done to reduce gun violence and build futures for Chicago’s youth. 7-10 p.m., Upper Hutchinson, Grant Park. Map. More info.
From the Corners of My Mind, a series of paintings by Montreal artist L’OR, includes urban scenes in Loop and along Chicago River. On display through September 30 at 3rd Coast Café, 1260 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.
Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with MCA ArtEdge: 50, during which attendees access an exclusive first preview of the summer blockbuster exhibition Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (June 6 - September 24).

Guests will enjoy a beautiful cocktail reception in the museum’s newly redesigned interior, a Murakami-inspired dinner in an immersive art environment. An evening of music curated by Pharrell Williams follows dinner and features a musical performance by Janelle Monáe, six-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and actress. Evening begins with a spirited cocktail reception at 6 p.m. in the MCA’s grand, two-story Kovler Atrium and Lefkofsky Lobby.

Tickets: $2,500 but a very limited number of concert-only tickets are available at $250. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
Friday-Saturday – 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 – Performance
Objects in the Mirror by Charles Smith, inspired by the playwright’s real-life friendship with a Liberian refugee-turned-actor, at Goodman Theatre. 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. Tickets: $20-75. 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 5
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz hosts a condo and townhome owner workshop. Joining Feigenholtz will be 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, Illinois Condominium Law Ombudsperson Adrienne Levatino, and condo lawyer Sima Kirsch. The workshop gives condo and townhome owners an opportunity to ask questions and learn from experts for free. A range of topics will be covered, including but not limited to navigating board membership, the value of condo education, and the nuances of condo law. 6:30-8:00 p.m., LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 North Orleans Street. Please RSVP to sara@staterepsara.com. Map.
June 6
City Club of Chicago presents Cook County Clerk David Orr, chief election authority for one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
June 6
SOAR Farmers Market opens. Every Tuesday, June 6 to October 26, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map.
June 7 – Panel Discussion
Chicago Loop Alliance hosts its second Downtown Futures Series event of the year with Get Outside! Urban Revitalization and the Active Outdoor Lifestyle.

Baby Boomers and Millennials are moving back to urban areas but are expecting to keep their active outdoor lifestyles. Keynote speaker Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, local recreation advocacy manager of Outdoor Industry Association, will lead the conversation on how outdoor recreation opportunities in cities can stimulate population and economic growth. Learn how outdoor amenities like the Riverwalk, the 606, and Maggie Daley Park give cities a competitive advantage in attracting people and investment.

Also part of the conversation will be Urban Kayaks Owner James Morro and Breakwater Chicago Vice President and Co-Founder Ashvin Lad. Gensler Principal Dave Broz will moderate.

7:30 to 9:00 a.m., 1871, Merchandise Mart Suite 1212. Light breakfast and networking will precede the discussion 8-9 a.m. Tickets: $20.

Map. More info.
June 7
City Club of Chicago presents David Reifman, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Planning and Development. A native Chicagoan, Reifman is responsible for leading the department’s Housing, Economic Development, and Planning & Zoning bureaus while fostering community improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. 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 12 – Performance
Millennium Park Summer Music Series starts with Otis Taylor (blues) and Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native (Americana). 6:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
June 13
Millennium Park Summer Film Series kicks off with the 1980 Chicago classic The Blues Brothers. The screening is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Blues Festival, June 9-11, in its new location in Millennium Park. 132 minutes. Rated R. Presented on the state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn. 6:30 p.m. Admission: 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 14
City Club of Chicago presents Jamie Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer, Chicago Department of Procurement Services. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
June 14
Business After Hours networking event at Howl at the Moon. 5:30-7:00 p.m., Howl at the Moon, 26 West Hubbard Street. Cost: $40. Map. More info.
June 15
First ACTIVATE of the season. The alley on the south side of Sullivan Center, formerly known as Carson Pirie Scott, 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. Map. More info.
June 17
Red Carpet White Party 2.0, supporting Gilda’s Club Chicago. Erie-LaSalle Body Shop’s fourth annual fundraiser. Dancing and live music from The Afrodisiacs, charitable casino games, premium cocktails, Gibson’s signature dinner and desserts, silent auction, and raffle. Dress Code: All white. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Montgomery Club, 500 West Superior Street. Map. More info.
June 20 – Panel Discussion
City Club of Chicago presents The Future of Education Funding in Illinois. Carole Brown, Chief Financial Officer of City of Chicago. William Daley, Managing Partner and Head of U.S. Operations for Argentiere Capital and President Obama’s Chief of Staff from January 2011 until January 2012. Laurence Msall, President of Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization. Amanda Vinicky, correspondent covering Illinois government and politics for WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
June 20
Grab a blanket and join River North Residents Association in A. Montgomery Ward Park for a movie under the stars. June 20 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Rated PG-13. All films begin at dusk, weather permitting. To confirm weather-related cancellations, call the Movies in the Parks Hotline at 312-742-1134, go to MyChiParks mobile app or find RNRA on Facebook or Twitter. Fresh, hot popcorn is FREE for the first 150-200 people. Chicago Park District prohibits dogs in the south section of Ward Park. Map.
June 21 – Panel Discussion
Chicago Real Estate Council presents State of the Chicago Industrial Market. A panel of industry experts answers today’s top questions: How is Class A space adapting to a changing market? How to attract and retain top tenants? Which submarkets are thriving and which are not? What is driving leasing and is the increase in spec construction a concern? How deep is investor demand? What terms are the capital markets providing for construction and term financing?

Moderator: Anthony Pricco, Principal & Partner, Bridge Development Partners. Matt Mullarkey, Senior Vice President/Strategic Planning & Projects, CenterPoint Properties. Steve Roth, Executive Vice President/Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE. Don Schoenheider, Senior Vice President/Market Leader, Hillwood Investment Properties. Keith Stauber, SIOR/Managing Director/Industrial Real Estate Services, JLL.

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 West Grand Avenue. 11:30 a.m. check-in, 11:45 a.m. luncheon. Cost: $75. RSVP to members@chicagorec.org no later than June 19. Map. More info.
Through June 25 – 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. Tickets: $20-60. Map. More info.
June 26
City Club of Chicago presents Diana Rauner, President of Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership that prepares children for success in school and in life. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
June 26 – Performance
Experience the agony and ecstasy of first love all over again in a major revival of Ah, Wilderness!, the sole comedic work of playwright Eugene O’Neill, the father of American drama. Through July 23 at Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street. Tickets: $25-75. Map. More info.
June 27
Are you a Chicago Character? Get your team ready and dress like your favorite Chicago Character as you compete in the 2017 edition of the River North Challenge.

Engage in this entertaining tour of hotels and businesses in River North. It’s a classic battle against the other teams as they travel through our neighborhood to compete, socialize, and experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat if another team is dressed in crazier costumes.

Teams of four will visit hotel checkpoint Challenge Stops to complete fun challenges and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. Teams can choose to perform a physical challenge or a mental challenge or both to earn points and a passport stamp before moving to the next location. There are also opportunities to solve riddles for extra points at Bonus Stops along the way.

All groups finish at the Official After-Party, where winning teams and best costume winners are awarded prizes.

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 5-9
67 restaurants will participate at the 37th Annual Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest free food festival, in Grant Park. Showcasing Chicago’s diverse culinary scene, this year’s vendors, pop-up restaurants, and food trucks will offer Taste-goers an endless variety of dining options to suit every palate. Map. More info.
July 15
109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races. The 333-mile sprint from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan, kicks off with more than 3,000 sailors approaching the starting line east of Navy Pier. 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.
July 21-23
Now in its 16th year, the Taste of River North has become a standout in Chicago’s summer festival season. Located on the riverfront in and around Ward Park, the Taste boasts one of the most unique and beautiful settings of any neighborhood event. Each year, more than 20,000 people gather to sample gourmet cuisine from some of River North’s best restaurants, enjoy a refreshing beverage and rock out to the music of great live bands. Join River North Residents Association for hot eats, cold drinks, and family fun at the summer’s hippest feast. Map. More info.
Through 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.
June 16-August 25
Matter in the Margins: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100. This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.

Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and selected Saturdays, June 16 through August 25. Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Map. More info.
August 28 – Performance
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will honor four Chicago artists and institutions for their contributions to the city’s cultural landscape at the 4th annual Fifth Star Honors. 2017 honorees are hip hop artist and actor Common, celebrated architect Jeanne Gang, artist Kerry James Marshall, and legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company. A free-admission show and concert will be at 7 p.m. at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Map. More info.
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