Upcoming Downtown Events

June 27
City Club of Chicago presents Republican House Leader Jim Durkin. With a focus on protecting and strengthening families and communities, Durkin has spent his entire career working for the citizens of Illinois. During the 100th General Assembly, Jim worked tirelessly with members on both sides of the aisle to successfully negotiate a new education funding formula for our state. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
June 27 – Film
The Fitting Room is a documentary that brings poetry to life revealing the rich interior worlds in each of us. With Chicago as a setting for poets and poetry, this film presents the lives of five Chicago poets. Introducing 13-year-old Little Village slam poet Camila Ruiz, and featuring Reginald Gibbons, Angela Jackson, Nate Marshall and Simone Muench. Admission is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. 7:00 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Map. More info.
June 28
A celebration of Notorious RBG in Song, an album featuring songs composed in tribute to United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Soprano Patrice Michaels, along with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, will perform works from the album, including songs from The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs, composed by Michaels. Admission is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. 6:00 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Map. More info.
June 28-August 25 – Performance
22nd Annual Chicago SummerDance, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States. Dancers of all abilities are invited to the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Taste of Chicago, Millennium Park, and Chicago Park District locations throughout the city. The FREE programs in Grant Park take place each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on most dates between June 28 and August 24. Map. More info.
July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with a two-and-a-half hour Red, White, and Brew Cruise featuring a seasonal sampling of Revolution’s fine craft beers, dinner, live DJ entertainment, and front row seats for a dazzling July 4th Fireworks display. Departs from Shoreline’s dock at northeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge along Pioneer Court at 8:00 p.m., returning at 10:30 p.m. Cash bar for cocktails and soft drinks. Tickets: $119 per person. Ages 21 and up. Map. More info.
July 6
Take in the laughs – and impressive nighttime views of Chicago – as Shoreline Sightseeing’s first Comedy Cruise of the season with Zanies Comedy Club sets sail. Line-up features opener John Dacosse, followed by headliner Pat McGann, a Chicago favorite and guest on The Late Show with Steven Colbert. Cruise tickets include both comedy acts and one drink ticket as well as a 90-minute cruise on the Chicago River. Cash bar available. Depart from Shoreline dock at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $49 per person (over 21 only). Map. More info.
July 7
Grab your pizza-lovin’ friends and come to the first ever Gino’s East 5K. Enjoy a slice of Gino’s East thin crust pizza at the finish line. 8:00 a.m., Montrose Harbor, 601 West Montrose Drive. Tickets: $49 but use coupon code RNRA5 for $5 off. Map. More info.
July 11
River North Business Association’s signature event, The River North Challenge. More than 400 Chicagoland residents and corporate participants are expected to vie against each other in a classic battle against the clock. Teams of four will travel through River North to compete, socialize, and experience the accomplishment of making it to one big After-Party celebration. 5:00-9:30 p.m. Registration begins at Westin Chicago River North, 320 North Dearborn Street. Tickets: $50 per person. Map. More info.
Through July 15
Museum of Contemporary Art is offering select 2018 FIFA World Cup matches for free in its popular new gathering space, the Commons. Museum visitors and soccer (football) fans of all ages are invited to cheer on their favorite teams while enjoying snacks and drinks from the Marisol counter, and exploring the exhibitions during half time. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
July 18 – Panel Discussion
City Club of Chicago presents Spotlight on Transparency with City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, Chicago Board of Education Inspector General Nicholas Schuler, and Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
July 27
Renaissance Hotels is partnering with JJ Goodman, a world-renowned innovator in the beverage industry, to bring a special bar takeover event to Raised at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Goodman will work with Raised mixologists to create and pour cocktails for all those in attendance. In addition, Goodman will introduce three new signature cocktails to the Raised cocktail menu. Open to the public. Raised, 1 West Wacker Drive. Map. More info.
July 27
Shoreline Sightseeing and Lynfred Winery will offer wine lovers a rare opportunity to sample fine wines while enjoying a 90-minute starlit cruise on the beautiful Chicago River. Cruise will feature a short wine course and generous tastings of a selection of fine wines from Lynfred wineries, as well as light refreshments, all while taking in remarkable views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline at night. 8:00-9:30 p.m. Depart from Shoreline dock at Polk Bros Park at southwest corner of Navy Pier. Tickets: $49 per person (over 21 only). Map. More info.
July 31
City Club of Chicago presents Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library Commissioner & CEO. Bannnon is charged with the oversight of the $130 million urban public library system that serves more than 10 million visitors annually through a network of 80 libraries. CPL is the largest and most visited civic institution in Chicago and is among the largest urban public library systems in the world. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
Through August 28 – Performance
International Music Foundation presents Rush Hour Concerts 2018. Free, weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral. Each 30-minute concert is performed by world-class musicians from Chicago ensembles including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and numerous independent chamber music groups. Every Tuesday through August 28. 5:45-6:15 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street. Doors open at 5:00. Pre-concert conversation begins at 5:15. Map. More info.
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