Upcoming Downtown Events

Wednesday
104th commemoration of Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy, the Eastland Disaster, hosted by The Eastland Disaster Historical Society. The ceremony is an opportunity to connect with other individuals and families whose legacies all intersected on July 24, 1915. All are welcome to participate and be part of the growing public audience that remembers the tens of thousands of people who were involved in the Eastland Disaster while commemorating the history of the tragedy. 12:00 p.m., Chicago Riverwalk between LaSalle and Clark Streets. Map. More info.
Wednesday
New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory presents The Wedding Party, her exhilarating new romance that has been selected as a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick. Maddie and Theo have two things in common: Alexa is their best friend and they hate each other. After a night together, neither can stop thinking about the other. With Alexas wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal part responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than theyre comfortable with. 6:30-8:00 p.m., American Writers Museum, 180 North Michigan Avenue, Second Floor. Cost: $12.00. Books will be sold and signed at the event. Map. More info.
Wednesday – Performance
Cristian Macelaru, a rising star in the conducting world, makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut, leading the orchestra in a suite from one of the most popular and famous ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The evening opens with Gulda’s Cello Concerto, a pioneering mix of jazz, rock, and classical music, featuring 24 year-old French cellist Edgar Moreau. 6:30-8:00 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 East Randolph Street. Map. More info.
Friday
Shoreline Sightseeing Brew Cruise, featuring the craft beers of Chicagos own Revolution Brewing. Generous samplings of Revolutions award-winning beers, appetizers, live music, and a 90-minute cruise complete with spectacular nighttime viewsof Chicagos skyline and landmarks. Departs at 7:00 p.m. from Shorelines dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier. Boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to departure. Tickets: $49 per person. Must be 21. Cash bar available for cocktails and soft drinks. Map. More info.
Saturday
Bughouse Square Debates pay tribute to the bygone era when Washington Square Park was a place of pontification by persons of all ages, preaching to park patrons within earshot on whatever matter they found particularly prickly. Noon to 4:00 p.m., Washington Square Park, 60 West Walton Street. Map. More info.
Through Saturday – Performance
Conductor David Danzmayr returns to the Grant Park Music Festival to take on Dvorak’s dramatic Seventh Symphony. Chicagoans Anthony and Demarre McGill return home to perform Saint-Saens Tarantelle and Concerto Duo, a piece written for them by composer Joel Puckett. Jimmy Lopez’s Fiesta begins the evening. 6:30-8:30 p.m., July 26, and 7:30-9:30 p.m., July 27. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Map. More info.
July 30 – Performance
Rush Hour Concerts, free weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral. Musicians from the Sejong Society, in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, will perform Korean art song and music inspired by Sijo poetry. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., pre-concert conversation begins at 5:15 p.m., and performance begins at 5:45 p.m. St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street. Presented by International Music Foundation. Map. More info.
July 30 – Film
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series presents Fences (2016). Working class father Troy Maxson must cope with the disappointment of being too old to play baseball when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. That bitterness now threatens to impact his son who has the potential to be a football star. Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, the film stars Denzel Washington and Best Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis. Rated PG-13. Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 6:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
July 31
R.O. Kwon presents her acclaimed debut novel The Incendiaries, named a best book of the year by more than 40 publications. Kwon is joined by author Nami Mun, whose first book Miles From Nowhere won multiple awards. The Incendiaries is a powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea. 6:30-8:00 p.m., American Writers Museum, 180 North Michigan Avenue, Second Floor. Cost: $12.00. Books will be sold and signed at the event. Map. More info.
August 3
6th Annual Official Lollapalooza After Party featuring internationally acclaimed DJ and songwriter Jonas Blue. A lineup of Chicago DJs will start the night with live beats, culminating in a headlining performance on ROOF’s newly renovated open-aired patio. Soak up sweeping skyline views in style, complemented with live beats pulsating throughout the spectacular space all night. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. ROOF on theWit, 201 North State Street, 27th floor. Tickets start at $55. Map. More info.
August 5 – Film
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series presents Inside Out (2015). After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigatea new city, house, and school. An Oscar Award-winner for Best Animated Film, the cast of emotions includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Khaling, Richard Kind, and Phyllis Smith. Rated PG. Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 10:30 a.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
August 6 – Film
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series presents The Muppet Movie (1979). Persuaded by a Hollywood agent to audition for the chance of a lifetime, Kermit the Frog leaves his quiet life in a swamp to journey across America for his big break. Along the way, Kermit comes across several quirky new friends including comedic Fozzie Bear, beautiful but feisty Miss Piggy, and the Great Gonzo. Created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Muppet Movie is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Rated G. Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 6:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
August 6 – Film
River North Residents Association invites you to beautiful A. Montgomery Ward Park for Movies in the Park – Green Book on August 6 and Incredibles 2 on August 20. 630 North Kingsbury Street, on the riverfront at Kingsbury & Erie. All films begin at dusk, weather permitting. Free admission. Fresh, hot popcorn for the first 150-200 attendees. Map. More info.
August 7 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’ Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
August 13 – Film
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series presents Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). As zen warriors float through the air, skim the water, and battle in trees and across rooftops in 19th century Qing Dynasty China, the chase is on to find the young warrior that stole an ancient and powerful sword. Directed by Ang Lee, this Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film’s cast includes Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi. Rated PG-13. Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spreadout a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 6:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
August 16
Chicago Real Estate Council invites you to catch the Chicago Air & Water Show rehearsal from Columbia Yacht Club’s tented deck, over lunch and cocktails. The rehearsal is scheduled to take place on the Friday before the weekend show. This year’s headlines include U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Air Force Red Arrows. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Columbia Yacht Club, 111 North Lake Shore Drive. Cost: $45.00 per CREC guest. Includes deli buffet lunch, two drink tickets, and amazing views. Map. More info.
August 20 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Dr. Robert Jones, Chancellor of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jones, who previously served as senior vice president at University of Minnesota, is an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
August 20 – Film
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series concludes with My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Everyone in the Portokalos family worries about Toula, a single thirty-year-old living with her parents in a Chicago Greek community. When she falls in love with a tall, handsome but non-Greek man, she struggles to get her family to accept him and come to terms with her cultural heritage. Rated PG. Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 6:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
August 23 – Performance
Opening night of Lil Pine Nut: The Learning Curve of Pinocchio, fit for all ages. Presented by Chicago Dance Crash and Artistic Director Jessica Deahr. Crash revisits the breakdance fairy tale formula by mixing color and energy with universally human (or puppet) life lessons. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., through August 31. One matinee on August 25 at 3:00 p.m. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 North Dearborn Avenue. Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Map. More info.
August 24 – Performance
Grand finale of 23rd Annual Chicago SummerDance, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States. A full day of participatory and professional dancing throughout Millennium Park on the Great Lawn, Cloud Gate, Wrigley Square, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Dancers of all ages and experience levels are invited to Chicago’s premier dance festival. 1:00-8:00 p.m., Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street. Admission: Free. Map. More info.
September 7
River North Fall Gallery Walk, comprised of 31 locations, 36 artists, and 24 designer vignettes, with special events throughout River North. The walk will feature showrooms exhibiting designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings that highlight artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. Free and open to the public. Map. More info.
September 17 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Colleen Connell, the first woman attorney to lead the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. As Executive Director, Connell 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. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
September 19
Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO. Organized by the MCA Women’s Board, this extraordinary benefit is the city’s most anticipated art event of the year. General Reception, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Patron Reception, 5:00-7:00 p.m., will feature a premium bar and cuisine from some of Chicago’s finest restaurants. Tickets start at $125 ($300 for the private reception) and will be available for sale in August. Proceeds will benefit education,exhibition, and performance programs at MCA. Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue. Map. More info.
November 18 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Brendan Kelly, Acting Director of Illinois State Police. Prior to beginning his leadership of the ISP, Kelly served as the elected State’s Attorney of St. Clair County from 2010 to 2019 and was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney, prosecuting everything from drug cases to crimes against children to the most heinous murder cases. In 2018, Kelly was named State’s Attorney of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
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