Upcoming Downtown Events

Wednesday – Presentation
Dealing with Difficult People: Association Board Members, Unit Owners, and Management. Seminar by Howard Dakoff, partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, specializing in condominium, real estate, and general corporate law. And Jim Stoller, President and CEO of The Building Group, with over 30 years of experience in real estate cooperative and condominium property management and architecture. 1221 North LaSalle Street, second floor. Reception and registration at 6:30 p.m. Presentation 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Cost: Free. Seating is limited, RSVP is required. Map. More info.
Thursday – Panel Discussion
Public forum on how to preserve Chicago’s dwindling but vital supply of two-flat and three-flat apartment buildings. Built between 1880 and 1970, two-and-three-flats are key sources of affordable housing in Chicago but thousands of rental units in these buildings have been lost in the last 30 years due to a variety of factors. Panel includes newly elected 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin; Sarah Duda, Deputy Director of Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University; and John Zachar, a Northcenter-based architect with considerable experience in two-flat renovation and conversion. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
May 31 - June 1
Celebrating the great influence of the music genre born in this city more than 80 years ago, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival will present the top gospel artists in the country. Over the years the festival has featured traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, on May 31 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, on May 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and June 1 from noon to 9:00 p.m. Map. More info.
June 4 – Performance
Season opener of Rush Hour Concerts, free weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral. Musicians from Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra perform Brahms Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., pre-concert conversations begin at 5:15 p.m., and performances begin at 5:45 p.m. St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street. Concerts continue every Tuesday through August 13. Presented by the International Music Foundation. Map. More info.
June 4 – Film
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series offers a lineup of popular classic and recent movies through August 20. To celebrate 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre, this year’s series will co-present each film with a select Chicago theatre company. June 4 film is Black Panther. The Oscar Award-winning action/adventure’s cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Angela Bassett. Rated PG-13. Film lovers can 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.
June 6
Chicago Recipes, benefiting The Chicago Help Initiative. Interactive exhibits, dining experience, skill challenges, unique memorabilia, silent auction, and raffle prizes. CHI is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social service, institutional, and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter, and employment. 6:00-8:30 p.m., Chicago Sports Museum, 835 North Michigan Avenue, Level 7. Map. More info.
June 6
The first event of Chicago Loop Alliance’s 2019 ACTIVATE season. Inspired by circus arts, ACTIVATE: Premiere will transform a hidden alley for one night only with contortionists, magicians, hip-hop and house music on two stages, an interactive costume photo booth, and more live murals than ever before seen in the Loop. Guests who RSVP in advance will receive a complimentary drink ticket, with additional beverages available for purchase onsite. 5:00-10:00 p.m., North MacChesney Court. Enter at the corner of East Lake Street & North Garland Court. Admission: Free. Map. More info.
June 8
Jazz, Blues and Beyond Tour by Bus, hosted by Chicago Detours during the Chicago Blues Festival. This 2.5-hour tour will guide guests to the stories and places of Chicago music history that locals don’t even know. Interact with an active-listening exercise to understand the different cultural contexts of the blues and jazz genres, between stops at both famous and forgotten sites of Chicago music history in Uptown, Bronzeville, South Loop, and Near West Side. Learn to play blues harmonica with a Chicago blues musician who hops on-board the bus. 10:30 a.m., starting at After-Words Books, 23 East Illinois Street. Tickets: $65 per person. Map. More info.
June 7-9 – Performance
With a diverse lineup celebrating the blues’ past, present, and future, the Chicago Blues Festival features live music performances on multiple stages in Millennium Park. Each year, national and local artists headline the event on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to celebrate the city’s rich blues tradition while shining a spotlight on the genre’s contributions to soul, R&B, gospel, rock hip-hop, and more. 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Admission: Free. Map. More info.
June 11
Friends of the Chicago River’s 14th annual Big Fish Ball, their signature fundraising event that supports their mission to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants, and animals. Engage with amazing river wildlife, sip delicious cocktails, enjoy a three-course dinner plus a chance to win incredible raffle packages and bid on silent auction and live auction prizes. A magical river cruise, available for an additional fee, will cap off this memorable evening. Be a big fish so you and future generations can have a healthier and cleaner river! 5:30-8:30 p.m., Westin Chicago River North, 320 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.
June 15 – Gala
This year’s Gene Siskel Film Center annual gala honors Jon Favreau, in conversation with Robert Downey Jr. Favreau will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception, 7:00 dinner and conversation, 9:30 presentation of award. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place. Tickets: $500. Map. More info.
June 15
A Night in Hollywood, an elegant red-carpet Hollywood Party supporting Teach for America and Gilda’s Club Chicago. The 6th annual fundraiser of Erie-LaSalle Body Shop’s Wheels in Motion Foundation. See and be seen walking the red carpet at this elegant evening, hosted for the very first time at Builders Building, featuring live entertainment, charitable casino gaming, signature dinner from Prime & Provisions, and specialty cocktails from the open bar. Plus, incredible prizes await you at the silent auction, live auction, and casino raffle. 7:00 p.m. to midnight, Builders Building, 222 North LaSalle Street. Map. More info.
June 18 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady. Senator Brady was elected by his peers as Senate Republican Leader in August 2017. He has served the residents of the 44th District as their State Senator since May 2002, and prior to that served as State Representative for the 88th District from 1993 to 2001. He currently serves on the Senate Executive Committee. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
July 12-14 – Festival
Square Roots, the one-of-a-kind craft beer and music experience, returns to Lincoln Square, boasting more than 70 acts on four stages and more than 50 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and local artisans. The three-day festival will feature music, dance parties, and plenty of family fun. 4400-4560 North Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 seniors/kids, $20 families. Map. More info.
July 19-21
River North will dazzle once again when its signature food and cultural festival, Taste of River North, takes place for the 18th consecutive season. With its unique location in Ward Park, this colossal summer party differs from the typical Chicago street festival. 30,000-plus are expected to gather in the picturesque green park setting next to the Chicago River to taste some of River North’s most dynamic cuisine and rock out to party jams. The festival includes attractions like an Art & Wine Walk, non-stop live music, delicious local cuisine, kids’ activity area, dog-friendly area, local artisans and merchants, and morning exercises to prep the body for the River North good life. Map. More info.
July 24
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.
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.
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