Upcoming Downtown Events

For the 19th consecutive summer, Eastland Disaster Historical Society will host the anniversary commemoration for Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy. Guests will include a representative from Chicago Maritime Museum and Patricia Sutton, author of Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster. 1:00 p.m. on the Chicago Riverwalk on the west side of the Clark Street Bridge. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
July 25
City Winery announces a special boat cruise and food/drink collaboration with The Duck Inn in Bridgeport. Event starts with drinks at City Winery on the Riverwalk between State and Dearborn. Guests will depart on an electric boat catered with cheese, charcuterie, and Piper Champagne. After arriving in Bridgeport, guests will be served a welcome cocktail from The Duck Inn, followed by a multi-course menu consisting of family-style summer dishes and drink pairings from City Winery Reserve wines. Tickets: $257 per person, includes food/drink pairings, boat transportation along the river, and gratuity. 5:30 p.m., City Winery, 11 West Riverwalk South. 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.
August 9
City Club of Chicago presents Betsy Ziegler, first female CEO of 1871, now the top-ranked tech incubator in the world. Previously, Betsy was Chief Innovation Officer at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. program. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
August 24 - September 2 – Performance
40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, and venues throughout the city. Cost: Free. 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.
August 30
The Art of Giving art auction, benefiting Maestro Cares Foundation. Bid on unique and amazing artwork from several Latin American artists such as Julio Valdez and Pablo Palasso. 5:30-9:00 p.m., Moonlight Studios, 1446 West Kinzie Street. Tickets: $150. Map. More info.
September 5
City Club of Chicago presents Transparency Revolution: How Budget Transparency Will Help Illinois’ Recovery, with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Mendoza ran for office on a platform of prioritizing the most vulnerable residents at a time when the state was suffering through two years without a budget. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. presentation. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
August 18-19 – Performance
60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, show headliners this year include U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center. Map. More info.
August 25 – Performance
Dancers and dance fans of all ages and abilities are invited to Millennium Park for the 2nd Annual SummerDance Celebration. The festival will feature a full day of dance competitions, social dancing, lessons, and performances by local dance companies throughout the park. Noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Map. More info.
September 29 – Exhibition Opening
Museum of Contemporary Art presents Italian-born, London-based Enrico David, who has distinguished himself as one of the most original and fascinating artists working today. Using a wide range of media, David’s imagery revolves around the human figure and its many states of being, creating an encyclopaedic yet extremely personal accounting for the human form, from fragile and vulnerable to grotesque, tortured, and ecstatic. Gradations of Slow Release runs from September 29, 2018, through March 10, 2019. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
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