Showing posts from June, 2016

Chicago Racing Events | July 2016

Chicago has had several hot, humid days recently, and there are likely more on the way. As you exercise, train, and participate in events in this type of weather, it is important to follow some basic tips, be aware of how your body is reacting, and respond accordingly. Here are some hot-weather training tips:

Hydrate before, during, and after your workout.
Wear light-colored, lightweight, breathable clothing.
Exercise during the coolest part of the day (usually early morning or evening).
Take the heat index, air quality index, and related alerts into consideration before exercising outside.
Use sunscreen.
Wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.
Slow down. Don't expect to maintain the same pace you keep during cool-weather workouts.
Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has an excellent page discussing heat-related illnesses.
Exercise with a workout partner or tell someone when you will return from yo…

The Bells of Summer Ring at Rockefeller Chapel

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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel's 51st season of The Bells of Summer opens on Sunday, June 26, 2016, with a performance by Rachel Perfecto of the Royal Carillon School, Mechelen, Belgium. This series of one-hour carillon concerts continues each Sunday through August 7. The concerts begin at 5 p.m. and admission is free! The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic supper, find a spot on the chapel's lawn, and listen to the concert. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome.
What Is a Carillon?
A carillon is a set of stationary bells in a tower, usually played using a keyboard. A carillon is also a composition written or arranged for these bells.
Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Carillon
Here are some fun facts about the Rockefeller Chapel's carillon:

Installed in 1932, changes were made to the installation in the 1960s. An extensi…

2016 Millennium Park Summer Film Series

If you're downtown this summer on a Tuesday evening, June 21 through August 30, stop by Millennium Park and catch a movie on Jay Pritzker Pavilion's 40-foot LED screen. All movies begin at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free!
2016 Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 East Randolph Street, Chicago

June 21
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Released: 1986
Rating: PG-13
Length: 103 minutes

June 28
Soul Food
115 minutes

July 5
A League of Their Own
128 minutes

July 12
Thelma & Louise
130 minutes

July 19 (Double Feature)
102 minutes
Silence of the Lambs
118 minutes

July 26
Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration
Inquiring Nuns
Released: 1968
60 minutes

August 2
West Side Story
152 minutes

August 9

2016 John Hancock Center Summer Concert Series

Stop by the John Hancock Center Plaza on Thursdays, June 16 through September 1, for a free lunchtime concert from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Find a spot on the plaza seating area or choose an outdoor table after ordering lunch from one of the plaza-level restaurants or shops, and enjoy the music!
John Hancock Center 2016 Summer Concert Series
John Hancock Center Plaza
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

June 16 | The Business
June 23 | Chicago Blues Revue
June 30 | Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press
July 7 | Kaleidoscope Eyes
July 14 | The Flat Cats
July 21 | Rica Obsesion
July 28 | Lynne Jordan
August 4 | Nick Lynch
August 11 | Cathy Richardson
August 18 | One Night Band
August 25 | Heavy Hitters Jazz Revue
September 1 | Together
To find more free summer concerts in Chicago, please visit the Music page.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Presents Twelfth Night

In its fifth year of bringing professional productions of William Shakespeare's plays to Chicago's neighborhood parks, the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program will present Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy. From July 14 through August 14, professional actors will be performing a 75-minute abridged version of the play (with no intermission) to audiences in 19 neighborhoods across Chicago. Some locations will have ASL duo-interpretation and/or audio description. Use the interactive map below to find locations, dates, times, and accessibility offerings. All performances are free! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show!

Would you like more Shakespeare? This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. In celebration of Shakespeare and his work, there are events taking place across the city throughout 2016. To find upcoming events, please visit the Shakespeare 400 Chicago website.

Tips for Using This Map

Use the Zoom In (+) and Zoom Out (–) features, loc…

2016 Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert Series

Avoid the rush hour traffic. Instead, head to St. James Cathedral, located in Chicago at 65 East Huron Street, for the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert Series. Each Tuesday, June 7 through August 30, this series offers not only world-class chamber music performances, but also preconcert conversations involving a topic related to the evening's concert. Doors open at 5 p.m., preconcert conversation begins at 5:15 p.m., and the 30-minute concert starts at 5:45 p.m.

For a schedule of this year's concerts, please visit the Rush Hour Concerts Summer Concert Series page.

To find more free summer concerts in Chicago, check out the Music page.

2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series

The new Millennium Park Summer Music Series (formerly the Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago concert series) features established and emerging local, national, and international musicians. As you will see when you explore the artists' websites, the concerts are not limited by genre. There is something for everyone!

Concerts are 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from June 6 through August 25 (there are a few exceptions; if a date isn't on the schedule, there's no Summer Music Series concert that evening). Concert admission is free!
2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 East Randolph Street, Chicago

June 6 | Blonde Redhead + Ryley Walker
June 9 | Lee Fields & The Expressions + Makaya McCraven
June 13 | Rodrigo Amarante + Leyla McCalla
June 16 | Nneka + Gina Chavez
June 20 | DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation Live +
Kelan Phil Cohran's Summer Solstice Ensemble

June 23 | Maceo Parker + Marrow
June 27 | Eddie Palmieri Salsa O…

Jazz Up Your Evening at Tuesdays on the Terrace

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago has an exciting lineup (check it out below) planned for this summer's Tuesdays on the Terrace concert series. From June 7 through September 27, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy free jazz performances on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. If it rains, the concert moves inside to the MCA Café.
Where Is the Terrace?
If you are inside the MCA, the terrace is on the second floor, just outside the MCA Café on the east side of the museum. You can also get to the terrace by entering the lawn area from the path along the park located behind the museum and then walking up the steps to the terrace.
What Type of Seating Is Available?
If you don't have a reserved seat/table on the terrace, there is a section of unreserved seating. These seats fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early. There is plenty of room to sit on the expansive lawn located just steps from the terrace. Throw down a blanket and get comfortable!
What Is There to Eat and Drin…

Free Summer Concerts Thursday Evenings at Giddings Plaza

Head over to Giddings Plaza Thursday evenings from June 2 through September 1 for the Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and get comfortable. The concerts run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting.
2016 Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series
Giddings Plaza, 4731 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

June 2|Cuban Latin
Los Perros Cubanos
June 9 | Swing
The Flat Cats
June 16 | Rock & Roll From the '50s, '60s, and '70s
The StingRays
June 23 | Acoustic Beatles Tribute
Kaleidoscope Eyes
June 30 | Flamenco/Music From Spain
Martin Metzger Flamenco Trio With Patricia Ortega and Marisela Tapia
July 7 | Motown, Soul, Rock & Roll
Second Hand Soul Band
July 14 | Gypsy Jazz
Fumée Gypsy Project
July 21 | Indie Folk/Americana
Jonas Friddle & The Majority
July 28 | Indie Folk/Pop
Celia Rose
August 4 | Latin Folk Rock
Radio Free Honduras
August 11 | Family Folk/Pop/Rock
The Dreamtree Shakers
August 18 | Old-Time Music
Bill and the Belles
August 25 | Acoustic Rock
Cary …

NewCity Lincoln Park Hosts New Summer Concert Series

There's a new concert series in town! NewCity Lincoln Park presents its Summer Concert Series Thursday evenings from June 2 through September 1. Bring your lawn chair to the NewCity Plaza and enjoy free music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. If it rains, the show will be held inside at Adobe Gila's, located on NewCity's second floor.
2016 NewCity Lincoln Park Summer Concert Series
NewCity Plaza
North Halsted Street and North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago

June 2|Dance Pop
Generation Z
June 9 | Rock & Pop Hits
No Alternative
June 16 | Steel Drum/Island Music
June 23 | '90s Band
Fool House
June 30 | Jazz and Blues
Martini Lunch
July 7 | Variety
Mike Dangeroux Orchestra
July 14 | '80s Band
The Spazmatics
July 21 | Elton John Tribute
Simply Elton and the Brown Dirt Cowboys
July 28 | Rolling Stones Tribute
Hot Rocks
August 4 | Latin
Mambo All Stars
August 11 | R&B/Motown
August 18 | Country
August 25 | Big Band/Swing/Jazz
September 1 | Indie Rock
The Empty P…

Free International Films at the Chicago Cultural Center

Cinema/Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and partnering consular/cultural organizations invite us to “Laugh Out Loud” as we view the 18 comedies they have selected for the 2016 International Screenings Program.

The films will be shown Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. from June 1 through September 28 at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Admission is free! Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to arrive early. Discussions led by cultural leaders, scholars, and film critics will be held after select screenings.

Following are the films that will be shown. Please note that the films are unrated.

June 1 | Tricks
June 8 | Suck Me Shakespeer
June 15 | The Bit Player
June 22 | Together
June 29 | My Internship in Canada
July 6 | Family Vacation
July 13 | Memories
July 20 | Heart Attack
June 27 | Open Tables
August 3 | Chigasaki Story
August 10 | Kidon
August 17 | Fanie Fourie's Labola
August 24 | God Willing
August 31 | The Se…