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Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

The Leather Chair Private Cigar Event Part V - La Fiesta

Party To-Do!: Festive food, music and cocktails. Please purchase your reservation here for The Leather Chair Private Cigar Event V, La Fiesta. All reservations must be made in advance. Reservations may not be placed at the door. Your reservation for the evening will include entrance into the event, Open Bar & Appetizers. Guests may also BYOB if there is something special that you would like to enjoy during the event. Once your reservation is placed, you will receive a personal confirmation via email. Miscellaneous Info: Reservations must be placed in advance and are not available at the door. A late reservation (unless completely sold out) can be placed on the day of the cigar event by noon with an email request at Eve@EventsByEve.com. A special link will be sent to you for handling this transaction. THERE WILL BE A LATE FEE OF $5.00. Price: $21.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Hyde Park Cigars & Lounge 5220 S. Harper Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.eventsbyeve.com.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: Gilda’s Club Chicago with Deb Sitron and Martin Romero Yoga: Alie McManus Pilates: Park Family Wellness, Chicago Park District Zumba®: DANCEYTUDE™ with Meagan Ponce Music during yoga and pilates by: Primitive-World Music Ensemble Drumming during Zumba by: Crozier Percussion Collective. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride: Sustainable Resource Models with Latrice Williams

Community Development To-Do!: Sustainable Resource Models with Latrice Williams (Bronzeville Community Garden). Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ Charles Heath Quartet

Live Music To-Do!: Featuring Charles Heath (drums), with Alexis Lombre (piano), Kurt Shelby (bass), Isaiah Collier (sax) Originating from Chicago, Illinois, Charles "Rick" Heath IV is a versatile and renowned musician from local to international levels. Playing anything from Jazz and Blues, to Gospel and Latin music, his signature is prominent in the recording studios, concert settings and currently live Broadway theater platforms. Some of his proudest accolades include works with Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner, Slide… Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, July 27, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Dee Alexander

Live Music To-Do!: Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalist/songwriters. Her talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of Jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and w… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Summer Film Series: This is Spinal Tap

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (1984; R*, 82 mins) Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. -IMDb Presented with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, and generous support from Music Box Theatre. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Chucho Valdés

Festivals Gates open at 5pm. To-Do!: Chicago Symphony Orchestra James Conlon, Conductor Chucho Valdés, Piano. Soleil's Take: Visit Sun Spots: Simply Social w/ the Buena Vista Social Club and SunSpots: Anita Baker at Ravinia Festivalfor my take on the Ravinia Park experience! View our select Ravinia schedule! Price: $10-80. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Ravinia is a spot that must be visited at least once each season. The park grounds are absolutely beautiful and nothing beats a lazy summer afternoon, turned to balmy evening under the stars, sprawled out on a blanket. (Or lawn chair for those of you who prefer to remain off the ground.) Purchase lawn seats or get reserve seats and start your evening on the lawn. Wine and a reasonable variety of tasty treats, meals and sweets are available for purchase and lawn chairs available for rent. But, it's so much f… Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:00 AM. Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Rd Highland Park, IL 60035. For more info visit www.ravinia.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Malcolm X

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (PG-13) Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his assassination. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: Detour JazFunk is the sound of Chicago’s new urban jazz scene. Its music is built on a foundation of old school R&B’s soulful and funky grooves blended with the melodic improvisations of classic and contemporary jazz. Detour JazFunk includes guitarist Phil Seed, drummer Ben “Jammin’” Johnson, electric bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboard wizard Tim Gant. In the Main Foyer or Aqua Lounge William Boris Trio Petra Van Nuis has performed at such prominent venues as the Chicago Cultural Center, the… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Milton Suggs and Adam Emil

Festivals To-Do!: A native of Chicago, Milton Suggs began his formal musical training at age 19 under the tutelage of renowned pianist Willie Pickens. His father, bassist Milton Suggs, toured and performed extensively in New York and throughout the world. For the younger Suggs as well, music proved to be both a passion and a calling. Suggs earned a BA in jazz studies from Columbia College Chicago, followed by a Master of Music from DePaul University in 2008. During his studies, Suggs began to hone his abilities as a… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Summer Breeze: Terisa Griffin (Closing Night)

Live Music To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! When you think of the true essence of timeless Soul, Jazz and other forms of adult music, music icons come to mind such as the beautiful velvet voices of Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Sarah Vaughn, and Luther Vandross. Rarely does one talent capture the epitome of various influences in their style and grace. Terisa Griffin has re-designed an authentic blueprint of musical blends of modern Soul, Jazz, House and Inspirational music into… Soleil's Take: At the Summer Breeze series, you can expect not only great music, but also a mature crowd at an age range of about 30-55. No lines around the block, no kids, no fights - no charge! Enjoy the music both in and outdoors at this venue. Read more at Sun Spots: Chillin’ at Summer Breeze! View the full schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Summertime in Chicago Events by Eve is back with the 9th Annual Summer Breeze Jazz Concert Series, the most anticipated event of the Summer Season. Get ready to enjoy 8 great weeks of some of the best musical talent that Chicago has to offer. Opening Night will feature the very talented Marqueal Ranae Jordan & The Players. Our host venue this year "Alhambra Palace" offers state of the art sound and staging, full kitchen, dining and lounge seating and prepared space for cigars and hookah. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 11 - July 30, 2014. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Alhambra Palace Restaurant 1240 W. Randolph Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.eventsbyeve.com.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

Bebel Gilberto and Chucho Valdés

Festivals Gates open at 5pm. To-Do!: Bebel Gilberto and Chucho Valdés Bebel Gilberto, vocalist Chucho Valdés, pianist. Soleil's Take: Visit Sun Spots: Simply Social w/ the Buena Vista Social Club and SunSpots: Anita Baker at Ravinia Festivalfor my take on the Ravinia Park experience! View our select Ravinia schedule! Price: $22-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Ravinia is a spot that must be visited at least once each season. The park grounds are absolutely beautiful and nothing beats a lazy summer afternoon, turned to balmy evening under the stars, sprawled out on a blanket. (Or lawn chair for those of you who prefer to remain off the ground.) Purchase lawn seats or get reserve seats and start your evening on the lawn. Wine and a reasonable variety of tasty treats, meals and sweets are available for purchase and lawn chairs available for rent. But, it's so much f… Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 AM. Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Rd Highland Park, IL 60035. For more info visit www.ravinia.org.

Buddy Guy w/ Mavis Staples

Festivals Gates open at 5pm. To-Do!: Buddy Guy w/ Mavis Staples. Soleil's Take: Visit Sun Spots: Simply Social w/ the Buena Vista Social Club and SunSpots: Anita Baker at Ravinia Festivalfor my take on the Ravinia Park experience! View our select Ravinia schedule! Price: $33-90. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Ravinia is a spot that must be visited at least once each season. The park grounds are absolutely beautiful and nothing beats a lazy summer afternoon, turned to balmy evening under the stars, sprawled out on a blanket. (Or lawn chair for those of you who prefer to remain off the ground.) Purchase lawn seats or get reserve seats and start your evening on the lawn. Wine and a reasonable variety of tasty treats, meals and sweets are available for purchase and lawn chairs available for rent. But, it's so much f… Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 AM. Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Rd Highland Park, IL 60035. For more info visit www.ravinia.org.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hot Summer Nights: Grupo Cha Cha

Festivals To-Do!: Groupo Cha Cha is a fun Latin band that will fill the air with tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil to get you on your feet! They are a favorite of the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, corporate events, and Chicago’s hottest Latin clubs. Noted for their multigender and multicultural make up, their music is on regular rotation on FM Jazz radio stations nationwide including WDCB 90.9 in the Chicago area. Soleil's Take: Check out the SunSpots blog post for our look at the Botanic Garden experience! View the complete Hot Summer Nights schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Beverages and light fare will complement the specific music genre of the evening. Price: Free! (Parking, $20 per car). Other Times To-Do It: Thursday Evenings, June 12 – August 28, 2014. Venue Info: Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe, IL 60022. For more info visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

“We Love You Madly” Awards Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: This Gala kicks off JazzFest. In addition to dinner and live performances, awards are given to two national celebrities who are not musicians, but, who have effectively worked to preserve jazz as an American art form. Price: $125. Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 South Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois (312) 747-2536. For more info visit www.jazzunitesinc.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 1, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: Gilda’s Club Chicago with Deb Sitron and Martin Romero Yoga: Alie McManus Pilates: Park Family Wellness, Chicago Park District Zumba®: DANCEYTUDE™ with Meagan Ponce Music during yoga and pilates by: Primitive-World Music Ensemble Drumming during Zumba by: Crozier Percussion Collective. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 2, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Music on the Esplanade: Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan perform an original blend of gypsy jazz and flamenco, as well as American jazz standards and original compositions. The band's lively sound has been shared across the United States and in Europe for more than 20 years. Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich wrote: “[Alfonso Ponticelli] achieved the airborne sense of swing, the outrageously swift tempos and the translucent ensemble sound that created the template for gypsy-tinged jazz.”. Soleil's Take: I finally made it out to Music On the Esplanade and it was well-worth the trip! The Botanic Garden is absolutely beautiful, so even if the music isn't quite your thing, you will definitely have a lovely evening! Read my SunSpots blog post for the details. View the complete Music On the Esplanade schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Music on the Esplanade: Unwind after your work day as you listen to relaxing performances by local musicians set on the Chicago Botanic Garden's front lawn. This live musical series showcases an assortment of genres including Spanish guitar, jazz, and blues. The Esplanade offers a beautiful setting for great entertainment and seating for a wide variety of guests — and only on concert evenings, you may have a picnic there as well! Top off the evening with light fare and a glass of wine, premium beer, o… Price: Free! (Parking, $20 per car). Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 10 - August 26, 2014. Venue Info: Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe, IL 60022. For more info visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

Summer Film Series: The Birdcage

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (1996; R*, 117 mins) A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. -IMDb. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Best Man Holiday

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Chris Greene Quartet

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: When the Chris Greene Quartet</a takes the stage, jazz and rock audiences alike notice something different – something besides the fact that they’re seated next to each other. Jazz fans can’t help but sense the charisma and electricity, not always seen in a jazz band, which emanates from the quartet even during the saxophonist’s most committed solos. And fans accustomed to rock’s high energy and loose hi-jinks suddenly find themselves diving deeper into improvised music than they might have thought possible… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Dee Alexander

Festivals To-Do!: Dee Alexander is among the premier vocalists and songwriters in American music today, and one of Chicago's most gifted and respected artists. Her performances span virtually every music genre related to the African diaspora: gospel, blues, neo-soul, rhythm-and-blues and world music. But her true heart belongs to jazz, the one idiom that can encompass all her influences. Ms. Alexander gravitated toward jazz at an early age and names Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald among her major influences, as well as Chi… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative

Community Development To-Do!: This organization does not replace or compete with any existing organization BUT it is a place where we can: * See a problem and find many others who have the same problem and find a solution together * Amplify our voices to solve problems and support great efforts * Express a great idea and see it take shape * Meet our neighbors * Find out what is going on in our community * Celebrate the good that we have in common Please send the word out to everyone willing to Collaborate to make Bron… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: 1st Wednesdays. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Chicago Bee Library 3647 South State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Marc Cary: For the Love of Abby

Live Music To-Do!: Marc Cary and the Focus Trio (Maggie Brown, Peven Everett and Pyeng Threadgill) will pay tribute to the music of Abbey Lincoln in this show, For the Love of Abbey. In his first solo piano record and possibly his most intimate, Cary covered 10 of Lincoln’s songs, and offering three original tunes in tribute to her, Cary conjures a shimmering, timeless aura that bespeaks the spiritual and artistic lessons that the late singer conferred upon him. Critics agree that Cary has achieved a remarkable balance. Jazz… Miscellaneous Info: Presented as a part of the Summer Jazz Series at the BAC presented by iROCK Jazz. Price: $22-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Beverly Arts Center 2407 W. 111th St Chicago, IL 60655. For more info visit www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 9, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 9, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Art di Gras

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Gallery Guichard celebrates its anniversary with 12-hour fine art exhibition and party. This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Don't forget that the Bud Billiken Parade marches through early Saturday afternoon. While the route begins at 39th & King, there's bound to be traffic around 35th & King, so plan your route accordingly! Price: Free! Saturday, August 9, 2014, 2:00 PM – Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 AM. Gallery Guichard 3521 South King Drive Chicago, Illinois (773) 373-8000. For more info visit www.galleryguichard.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 10, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 10, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 10, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Music Mondays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: I haven't been able To-Do this one yet, so I'd love to have Your Take! Please e-mail me at YourTake@SoleilsToDos.com. Miscellaneous Info: Great Black Music in an intimate cabaret setting Hosted by Joan Collaso and WVON Radio personality Cliff Kelley. Light fare available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Second Monday of each month. Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation 7558 South South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois (773) 752-3955. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Music on the Esplanade: Fernandez + Kimball

Festivals To-Do!: Hector & Mari Fernandez, along with TomKimball, have shared a love of Spanish guitar since the early 1990s. Over the years, they have transformed many styles of music into a vast Spanish guitar repertoire. They have traveled to Spain, Italy, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and California, and New York, where they have studied and performed with world-renowned artists and dancers. Their repertoire includes flamenco, classical, Latin American standards, and jazz standards. Soleil's Take: I finally made it out to Music On the Esplanade and it was well-worth the trip! The Botanic Garden is absolutely beautiful, so even if the music isn't quite your thing, you will definitely have a lovely evening! Read my SunSpots blog post for the details. View the complete Music On the Esplanade schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Music on the Esplanade: Unwind after your work day as you listen to relaxing performances by local musicians set on the Chicago Botanic Garden's front lawn. This live musical series showcases an assortment of genres including Spanish guitar, jazz, and blues. The Esplanade offers a beautiful setting for great entertainment and seating for a wide variety of guests — and only on concert evenings, you may have a picnic there as well! Top off the evening with light fare and a glass of wine, premium beer, o… Price: Free! (Parking, $20 per car). Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 10 - August 26, 2014. Venue Info: Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe, IL 60022. For more info visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

Summer Film Series: American Graffiti

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (1973; PG, 110 mins) A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. -IMDb Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture and Best Director George Lucas. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Prisoners

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (R) When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Rio Bamba

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba and American and Latin jazz, played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal or instrumental, to Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms. Maggie Vagle, Joel Martinez, Craig Linenberger and John Garvey make up the Rio Bamba sound. In the Main Foyer or Aqua Lounge The Tim Fitzgerald Duo presents an entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Avain Hightower & Full Circle

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. <a href="http://www.avainhightowerandfullcircle.com/ ">Avain Hightower's professional musical experience started with the amicable show band The Scott Brothers in the 1970's. The Scott Brothers were the backup band for various reputable recording artists: The Chi-Lites, Otis Clay, Garland Green and Tyrone Davis, to name a few. From the 1980s through 2005, Avain Hightower… Soleil's Take: I saw them at DuSable Museum's Arts & Crafts festival and they got down for real!!! View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hot Summer Nights: Rio Bamba

Festivals To-Do!: Rio Bamba is a Chicago-based Brazilian jazz fusion band founded in 2005 that possesses a unique style. While all Brazilian music with its catchy dance rhythms is highly accessible to most people, Rio Bamba turns up the electricity, figuratively and literally, by ramping up tempos and bravado without ever disrespecting the source material. Classic Brazilian jazz, samba, and bossa nova performed in the original Portuguese as well as in English may be this band’s forte, but they fearlessly “color outside t… Soleil's Take: Check out the SunSpots blog post for our look at the Botanic Garden experience! View the complete Hot Summer Nights schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Beverages and light fare will complement the specific music genre of the evening. Price: Free! (Parking, $20 per car). Other Times To-Do It: Thursday Evenings, June 12 – August 28, 2014. Venue Info: Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe, IL 60022. For more info visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Historic Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Bronzeville Art District Third Friday Trolley Tour is to introduce, increase awareness, and appreciation of African American, African and Caribbean art and artists to a diverse audience, while preserving the legacy of the rich visual arts and culture of Bronzeville. The tour includes the following galleries: Faié African Art in Bronzeville 1005 E. 43rd Street Chicago, Il (773) 268-2889 View works of art and sculpture from the Western, Eastern, Central, and Southern Regions of Africa. … Miscellaneous Info: Three trolleys will run continuously between each of the gallery locations, allowing riders to board and get off at any of the above locations! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: 3rd Fridays through September. Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Varied Bronzeville Galleries.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 16, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

DuSable Museum Movies in the Parks: 20 Feet From Stardom

Festivals To-Do!: Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Soleil's Take: Here's a new series from DuSable Museum, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District! Bring the kids, bring the dog and enjoy the summer evening! View the entire DuSable Movies In the Parks series! Miscellaneous Info: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us at the DuSable Museum for a night of family fun! Every Third Saturday June, July, & August 6:00PM the fun begins. Movie begins at Dusk. Fun Includes: * Salsa Lessons for Adults * Free Popcorn * Free Refreshments * Fun Activities for youth * Tour the DuSable Mobile Museum and much more! Looking for an inexpensive, fun activity with the loved ones? Check out the Chicago’s Free Movies in The Park, where the Chicago Park District’s annual series takes pl… Price: Free! Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. DuSable Museum 740 E. 56th Pl. Chicago, Illinois (773) 947-0600. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 17, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 17, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 17, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Tatsu Aoki, Miyumi Project

Live Music To-Do!: Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, educator, and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from jazz to traditional Japanese music. Aoki has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films and working internationally. He is one of the most recorded artists in Chicago music scene. Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project Special features Tsuksa Taiko, Mwata Bowden (woodwind), Jaimie… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Summer Film Series: Dreamgirls

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (2006; PG-13, 130 mins) Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s. -IMDb Featuring the Academy Award-winning performance by Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Muppets Most Wanted

Festivals To-Do!: 2014 (PG) While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Agnieszka Iwanska

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: Agnieszka Iwanska is an accomplished and gifted jazz vocalist, composer and lyricist. Her sultry and sensitive signing style stands out as a fresh and exciting voice in contemporary jazz. As a vocalist, Agnieszka has been hailed as the “voice of promise” by noted jazz critic Howard Reich from the Chicago Tribune. Brad Walseth of WNUA-FM praised her style and performance by nothing that “Like Basia, Iwanska is a Polish singer who has taken on the Brazilian sound pioneered by Astrud Gilberto. She sings her we… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Aziza Lisa

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. Aziza Lisa The jazzy style of Aziza Lisa, infused with a touch of neo-soul, reflects the influence of many phenomenal songstresses whom have paved the way. She has opened for many great artists, including Erykah Badu, Kindred Family Soul, The Whispers, Amel Larrieux, Anthony Hamilton, Bilal, Musiq Soul Child, Eric Benet, and more. Her refreshing sound and soulful music… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Sounds of History: Funkin with Acoustic Soul - Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and James Brown

Festivals To-Do!: Featuring Dee Alexander Sounds of History Jazz Series Bring your blankets & chairs as we enjoy another jazzy summer on the patio of the DuSable Museum! Food & Beverages Provided by Normans Bistro. Jazz Table Cost: $25 for a table of 6; The Du Jazzy Series Cost: $70.00 Jazz Table Cost: $50 for a table of 10; The Du Jazzy Series Cost: $140. Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Third Wednesdays June - August, 2014. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. DuSable Museum 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

Live Music To-Do!: As a drummer, Mike Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. Reed leads the widely acclaimed group People, Places & Things—a vehicle to explore the undersung repertoire from Chicago’s jazz, blues, and improvised music scene between 1954 and 1960. Featuring bassist Jason Roebke, tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and alto saxophonist Greg Ward, Mike Reed’s People Places & Things has been recording, touring internationally, and wracking up critical acclaim since 20… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Summer Film Series: Wizard of Oz

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (1939; G-102 mins) Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. -IMDb Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of this family classic. *Rated R for language and sexual references. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Frozen

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (PG) Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: Detour JazFunk is the sound of Chicago’s new urban jazz scene. Its music is built on a foundation of old school R&B’s soulful and funky grooves blended with the melodic improvisations of classic and contemporary jazz. Detour JazFunk includes guitarist Phil Seed, drummer Ben “Jammin’” Johnson, electric bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboard wizard Tim Gant. In the Main Foyer or Aqua Lounge The Tim Fitzgerald Trio presents an entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: CSU Band

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. CSU Band performs. Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Chicago Jazz Club Tour

Live Music To-Do!: The Jazz Institute’s 22nd Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight is an annual kick off for the Chicago Jazz Festival sponsored with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. In what could not have been a better match, the Chicago Trolley Company is partnering with the Jazz Institute to present our Annual Jazz Club Tour. Already the city’s premier sight seeing tour guides, the Chicago Trolley Company adds both charm and class to one of jazz fans’ favorite events of the… Miscellaneous Info: This year's clubs are: Andy's - 11 E. Hubbard - Corey Wilkes, Mike Smith Backroom - 1007 N. Rush - Bobby Lewis Bernice's Twilight Zone - 2914 E. 79th St - Band Mindset featuring Teela Buddy Guy's Legends - 754 S. Wabash - Dave Specter Close Up 2 - 416 S. Clark - Audley Reid and Alan Burroughs Cuatro - 2030 S. Wabash - Jose Valdes Group Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway - Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan Green Dolphin St - 2200 N Ashland Ave - Bill Porter Orchestra Jazz Showcase - 806 S. Plymouth… Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:00 PM – Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. Various. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Summer Film Series: Avatar

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (2009; PG-13, 162 min A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. -IMDb. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hot Summer Nights: Aloha Lives! Hawaiian Music

Festivals To-Do!: Aloha Lives! is our newest production by Pacific Soundz. Lanialoha combines the influences of her musical paths and passions to revive the old and new cultural traditions of the Pacific. She performs a seamless and memorable concert of melodies, harmonies and rhythmic sounds, that will inspire you. Soleil's Take: Check out the SunSpots blog post for our look at the Botanic Garden experience! View the complete Hot Summer Nights schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Beverages and light fare will complement the specific music genre of the evening. Price: Free! (Parking, $20 per car). Other Times To-Do It: Thursday Evenings, June 12 – August 28, 2014. Venue Info: Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe, IL 60022. For more info visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 29, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 31, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 31, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Robert "Baabe" Irving III Quintet

Live Music To-Do!: Robert Irving III is best known for his five-year tenure as musical director, producer, and keyboardist for the legendary Miles Davis. He has produced three Grammy Award–nominated albums—two for Miles Davis, Decoy and You’re Under Arrest; and Real Life Story, the Polygram debut from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. The Robert Irving III Quintet, which introduces Barrett Harmon on trumpet, explores new, original music and expansive arrangements of more obscure standards. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (PG-13) A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Rio Bamba

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba and American and Latin jazz, played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal or instrumental, to Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms. Maggie Vagle, Joel Martinez, Craig Linenberger and John Garvey make up the Rio Bamba sound. In the Main Foyer or Aqua Lounge The Tim Fitzgerald Trio presents an entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Billy Gray and Blues Band; Margaret Murphy

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. Billy Gray and Blues Band Margaret Murphy, affectionately known as "M & M" to her musical family, has been singing professionally throughout the United States and Europe for over twenty-five years. She developed her unique vocal style and showmanship under the tutelage of world renown tenor saxophonist Von Freeman with whom she shared the stage at the Taste of Chicago,… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative

Community Development To-Do!: This organization does not replace or compete with any existing organization BUT it is a place where we can: * See a problem and find many others who have the same problem and find a solution together * Amplify our voices to solve problems and support great efforts * Express a great idea and see it take shape * Meet our neighbors * Find out what is going on in our community * Celebrate the good that we have in common Please send the word out to everyone willing to Collaborate to make Bron… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: 1st Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Chicago Bee Library 3647 South State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Friday, September 5, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 6, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

eta Annual Benefit Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: Held annually on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the festive gala features a silent and live auction, live entertainment, a scrumptious soulful buffet catered by Fanfares by Faye, an open bar, dancing to live and recorded music and carriage rides. The centerpiece of the evening is the presentation of awards to outstanding individuals whose lives and work illustrate the theme. The 2008 honorees are TV personality Merri Dee, publisher Dorothy Leavell, author/actor Hill Harper, corporate executive Greg H… Price: $125. Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 AM. eta Square 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, September 7, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Music Mondays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: I haven't been able To-Do this one yet, so I'd love to have Your Take! Please e-mail me at YourTake@SoleilsToDos.com. Miscellaneous Info: Great Black Music in an intimate cabaret setting Hosted by Joan Collaso and WVON Radio personality Cliff Kelley. Light fare available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Second Monday of each month. Monday, September 8, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation 7558 South South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois (773) 752-3955. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Xavier Breaker Coalition

Live Music To-Do!: Born and raised in South Carolina, drummer, composer, and arranger, Xavier Breaker, had been playing the drums since the age of five, playing for various groups and venues. But when he moved to Illinois to study Jazz at Northern Illinois University in 2009, he then discovered that writing music would be another avenue of expression for him. Shortly after graduating in 2011, Xavier began writing numerous tunes in hopes of one day to play them in front of people. That hope would be realized in January of 2013… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Here's a video clip of Xavier Breaker!! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Out of the Furnace

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (R) When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Terisa Griffin

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. Terisa Griffin When you think of the true essence of timeless soul, jazz and other forms of adult music, music icons come to mind such as the beautiful velvet voices of Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Sarah Vaughn and Luther Vandross. Rarely does one talent capture the epitome of various influences in their style and grace. Terisa Griffin has… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Hector Silveira

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. Representing the new generation of Cuban musicians, Hector Silveira embodies a compositional style that’s an extension of his multi-instrumentalist abilities and strong knowledge of orchestration. Incredibly versatile, he is equally at home performing numerous styles of popular dance music, including salsa, jazz, and Afro-Cuban. Silveira and his orchestra present a reperto… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 17, 2014. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

Meshell Ndegeocello

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual… Price: $28-66. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport St. Chicago , IL 60608. For more info visit thaliahallchicago.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Historic Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Bronzeville Art District Third Friday Trolley Tour is to introduce, increase awareness, and appreciation of African American, African and Caribbean art and artists to a diverse audience, while preserving the legacy of the rich visual arts and culture of Bronzeville. The tour includes the following galleries: Faié African Art in Bronzeville 1005 E. 43rd Street Chicago, Il (773) 268-2889 View works of art and sculpture from the Western, Eastern, Central, and Southern Regions of Africa. … Miscellaneous Info: Three trolleys will run continuously between each of the gallery locations, allowing riders to board and get off at any of the above locations! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: 3rd Fridays through September. Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Varied Bronzeville Galleries.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: This is an organization that I've been involved with since 1997, when I served as its counsel in the financing of the historic Wabash YMCA. I later went on to serve as Board Chair for several years, during which time I learned a lot of the history of Bronzeville and the Wabash Y. One of the things I appreciate most about the organization is its commitment to provide holistic housing solutions that do more than warehouse people. TRC's first project addressed the needs of formerly homeless adults and helps… Miscellaneous Info: TRC is a 501(c)(3) that was incorporated by four ecumenical churches in the community to assist in the revitalization of Bronzeville. TRC provides life skills, education, employment, health & wellness services to promote self sufficiency for the tenants of TRC. The Fitness Center for Life offers a variety of health education and fitness programming to the residents of the Renaissance Apartments as well as the community at large. TRC has broken ground on its next exciting, comprehensive housing venture: the… Dress Code: Business. Price: $125; Advance, $100. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. TRC Grand Ballroom 3763 South Wabash - 2nd Floor Chicago, Illinois (773) 924-9270. For more info visit www.trcwabash.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.