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Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Live Music To-Do!: Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Summer of Spike: Jungle Fever

Film To-Do!: This month Black Cinema House @ BING presents four feverish films by unrivaled cineaste Spike Lee. Jungle Fever (1991, 132 min) Stevie Wonder’s peppy theme song amplifies Lee’s absurdist treatment of interracial love and effects of crack on Black urban families and communities. Screening will be followed by conversation with special guest poet, educator, MC and activist Nate Marshall. Miscellaneous Info: Spike Lee consistently presents the most incendiary of subjects, and in this month’s mini-retrospective we look at films that carry particular heat. Summertime – in Brooklyn and beyond – is the backdrop for extreme states of joy and pain, for decadence and racial and gender violence. Enclosed spaces and insular communities push bodies and values to their breaking points, as characters are forced into uncomfortable introspection. The series ends with Lee’s anti-interracial romance film Jungle Fever, marking… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays, Through July 28, 2016. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, July 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Friday, July 29, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Friday, July 29, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Slide the City

Family/Children To-Do!: Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. In Downtown Chicago we will be rolling out up to THREE 300ft slides on the steepest hill we could find, which will allow for the slide of your life. This length will also allow participants to be able to slide the entire length of the slide without having to stand up and walk which would cause a safety concern. Don’t worry, we’ve got it padded… Miscellaneous Info: Ultimate Sliders can slide as many times as possible between the wave time you choose. The Ultimate Slider ticket package also includes a drawstring bag, and mouth guard. At no cost, you will be lent an inflated tube to slide with, as all participants MUST have a tube to slide. Tubes will also be available for sale for $2 if you wish to take one home. Make sure to show up at the beginning of your wave time so you can maximize your number of slides! Price: $20-45. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Cricket Hill Montrose Beach 600 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago, Illinois, 60640. For more info visit www.slidethecity.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago Margarita Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago Margarita Festival is an outdoor festival combining a margarita tasting with live original music, dancing, food trucks and fun! What better way to spend the day lounging with friends on Lake Michigan, listening to music and more! So, join us for a fun day off the beach. Price: $15-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 30-31, 2016. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 S South Shore Dr. Chicago Il 60649. For more info visit www.chicagomargaritafestival.com.

Open Dances: Brother(hood) Dance!

Dance To-Do!: Create dance with Brooklyn­-based Brother(hood) Dance! This month’s featured artists Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine use movement to explore race, gender and social justice. Open Dances is a year long dance forum, curated by Rebuild’s choreographer-­in-­residence Barak adé Soleil; offering opportunities to build community and explore movement with all ages. Brother(Hood) Dance! is the interdisciplinary duo of Brooklyn­based artists Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. Infor… Price: Free! Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E 70th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Chicago Poetry Block Party

Festivals To-Do!: Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community at the site of the historic Wabash YMCA in Bronzeville. Guests of all ages can enjoy workshops, art activities, and music and poetry performances from some of Chicago’s best poets. The Chicago Poetry Block Party features musical performances from soulful vocalist Ravyn Lenae, rapper and prison abolitionist Ric Wilson and Avery R. Young who blends… Price: Free! Saturday, July 30, 2016, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Wabash Avenue YMCA 3763 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.poetryfoundation.org.

Keith Sweat and Silk

Festivals To-Do!: Keith Sweat Keith Sweat began his musical career as the lead singer of the band ‘Jamilah’. He later received phenomenal success as a solo-artist and his albums and singles peaked at the number one position on R&B and Billboard charts. He is one of the earliest practitioners of the ‘New Jack Swing’ style of music, an innovative blend of soul singing and hip-hop beats. Known for his distinctive ‘whining’ vocal style, Sweat has established himself as one of the most successful male R&B/soul singers not only i… Price: $40-70. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

:Thingification: MPAACT Summer Jams

Theater To-Do!: Thingification – written, composed, and performed by Duriel E. Harris a one-woman show combining poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the life-affirming energy of word-sound-power. Set in Chicago in the contemporary moment, the play transports audiences through time-space to enact their collective struggle against thing-ification—the annihilating, objectifying force at the core of all oppressions. Even as they perform aspects of sexuality, gender, race, and class, the ch… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Greenhouse Theater 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.thingification.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Sunday, July 31, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago Margarita Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago Margarita Festival is an outdoor festival combining a margarita tasting with live original music, dancing, food trucks and fun! What better way to spend the day lounging with friends on Lake Michigan, listening to music and more! So, join us for a fun day off the beach. Price: $15-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 30-31, 2016. Sunday, July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 S South Shore Dr. Chicago Il 60649. For more info visit www.chicagomargaritafestival.com.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, July 31, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Sunday, July 31, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Monday, August 1, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Ari Brown

Festivals To-Do!: Multi-reedist and pianist Ari Brown is a dynamic and important member of the Chicago avant-garde jazz scene and his technique and traditional jazz chops are highly expressive across his instruments. Brown has performed all over the world, touring with Elvin Jones, and working with musicians ranging from McCoy Tyner and Don Patterson to Sonny Stitt, Lester Bowie, Bobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton. He has been part of Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio and is the go-to saxophonist for Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Ph… 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 2, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: West Side Story

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: West Side Story (1961; Unrated, 152 mins) The award-winning adaptation of the Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”—screened as part of Shakespeare 400. Miscellaneous Info: Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21-August 30, 2016. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

El DeBarge

Live Music Shows at 7pm (doors open at 5pm) and 9pm (doors open at 9:30pm). To-Do!: R&B's most distinctive and celebrated voices, El DeBarge, continues to make his personal and creative transformation. Currently in the studio working on the follow up to his Grammy nominated, Second Chance album, El DeBarge says "he's pacing himself for longevity and taking the necessary steps to maintain it." The sixth of ten DeBarge children, El DeBarge's signature falsetto anchored sixteen Top 10 hits, both with the family group, DeBarge ("All This Love," "I Like It," "Time Will Reveal") and as a solo… Price: $55-75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chosen Few Daley Plaza

Party To-Do!: Hot Lunch Mix with the Chosen Few DJs in Daley Plaza Chicago ALL SUMMER LONG. Last year saw record crowds gathered in Daley Plaza at noon for the old school, soulful and funk House Music of the Chosen Few, Chicago’s legendary DJ crew featuring Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. For 2016, the Chosen Few DJs are back under the Picasso for House Music in Daleythe following dates: June 1, 2016 June 29, 2016 August 3, 2016 September 7, 2… Miscellaneous Info: The Hot Lunch Mix is held noon to 1pm, rain or shine, free to the public. Price: Free! Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Chicago. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Renditions ft. Pamela Fernandez

Festivals To-Do!: Rendition f/ Pamela Fernandez The style, experience and musical persona of each musician in Rendition contribute to a unique collaboration in everything they play, from jazz standards to contemporary to rhythm and blues. Pamela Fernandez music reflects many different styles and genre fused together to great soulful grooves, fresh harmonies, unexpected arrangements, and exciting improvised sections. Brent Kimbrough & Company Brent Kimbrough & Company is a fusion of smartly arranged jazz classics,… 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 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.

Summer Breeze: Maurice Mahon & Sandy Redd (The Finale)

Live Music Doors Open at 5:30 and the first set begins at 6:45. Early Bird Tickets will be available at the Promontory Box Office and Online starting on July 20th. To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! Special Guest Performance: Steve Stone Huff The Finale & Awards Presentation with DJ Ron Troupe Steve Stone Huff His silence now broken, Steve Stone Huff is a pastor, artist, songwriter, and still, a genuine authentic hit maker. His debut album, “Love Me Like That,” is a culmination of everything he has done up to now. Known to most for his legendary bass and chart-topping production, every R&B, hip-hop superstar and gospel icon he’s worked with is not… 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 The 11th Annual Summer Breeze Jazz Concert Series, BLACK MAGIC opening at The Promontory in Hyde Park will once again be the home of the OPENING NIGHT SHOW and the FINALE. All of the six shows in between will be featured at our 2nd Tier Host Venue, Seven Ten Lanes located at 1055 E. 55th Street. This location will be turned into a candlelit oasis that will feature great food & ambiance, a V.I.P Hennessy Lounge, outdoor patio, billiards and the Lovely Ladies of Hennessy. All s… Price: $10-15. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit eventsbyeve.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Bettye LaVette

Live Music To-Do!: Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, jazz or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. Her live performances… Price: $45-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, August 4, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Thursday, August 4, 2016, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kindred the Family Soul

Live Music Doors open at 7pm. To-Do!: Kindred the Family Soul Celebrates New Album "A Couple Friends" "This is the first time we've been able to write and record an album when I haven't been expecting a baby or just had one!" notes Aja Dantzler. As a result, the couple had the luxury of more time, space and energy to devote to the creative process and the results are very organic, free-flowing music. Working with such front-line producers as Vidal Davis and Andre Harris (Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius), Anthony Bell (Jaheim, Estelle), Jame… Price: $20-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, August 4, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, August 5, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Friday, August 5, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago SummerDance: Wired Fridays - Mickey Oliver

Festivals To-Do!: Born in the shadow of the steel mills on the South Side of Chicago, Mickey Mixin' Oliver was destined to help bring the underground sound of house music to the masses. As a founding member of the ground breaking Chicago radio mix show team on 102.7 WBMX, collectively known as the Hot Mix 5, Mickey drew global attention to house music with his incredible DJ mixes. House music was considered to be the new sound of the urban underground, which was first spun in Chicago. As house music began to spread in… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, August 5, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kindred the Family Soul

Live Music Doors open at 7pm. To-Do!: Kindred the Family Soul Celebrates New Album "A Couple Friends" "This is the first time we've been able to write and record an album when I haven't been expecting a baby or just had one!" notes Aja Dantzler. As a result, the couple had the luxury of more time, space and energy to devote to the creative process and the results are very organic, free-flowing music. Working with such front-line producers as Vidal Davis and Andre Harris (Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius), Anthony Bell (Jaheim, Estelle), Jame… Price: $20-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 5, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago SummerDance: Sons of Susan (Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum)

Festivals To-Do!: The Sons of Susan are a band based in Chicago who play Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum. Dance Lessons byDance Center Chicago (East Coast Swing). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Chicago SummerDance: Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra (Ballroom and Big Band)

Festivals To-Do!: Alan has dedicated his career to preserving the classic big-band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s, when Jazz was America’s popular music for listening, dancing and entertainment. He likes to call it “1930s rock-n-roll”! Our regular patrons at the Green Mill include folks of all ages, from 21 to 101—which is the proof that this great American music is truly timeless. We cordially invite you to come out to dance at the Green Mill every Thursday, where the band is swingin’ the music is classic and the beer is fl… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - TBD

Festivals To-Do!: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Author/Artist/Performer Website: . 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! Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 9, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Grease

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Grease (1978; PG-13, 110 mins) A special sing-along presentation of this romantic musical comedy set in the 1950s. Miscellaneous Info: Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21-August 30, 2016. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Back to School

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit themoth.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: UroSoule ft. Agnieszka Iwanska

Festivals To-Do!: UroSoule ft. Agnieszka Iwanska UroSouleplays an infectious and original jazz/soul enriched by vocalist and songwriter Agnieszka Iwanska. Her CD All That I Am hit No. 38 on the Top 50 national chart. Agnieszka has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field and performed at festivals in Naperville and Milwaukee. Brent Kimbrough & Company Brent Kimbrough & Company is a fusion of smartly arranged jazz classics, soul-searching originals, groove-laden blues and funk, and high-intensity Latin music.… 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 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.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, August 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Thursday, August 11, 2016, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Marsha Ambrosius

Live Music Two shows 7pm and 10pm Doors open at 6pm for the 7pm show and 9pm for the 10pm show. To-Do!: A great song takes you on an emotional journey. It’s an exploration into and embracing of longing, passion, remorse, romance, friendship, love, pain, happiness and everything that falls in between. Multi-Grammy® nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius knows a little something about writing great songs. Whether it’s as one half of Floetry, on her chart-topping solo debut Late Nights & Early Mornings or her career as an acclaimed songwriter /producer, her observations on love and life paired with her soulful a… Price: $28-75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, August 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Friday, August 12, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago SummerDance: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Soukous and Rumba, Cuban Son and Salsa)

Festivals To-Do!: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo's blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo (M'Banza-Kongo), Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo-Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the US more than… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Friday, August 12, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Northalsted Market Days

Festivals To-Do!: Northalsted Market Days is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days gathers a crowd of over 180,000 people from across the globe to celebrate right here on Halsted Street. Past performances include En Vogue, Jennifer Holliday, Lynda Carter, Salt n Pepa, Wilson Phillips and David Cassidy. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days is set to be the biggest… Miscellaneous Info: A $10 suggested donation helps keep our neighborhood safe, beautiful, and fun. Also benefiting from your donation is The Legacy Project, the world's first outdoor museum, featuring LGBTQ icons throughout history, serving to tell their stories. Price: $10 Suggested Admission. Other Times To-Do It: August 13-14, 2016. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. North Halsted Street, between Belmont and Addison Chicago, IL.

Chicago SummerDance: DJ Calvin (Steppin')

Festivals To-Do!: He is one of the most established and well known DJ's in the Chicago Steppin' arena. If you collect steppers CD's you probably have one of DJ Calvin's mixes on a few of those CD's. You can usually find DJ Calvin at the 50 Yard Line on Saturday nights. In his own words, Calvin is a musician; "I love music, I love to play and the more I play, my understanding and appreciation grows. I think it makes me a better DJ." You can hear his love for music in his mixes. If you ever looked into the DJ booth when Cal… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Patti Austin and Lalah Hathaway

Festivals To-Do!: Patti Austin Patti Austin’s been a bonafide entertainer since she stepped onto the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of four at the urging of music legend Dinah Washington. During the 70s Patti Austin was the undisputed “queen” of the New York session scene, her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, and James Brown to Bette Midler and Diana Ross. She signed with her godfather Quincy Jones’ Qwest label and achieved mainstream success on an international level thanks to… Price: $40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, August 14, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Sunday, August 14, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Northalsted Market Days

Festivals To-Do!: Northalsted Market Days is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days gathers a crowd of over 180,000 people from across the globe to celebrate right here on Halsted Street. Past performances include En Vogue, Jennifer Holliday, Lynda Carter, Salt n Pepa, Wilson Phillips and David Cassidy. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days is set to be the biggest… Miscellaneous Info: A $10 suggested donation helps keep our neighborhood safe, beautiful, and fun. Also benefiting from your donation is The Legacy Project, the world's first outdoor museum, featuring LGBTQ icons throughout history, serving to tell their stories. Price: $10 Suggested Admission. Other Times To-Do It: August 13-14, 2016. Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. North Halsted Street, between Belmont and Addison Chicago, IL.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, August 14, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Sunday, August 14, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Melba Moore

Live Music Doors open at 2:30pm. To-Do!: Join The Promontory as we welcome legendary R&B vocalist Melba Moore for 'Thank You Chicago! A Listening Party and Mini Concert' featuring Victor Fields (The Lou Rawls Project) and special guests Shirley "Moms Mabley" Whitmore and Mr. Ken Allison. Tonight's event is hosted by ClubSteppin.com. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, August 14, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Chicago SummerDance: The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country)

Festivals To-Do!: Grease your gears and clutch-it-up! The Hoyle Brothers are lightin’ the way on the Chicago country music scene, servin’ up a honky-tonkin’ good time. Every time. Come on in and check ‘em out. Find out where the boys will be servin’ up their good time music and charm next! Dance Lessons byJeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, August 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Monday, August 15, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Hear in Now

Festivals To-Do!: Hear in Now is a collaborative string trio that performs original jazz compositions. The group brings together elements from their individual backgrounds and regions for a unique sound experience that explores improvisation through composed pieces. Having been exposed to and mentored by luminaries such as Anthony Braxton, Nicole Mitchell, George Lewis, Butch Morris, William Parker, and Sabir Mateen, as well as organizations such as the AACM and the Black Rock Coalition, the group’s repertoire is an amalgama… 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 16, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Finding Nemo

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Finding Nemo (2003; G, 100 mins) After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Miscellaneous Info: Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21-August 30, 2016. Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Closing Week)

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals To-Do!: Detour JazFunk Chicago-based Detour JazFunkroster boasts some of the nation’s premier musicians including guitarist/vocalist Phil Seed, percussionist/vocalist Ben Johnson, bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboardist Tim Gant. From smooth jazz to funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers. Bob Davis Trio Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their larger group, Lake Effect, for 20 years. Over the course of their careers, they have… 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 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.

Sounds of History w/ Thaddeus Tukes

Live Music To reserve a table call 773-947-0600 Concerts take place in the theater in the event of rain-limited seating. To-Do!: “The Vibe is on with Milt Jackson, Roy Ayers & Lionel Hampton” Featuring the Vibraphone sounds of Thaddeus Tukes, Di’Kobie Berry & Joel Ross. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 17, 2016. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. DuSable Museum 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Closing Week)

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, August 18, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Thursday, August 18, 2016, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Closing Week)

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Grown Folks Stories

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: You know that story... that good, a little too truthful, story. Here's where you tell it. Grown Folks Stories is exactly the place to share and listen to those stories, by grown people. The third Thursday of every month, Cara Brigandi orchestrates two hours of five minute stories that range from the hilarious to the absolutely somber. Come join this ever-popular gathering of nonprofessional, unrehearsed storytellers, who give us the real stories we live everyday. There is no theme, no judging, no poetr… Miscellaneous Info: Seats are limited, get there early or bring a chair. Price: $5 Donation. Other Times To-Do It: Third Thursday of the month. Thursday, August 18, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St Chicago, IL. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago SummerDance: KGB Band (Tamburitza Music)

Festivals To-Do!: The KGB Tamburica Orchestra features two cousins (Joe and Steve Kirin) and two brothers (Joe and Nick Gornick) all who are of Croatian descent and comprise the Kirin-Gornick-Band. They perform their music on traditional stringed instruments native to regions of the former-Yugoslavia called the Tambura. The Tambura can be most often most often found in the areas of Slavonia, Croatia and Vojvodina, Serbia but can also be found in other areas of the world including the US and Canada.KGB members are seasoned pe… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Summer Nights

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: It is with great pleasure that we present the new Bronzeville Artist District - Bronzeville Summer Nights collaboration. This collaborative builds on the momentum of previous years by combining Bronzeville Nights & Bronzeville Trolley Tour. Our goal is to ignite & stimulate the community with art, music, food, local performances and so much more. Join us & bring your friends to the evolution of Bronzeville. Admission is FREE. Continuous rotating trollies at each gallery in 15 minute intervals wi… Price: Free! Ticket Link: Register Today! Other Times To-Do It: Every 3rd Friday through September. Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Greater Bronzeville Area Chicago, IL. For more info visit bronzevillenights.com.

Zhou B Art Center 3rd Fridays

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-r… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Friday of the month. Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Zhou B Art Center 1029 West 35th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.zhoubartcenter.com.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Closing Week)

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

The Butler

Film To-Do!: As White House butler, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves eight presidents and witnesses sweeping social changes and moments of profound historical significance over three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Miscellaneous Info: Gather your family and friend's, bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy movies under the stars this summer at the DuSable Museum! Price: Free! Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Dusable Museum Sunken Garden 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

WTTW Film Screenings: All The Difference

Film To-Do!: All The Difference traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Miscellaneous Info: WTTW in collaboration with Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE screenings and discussions of Indie Lens Pop-up documentaries. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18, July 16, and August 20, 2016. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ohio Players and SOS Band

Festivals To-Do!: Ohio Players Formed in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented unit originated from four members of the Ohio Untouchables, saxophonists Ralph ‘Pee Wee’ Middlebrooks and Clarence ‘Satch’ Satchell, bass player Marshall Jones and guitarist Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner. The Ohio Untouchables forged a reputation as a powerful instrumental group by providing the backing to the Falcons, whose R&B classic ‘I Found A Love’ (1962) featured singer Wilson Pickett. They began recording in their own right that same year, and… Price: $40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

Chicago SummerDance: A Purple Party - Tribute to Prince

Festivals To-Do!: A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince Like many musicians and turntable artists, Kwest_on (also known as “?”) was inspired by various musicians and styles of music throughout his life. Most influential to his DJ career are his 2 cousins, Tim Harper and Phat Mike, who have been distinct representatives in the field of DJ’ing. After watching the movie Juice with his mother, she suggested Kwest_on consider DJ’ing as a hobby, so he contacted Tim to teach him the craft. Soon after, he began mixing music into… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Closing Week)

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Closing Week)

Theater “You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.” 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on. Price: $20-89. Discounts: 2 for 1 Tix with our Discount Code! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 23 - August 21, 2016. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit bit.ly.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Chicago SummerDance: Maldito Tango Duo (Argentine Tango)

Festivals To-Do!: Formed in 2012 in Oakland, California, Maldito Tango Duo is the collaborative project between tango musicians Charles Gorczynski (bandoneon) and Scott O’Day (guitar). Their sound is inspired by the recordings of guitar / bandoneon masters Anibal Troilo, Roberto Grela, Ciriaco Ortiz, Ubaldo de Lio, Leopoldo Federico, and Anibal Arias. They are also heavily influenced by the contemporary generation of tango musicians who have directly taught and mentored them, such as Ramiro Gallo, Julian Peralta, and Diego… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Monday, August 22, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things

Festivals To-Do!: As a drummer, promoter and composer Mike Reed is a standard bearer for Chicago's creative music scene. His club Constellation is a hot bed for improvisation and innovation that often defy narrow genre-isms. His unique musicianship, meanwhile, is on display on his many recordings particularly ones with his groups; People, Places and Things and Loose Assembly. 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 23, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Purple Rain

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Purple Rain (1984; R, 111 min) Starring Prince, this is the story of a musician escaping a tumultuous home life through music; presented with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. Miscellaneous Info: Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21-August 30, 2016. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Chester McSwain

Festivals To-Do!: Chester McSwain Chester McSwain has been called one of the most prolific baritone blues, jazz and pop vocalists in Chicago. McSwain’s musical prowess evolved from childhood church choir, high school band and choir and doo-wop street corner singing to musical plays and nightclubs. McSwain has collaborated with top instrumentalists around the world. Bob Davis Trio Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their larger group, Lake Effect, for 20 years. Over 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 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.

Buffy Sainte-Marie with special guest Donovan Woods

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them). Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier… Price: $26-38. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, August 25, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Thursday, August 25, 2016, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Eric Roberson

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Price: $36-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 25-28, 2016. Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Thursday, August 25, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, August 26, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago SummerDance: Nabori with Yoko (Salsa)

Festivals To-Do!: Since 2006 Maldito Tango Duo has remained true to its original mission; to create and perform original salsa in the tradition of the Salsa explosion of the 1970's. Naborí’s first production, released late 2008, titled “Historias Del Barrio” kick started a revival of original salsa recordings in the Milwaukee/Chicago area. This album captured the essence of classic salsa with eight original compositions drawn from the powerful stories found in the Latin American experience. "Historias Del Barrio" was well re… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Eric Roberson

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Price: $36-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 25-28, 2016. Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Chicago SummerDance: Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Regional Mexican Folk Dance Music)

Festivals To-Do!: Sones de Mexico Ensemble is Chicago’s premier folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican ‘son’ including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The group formed in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive in its many regional forms. As performers and recording artists, the ensemble has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes through touring the United States and internationally, including such prestigious venues as the… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz Festival f/ Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Nick Colionne and Rick Braun

Festivals To-Do!: Norman Brown Guitarist Norman Brown splashed into the soul-jazz scene in 1992 as a recording artist for Mo Jazz and quickly went on to win substantial acclaim, beginning with his award-winning second album, After the Storm. Both Gavin and Soul Train named it Jazz Album of the Year, and After the Storm remained on the charts for over two years. Suddenly critics drew comparisons to other astonishing jazz guitarists from the past such as George Benson and Wes Montgomery, and Brown became the toast of the soul… Price: $40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

Eric Roberson

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Price: $36-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 25-28, 2016. Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Chicago SummerDance: Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)

Festivals To-Do!: For the past 50 years, the legendary Teddy Lee Orchestra has entertained tens of thousands in over 5000 performances. In the great tradition of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and Benny Goodman the band provides listening and dancing enjoyment through its inimitable style and vast library of custom waltzes, Latin styles, society numbers, classic tunes, jazz, and Dixieland hits. Hit tunes of the Big Band era, show tunes and popular pieces from the great American song writers are all a… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Fred Anderson Legacy Band

Festivals To-Do!: The iconic saxophonist Fred Anderson is once again celebrated at the MCA with an annual tribute by the artists who helped create the legacy of sound at the Velvet Lounge. Featuring Anderson's long-standing bassist Tatsu Aoki, renowned reedists Mwata Bowden and Edward Wilkerson, illustrious drummer Avreeayl Ra, with Ari Brown and special guest Tim O'Dell. This performance is accompanied by a brand new Fred Anderson Archival Quartet CD release. 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 30, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Favorite Chicago Film

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (Audience Choice) Favorite Chicago Film Audience members will vote on their favorite Chicago film to be shown; details of voting to be announced at a later date. Miscellaneous Info: Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21-August 30, 2016. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Beg Borrow Steal

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit themoth.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Rio Bamba

Festivals To-Do!: Rio Bamba The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor! Bob Davis Trio Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their larger group, Lake Effect, for 20 years. Over the course of their careers, they have released two CDs on Amazon, Pandora and CD Baby.… 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 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.

Harper Court Summer Music Series f/ DJ Ron Trent and Sonia Hassan

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago resident Ron Trent became a DJ in his early teens in the mid eighties, releasing his first record ‘Altered States’ in 1990 to much acclaim. In the early nineties, Trent collaborated with house/R&B team Hula & Fingers, producers for Jive records, before going on to set up Prescription Records together with Chez Damier. Together with its sister label Balance, Presciption is widely regarded as one of the most influential deep house imprints, introducing the likes of Anthony Nicholson, Abacus, Moody… Miscellaneous Info: The University of Chicago, in collaboration with Eric Williams, owner of The Silver Room, will kick off the second year of free, open-air summer concerts, with the Harper Court Summer Music Series The series begins with Blues & Steppers Night on Wednesday, May 25, with the legendary Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings and DJ Eric “ET” Taylor, a member of the V103 elite mix team. Dance instructor Swan will help you brush up on your dancing skills, so bring a partner and your dancing shoes! Jazz Night will be… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Last Wednesdays; May - August 31, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Harper Courtyard 5235 S. Harper Court Chicago, Il. For more info visit harpercourtmusic.com.

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 31, 2016, 6:00 PM – Thursday, September 1, 2016, 12:00 AM. Various. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 1, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Live Music Gates open at 5pm. **Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. To-Do!: Ms. Lauryn Hill is well known for being the lone female member of the hip-hop trio Fugees, and shot to fame with the group’s hip-hop remake of “Killing Me Softly” on what remains the best-selling rap album of all time before launching an acclaimed solo career with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which debuted at number one on the charts. She has also appeared in such films as Hav Plenty and Sister Act II in addition to videos for Wyclef Jean and Nas, as well as Aretha Franklin’s “A Rose Is Still a Rose,” w… Soleil's Take: Visit Sun Spots: Simply Social w/ the Buena Vista Social Club and SunSpots: Anita Baker at Ravinia Festival for my take on the Ravinia Park experience! View our select Ravinia schedule! Price: $38-70. 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… Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Rd Highland Park, IL 60035. For more info visit www.ravinia.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Wired Fridays - Paul Johnson

Festivals To-Do!: Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, the birthplace of house music, Paul Johnson, started making waves in the music community at the early age of thirteen. In the summer of 1984, Paul Johnson taught himself how to spin after watching his cousin Marc spin and scratch in his bedroom. As a self taught artist, Paul's pulsating energy and passion are apparent in all his work. In high school while his peers were holding down after school jobs, Paul was a popular radio DJ. Raw talent, dedication and a… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, September 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Chicago SummerDance: The Fat Babies ('20s and '30s Jazz and Swing)

Festivals To-Do!: The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), Jake Sanders (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums). Dance Lessons byBig City Swing (East Coast Swing). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 4, 2016, 12:00 AM. eta Square 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Chicago SummerDance: Golden Horse Ranch Band (Country and Square Dance)

Festivals To-Do!: The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band was formed in 2002. The band plays a raucous set of square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra, and swing dances in the tradition of old time barn dances. 3rd generation caller Annie Coleman will teach you in no time how to swing like thunder and dip the oyster. Everyone has a real good time when they spend some time with The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band. So y’all come to see us when you can! Dance Lessons byAnnie Coleman (Square and Contra Dancing, Line… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Corey Wilkes

Festivals To-Do!: Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best improvising trumpeters in the modern era. Having the skill and maturity to approach mainstream repertoire of jazz standards with his own unique sensibilities, he combines them with his deep appreciation of hip-hop. Corey continues to bring his brand of musicianship and talent to the forefront of the genre. 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 6, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Chosen Few Daley Plaza

Party To-Do!: Hot Lunch Mix with the Chosen Few DJs in Daley Plaza Chicago ALL SUMMER LONG. Last year saw record crowds gathered in Daley Plaza at noon for the old school, soulful and funk House Music of the Chosen Few, Chicago’s legendary DJ crew featuring Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. For 2016, the Chosen Few DJs are back under the Picasso for House Music in Daleythe following dates: June 1, 2016 June 29, 2016 August 3, 2016 September 7, 2… Miscellaneous Info: The Hot Lunch Mix is held noon to 1pm, rain or shine, free to the public. Price: Free! Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Chicago. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Renditions ft. Pamela Fernandez

Festivals To-Do!: Rendition f/ Pamela Fernandez The style, experience and musical persona of each musician in Rendition contribute to a unique collaboration in everything they play, from jazz standards to contemporary to rhythm and blues. Pamela Fernandez music reflects many different styles and genre fused together to great soulful grooves, fresh harmonies, unexpected arrangements, and exciting improvised sections. Bob Davis Trio Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their… 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 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.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Juli Wood Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: With three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a side musician, and countless worldwide performances, saxophonist, vocalist, and composer Juli Wood Quartet has established herself as a solid, swinging, lyrical, and entertaining performer on Chicago's music scene. 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 13, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Doubt

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit themoth.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals To-Do!: Detour JazFunk Chicago-based Detour JazFunkroster boasts some of the nation’s premier musicians including guitarist/vocalist Phil Seed, percussionist/vocalist Ben Johnson, bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboardist Tim Gant. From smooth jazz to funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers. Gina Gibson Trio Gina Gibson sings jazz classics, pop standards, blues, country and Broadway show tunes. For almost a decade she has been featured with J.J. and the JazzMasters at the Ramada… 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! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! 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. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 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.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Grown Folks Stories

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: You know that story... that good, a little too truthful, story. Here's where you tell it. Grown Folks Stories is exactly the place to share and listen to those stories, by grown people. The third Thursday of every month, Cara Brigandi orchestrates two hours of five minute stories that range from the hilarious to the absolutely somber. Come join this ever-popular gathering of nonprofessional, unrehearsed storytellers, who give us the real stories we live everyday. There is no theme, no judging, no poetr… Miscellaneous Info: Seats are limited, get there early or bring a chair. Price: $5 Donation. Other Times To-Do It: Third Thursday of the month. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St Chicago, IL. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Summer Nights

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: It is with great pleasure that we present the new Bronzeville Artist District - Bronzeville Summer Nights collaboration. This collaborative builds on the momentum of previous years by combining Bronzeville Nights & Bronzeville Trolley Tour. Our goal is to ignite & stimulate the community with art, music, food, local performances and so much more. Join us & bring your friends to the evolution of Bronzeville. Admission is FREE. Continuous rotating trollies at each gallery in 15 minute intervals wi… Price: Free! Ticket Link: Register Today! Other Times To-Do It: Every 3rd Friday through September. Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Greater Bronzeville Area Chicago, IL. For more info visit bronzevillenights.com.

Zhou B Art Center 3rd Fridays

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-r… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Friday of the month. Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Zhou B Art Center 1029 West 35th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.zhoubartcenter.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - The Miyumi Project

Festivals To-Do!: The Miyumi Project —now in its twentieth year—is one of the longest standing amalgams of Chicago avant-garde jazz and Japanese traditional music. A collaboration between African American and Asian American jazz artists, the project explores a nexus of past and present cultures. The Miyumi Project features Tatsu Aoiki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempers, Kioto, and Coco Elysses. 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: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. 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 Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. 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 20, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.