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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, June 25, 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.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: A Small Oak Tree Runs Red written by Lekethia Delcoe Directed: Tony-nominated Actor/Director Harry Lennix Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspape… Price: $20-37. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 3rd - July 3rd 2016. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3 2936 N Southport Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

18th Annual Black Music Month Breakfast Celebrating the Music of the Great Migration

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: Join us to celebrate black music of the Great Migration in Chicago. We will honor the inestimable Gospel singer, conductor, and educator Dr. Ollie Watts Davis as the Charles E. Walton award recipient and our keynote speaker on “The Power of Black Sacred Song in Secular Social Context.” The smooth, resonant voice of Dr. Watts Davis has endeared audiences in our nation’s greatest concert halls and abroad. A superb educator as well as performer, Dr. Watts Davis was named a University Scholar, the highest recog… Price: $500-2000. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center 4859 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL. For more info visit harshsociety.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, June 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

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, June 25, 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 Food Truck Festival

Festivals To-Do!: This year Chicago Food Truck Festival is building to be the largest to date. We are a victim of our own success. In fact, we have more food trucks and patrons registered than any food truck festival to date. Thus, to accommodate more food trucks we need more linear space. Thus, we have decided to remain in the South Loop but relocate two blocks east to McCormick Place. We will feature 50+ gourmet food trucks, live music, games, drinks and more. This year's returning and new features This years new fea… Miscellaneous Info: Food Trucks are as American as Apple Pie. Starting in 1866 with the first Chuck Wagon up until today, food trucks are here to stay and so are we! You've seen them on TV, you've heard about them from your friends, and now they’re coming back for the 3rd annual Food Truck Festival Saturday, June 25th, 2016, and Sunday, June 26th, 2016. We have a host of improvements this year too! The Chicago Food Truck Festival will feature double the food trucks serving a variety of delicious dishes and tasty treats. An… Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 25-26, 2016. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. McCormick Place South Loop 2200 S Indiana Ave to 2500 S. Indiana Ave. Chicago, Il 60616. For more info visit www.chgofoodtruckfest.com.

Harborfest Boat Show and Music Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Harbor Fest is an in water Boat Show and a Music Festival all in one. This will be a party extravaganza for boat­ lovers and music enthusiasts alike. Check out the new 10,000 square foot swim deck, with live music, concessions, and a Beer Garden. Let’s be honest, we all can’t wait for the warm summer months and any excuse to take the boat out, listen to good music, and enjoy a weekend afternoon with friends is all we need to live the “Lakeshore Lifestyle”! We’re bringing in even more favorite local… Price: $15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!]. Other Times To-Do It: June 25-26, 2016. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 31st Street Harbor 3155 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60616. For more info visit www.chicagoharbors.info.

Open Dances: Drew Coleman

Theater To-Do!: Explore dance with artist Drew Coleman. Coleman has taught across Chicagoland, working in diverse styles and partnering with nonprofits including Kuumba Lynx. He has presented his own choreography at Steppenwolf Theatre and Art Institute of Chicago. Open Dances, curated by Rebuild’s choreographer-in-residence, Barak adé Soleil, is a year-long dance forum featuring local and visiting artists, creating opportunities to explore movement and build community for all ages. The DA+HC is ADA accessible. “ Born… Price: Free! Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E 70th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombian, Salsa)

Festivals To-Do!: Carpacho y Su Super Combo started in 1986 with the main idea of integrating the band with musicians from various countries. The objective was to demonstrate the typical sound of music of each Latin American country. The band is succeeding to this end currently with musicians from the United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and the leader, from Medellin Colombia. We have been very successful in our performances in the cities of Chicago, Waukegan, Rockford, Peoria, Decatur and Springfield, Illinois; East Chicago,… 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, June 25, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

21st Annual A Night of 100 Stars Gala!

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: A special event inaugurated in 1992, “A Night of 100 Stars Gala,” draws together hundreds of business, education, civic, cultural and community-minded individuals from across the Chicagoland area. Guests are afforded a unique opportunity to engage with diverse audiences while demonstrating their commitment to flourishing art and culture at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Price: $450.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Dusable Museum Roundhouse 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Monica and Joe

Festivals Gates Open at 5:00pm. To-Do!: -Monica, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, she began performing as a child and became part of a traveling gospel choir at the age of ten. She rose to prominence after releasing her debut studio album Miss Thang in 1995. It went multiplatinum, while its first two singles "Don't Take It Personal" and "Before You Walk Out of My Life" made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the Billboard Top R&B Sing… Price: $45-85. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

Constellations

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

Martin Lawrence

Comedy To-Do!: Martin Lawrence started in stand-up comedy at The Improv, a legendary club in New York City, where he honed his talents until he was asked by Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking comedy series Def Comedy Jam on HBO. From there, Lawrence became a household name after his self-titled TV show, Martin, became an instant hit with TV viewers. Lawrence later went on to star in comedy blockbusters like Bad Boys, A Line Between Love and Hate, which he also directed, and Big Momma’s House, where he proved his t… Price: $48.50 - $253.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 24-25, 2016. Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.thechicagotheatre.com.

After Party: A Night of 100 Stars

Party To-Do!: The Official After-Party for the DuSable Museum of African American History's 21st Annual A Night of 100 Stars Gala! Proceeds benefit the DuSable Museum’s Exhibitions and Educational Programs Co-Chairs: Anthony Beckham & Kari Steele. Miscellaneous Info: Ticket includes: 4 Drink tickets 1 Food Truck ticket (Auntie V's, Beavers, Porkchop, Harold's Chicken) 1 Year Museum membership. Price: $75-100.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Dusable Museum Roundhouse 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: A Small Oak Tree Runs Red written by Lekethia Delcoe Directed: Tony-nominated Actor/Director Harry Lennix Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspape… Price: $20-37. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 3rd - July 3rd 2016. Sunday, June 26, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3 2936 N Southport Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.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, June 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

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, June 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 Food Truck Festival

Festivals To-Do!: This year Chicago Food Truck Festival is building to be the largest to date. We are a victim of our own success. In fact, we have more food trucks and patrons registered than any food truck festival to date. Thus, to accommodate more food trucks we need more linear space. Thus, we have decided to remain in the South Loop but relocate two blocks east to McCormick Place. We will feature 50+ gourmet food trucks, live music, games, drinks and more. This year's returning and new features This years new fea… Miscellaneous Info: Food Trucks are as American as Apple Pie. Starting in 1866 with the first Chuck Wagon up until today, food trucks are here to stay and so are we! You've seen them on TV, you've heard about them from your friends, and now they’re coming back for the 3rd annual Food Truck Festival Saturday, June 25th, 2016, and Sunday, June 26th, 2016. We have a host of improvements this year too! The Chicago Food Truck Festival will feature double the food trucks serving a variety of delicious dishes and tasty treats. An… Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 25-26, 2016. Sunday, June 26, 2016, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. McCormick Place South Loop 2200 S Indiana Ave to 2500 S. Indiana Ave. Chicago, Il 60616. For more info visit www.chgofoodtruckfest.com.

Chicago Pride Parade

Festivals To-Do!: No one celebrates Pride better than Northalsted! Chicago Pride Fest, held during National Pride Month, celebrates our achievements as a community in our annual two-day street festival leading up to Chicago s world famous Pride Parade. Entertainers from across the globe perform to crowds filled with PRIDE as we celebrate our LGBTQ history. Past performances include St. Lucia, Debbie Gibson, Big Freedia, Mya, Betty Who and Jennifer Hudson. The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Montrose… Miscellaneous Info: The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a "Gay-In" that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, Since its modest beginnings, Chicago Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize s… Price: Free! Sunday, June 26, 2016, 12:00 PM – Monday, June 27, 2016, 12:00 AM. Halsted & Waveland Chicago. For more info visit www.northalsted.com.

Harborfest Boat Show and Music Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Harbor Fest is an in water Boat Show and a Music Festival all in one. This will be a party extravaganza for boat­ lovers and music enthusiasts alike. Check out the new 10,000 square foot swim deck, with live music, concessions, and a Beer Garden. Let’s be honest, we all can’t wait for the warm summer months and any excuse to take the boat out, listen to good music, and enjoy a weekend afternoon with friends is all we need to live the “Lakeshore Lifestyle”! We’re bringing in even more favorite local… Price: $15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!]. Other Times To-Do It: June 25-26, 2016. Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 31st Street Harbor 3155 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60616. For more info visit www.chicagoharbors.info.

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, June 26, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Constellations

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

Chicago SummerDance: KAIA String Quartet and Richard Scofano (Argentine Tango)

Festivals To-Do!: "KAIA" derived from the Greek for Gaia, Earth or Goddess of the Earth, represents the ensemble’s mission to promote music of cultures from around the world in addition to the traditional canon of quartet music. With their current focus on exploring the music of Latin American composers, both contemporary and traditional, the Chicago-based string quartet has been the Ensemble in Residence of the Latin Music Festival of Chicago since 2012. The quartet has been featured in the LMF since 2010 and opened 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. Sunday, June 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.

Lalah Hathaway

Live Music To-Do!: An instrument embodied, timbre unmatched and words that call our most internal emotion . . . Lalah Hathaway’s presence is never mistaken nor forgotten. Skilled to the highest order, Hathaway’s voice possesses both power and vulnerability with a quiet resonance that fills spaces of grandeur and the hearts of many. Born into musical legacy, the offspring of musicians Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway’s career was never a choice: “I was always a musician” Hathaway clarifies, “there was never… Soleil's Take: Show times at 6pm and 9pm are guaranteed to sell out - but, you can still waitlist! Price: $45-75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, June 26, 2016, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Sunday, June 26, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.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, June 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.

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, June 28, 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, June 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.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Marquis Hill

Festivals To-Do!: Trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrument of his generation. Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. However, after being inspired by a cousin his focus soon shifted to what was to become his primary instrument, the trumpet. Upon finalizing his formal education with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University, Marquis… 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, June 28, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Reading the Black Library: Bernard Turner

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members, are encouraged to read from our collections and explore connections with their own life and work. June will feature readings by local Chicago authors in the lead up to the first annual Soulful Chicago Bookfair. Followed by informal discussion. Bernard Turner – Tate and his Historic Dream In 2002, Mr. Turner founded Highlights of Chicago Press with the publication of A View of Bronzeville, a neighborhood tour guide that focuses… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21, 2016. Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Soul Food

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Soul Food (1997; R*, 115 mins) Follows the trials of a close-knit Chicago family that gets together to have Sunday dinner every week. 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, June 28, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Constellations (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

The Christopher LeMark Xperience

Live Music Doors open at 7pm. To-Do!: Jay-Z's 20TH Anniversary Tribute Concert: It was June 25th 1996 when Jay Z released his first album reasonable doubt. 20 years later he's still influencing the culture of hip hop. Join a href="http://christopherlemark.com">The Christopher LeMark Xperience for a special "One night only" live music tribute paying homage to Brooklyn's finest. Price: $10-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Tuesday, June 28, 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. Wednesday, June 29, 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, June 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. Wednesday, June 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.

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, June 29, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Chicago. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.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! Tim Fitzgerald This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim Fitzgerald's original compositions along with the music of jazz great Wes Montgomery, the subject of Tim’s… 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, June 29, 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/ Makaya McCraven

Festivals To-Do!: Drummer/producer , Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music to form his unique and powerful sound. Regarded as “one of Chicago’s most versatile and in demand drummers” (Chicago Reader) and described by Downbeat Magazine as “exceptional on the drums,” Makaya McCraven moves between genres at lightning speed. Makaya has been called “one of the hardest drummers on the live music circuit” (revivalist.okayplayer.com). He has worked with an array of world… 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, June 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Harper Courtyard 5235 S. Harper Court Chicago, Il. For more info visit harpercourtmusic.com.

Chicago Annual House Music Tour

Party To-Do!: This House Club Tour experience allows you to visit some of the city's TOP House Music Clubs that host some of the most famous House DJs & Producers. The excitement starts when YOU GET ON THE BUS!! Miscellaneous Info: *20 DJs* *10 Venues* *6 Hours**1Night* *Free After Party* (with ticket) *Chicago Radio legend DaVante Stone the Stone Pony @ After Party* Venues Include (START at any location) Reggie's Rooftop L26 Norman's Bistro The Promontory France's Cocktail Lounge V75 Lounge Lemelle's Red Pepper Lounge Carla Pratha & Co Family Den Tickets (Badges) for tour admission will be held for pick up at Wednesday, June 29th @ 6pm at the venue YOU choose (see below) to start the tour on .Your purchased… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – Thursday, June 30, 2016, 12:00 AM. Varies. For more info visit www.houseclubtour.com.

Summer Breeze: Phil Seed featuring Joyce Jackson Hurley

Live Music Doors Open at 5:30 and the first set begins at 6:45. To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! Phil Seed featuring Joyce Jackson Hurley with DJ J. Grilla Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satisfied with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneer… 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: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2016. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Seven Ten Lanes 1055 E 55th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit eventsbyeve.com.

Constellations (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: A Small Oak Tree Runs Red written by Lekethia Delcoe Directed: Tony-nominated Actor/Director Harry Lennix Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspape… Price: $20-37. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 3rd - July 3rd 2016. Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3 2936 N Southport Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.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, June 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. Thursday, June 30, 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, June 30, 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.

Baby, I'm a Star - Prince on Film: Graffiti Bridge

Film To-Do!: Graffiti Bridge (Prince, 1990, 95 min) The Kid is back, as are foes Morris Day and the Time, in this soundstagey sequel to Purple Rain; legends Mavis Staples and George Clinton visit the Glam Slam. Miscellaneous Info: This month Black Cinema House @ BING celebrates Prince Rogers Nelson – the movie star, the film director and, of course the film score composer. Prince fronted the money for his film debut Purple Rain (1984) the blockbuster hit that catapulted him to superstardom and garnered him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. In Purple Rain and the films that followed, Prince crafts a screen presence that dances outrageously between sexy, comic, and tragic. In rock/pop/funk dramas and concert films, Prince alter… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, June 30, 2016, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Bing Art Books 307 E Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Constellations (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: A Small Oak Tree Runs Red written by Lekethia Delcoe Directed: Tony-nominated Actor/Director Harry Lennix Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspape… Price: $20-37. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 3rd - July 3rd 2016. Friday, July 1, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3 2936 N Southport Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.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, July 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.

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 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.

International Festival of Life f/ 35th Chicago Music Awards

Festivals To-Do!: International Presents it's 24th International Festival of Life (I.F.O.L). A 4-day Cultural festival specializing in bringing out the entire community for a day of Music, Fun and Feast. An estimated 30,000 + Spectators expected. Celebrating the humanity of all people allowing cultural, educational, and spiritual exchange through innovative programming and a marketplace format that highlights the global spectrum of entertainment, food, fine arts, crafts, small business and corporate communities; the IF… Price: $10-189. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 1-4, 2016. Friday, July 1, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, Il. 60607. For more info visit www.internationalfestivaloflife.com.

Chicago SummerDance: Wired Fridays - Mario Smokin Diaz (House Music)

Festivals To-Do!: Mario “Smokin’” Diaz grew up in the north side of Chicago. He started playing records in the early 80’s, doing gigs at house parties and in clubs that formerly housed live bands. Mario played records in between each of the band’s sets. During this period of time, Mario was introduced to record blending (mixing) by a friend that had lived in New York City. Mario then formed a group of DJ’s and played mainly at house parties around Chicago’s north side area. While working at one of the hottest dance clubs… 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, July 1, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Constellations (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Friday, July 1, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Friday, July 1, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

Liquid Soul

Live Music Doors open at 7:30pm. To-Do!: Having exploded from a small underground street-jazz sound in Chicago in the mid-1990s, the Liquid Soul universe continues to expand at a dizzying pace. Founded and led by innovative saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the Grammy Nominated ensemble has developed a trademark mixture of jazz and urban dance music that incorporates everything from R&B, hard-bop, hip-hop, world music and more. Downbeat proclaims that Liquid Soul “sweeps the mold and mildew out of jazz-funk and breathes it back to glorious… Price: $12-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, July 1, 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, July 2, 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.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: A Small Oak Tree Runs Red written by Lekethia Delcoe Directed: Tony-nominated Actor/Director Harry Lennix Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspape… Price: $20-37. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 3rd - July 3rd 2016. Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3 2936 N Southport Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

The Chosen Few DJs Music Festival

Festivals To-Do!: As the nation celebrates its independence, the Chosen Few DJs will again host the Chosen Few Picnic Weekend, a house music festival celebrating Chicago’s homegrown dance genre. The signature event of the weekend is the 26th annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic on Saturday, July 2-3, 2016 in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive, Chicago. What started as a small reunion of a few friends from the early days of house music has grown into one of the largest house music festival events in the world, drawing… Soleil's Take: This To-Do is like a reunion (high school, family, friends). Die hard House fans (and the not-so-die-hard who really come to people-watch/mac) gather for an afternoon of going nuts when they hear their "cut." DJs do their thang for hours and plenty of dancing goes on in the dance "floor" area. While it's kinda underground (only in terms of an advertising presence), plenty of people know about it! Note that this year, the party has moved from the Museum of Science and Industry to the Jackson Park. You'll… Miscellaneous Info: 2016 Guest DJs & Performers: Day One-Saturday, July 2, 8 AM-9 PM DJs: Joe Claussell Bobby & Steve Dee Jay Alicia Chicago’s DjTonyT Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn Performers: Monique Bingham Josh Milan Harry Dennis Curtis McClain Day Two-Sunday, July 3, 11 AM-8PM DJs: DJ Spinna DJ Sam Chatman DJ Mark Flava Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatch… Price: $30-375. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 2-3, 2016. Saturday, July 2, 2016, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Jackson Park 63rd and Hayes Drive Chicago, IL. For more info visit chosenfewdjs.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 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.

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 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.

24th Annual International Festival of Life

Festivals To-Do!: International Presents it's 24th International Festival of Life (I.F.O.L). A 4-day Cultural festival specializing in bringing out the entire community for a day of Music, Fun and Feast. An estimated 30,000 + Spectators expected. Celebrating the humanity of all people allowing cultural, educational, and spiritual exchange through innovative programming and a marketplace format that highlights the global spectrum of entertainment, food, fine arts, crafts, small business and corporate communities; the IF… Price: $10-189. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 1-4, 2016. Saturday, July 2, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, Il. 60607. For more info visit www.internationalfestivaloflife.com.

Chicago SummerDance: DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (Chicago Steppin')

Festivals To-Do!: DJ Eric “ET” Taylor one of the member of the elite V103 mix team. Dance Lessons by Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin’). 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, July 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.

Constellations (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.org.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

A Small Oak Tree Runs Red (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: A Small Oak Tree Runs Red written by Lekethia Delcoe Directed: Tony-nominated Actor/Director Harry Lennix Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied, bloodied Mary Turner and the accused murderer Sidney Johnson. He must force her to remember so they both can move on. In this world, entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspape… Price: $20-37. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 3rd - July 3rd 2016. Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio 3 2936 N Southport Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

The Chosen Few DJs Music Festival

Festivals To-Do!: As the nation celebrates its independence, the Chosen Few DJs will again host the Chosen Few Picnic Weekend, a house music festival celebrating Chicago’s homegrown dance genre. The signature event of the weekend is the 26th annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic on Saturday, July 2-3, 2016 in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive, Chicago. What started as a small reunion of a few friends from the early days of house music has grown into one of the largest house music festival events in the world, drawing… Soleil's Take: This To-Do is like a reunion (high school, family, friends). Die hard House fans (and the not-so-die-hard who really come to people-watch/mac) gather for an afternoon of going nuts when they hear their "cut." DJs do their thang for hours and plenty of dancing goes on in the dance "floor" area. While it's kinda underground (only in terms of an advertising presence), plenty of people know about it! Note that this year, the party has moved from the Museum of Science and Industry to the Jackson Park. You'll… Miscellaneous Info: 2016 Guest DJs & Performers: Day One-Saturday, July 2, 8 AM-9 PM DJs: Joe Claussell Bobby & Steve Dee Jay Alicia Chicago’s DjTonyT Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn Performers: Monique Bingham Josh Milan Harry Dennis Curtis McClain Day Two-Sunday, July 3, 11 AM-8PM DJs: DJ Spinna DJ Sam Chatman DJ Mark Flava Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatch… Price: $30-375. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 2-3, 2016. Sunday, July 3, 2016, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Jackson Park 63rd and Hayes Drive Chicago, IL. For more info visit chosenfewdjs.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, July 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. Sunday, July 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.

24th Annual International Festival of Life

Festivals To-Do!: International Presents it's 24th International Festival of Life (I.F.O.L). A 4-day Cultural festival specializing in bringing out the entire community for a day of Music, Fun and Feast. An estimated 30,000 + Spectators expected. Celebrating the humanity of all people allowing cultural, educational, and spiritual exchange through innovative programming and a marketplace format that highlights the global spectrum of entertainment, food, fine arts, crafts, small business and corporate communities; the IF… Price: $10-189. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 1-4, 2016. Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, Il. 60607. For more info visit www.internationalfestivaloflife.com.

Constellations (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent and moving s… Price: $44-74. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: May 26-July 3, 2016. Sunday, July 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.steppenwolf.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, July 3, 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: Al Scorch and The Country Soul Ensemble (Two-Step, Western Swing)

Festivals To-Do!: Al Scorch grew up in Chicago, with its storied history of corrupt power at the top and righteous fighters and big dreamers at the bottom. From the town that gave the world characters like Studs Terkel, Upton Sinclair, and the anarchists in Bughouse Square, Scorch adds his voice to the choir with the enthusiasm and charisma of a Maxwell Street preacher. He eyes the prize of that ever-elusive promised land that’s worth scrapping for, wherever or whatever it may be. With a stentorian bullhorn of a voice, he e… 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, July 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.

The House That Will Not Stand

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

MJ Live Michael Jackson Tribute

Festivals Gates Open at 6:00pm. To-Do!: The world's number one Michael Jackson tribute arrives in Country Club Hills straight from Las Vegas. This theatrical production combines spectacular lighting, visual effects, teams of dancer and a live band on stage to bring The King of Pop's iconic catalogue of hits to life. Expect to hear all of Jackson's best known tracks including Do You Wanna Be Startin' Something, Black Or White, Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, The Way You Make Make Feel, Rock With You, Bad, Man in the Mirror, Heal the World… Price: $20-45. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Sunday, July 3, 2016, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.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, July 4, 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.

24th Annual International Festival of Life

Festivals To-Do!: International Presents it's 24th International Festival of Life (I.F.O.L). A 4-day Cultural festival specializing in bringing out the entire community for a day of Music, Fun and Feast. An estimated 30,000 + Spectators expected. Celebrating the humanity of all people allowing cultural, educational, and spiritual exchange through innovative programming and a marketplace format that highlights the global spectrum of entertainment, food, fine arts, crafts, small business and corporate communities; the IF… Price: $10-189. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 1-4, 2016. Monday, July 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, Il. 60607. For more info visit www.internationalfestivaloflife.com.

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Live Music Gates open at 3pm. **Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. To-Do!: Chick Corea Trio Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Chick Corea with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Chick Corea Trio Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton. 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: $15-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Ravinia is a spot that must be visited at least once each season. The park grounds are absolutely beautiful and nothing beats a lazy summer afternoon, turned to balmy evening under the stars, sprawled out on a blanket. (Or lawn chair for those of you who prefer to remain off the ground.) Purchase lawn seats or get reserve seats and start your evening on the lawn. Wine and a reasonable variety of tasty treats, meals and sweets are available for purchase and lawn chairs available for rent. But, it's so much f… Monday, July 4, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 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. Tuesday, July 5, 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, July 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.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Tammy McCann with Mike Allemana

Festivals To-Do!: Tammy McCann is a story teller who draws emotion from and makes connections with here audiences worldwide. Her powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging classical vocal technique and gospel aesthetic with jazz to create a sound that is completely her own. She is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist and is currently artist in residence for the Music Institute of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has named her best Jazz Vocal Performance four years running.… 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, July 5, 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: A League of Their Own

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: A League of Their Own (1992; PG, 125 mins) Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it success amidst their own growing rivalry. A special presentation to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the USO will take place before the film. 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, July 5, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

The House That Will Not Stand (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.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, July 6, 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, July 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. Wednesday, July 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.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Renditions f/ Pamela

Festivals To-Do!: i>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. Tim Fitzgerald Trio This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and… 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, July 6, 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: Ladies Night Edition

Live Music Doors Open at 5:30 and the first set begins at 6:45. To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! Ladies Night Edition - Simone Green, Jocelyn Winston & Carya Holmes with DJ DMAC. 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: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2016. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Seven Ten Lanes 1055 E 55th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit eventsbyeve.com.

The House That Will Not Stand (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.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, July 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. Thursday, July 7, 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.

The House That Will Not Stand (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.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, July 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.

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 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.

Square Roots Fest

Festivals To-Do!: Square Roots returns! We're back this year with two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and over 50 acts! We've got unique vendors, delicious local food, and we're pouring over 30 craft beers!The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce's craft beer and music experience in Chicago's Lincoln Square is right around the corner. Expect multiple music stages, both inside the Old Town School and outside on Lincoln Avenue, programmed with a vibrant mix of performers from local indie… Miscellaneous Info: Square Roots is proud to offer unique and local food vendors from Lincoln Square and the surrounding areas, it's a true community event! Join us for two days of family-friendly events and performances! Come hang out with us at the Kids Zone where you can get up close and personal with the instruments at the Petting Zoo, and express your own creativity at the Art Tent, where this year's art project will be Printmaking & Paper Crafts. There is a $3 supplies charge for art tent participation. We've partn… Price: Suggested donations; $5-20. Other Times To-Do It: July 8, 9 & 10, 2016. Friday, July 8, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lincoln Square Neighborhood 4400 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.squareroots.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Chicago Catz (R&B/Top 40)

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago Catz This dynamic band is one of the top performance groups in the world. For over 20 years, this group of professional session/sidemen has performed at some of the most prestigious private parties and large scale events in the world. Beyond their unparalleled musicianship, what makes the Catz such an incredible asset to any event is their experience and professionalism. The dance floor will rock as “the Catz” perform music from Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Temptations and other Motown gr… 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, July 8, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Soul Yoga Fest

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: SOUL YOGA FEST is the annual Chicago free yoga festival created by Master Kemetic Yoga Instructor Yirser Ra Hotep-Lawrence to introduce yoga, especially yoga from the cultural perspective of Africa to communities that otherwise would not know of yoga, have access to it, or know of its African and Kemetic roots. Saturday July 9: A full day of FREE activities: outdoors Yoga and Meditation classes & Master Classes taught by Master Yirser Ra Hotep, Kwesi Karamoko, Jill Minard, Ajamau & Ajani Lawrence and oth… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 8-9, 2016. Friday, July 8, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Fuller Park Field House 331 W. 45th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.yogaskills.com.

The House That Will Not Stand (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.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, July 9, 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, July 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.

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 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.

DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Connecting Black Art & History – Celebrating Excellence On August 6, 1974, the DuSable Museum held its first Art Festival just one year after the museum moved to its present location in Washington Park. Eight artists participated that year! Key amongst them were Margaret Burroughs and Sophie Wessel, who came up with the idea to organize this event which now each year hosts nearly 200 artists and crafts people. Today, the festival is known as the DuSable Museum’s Arts and Crafts Festival and this year’s… Soleil's Take: This Fest has really grown over the years and has definitely become more dynamic! If you're over the flea market Fests, oversaturated with knock-off purses, belts, shades and bootleg CDs/DVDs, you'll find at Arts & Crafts Festival a refreshing change of pace! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 9 – 10, 2016. Saturday, July 9, 2016, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. DuSable Museum 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Square Roots Fest

Festivals To-Do!: Square Roots returns! We're back this year with two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and over 50 acts! We've got unique vendors, delicious local food, and we're pouring over 30 craft beers!The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce's craft beer and music experience in Chicago's Lincoln Square is right around the corner. Expect multiple music stages, both inside the Old Town School and outside on Lincoln Avenue, programmed with a vibrant mix of performers from local indie… Miscellaneous Info: Square Roots is proud to offer unique and local food vendors from Lincoln Square and the surrounding areas, it's a true community event! Join us for two days of family-friendly events and performances! Come hang out with us at the Kids Zone where you can get up close and personal with the instruments at the Petting Zoo, and express your own creativity at the Art Tent, where this year's art project will be Printmaking & Paper Crafts. There is a $3 supplies charge for art tent participation. We've partn… Price: Suggested donations; $5-20. Other Times To-Do It: July 8, 9 & 10, 2016. Saturday, July 9, 2016, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Lincoln Square Neighborhood 4400 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.squareroots.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Los Hacheros (Son Montuno, Guaracha and Salsa with Bomba)

Festivals To-Do!: Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros , modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, recorded their sophomore album Bambulaye (February 26 / Chulo / Daptone Records) live to vintage analog tape, giving the music a raw, but warm and open sound similar to the Latin legends that have inspired them. Their debut album Pilon was a well-received introduction to the band and received critical praise from tastemakers including Wax Poetics, Vibe Magazine, and The Washington City Paper, amongst others. Wax Poetics… 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, July 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tony Toni Tone and Dru Hill

Festivals Gates Open at 5:00pm. To-Do!: -Tony Toni Tone Brothers Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins and cousin Timothy Christian have proven themselves durable guardians of the soul and funk tradition, while also infusing their music with enough contemporary devices to remain popular. This Oakland trio scored a number one R&B hit right out of the box in 1988 with "Little Walter," a song that generated some criticism from gospel audiences for its use of the melody from "Wade in the Water." But they've since been able to keep things going on their own, as… Price: $40-70. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

Soul Yoga Fest

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: SOUL YOGA FEST is the annual Chicago free yoga festival created by Master Kemetic Yoga Instructor Yirser Ra Hotep-Lawrence to introduce yoga, especially yoga from the cultural perspective of Africa to communities that otherwise would not know of yoga, have access to it, or know of its African and Kemetic roots. Saturday July 9: A full day of FREE activities: outdoors Yoga and Meditation classes & Master Classes taught by Master Yirser Ra Hotep, Kwesi Karamoko, Jill Minard, Ajamau & Ajani Lawrence and oth… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 8-9, 2016. Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Fuller Park Field House 331 W. 45th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.yogaskills.com.

The House That Will Not Stand (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.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, July 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. Sunday, July 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.

DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Connecting Black Art & History – Celebrating Excellence On August 6, 1974, the DuSable Museum held its first Art Festival just one year after the museum moved to its present location in Washington Park. Eight artists participated that year! Key amongst them were Margaret Burroughs and Sophie Wessel, who came up with the idea to organize this event which now each year hosts nearly 200 artists and crafts people. Today, the festival is known as the DuSable Museum’s Arts and Crafts Festival and this year’s… Soleil's Take: This Fest has really grown over the years and has definitely become more dynamic! If you're over the flea market Fests, oversaturated with knock-off purses, belts, shades and bootleg CDs/DVDs, you'll find at Arts & Crafts Festival a refreshing change of pace! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 9 – 10, 2016. Sunday, July 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. DuSable Museum 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Square Roots Fest

Festivals To-Do!: Square Roots returns! We're back this year with two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and over 50 acts! We've got unique vendors, delicious local food, and we're pouring over 30 craft beers!The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce's craft beer and music experience in Chicago's Lincoln Square is right around the corner. Expect multiple music stages, both inside the Old Town School and outside on Lincoln Avenue, programmed with a vibrant mix of performers from local indie… Miscellaneous Info: Square Roots is proud to offer unique and local food vendors from Lincoln Square and the surrounding areas, it's a true community event! Join us for two days of family-friendly events and performances! Come hang out with us at the Kids Zone where you can get up close and personal with the instruments at the Petting Zoo, and express your own creativity at the Art Tent, where this year's art project will be Printmaking & Paper Crafts. There is a $3 supplies charge for art tent participation. We've partn… Price: Suggested donations; $5-20. Other Times To-Do It: July 8, 9 & 10, 2016. Sunday, July 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Lincoln Square Neighborhood 4400 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.squareroots.org.

Nikki Giovanni and Morris Gearring Celebrate the Music and Lyric of Oscar Brown,Jr.

Poetry Doors Open at 2:00pm Two shows 3pm and 6pm. To-Do!: Nikki Giovanni and Morris Gearring Celebrate the Soul, Jazz and Spoken Word of Black Life in Chicago, featuring the Music and Lyric of Oscar Brown, Jr. Directed by Chuck Smith with "Koco" Brunson & his Quartet. Price: $20-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, July 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.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 10, 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: Bahto Delo Delo (Lautaresc music of Clejani)

Festivals To-Do!: Marin “Tagoi” Sandu, bandleader of Bahto Delo Delo, is a Romani virtuoso accordion player and singer of the traditional lautari style in Romania. With guidance from his late father, Nicolae Neacsu, who was one of the founders of Taraf De Haidouks and a very respected violinist of his time, Tagoi started learning music from the age of eight. At 64, he plays and sings a large repertoire of Romani and lautari tunes. Tagoi still lives in the legendary village of Clejani in southern Romania with his wife. While… 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, July 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

The House That Will Not Stand (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: The Midwest Premiere The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba In early 1800s New Orleans, a time when free women of color entered into common-law marriages with rich white men, Beartrice has become one of the city’s wealthiest women. After the mysterious death of her husband, the life Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters threatens to collapse as the hous… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – July 10, 2016. Sunday, July 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit victorygardens.org.

An Evening with Macy Gray

Live Music Doors open at 6:00pm. To-Do!: “These were songs that I would’ve probably written in another life,” says Macy Gray in her trademark rasp. She’s been asked to identify the common denominator linking the wildly varied songs on Covered, her stunning new collection of cover songs. “And,” she continues, “they’re almost all these kind of dark love songs, which is the mood I’m in right now – to sing these I-wanna-slit-my-wrists-but-I-love-you songs. They already said what I want them to say, perfectly.” To the casual music fan, Macy Gray… Price: $50-70. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 11, 2016. Sunday, July 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

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, July 11, 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.

An Evening with Macy Gray

Live Music Doors open at 6:00pm. To-Do!: “These were songs that I would’ve probably written in another life,” says Macy Gray in her trademark rasp. She’s been asked to identify the common denominator linking the wildly varied songs on Covered, her stunning new collection of cover songs. “And,” she continues, “they’re almost all these kind of dark love songs, which is the mood I’m in right now – to sing these I-wanna-slit-my-wrists-but-I-love-you songs. They already said what I want them to say, perfectly.” To the casual music fan, Macy Gray… Price: $50-70. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 11, 2016. Monday, July 11, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. 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. Tuesday, July 12, 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, July 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.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - James Sanders & Conjúnto

Festivals To-Do!: While violinist James Sanders & Conjúnto confidently crosses stylistic borders, he stays true to both the jazz violin legacy and his rigorous classical training to create music that transcends category yet remains faithful to its multiple inspirations. Conjúnto is Sanders’s long-running project that unites his classical training and theory with the freedom of jazz improvisation, all grounded in the lively rhythms of his Caribbean heritage: rumba, son, danzón, bolero, and more. The result is performances… 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, July 12, 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: Thelma & Louise

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Thelma & Louise (1991; R**, 120 mins) The Academy Award-winning film of two friends who embark on a road trip with disastrous consequences. 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, July 12, 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, July 13, 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, July 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. Wednesday, July 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.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Chris Greene Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: Chris Greene Quartet Just as classical composers have used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the Chris Greene Quartet uses familiar modern materials — the funk and hip-hop Chris heard growing up — as a bridge between jazz and other genres, making CGQ something different on the modern jazz scene. Tim Fitzgerald This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim Fitzgerald's original compositions along with the music of… 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, July 13, 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: Candice Marie

Live Music Doors Open at 5:30 and the first set begins at 6:45. To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! This singer/songwriter has wowed many with her sultry sound. Born in Chicago, a city known for producing some of the industry’s greats, Candice Marie was predestined to be blessed with the talent to captivate any audience with her voice. From playing the shy, innocent Dorothy in the hit play “The Wiz Chicago Style” to playing the deathly ill little Sarah in the stage production of “I’m Goin’ In” this up coming starlet has become a triple threat in her own… 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: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2016. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Seven Ten Lanes 1055 E 55th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit eventsbyeve.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, July 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. Thursday, July 14, 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.

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 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.

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 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.

13th Annual Sound System Block Party Opening Reception

Festivals To-Do!: Disco: Artist Talk & Panel Discussion Organized by Adrian Loving and Ron Trent in conjunction with The Frankie Knuckles Foundation (FKF) and The Silver Room. The “Disco” discussion panel will be based around the disco era: the music, culture and community, all of which was the precursor to what eventually became modern house music. Part 1. Disco: An Artist Talk with Photographer Bill Bernstein Subject: Photographing New York’s Disco Scene Moderated by Adrian Loving, Artist and Author Bill Ber… Miscellaneous Info: The 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party, presented by Downtown Hyde Park Chicago (Special Service Area #61) -"Freedom Love Joy Peace" — serves as a meeting point for the diversity that marks Chicago’s metropolis. "Freedom Love Joy Peace" exemplifies the power of community and the Arts by showcasing varied genres of music, visual arts and dance while merging individuals - engaging Chicago’s young and old alike, who join together to celebrate life. This free event will take place on Saturday,… Price: Free! Ticket Link: Donate Today!]. Friday, July 15, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 South Stony Island Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit silverroomblockparty.com.

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, July 15, 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, July 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Zhou B Art Center 1029 West 35th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.zhoubartcenter.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, July 16, 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, July 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.

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 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.

Silver Room Sound System Block Party - "Freedom Love Joy Peace"

Festivals To-Do!: The 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party, presented by Downtown Hyde Park Chicago (Special Service Area #61) -"Freedom Love Joy Peace" — serves as a meeting point for the diversity that marks Chicago’s metropolis. "Freedom Love Joy Peace" exemplifies the power of community and the Arts by showcasing varied genres of music, visual arts and dance while merging individuals - engaging Chicago’s young and old alike, who join together to celebrate life. This free event will take place on Saturday,… Price: Free! Saturday, July 16, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Hyde Park Chicago, Il. For more info visit silverroomblockparty.com.

Sound System Block Party

Festivals To-Do!: For the past 11 years, The Silver Room has hosted The Annual Sound System Block Party, a highly anticipated event where festivalgoers enjoy a culturally diverse celebration of people, unity, art, fashion and music. Founded in 1997, The Silver Room consistently pushes the parameters of traditional retail operation—building community through social exchange. Soleil's Take: This is a fantastic annual event enjoyed by young and old, black and white and everything in between! In addition to the way cool jewelry you'll find at the Silver Room, the whole area has great shops! Miscellaneous Info: Celebrating cultural diversity, the annual Sound System Block Party, has become a highly anticipated day-long festival of art, music, fashion, dance, and family activities. Hosted by the esteemed Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room, this free event brings together people of all ages and lifestyles from across the Chicago-land area. Price: Free! Saturday, July 16, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Milwaukee Avenue and Evergreen Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

WTTW Film Screenings: T-Rex

Film To-Do!: 17-year-old Claressa "T-Rex" Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but as we see in this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight. 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, July 16, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Will Downing and Peabo Bryson

Festivals Gates open at 5:00pm. To-Do!: How does an artist or his work withstand the test of time? A famous designer once said: “I love things that age well – things that don’t date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best” - Giorgio Armani While he was most likely referring to his own sartorial preferences, that quote is a perfect summation of one particular artist and his body of work…”The Prince of Sophisticated Soul” Mr. Will Downing. More than his considerable sales and accolades, this quote may… Price: $30-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, July 16, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.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, July 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. Sunday, July 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.

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 17, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Silent Party Chicago

Party To-Do!: For many Chicago professionals, nightlife has grown stale. People are over the loud bars, expensive drinks, tired DJs, and crowded floors. Urban Fêtes is shaking up the scene with a fresh new alternative that combines substance, style, and socializing-- SILENT PARTY. Silent Parties are the new wave of nightlife. Attendees are provided wireless headphones and are able listen & dance to a variety of music stations (90/00s, Top 40, R&B & Hip-Hop) while controlling the volume to their liking. The silent atm… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, July 17, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

KEEP ON: 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Official After Party

Festivals To-Do!: The Official After Party for the 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party is at The Promontory! Dj's Francois K. (Body & Soul NYC), Danny Krivit (718 Sessions NYC) and Ron Trent (Perscription Chicago-Berlin) will provide the soundtrack for what promises to be a most memorable night! KEEP ON: 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Official After Party (Dance/Electronic) DJ Ron Trent (Dance) Danny Krivit (Dance) Francois K (Techno). Miscellaneous Info: The 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party, presented by Downtown Hyde Park Chicago (Special Service Area #61) -"Freedom Love Joy Peace" — serves as a meeting point for the diversity that marks Chicago’s metropolis. "Freedom Love Joy Peace" exemplifies the power of community and the Arts by showcasing varied genres of music, visual arts and dance while merging individuals - engaging Chicago’s young and old alike, who join together to celebrate life. This free event will take place on Saturday,… Price: $15-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, July 17, 2016, 10:00 PM – Monday, July 18, 2016, 2:00 AM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit silverroomblockparty.com.

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, July 18, 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, July 19, 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, July 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.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Maggie Brown

Festivals To-Do!: Maggie Brown embodies a powerful and passionate performance whether she is presenting with her own trio or with Orbert Davis’s full 60-piece Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra. Though her upbringing is rooted in jazz, Maggie is comfortable singing various genres including blues, gospel, pop, and even rapping—with impressive conviction and flow. It is hard to put her in a single category or genre. It is, however, easy to see that this seasoned artist is a true entertainer, not just another singer. She i… 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, July 19, 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: Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs (Moonstruck: 1988, PG, 102 mins / Silence of the Lambs: 1991, R‡ 118 mins) A special double feature event beginning with the classic romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” followed by a late-night showing of the iconic thriller “Silence of the Lambs”. 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, July 19, 2016, 6:30 PM – 10:30 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, July 20, 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, July 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. Wednesday, July 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.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Charles Walker Band

Festivals To-Do!: Charles Walker Band Grounded in soul, the seven-piece Charles Walker Band has refined its unique sound into neo-funk—a fusion of funk, R&B, jazz and soul. The band’s dynamic music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages. 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. Founded by Chicago-born guitarist, singer, composer and bandleader, Brent… 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, July 20, 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: Soulgroove

Live Music Doors Open at 5:30 and the first set begins at 6:45. To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! Music to groove your soul is the concept behind Will Howard's project SoulGroove! A combination of soul, jazz and funk, with a blend of hip-hop and gospel influences; SoulGroove! sounds brand new, but familiar at the same time. This project brings together some Chicago's finest musicians whose Versatile skill set has enabled group members to play with a wide range of artist including Seal, Boz Scaggs, Jennifer Hudson, Ramsey Lewis, Ledisi, Liz Wright, Norman… 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: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2016. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Seven Ten Lanes 1055 E 55th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit eventsbyeve.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, July 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. Thursday, July 21, 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.

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, July 21, 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, July 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.

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 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.

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 23, 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, July 23, 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 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.

Brian Culbertson Tower of Power and Vincent Ingala

Festivals Gates open at 4:15pm. To-Do!: Brian Culbertson began his musical journey at the age of 8 on piano, adding drums at 9, trombone at 10 then bass at 12. He grew up near Chicago, IL, loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower of Power, The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets, Sting and Chick Corea. So naturally gifted was Brian, his 7th grade piano recital consisted of all original tunes. Brian flourished in school bands throughout high school and moved to downtown Chicago to continue his mu… Price: $30-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, July 23, 2016, 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.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, July 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

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 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.

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 24, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

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, July 25, 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, July 26, 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, July 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.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Caroline Davis & Rob Clearfield Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: Composer, saxophonist, educator, and active leader in the national jazz scene Caroline Davis pairs with Rob Clearfield, one of Chicago's most versatile improvisers, for an evening of music on the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. They are joined by Clark Sommers (bass) and Quin Kirchner (drums). 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, July 26, 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: Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration Celebrating 50 years of democracy through documentary, this special screening will celebrate the legacy of the acclaimed Chicago filmmaking organization. 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, July 26, 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, July 27, 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, July 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

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, July 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.

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! 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. Founded by Chicago-born guitarist, singer,… 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, July 27, 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 El Caobo

Festivals To-Do!: DJ El Caobo, primary passion is Latin music, all Latin music, but especially salsa/mambo, cha-cha-chá merengue and bachata. He is also the only official SALSA DJ and an authorized representative of the legendary Fania Records label (the Latin music equivalent to Motown Records). In fact, on Fania Records' official website, he was honored to be called "...one of the top Salsa dj’s in the world!" As a highly sought after DJ, El Caobo has traveled to cities across the United States (including the very… 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, July 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Harper Courtyard 5235 S. Harper Court Chicago, Il. For more info visit harpercourtmusic.com.

Summer Breeze: Marqueal Jordan

Live Music Doors Open at 5:30 and the first set begins at 6:45. To-Do!: The Only Place to be on Wednesday Nights! A Los Angeles native now based in Chicago, Marqueal Jordan is one of the rare musicians blessed with the gift of being equally proficient as an instrumentalist and a vocalist. His distinctive saxophone tone and style, combined with his soulful vocals, place him in the tradition of legendary dual talents Donny Hathaway and George Benson. Described by fellow saxophonist Mike Phillips as “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the game today,” Jordan earned his… 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: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2016. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:45 PM – 9:45 PM. Seven Ten Lanes 1055 E 55th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit eventsbyeve.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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Keith Sweat and Silk

Festivals Gates open at 5:00pm. To-Do!: 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 in America but… Price: $40-70. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.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, 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.

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.

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.