“Cirque de Soleil VOLTA”
Cirque de Soleil is back with never-before-seen acrobatics under the Big Top. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit of street sports, the show tells a story of transformation with the help of a full-blown BMX park mounted on stage. Everything culminates with a jaw-dropping, fast, and furious performance on wheels.
Time: Performance times vary
Place: Soldier Field South Lot, 1410 Museum Campus
Cost: Starting at $49; tickets at cirquedusoleil.com
“Hamilton: The Exhibition”
Loved the musical? Now here to paint an even bigger picture is an entire exhibition of interactive music, multimedia, and historical artifacts. Delve into the creation of our country through the lens of a Founding Father and the musical’s author, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who provides audio narration.
Time: Entry times vary
Place: Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White
Cost: Starting at $39.50; tickets at hamiltonexhibition.com
The Second City e.t.c.’s “Grinning From Fear to Fear”
The 43rd revue does the Second City legacy justice, as it turns a hilarious and hypercritical eye toward today’s society. Laugh at sketches about constitutional rights, gender equality, and foreign policy — then go home and give it all a good think.
Time: Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.
Place: 230 W. North
Cost: Starting at $21; tickets at secondcity.com
James Beard Foundation Eats Week
More than 100 Chicago-area restaurants are dreaming up customized dishes or menus inspired by the foundation’s namesake chef. Participating restaurants (including Aba, the Duck Inn, and Eden) donate to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, which supports aspiring culinary students.
Time: Lunch and dinner
Place: Restaurants across the city and suburbs
Cost: Varies; more info at choosechicago.com
Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala
Don’t miss this fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This year’s theme is “The Key to Our Future” and is inspired by Paris’s world-famous Pont des Arts (“love lock bridge”). Get enchanted by a three-course dinner, silent and live auction, and entertainment, including a performance from country music artist Jay Allen.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan
Cost: Starting at $750; tickets at act.alz.org.
Best of Bump Club and Beyond
First-time parents and parents-to-be will get equipped for life with baby at this ninth annual event. Get inspired by expert panels (featuring SPLASH’s event director Diana Vdovets), a Gearapalooza seminar with Jamie Grayson (TheBabyGuyNYC), giveaways, and more. Lunch, bevvies, and snacks are included.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Place: Swissotel, 323 E. Wacker
Cost: Starting at $35; tickets at bumpclubandbeyond.com
NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George razzle-dazzles in the role of “Billy Flynn.” It’s the longest-running American musical and the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards. Set in the 1920s, you’ll follow Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover and dupes the public by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer (Flynn).
Time: Showtimes vary.
Place: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $30; tickets at broadwayinchicago.com
Anixter Center’s Benefit for Ability
Join the celebration of a century of service by the Anixter family, who has helped those with disabilities grow and thrive in their communities. The evening includes cocktails and a buffet dinner within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: The 1914 Club, 1060 W. Addison
Cost: $500; tickets at anixter.org
Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show
Come ready to discover treasures. The show features 75 premier national and international exhibitors presenting jewelry, furniture, decorative, and fine arts from the 17th to 20th centuries in gallery settings. New standouts in the show are Converso, based in Chicago; Nicholas Wolfe, also of Chicago; and TK Asian Antiquities from Williamsburg, Virginia.
Time: Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: 222 W. Merchandise Mart
Cost: $20; tickets at chicagoantiquesartdesign.com
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
Russia’s most innovative ballet company puts a unique spin on a classic Greek myth with “The Pygmalion Effect.” Set to a score by “waltz king” Johann Strauss, this North American premiere follows the story of a champion ballroom dancer who must turn a clumsy young woman into a graceful dancer.
Time: Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Place: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells
Cost: Starting at $34; ticket at auditoriumtheatre.org
24th Annual Bears Care Gala
On the cusp of the team’s 100th anniversary, celebrate with “orange carpet” player arrivals, cocktails, live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and dancing to the music of Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra. Through the annual gala, Bears Care has been able to award over $15 million in grants to Chicago-area research efforts focused on finding a cure for breast and ovarian cancer.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Soldier Field United Club
Cost: Starting at $600; tickets at chicagobears.com
The Sunda Sessions
For the restaurant’s 10th anniversary, indulge in special menus and culinary classes. On the must list: Build-Your-Own Sumo Mary, an interactive class on how to make this over-the-top Bloody Mary; a sushi-rolling class, and a vegan feast (crispy Szechuan tofu, vegetable khao soi, black-bean eggplant foo young, and more).
Time: Events throughout the day; vegan feast at 5 p.m.
Place: 110 W. Illinois
Cost: $45 per class or event; tickets at sundanewasian.com
Make-a-Wish Illinois fetes its annual fundraiser with featured celeb Seth Meyers, Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” Meyers will entertain guests at this elegant event that’s highlighted by cocktails, dinner, dancing, a raffle, and auctions. plus the chance to meet children who serve as Wish Ambassadors.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand
Cost: Starting at $675; tickets at wishball.org
STORY at Macy’s
Come in and shop the rainbow. Yep, the merch at this new shop-within-a-shop is set up in delightful color blocks, encouraging exploration and discovery. No surprise, the theme is “color” and is anchored by MAC Cosmetics, Crayola, and Levi Strauss. You’ll also find items from about 70 small area businesses.
Time: Open daily
Place: 111 N. State
Cost: Admission is free