Windy City Smokeout
Country music and barbecue is the perfect pair at this bash. ’Cue up for the world’s best pit masters, like four-time barbecue world champion Myron Mixon. Grab a beer, soak up the smoke, and enjoy headline musicians Chris Young, Old Dominion, and Cole Swindell.
Time: Fri. 2-11 p.m., Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m.
Place: United Center Parking Lot C, 1901 W. Madison
Cost: Starting at $40; tickets at windycitysmokeout.com
This world premiere musical is inspired by the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series win. It follows a Cubs-loving family though their ups and downs. Just like the team itself, the show will make you laugh, cry and, ultimately, keep the faith.
Time: Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., 2 & 7:30 p.m., Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Place: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted
Cost: Starting at $59; tickets at miraclethemusical.com
Through July 6
“Cirque du Soleil Volta”
Cirque 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 onstage. Riders deliver 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
Through September 8
“Manet and Modern Beauty”
This exhibition focuses exclusively on Édouard Manet and is the first to center on his last years, bringing together more than 90 works. Expect an impressive array of genre scenes, still lifes, pastels, and portraits of fashionable women as well as intimate male friends.
Time: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily (Thurs. until 8 p.m.)
Place: 111 S. Michigan
Cost: $7, in addition to regular museum admission; tickets at artic.edu
Through Sept. 22
“Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech”
This is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the ultramodern, genre-bending artist and designer. Set in an immersive space designed by Samir Bantal, a director of AMO (the research studio of Rem Koolhaas’s renowned architecture firm OMA) the exhibition focuses on the creative process and collaborative work of Abloh, who is redefining fashion, art, and design.
Time: Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues. & Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Mies van der Rohe
Cost: $15; tickets at mcachicago.org
For 33 years, it’s been an inspiring story of love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, it pays testament to the power of the human spirit and features beloved songs like “Dreamed a Dream.” This time around, there’s new staging inspired by the paintings of French writer Victor Hugo.
Time: Performance times vary
Place: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $35; tickets at broadwayinchicago.com
The American country group takes the stage for the first time at Ravinia. Since teaming up in 2006 it’s had nine No. 1 singles on the country charts and has won seven Grammy Awards. Hear hits like “Our Kind of Love” as you picnic under the stars at the area’s best outdoor performance venue.
Time: Gates open at 5 p.m.
Place: Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan, Highland Park
Cost: Starting at $54; tickets at ravinia.org
Taste of Chicago
Go bite by bite through 82 local food vendors — a true showcase of city flavor. Past faves like Billy Goat Tavern and Arun’s Thai Restaurant will be featured, along with new-to-the-fest favorites like Lao Sze Chuan, The Slab Bar-B-Que, and more. Don’t miss the live performances in the Petrillo Band Shell by garage-rock icon Courtney Barnett, hip-hop legend De La Soul (above), and more.
Time: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Place: Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph
Cost: Admission is free; concert tickets start at $15; info at tasteofchicago.us
Pink Taco Taco Tuesday 5K & Kids Dash
Walk, run, sprint. But whatever you do: get involved. This race, which wends along the Montrose Harbor path, is held as a fundraiser for the local nonprofit Tickled Pink for Bright Pink. It’s dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
Time: 5K run and walk, 6:30 p.m.; kids dash, 6 p.m.
Place: Departs from 601 W. Montrose
Cost: Starting at $10; tickets at tacotuesday5k.com
“Bring It!” Live Tour
The hit Lifetime TV dance competition jumps straight to Chicago to showcase the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition. Coach D and her Dancing Dolls will be there with a never-before-seen routine. Plus, be wowed by live video segments, dance battles, and lots of audience participation.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State
Cost: Starting at $42.25; tickets at bringitlivetour.com
It’s surprise after surprise as you tour 29 rooms, each with a different theme and Insta-worthy backdrop. The creator of it all, Refinery29, has collaborated with brands and visionaries in the fields of arts, activism, style, and tech on what they’re calling “The Expand Your Reality Experience.” It taps into our conversations of today and hopes for tomorrow.
Time: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily
Place: Skylight Board of Trade, 141 W. Jackson
Cost: Starting at $30; tickets at 29rooms.com/tickets
Rhythm World 2019
Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance offers both classes and performances. Check out Jason Janas and his company, Co.mitt, performing new works with Chicago Human Rhythm Project collective Stone Soup Rhythms.
Time: Class and show times vary.
Place: Venues across town.
Cost: Starting at $15; tickets at chicagotap.org