Open now: ‘The Science Behind Pixar’
Ever wonder how Pixar animators created lifelike water movements in “Finding Nemo,” or the bug’s-eye view in “A Bug’s Life”? Explore the technology behind animated filmmaking at the MSI’s newest interactive exhibit, opening today through the end of the year.
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Place: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore
Cost: $14 adults ($11 kids) plus general admission ($22, $13 kids). For tickets, visit Msichicago.org.
Open now: Troll Hunt
Six larger-than-life trolls take up residence in the woods at Morton Arboretum this summer, as Danish artist Thomas Dambo makes his U.S. artist-in-residence debut. Through June 21, stop by to catch Dambo and his team at work; the trolls — created entirely from reclaimed wood and towering up to 20 feet high — will be complete by June 22 and on display all summer.
Place: 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Cost: Free with general admission ($15, $10 kids). For tickets, visit Mortonarb.org.
Through Aug. 6: Happy Place Pop-up
Adele, Kourtney Kardashian and other A-listers attended its LA launch — and now the sensory experience is sprouting up in Chicago. Get your grin on in more than a dozen Insta-worthy rooms, like the confetti dome, Super Bloom Room with handmade flowers and the rubber ducky bathtub room.
Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays
Place: 1004 N. Elston
Cost: $30 and up. For tickets, visit Happyplace.me.
July 25-Aug. 26: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
Chicago Shakespeare Theater teams up with the park district to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for this iteration of the citywide summer tradition. Catch the show at one of 18 neighborhood parks, from Mayfair’s Franklin J. Wilson Park to Pilsen’s Dvorak Park.
Cost: Free. For the full schedule, visit Chicagoshakes.com.
July 26-29: 29Rooms
Explore your creativity at this pop-up from Refinery29, a funhouse of imagination, discovery and style themed “Turn It Into Art.” Roam the more than two dozen spaces and interact with creators, artists and other innovators.
Time: Sessions are 11:00 a.m.- 2 p.m., 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.
Place: 1522 W. Hubbard
Cost: $39. For tickets, visit 29rooms.com.
July 27-29: Wicker Park Fest
With local food and drink vendors, fashion shows, a kids fest and live performances by Against Me!, Porches, Red Fang and more, there’s something for everyone. It’s a lot of ground to cover, but fear not: This year the fest extends from two days to three.
Time: 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Place: Milwaukee Ave. from North to Paulina
Cost: $10 donation. For more information, visit Wickerparkfest.com.
August 2-5: Lollapalooza
It’s that time of year again: Grant Park lights up for four straight days as headliners like Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Jack White take the stage. Weekend passes are sold out, but single-day tickets are still available … for now.
Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Place: Grant Park, entrance at Michigan and Van Buren
Cost: $120 and up. For tickets, visit Lollapalooza.com.
August 4: Ice Box Derby
Presenting sponsor ComEd is working to make sure young girls have access to STEM learning opportunities through this annual event. Thirty girls work in teams to create derby cars from recycled refrigerators — participants are chosen from a large pool of applicants and receive $1,500 for their hard work — but only one team wins the race.
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Place: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Iceboxderby.com.
August 10-12: Chicago Hot Dog Fest
America’s Dog & Burger, Chicago’s Dog House and Edzo’s Burger Shop are among the meaty vendors at the Chicago History Museum’s annual food fest. Listen to live music by local bands and take part in family-friendly activities while you nosh.
Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Place: Stockton and LaSalle
Cost: $5 suggested donation, $20 families. For more information, visit Chicagohistory.org/hotdogfest.
August 13: Broadway in Chicago’s Summer Concert
Get your fix of Broadway at this annual outdoor concert — this year, the show includes performances from hit productions like “The Book of Mormon,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Place: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Broadwayinchicago.com.
August 18-19: Chicago Air and Water Show
Stake out a spot on the beach: Presented by Shell and voiced by announcer Herb Hunter for the 31st year, the show features headlining performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Place: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Chicagoairandwatershow.us.
August 18-19: Sangria Festival
Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing cocktail — especially fruity sangria. The city’s biggest tribute to the beverage celebrates its third year with Latin flair, cultural cuisine and more than a dozen tasty Sangria variations.
Time: Noon-10 p.m.
Place: Humboldt Park, 3021 W. Division
Cost: $40-$110. For tickets, visit Sangriafestivalchicago.com.
August 23: Le Dîner en Blanc
Returning for the seventh year, this European-inspired culinary bash offers live entertainment, dancing and sophisticated fare. The most important rule? Guests must don all white for the event, held at a different secret location each year.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: to be announced the day of dinner
Cost: $86/couple. For tickets (registration opens Aug. 3), visit Chicago.dinerenblanc.com.
August 23-26: Chicago Women’s Funny Festival
Need a good laugh? More than 500 performers have you covered over four days: Comedians like Dina Nina Martinez, Jen Murray and Naz Nazzim showcase all kinds of hilarity, from stand-up to sketch.
Place: Stage 733, 1225 W. Belmont
Cost: $40-$60 daily passes, $100 festival passes. For tickets and to see the full schedule, visit Stage733.com.
August 25: Bump Out Depression Beach Volleyball Tournament
Benefiting Erika’s Lighthouse — a nonprofit that empowers teens and educates schools and communities about adolescent depression — this tourney serves up an afternoon of food, physical activity and fun prizes.
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Place: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore
Cost: $350 teams, $45 individuals. To register, visit Eventbrite.com.
August 25: Home for the Summer Tour
Find your dream weekend getaway at @properties’ second annual event. The last of three dates, this week house hunters can explore nearby Northwest Indiana with self-guided tours of nearly a dozen homes for sale.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Place: Various locations
Cost: Free. For a full list of homes, visit Athomeforthesummer.com.
Through Sept. 3: Butterflies & Blooms
Explore the world of butterflies at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual summer exhibit, opening today through Sept. 3. Up to 500 of the gorgeous insects are on display at any given time, flitting between exotic nectar plants like the red star cluster, Mayan spinach tree and tropical sage.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting
Place: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe
Cost: $8, $6 kids. For tickets, visit Chicagobotanic.org.
Through Oct. 14: ‘I Was Raised on the Internet’
Take an artistic look at the evolution of technology from 1998 to today at this just-opened exhibition. Among the highlights: photographer Amalia Ulman’s Instagram exploration of the influence of social media on attitudes toward the female body.
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago
Cost: $15 general admission. For tickets, visit Mcachicago.org.