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.
June 22-24: Country LakeShake
Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line (above) and Blake Shelton are among the headliners at this country music festival, featuring more than 30 artists over three days. Located right on the lake, the experience goes beyond music with lawn games, carnival rides and more.
Time: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Place: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White
Cost: $99.50 and up. For tickets, visit Lakeshakefestival.com.
June 23: Devil’s Ball
Guests take over the Auditorium Theatre for the Auxiliary Board’s fundraising event, which features a wine raffle, silent auction, cocktails and more. Start by touring the historic venue, then step onstage to dance the night away.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: 50 E. Congress
Cost: $90, $100 at the door. For tickets, visit Auditoriumtheatre.org.
June 23: Blue Jean Gala
The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts a not-your-average gala, where guests — decked out in “denim chic” — enjoy a moving feast at a group of Lincoln Square restaurants before landing at Maurer Hall for a concert from musician Ry Cooder. An afterparty in Szold Hall features dessert and more musical entertainment.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Gary & Laura Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln
Cost: $500. For tickets, visit Oldtownschool.org.
June 28-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 11-15: Taste of Chicago
The city’s biggest food fest is back, with musical performances, food trucks and rows and rows of restaurant stalls, including newcomers Aloha Wagon, Aunty Joy’s Jamaican Kitchen and Output Lounge & Sports Bar.
Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Place: Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Cityofchicago.org.
July 13: Lincoln Park Zoo Ball
The Women’s Board celebrates the zoo’s 150th birthday with a black-tie gala, appropriately themed “Zoobilee.” Krista Coan and Allyson Pooley co-chair
the event, which raises funds for the zoo’s capital projects and developments.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: 2400 N. Cannon
Cost: $850-$1,000. For tickets, visit Lpzooball.org.
July 13-15: Windy City Smokeout
Former Splash cover star Brett Eldredge is among the headliners for this year’s fest, which combines music with the country’s best barbecue: Bub City, Houston’s Feges BBQ, Nashville’s Peg Leg Porker and more all set up shop.
Time: Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday
Place: 560 W. Grand
Cost: $40 and up. For tickets, visit Windycitysmokeout.com.
Through July 15: ‘The Cher Show’
A trio of actresses portray the music legend at three different ages in this pre-Broadway biographical musical, featuring iconic songs. Costumes designed by Bob Mackie — award-winning costumer and Cher collaborator — are the cherry on top.
Place: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Cost: $33 and up. For tickets, visit Broadwayinchicago.com.
July 20: Rosé on the Water
Don a pretty pink look for 90+ Cellars’ fourth annual booze cruise aboard the Mystic Blue, and spend the evening on Lake Michigan taste-testing rosé.
Time: 7:30-10:30 p.m. (arrive by 7:15 p.m.)
Place: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand
Cost: $85. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.
July 20-22: Pitchfork Music Festival
This year’s three-day lineup includes performances from Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala and an extra-special 20th anniversary set from Ms. Lauryn Hill — but it’s not just music: Check out the record and poster fairs, shop handmade crafts and more.
Place: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph
Cost: $75-$375. For tickets, visit Pitchforkmusicfestival.com.
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.
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.