Cirque du Soliel, North Shore Taco Fest and more.
July 14: Zoo Ball
The Women’s Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo presents “The Mane Event,” a black-tie bash in a safari-style setting. During the silent auction, guests can place bids to score seats at events like the 69th Emmy Awards, Lady Gaga’s upcoming Chicago concert and a Cubs game.
Time: 6:30 p.m.-midnight
Place: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark
Cost: $750 and up. For tickets, visit Lpzooball.org.
July 20-23: North Shore Taco Fest
North suburban Highwood puts on this 49th annual fest with carnival rides, games and, of course, tacos from local restaurants, caterers and food trucks. A margarita bar is the perfect place to wash it all down.
Place: Highwood Metra Station, 317 Green Bay, Highwood
July 21: Jubalee! Gala
Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates art and education at its annual gala, featuring a tap and percussion performance from JUBA! and a dessert and Champagne reception. Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as honorary chair.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Place: Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan
Cost: $225, $250 VIP. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com
July 21-23: Taste of River North
Sample bites from some of the downtown neighborhood’s restaurants — including Da Lobsta, El Hefe and Hutch — and enjoy live music, free morning workouts sponsored by East Bank Club and more.
Time: 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m-8 p.m. Sunday
Place: Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the gate. For more information, visit Tasteofrivernorth.com.
July 21-Sept. 3: ‘Luzia’
Cirque du Soliel presents “A Waking Dream of Mexico” under the big top at the United Center. The family-friendly summer show features acrobats and artists — even a Guinness World Record-holding juggler — against an extravagant set inspired by mythology and nature.
Place: United Center Parking Lot K, 1901 W. Madison
Cost: $35 and up. For tickets, visit Cirquedusoleil.com.
July 22: LondonHouse Prom
The chic Chicago hotel celebrates its first anniversary with a prom-themed party benefiting Dress for Success. Don a frock inspired by your own high school dance — and bring along lightly worn women’s business attire to donate to the cause — then enjoy throwback hits played live by The Boy Band Night.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Place: LondonHouse Juliette Grand Ballroom, 85 E. Upper Wacker
Cost: $125. For tickets, visit Lhanniversary.eventbrite.com.
July 22: Yoga at DISCO
Chicago-based morning yoga movement AMped presents this on-location class at the River North nightclub. A bring-your-own-mat yoga session on the LED-lit floor is followed by a daytime dance party and mimosas.
Time: 10 or 11:30 a.m. yoga, dance party opens to the public at 1 p.m.
Place: DISCO, 111 W. Hubbard
Cost: $29. To purchase tickets, visit Amped.ticketleap.com.
July 22-23: Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk
Lincoln Park’s popular outdoor fest is half block party — think live music and a collaboration with the simultaneous Chicago Craft Beer Fest — half horticulture, with guided and self-guided walking tours of more than 100 neighborhood gardens.
Place: Main entrance at 2200 N. Sheffield
Cost: $10 donation, $20 or $25 at gate for concerts. For tickets, visit Sheffieldgardenwalk.com.
< July 23: Dog Days of Summer
Café Brauer hosts a patio party for pups and their humans, in partnership with Dogaholics daycare and grooming center. The Sunday brunch event includes a mini pool for the dogs to splash in while you eat and imbibe.
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Place: 2021 N. Stockton
Cost: Free to attend. For reservations, call (312) 507-9053.
July 27-29: Fear Paradox Women’s Summit
Interior designer and HGTV star Alison Victoria is the keynote speaker at this inaugural event designed to inspire and motivate female entrepreneurs, execs and artists. The three-day affair features breakout sessions on topics like risk-taking, battling adversity and more.
Place: Registration July 27 at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash, sessions at Motorola, 222 Merchandise Mart, 18th floor
Cost: $499, $750 VIP. For tickets, visit Fearparadox.co.
July 26-Aug. 27: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Chicago Park District come together for this free outdoor performance series, hitting 18 parks throughout the month. This year, the featured show is the most classic: “Romeo and Juliet,” adapted by Marti Lyons and starring Nate Santana and Emma Ladji in the title roles.
Cost: Free. For a full schedule, visit Chicagoshakes.com/parks.
Through Sept. 2: ‘Bold Disobedience’
A dozen student curators chose the art featured in this just-opened exhibit in collaboration with Mikva Challenge, an organization that promotes youth participation in politics and civic issues. Artists like Angela Davis Fegan, Kuumba Lynx and Dread Scott present pieces that speak to the various social issues young people face.
Place: Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 300 W. Superior
Cost: Free. For more information, visit Weinbergnewtongallery.com.
Through Sept. 4: The Summer Edit pop-up
This summer, Oak Street boutique VMR teams up with Italian label Via Strozzi for a stylish weekend pop-up. Shop high-end labels like Balmain, IRO (pictured), Off-White and RtA against the luxe backdrop of the Waldorf Astoria.
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays
Place: 11 E. Walton
Wednesdays through Sept. 13: Jazzin’ at the Shedd
The Shedd Aquarium’s weekly outdoor series offers an incredible skyline view, live music and a little something educational. Grab a cocktail and soak up summer!
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Place: 1200 S. Lake Shore
Cost: $20. For tickets, visit Sheddaquarium.org.
Through Sept. 24: Takashi Murakami exhibit
The popular artist — who has collaborated with celebs like Kanye West and labels like Louis Vuitton — presents a much-anticipated retrospective of his whimsical, anime-inspired work, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” at the MCA, curated by Michael Darling. On display through Sept. 24, the exhibit features a 114-foot piece of art made up of 35 panels and encompassing the gallery.
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago
Cost: $12 suggested general admission. For more information, visit Mcachicago.org.