JuneFest at Eataly
All-inclusive, total access to Eataly. Enough said. Yep, have the run of Neapolitan pizza, housemade pasta, cured meats, artisanal cheeses, whole-roasted pig, arancini, gelato, cannoli, freshly brewed espresso, and more. Plus, take your pick from bottomless Aperol Spritz to limoncello cocktails, regional Italian wines, and housemade beer.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: 43 E. Ohio
Cost: $78; tickets at eataly.com/chicago
Through June 30
“Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena and Nancy”
Singers Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson had style, grace, and a way with words. In Black Ensemble Theater’s new musical you get an intimate look at their lives, including what fame cost them through the years, and how they left such lasting marks on the world.
Time: Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Place: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4550 N. Clark
Cost: Starting at $55; tickets at blackensemble.org
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
May 28-June 9
This production was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it returned to Broadway in Fall 2016. Get swept up in its story of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, and his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvah’ed son, psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
Time: Performance Times vary
Place: James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $27; tickets at broadwayinchicago.com
May 31-Sept. 30
Deuce’s Major League Bar
The pop-up bar team behind Santa Baby and Charm’d are back at it again for baseball season. This one’s in a league of its own with wall-to-wall decor from the entire major leagues, a killer food and beverage program, a look back at the history of the game, and, of course, plenty of Instagram-worthy photo ops.
Time: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-midnight; Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 11-3 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-midnight
Place: 3505 N. Clark
Cost: Free; info at deucesmlb.com
GI Research Foundation 58th Annual Ball
The organization’s biggest fundraising night of the year is set to raise over $1 million to work toward advancements in GI research. The theme is “Laughter is the Best Medicine” and Saturday Night Live alum and actor David Spade will be the evening’s entertainer. NBC 5 Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter will be emcee.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. Water
Cost: Starting at $600; tickets at girf.org
PAWS Chicago 5K
Walk. Run. Just have fun. This is Chicago’s largest dog-friendly charity event, and it’s now in its 19th year. Participating helps with the lifesaving work of PAWS Chicago, the Midwest’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Brings your dogs, of course!
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Place: Montrose Harbor, Montrose & Lake Shore
Cost: Starting at $50 for adults; $20 for children; tickets at pawschicago.org
June 2, 9, 15, 23 & 30
Sportsman’s Club Summer Barbecues
The patio at Sportsman’s feels like one big family backyard. And its barbecues, featuring rotating guest chefs, are a summer must-do. This month: Coda di Volpe (2nd), Pacific Standard Time (9th), Birrieria Zaragoza (16th), Elske (23rd), and Middle Brow Bungalow (30th).
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: 948 N. Western
Cost: $20 (includes plate of food and beverage pairing); info at drinkingandgathering.com
Chicago Tribune’s Unscripted presents Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett, friend and senior adviser to Barack Obama, will join Chicago Tribune’s publisher and editor-in-chief Bruce Dold in conversation to discuss her upcoming book. All tickets come with a copy of Jarrett’s book, “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.” Unscripted is a series of fun, frank, thought-provoking dialogues moderated by celebrated journalists.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe
Cost: $50; tickets at eventbrite.com
Meals on Wheels 24th Annual Golf Classic
Tee off to raise both funds and awareness to support home meal delivery to eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities. The annual event starts with a Bloody Mary bar and golf tips from a pro on the driving range. There’s a shotgun start and BBQ lunch served on the course. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a raffle after the game.
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 IL-59, West Chicago
Cost: Starting at $300; tickets at mealsonwheelschicago.org
June 6, 8 & 9
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series
Here to breathe life into summer: the series of greatest hits from the company’s recent repertoire, including work by acclaimed choreographers Brian Brooks, resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and Crystal Pite. It includes “Terrain,” a piece that explores how conflict and collaboration coexist, featuring all 16 Hubbard Street dancers.
Time: Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Place: Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $25; tickets at hubbardstreetdance.com
Chicago Walk with Us to Cure Lupus
Join the Lupus Research Alliance on a walk to raise money to fund new and innovative research programs that will help lead to new treatments for the disease and, one day, a cure.
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Walk starts at Northwestern University Campus, 633 N. Clark, Evanston
Cost: Minimum of $25 donation; register at lupuswalkchicago.org
Printers Row Lit Fest
In addition to a bonanza of book browsing (look for limited editions and other rarities), this year’s fest continues the tradition of numerous feature presentations by myriad authors, spoken-word artists, adventurers, chefs, and poets. This year will spotlight Chicago’s breadth of talent, plus offer writing workshops and very special programs for children and young adults.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Place: Dearborn Street, from Dearborn Station to Ida B. Wells Drive
Cost: Admission is free; info at printersrowlitfest.org
June 10-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
Auditorium Theatre’s Devil’s Ball
Inspired by the 1893 World’s Fair, Devil’s Ball features cocktails, entertainment, food, and dancing on the Auditorium’s legendary stage. All proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark building, a Chicago cultural fixture for some 130 years.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: 50 E. Ida B. Wells
Cost: Starting at $100; tickets at auditoriumtheatre.org
SPIN X Skate Night presents “Over the Rainbow”
The Ping-Pong club transforms into a pop-up roller skating rink in honor of Pride Month. Lace up your skates and celebrate pride in the company of the city’s best LGBTQIA+ talent. The collective A Queer Pride curates the lineup with hosts Abhijeet and Bambi Banks-Couleé, “queens on wheels” with the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, Alexis Bevels, Gnat, and Denali, plus a live soundtrack from acclaimed DJs Ariel Zetina and White Mystery.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: 344 N. State
Cost: $5 for skate rental (or BYO); tickets at do312.com
Co-op California Boutique Summer Solstice Art Show
Celebrate the longest day of the year and see local artists shine. Shop featured artists and don’t forget the stylish apparel and accessories in store. During June, teachers get 10 percent off their purchase (must show school ID).
Time: Fri. & Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Place: 6674 N. Northwest Highway
Cost: Free admission
Old St. Pat’s Block Party
Chicago’s original street festival has something for everyone: local bands, food trucks, kids’ events, and lots of camaraderie. Sixteen Candles plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds from the event go toward the social justice initiatives and outreach programs of Old St. Patrick’s Church.
Time: Fri., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 2-10:30 p.m.
Place: Old St. Patrick’s Church, Monroe & Desplaines
Cost: $10 at the gate
“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