Things to do in Chicago July 14-20, 2022


Mas Flow Reggaeton Fest features music from Don Omar, Ivy Queen, Zion & Lennox, Mariah Angeliq, Guaynaa, Lenny Tavarez, Tego Calderon, Manuel Turzio and many more. 1-10 p.m. July 15-17 at Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G. Tickets: $100. Visit

Electronic dance music is the rhythm of the inauguration heat wave party, a visual and musical experience, which includes progressive house and trance DJs Above & Beyond, Swedish electro house duo Galantis and electronic dance music mainstay Tiesto. 2-10 p.m. July 16-17 at Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento. Tickets: $119+. Visit

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra begins its summer season at Ravinia with Marin Alsop conducting Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Steward Goodyear, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherazade” and Julia Perry’s “Study for Orchestra”. 8 p.m. July 15 at Ravinia, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park. Tickets: $15 to $95. Visit

This summer is Fork Music Festival includes The National, Spiritualized, Parquet Courts, Mitski, Japanese Breakfast, Lucy Dacus, The Roots, Roro y Moi, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Plus, vendors, a kids’ area, and record, poster, and craft fairs. Doors open at noon July 15-17 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. Tickets: $99, festival pass $200. Visit


Beth Leavel stars as Miranda Priestly in the musical ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.

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Andy Sachs and Miranda Priestly go head-to-head again as Runway magazine’s assistant and editor at the world premiere of “The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical”. Adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s novel and popular film features music by Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, book by Kate Wetherhead and direction by Steppenwolf ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro Theater. From July 19 to August. 21 at the Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Tickets: $33+. Visit

Ambulatory theater and Steppenwolf’s Look Out series presents “Always a quiet afternoon” A musical tragicomedy about two people in their small apartment observing a multitude of apocalyptic events through their single window. Katie Mazzini and Gabriel Thom Pasculli star; directed by Guilherme Kirchheim and Tara Ostiguy. At 8 p.m. July 14-16 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater, 1700 N. Halsted,. Tickets: $15. Visit

“ShakesFest: A Chicago Shakespeare Community Cabaret.”

Chicago Shakespeare Theater joins arts partners in Austin, Chinatown, Englewood, Little Village, West Town/Ukrainian Village and West Pullman for this summer’s Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks event — “ShakesFest: A Chicago Shakespeare Community Cabaret.” The free event is a musical revue of songs inspired by Shakespeare’s words, spanning styles from pop and hip-hop to Broadway and blues. Presented outdoors July 14-23 in partner community parks. For a complete list, visit

Aaron LaVigne and Company on the North American Tour of

Aaron LaVigne and Company on the “Jesus Christ Superstar” North American Tour.

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“Jesus Christ Superstar” Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical follows the final weeks of the life of Jesus Christ seen through the eyes of Judas. Directed by Timothy Sheader. July 19-31 at the Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph. Tickets: 27+. Visit

Honey West and Josh Houghton lead the 14-member cast of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott’s musical adaptation of the film about a glamorous trio who take their show to outback Australia. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Chase Carter. July 15 to Sept. 11 to Chicago Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. Tickets: $39 to $85. Visit

DavJasFran Productions presents David Alex’s “Ends,” a drama about the confrontation between a 30-year-old African American (Reji Simon) who has lived alone for 18 years in a forest cabin and the recently returned Vietnam veteran (Peter Kattner III) who takes refuge there during a storm. Directed by Davette J. Franklin. July 14-31 at Dreamers YOLO, 5419 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $25. Visit

Porchlight Music Theater free concert series Broadway in your garden features a rotating cast of musical theater artists performing favorites and hidden gems from shows such as “Rent”, “The Music Man”, “Grease”, “Six”, “The Little Mermaid” and more. Performances are at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 19 to September 19. 6 in city parks. For a complete list, visit

midsummer flight revisits Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the play that marked the start of the company’s 10-year history as artistic partner of the Chicago Park District. Presented outdoors from July 15 to August 18. 21 at five Chicago parks. For a complete list, visit

“Sister Act” is the popular musical adaptation of the film about an aspiring diva who witnesses a crime and is taken into custody in a convent disguised as a nun. From July 14 to August. 27 to Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. Tickets: $35, $40. Visit

The comedy

Hannah Einbinder

Hannah Einbinder, who stars opposite Jean Smart in the HBO Max comedy “Hacks,” has a funny breed in the bone — her mother is “Saturday Night Live” legend Laraine Newman. While “Hacks” may have changed Einbinder’s life, she hasn’t abandoned her stand-up roots. July 15 performances are sold out, but there are still tickets ($18 to $35) available for the 7 p.m. show on July 16 at the Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee. Visit


The multi-sensory installations are only part of the fun at the Museum of Ice.

The multi-sensory installations are only part of the fun at the Museum of Ice.

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New Ice Museum opens July 16 and features everything you’ll want to know about the history of ice cream. The museum includes multi-sensory facilities, a “sprinkle pool”, a putt-putt course built around giant desserts and interactive games, as well as frozen hot dogs, shaved ice, seasonal treats and cocktails for adults. According to Business Insider, it’s “a Willy Wonka factory coming to life that you won’t want to leave.” 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) at 435 N. Michigan. Admission: $36+. Visit


Experience DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” in a whole new way at “Louvre Fantastique: The Exhibition”.

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“Fantastic Louvre: The Exhibition” offers the magic of the Louvre with new interpretations of the museum’s timeless masterpieces through map projections, three-dimensional recreations and augmented reality elements that allow visitors to interact with the art using smartphones and practical functions. July 15-Oct 23 at Oakbrook Center, 2120 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Tickets: $32.90 and up. Visit

Festivals/Family Fun

Netflix Family Summer Truck Tour

Netflix Family Summer Truck Tour

The Netflix Family Summer Truck Tour arrives July 16 at Navy Pier. From 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy fun family giveaways, character encounters, and an immersive photo experience. Netflix) and Clayton Grimm, who plays the title character in “Blippi’s Adventures,” are set to appear. At the Polk Bros Park Walk. at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Visit

physical theater festival returns with indoor and outdoor performances. Performers include Theater Lumina, juggler Alex M. Knapp, clown and puppeteer Sharaina “Shay” Turnage, circus company To X For, Kuumba Nia Arts, Unlock the Chains Collective and Payasos Cenizas. Free shows for the whole family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 16 at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd. July 18-24, a variety of performances and workshops at the Den Theater, 1333 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $21, festival pass $86. Visit

Silver Room Block Party returns with live music on three stages, kids and family activities, a food court, vendors, sports and more. Admission: $50; $90 two-day pass; under 13 free. Visit

Who will win the title

Who will take home the title of “Chicago’s Best Burger” at this year’s Roscoe Village Burger Fest?

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Tasty burgers are on the menu at Roscoe Village Burger Feastan event that features area restaurants competing for the title The best burger in Chicago. Plus, there’s live music, arts and crafts, and a kids’ area. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 15 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 16 and 17 at Belmont and Damen. Admission: $10. Visit

Millennium Arts Festival offers painting, ceramics, photography, furniture and more. Plus, food, live music, and artist demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12-17 at Michigan and the Lake. Free entry. Visit

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