August Calendar: Events to spice up your summer

How is it already August?! Get out and see these performances before the summer is over.

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July 21-Aug. 20 – La Havana Madrid – Goodman Theatre

Celebrating Chicago’s Latinx community with music and theatre. Written by and starring Sandra Delgado this story explores a 1960s Lakeview.

July 29-Aug. 20 – HIR – Steppenwolf

Aug. 10-13 – Theory of Relativity – McKaw Theater

Aug. 11-13 – Chicago Hot Dog Fest – Chicago History Museum

Ok, so not exactly a performance. But a fun fest with local bands and activities. I do love the band Sixteen Candles who is headlining on Friday the 11th. A spicy event for all ages, no ketchup allowed.

Aug. 11-12 – Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony and Horn Concerto World Premiere – Grant Park Music Festival

Aug. 13 – A Tribute to the Gershwins and Leslie Odom Jr. – Ravinia

This is my choice of Ravinia shows this summer. A double feature with the CSO and then Hamilton star, Leslie Odom Jr. Only $20 for lawn passes to both! I’ve been obsessed with his cover from Spring Awakening above.


Aug. 19 – Dance for Life – Auditorium Theatre

One of my favorite dance events of the year. It is a great coming together in the Chicago dance community to support an important cause, the  AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Chicago Dancers United’s Dancers’ Fund.

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July Calendar

June 17 – July 23 – Ah! Wilderness – Goodman Theatre

July 16 – 17 – New Dances – Thodos Dance Chicago – Athenaeum Theatre

After closing the company in March, it will be exciting to see nine world premieres from Thodos Dance.


Until July 23 – Paradise Blue – Timeline Theatre

July 17, 21, & 22 – JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance – Chicago Human Rhythm Project

No longer at the MCA, this one of a kind festival featuring tap dancers from across the country will be at the Jazz Showcase and the newly remodeled Studebaker Theatre.


July 22 – A Broadway Romance – Broadway in Chicago – Pritzker Pavilion

July 28 – Aug. 5 – Bricklayers of Oz – Chicago Dance Crash – Ruth Page Center for the Arts

July 28 – Christoph Eschenbach – Mendelssohn Reformation – Ravinia Festival


Spring Recommendations

May 10 – 14 – danc(e)volve New Works Festival, Hubbard Street Dance – MCA

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May 15 – Rightness in Rhythm – Chicago Sinfonietta

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May 19 – 21 – Red Giselle by Eifman Ballet – Auditorium Theatre


May 19 – They Tell Me You Are Wicked – Victory Gardens Theater

May 22 – MusicNOW – Harris Theater

Hear a new concerto composed by Elizabeth Ogonek played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

May 24 & June 2 – Stomping Grounds – Garfield Park Conservatory


May 24 – July 2 – Parade – Writers Theatre

June 1 -4 – Co-Mission: Festival of New Works – Links Hall

It’s been spring for a little while, but it’s finally starting to feel like it! I was able to do some spring cleaning this weekend. I was inspired by all things spring. I used supplies I found in my cleaning to make this flower scene.

There are some bottle caps, easter eggs, headphones, a candy necklace from Halloween, and even the remnants of a past blog post creation. These elements all come together to create some May flowers. After a lot of April (and even May) showers, we could use some flowers and bright colors.

Enjoy! Get out there this spring for some great shows and great weather.

Winter Recommendations

1/12-2/12 – Blues for an Alabama Sky – Court Theatre


1/19-1/29 – International Puppet Festival

Chicago favorites Blair Thomas & Co. is presenting some amazing work and Manual Cinema is sure to please. Also Geumhyng Jeong’s performance looks particularly exciting. So.Much.To.See!

1/21-1/22 – Swan Lake – The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – Harris Theater

2/4 – Chicago Voices – Lyric Opera

A interesting idea and some big names. Tickets are upwards of $49, but there is also programming and master classes surrounding the performance. With these extended engagement opportunities, I hope it can reach more of Chicago.


2/11-2/26 – Merce Cunningham programming – MCA

Free with admission performances in the galleries 2/11 and 2/12. Two stage programs.

2/15-2/26 – Game Changers – Joffrey Ballet – Auditorium Theatre

2/18-2/26 – The Invention of Morel – Chicago Opera Theater – Studebaker Theater

A world premiere! And I’ve been really wanting to see COT in the newly remodeled Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building. Also keeping on my calendar The Perfect American for April at the Harris Theater. It’s Philip Glass’s opera on Walt Disney.



June Recommendations Calendar

It’s finally (basically) summer! There’s so much to do in Chicago this June. Festivals are starting up and performances are breaking outside.

I’m totally pumped for farmers’ markets to start again and to watch shows from a blanket on the grass, ahhhh! Check out some of my recommendations for this June. There’s plenty to keep you busy.

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