Things to Do

#AiWeiwei
Date: Apr 13 - Jul 2, 2017
Photo-based works from China's most renowned international artist trace the evolution of his voice, from his burgeoning political consciousness in 1980s New York to his current photo-activism around the global refugee crisis.
Address: 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Cost: Free and open to the public
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Author Eric Liu discusses You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Acclaimed author and speaker Eric Liu joins us to discuss his new book titled You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen.
Address: Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (lower level), 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Cost: Free and open to the public. Reservations not required.
 
Busan Day Event : 10th Celebration of Busan-Chicago Sister-city Partnership
Date: Wednesday, June 7
Celebrate the sister-city relationship between the city of Busan, South Korea and Chicago on June 7 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in the Millennium Park. There will be a variety of Korean traditional performances and taekwondo demonstrations as well as cultural activities including food, costumes, and more near the Cloud Gate. 
Address: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Noon-4:00p.m : Cultural events near Cloud Gate
1:30p.m-4:30 : Opening performances / Official celebration / Performances
Cost: Free and open to the public.
* A free Busan Photo Exhibition also will be held at the Daley Center, from May 28-June 10.
 
Chicago Blues Festival
Date(s): June 9-11, 2017
The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."
Address: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, Il 60601
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Shakespeare in Love
Date(s): April 15–June 11, 2017
Academy award-winning Shakespeare in Love, one of the romantic films of all time, comes to the stage in an enchanting, music-filled theatrical event directed by Rachel Rockwell. Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings to the stage one of the most popular romantic films of all time, Shakespeare in Love—in an enchanting, music-filled theatrical event staged by acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell.
Address: 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
Cost: Tickets begin at $48
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater – GALA 2017: First Look at The Yard
Date(s): June 9, 2017
A celebration of Chicago Shakespeare’s landmark 30th Anniversary Season, as well as the architectural opening of a dynamic new performance venue—The Yard.
Address: 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
Cost: Tickets begin at $1,000. Proceeds directly support Chicago Shakespeare in Classrooms and Communities—the Theater’s nationally recognized education programs and Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks.
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DuSable Museum of African American History Free Admission
Date(s): June 7-9, 2017
The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to promoting understanding and inspiring appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.
Address: 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Cost: Free with a Chicago Forum badge
 
Shedd Aquarium
Date(s): Ongoing
Spend the day at Chicago’s world-class Shedd Aquarium, where animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference.
Cost: $39.95 for a Total Experience Pass, $30.95 for a Shedd Pass
 
Stony Island Arts Bank
Date(s): Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon-7pm
The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center – and a home for Rebuild’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the radically restored building serves as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage – and a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.
Address: 6760 South Stony Island Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public.
 
Tour of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with special presentation about new Healthy Communities Initiative
Date: June 7, 2017
Matt Davis, MD, MAPP, Associate Chief Research Officer for Health Services and Policy Research, will introduce Lurie Children’s Healthy Communities, our latest effort to ensure the hospital’s clinical, research, advocacy, and public health expertise comes together to serve the community’s most pressing needs.
Address: 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: Free and open to the public
Contact: Kary McIlwain