Things to do in Chicago in July

July 2, 2011 7:30:02 AM PDT
Summer in Chicago is gorgeous, and there is no reason to stay holed up inside.

There are so many events and possible activities! Jill Hurwitz with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture ( joined us in our ABC7 studio to tell us about a few things you can do in July.

1. 15th Annual Chicago SummerDance
July 7 to September 18
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Sundays: 4 to 7 p.m.
Weather permitting

The Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space.

Each night of the 11-week series offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors, followed by two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor designed by artist Dan Peterman.

2. Lunchbreak Concerts in Millennium Park
Spend your lunch break in Chicago's Millennium Park, and hear a diverse array of live bands, DJs, or open rehearsals in a different type of music each day all summer long.
On days when the Grant Park Music Festival is not rehearsing, audiences will hear a wide selection of music that celebrates the range and styles of musicians performing in Chicago, including Jazz, Blues and Beyond on Mondays, Chicago House on Fridays or Electric Picnic on Saturdays.
The Saturday, July 2, concert features a special DJ set by Hank Shocklee, co-founder of Public Enemy.

3. Theater on the Lake
The Chicago Park District's 59th season of Theater on the Lake features entertaining and innovative performances from diverse and highly talented theater companies.

4. Insta-Greeter Outposts in Old Town and Pilsen
Explore the historic Old Town neighborhood or the multicultural Pilsen neighborhood with new InstaGreeter programs, a free visitor service from the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
Visitors can drop by The Second City lobby or the National Museum of Mexican Art anytime between 10am-3pm every other Saturday of the month (Sat, July 2 is a tour of Old Town; Sat, July 9 is a tour of Pilsen). The walks are led by friendly, knowledgeable volunteer Chicagoans.
These tours are neighborhood offshoots of the popular Chicago Greeter tours.

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